Sarasota, FL
Ringling College of Art and Design


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Recent Reviews

Tara
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

College, as you constantly hear in your closing years of high school, is a huge change that will be remembered as 'the best y...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

College, as you constantly hear in your closing years of high school, is a huge change that will be remembered as 'the best years of your life.' As senior year approaches many students don't understand the importance of preparing for college, including myself. As a high school student, I wish I had understood the importance of applying for scholarships. Attending such an intricate, dedicated art school of such great national recognition, this education doesn't come cheap. I applied for many scholarships, but didn't put in my full effort for the awarded money that in the end couldve saved me from a pile of loans when I'm complete. It is important to not give up on scholarships even after already in college, and manage you time to allow your full potential to be put into everything you do.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I had known each class ran just about 3 hours long, twice a week each, with a homework load of almost double for each individual class. Time management wouldve been a larger focus for me my senior year of high school to have been better prepared for such an intense schedule.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

It's in a beautiful location, minutes from the beach. Also the classes are small enough so the instructor or professor is always available to help each individual. Everything is very hands-on and focused.

Donal
Describe the students at your school.

everyone here by their third year has found their nitch and I view it as a positive thing that they have, to help them learn ...

Describe the students at your school.

everyone here by their third year has found their nitch and I view it as a positive thing that they have, to help them learn from eachother yet have a comfortable place to experiment with their art and ideas.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

we are an art school, but a lot of the people on campus are very socially conservative, something I thought I would never see

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Try everything, do not shut yourself out because of problems that seemed monumental in high school but later seem like mundane details. Its the future that really matters and art is what you love, devote yourself to it and the rest will just fall into place. As I write this i realize that its not just you at age 18 going through the usuall, this is a reccurring theme that I am doing better with yet still needs to be developed even more. And one day you will be great.

allyson
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Relax, have fun, it'll be great and hard work

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Relax, have fun, it'll be great and hard work

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

THe location and lack of any entertainment near it

What kind of person should attend this school?

very very focused on art, willing to devote for ever to their work

Chelsea
Describe the students at your school.

Friendly and fun loving, all around good people.

Describe the students at your school.

Friendly and fun loving, all around good people.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

My advice is to look outside of your comfort zone or box I would say. Look at colleges all around the country. Take time to research them and visit there campus. You'll know when you go visit if this will be your next chapter in your life. You'll feel that comfort and spark in your body when you know which college is right.

What's unique about your campus?

The artistic environment.

Ruben
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

It's a prestigious school, full of talented instructors and students. Unfortunately the economically disadvantaged aren't se...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

It's a prestigious school, full of talented instructors and students. Unfortunately the economically disadvantaged aren't seen for their talents or potential. They are mocked by faculty members and made to feel that they don't belong.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I don't believe there is a magic formula that can be followed to avoid the pitfalls or ensure the success of the college experience. I do believe however that following your gut feeling and some common sense your likely to have a more predictable outcome. For many students going away to college is a new found freedom that they aren't accustomed to. Often times bad choices are born out of sheer boredom. This is a time to keep in touch with your child. Encourage them to have extracurriculum activities. A good work out in the gym,bike riding, gogging, even volunteering at the local day care center, often provides constructive release of energy. Respect your childs independence, just don't abandom them at the threshold of the unknown. If you've always been really close perhaps attending a school closer to home, with the prospects of transferring to another college a little further away may be something to consider. Allow yourselves to be the safe haven, remembering not to be too judgemental. Remind them that they are strong, intelligent and able to face this adversity with grace, after all its an exciting time in their lives .

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I was so naive to think that I would potentially grow with the enthusiastic input and instruction from those I admied from afar. I convinced myself that the extremely high cost was worth paying for because it was Ringling. I was mistaken, the amount of money paid doesn't justify what is really going on over there. I found myself faced with opponents that were unbeatable. They have their favorites, nothing you do can interfere with that.

Michele
Describe the students at your school.

Most are dedicated to school, but approperiately relaxed when it comes to fellow classmates.

Describe the students at your school.

Most are dedicated to school, but approperiately relaxed when it comes to fellow classmates.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Most people look for financial and academic sides of the college, but I strongly suggest considering emotional health as well. Good mind equals better body and work produced.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Someone who's artistc, yet wishes to find a sturdy career.

Jade
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Computer animation, graphic design and illustration.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Computer animation, graphic design and illustration.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would tell people to apply based on what they feel will prepare them the most. I've known too many people who wanted to transfer because college "isn't what they thought it would be". At this point in life, college isn't one big party and drinking isn't setting people up for the real world.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

It's place among the national art schools in the world.

andrea
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

computer animation, illustration, and graphic design

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

computer animation, illustration, and graphic design

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

make sure it has what you are looking for in terms of the area, classes they offer, food, etc. also look at where people go once they graduate from that college and if you are interested in where they work than that college could be a good fit for you. and i know most times people say you dont need a car freshman year: that is a lie (depending on the area obviously.)

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

that the area is not really a college area. there is not a lot to do in terms of going out on weekends, unless you're 21.

Elizabeth
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Thinking about college can be an exciting and nervous thing for both parents and students of any age. However, what to keep i...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Thinking about college can be an exciting and nervous thing for both parents and students of any age. However, what to keep in mind is that a college degree is almost essential in the current job market, and no matter what your financial situation is, there are always options. Remember to prioritize goals and expectations while looking at schools. Do not avoid researching more expensive college and universities simply based on costs as these establishments often have excellent financial aid options. Community colleges are always an economic option. Keep key dates for submissions, financial aid etc. organized and do not procrastinate. While looking at prospective colleges always remember to research not only the college but the surrounding area and if possible, reviews given by past and currents students. While attending school see what you can do to become involved on campus and in the community so you can get to know fellow students as well as your surrounding area. A social life is a good and healthy thing but academics are what you are paying for so try to keep a healthy balance between the two. As you attend your major make sure you always love what you are learning!

What kind of person should attend this school?

Students who are passionate about their art. Those who wish to succeede through hard work and dedication. This school is near a beach however it is not located in a "party" town, thus students should not expect such and environment. New students should be open to new ideas, personalities, race etc.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

How highly it is ranked nationally and internationally. Along with how the name alone gives the upper hand when looking for jobs.

Justin
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Teaching you to reach to find the best you can be. Always making you think farther than you have ever thought of. Coming out ...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Teaching you to reach to find the best you can be. Always making you think farther than you have ever thought of. Coming out knowing who you are and what you will do, career wise. And LOVE IT!

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

What advice would I give to students and/ or parents about finding the right college and making the most of it? Well to the parents I would have to say make sure that your college student has a passion for something. Always support what they like and not try to make them do or be something that you might have missed out in your own life. My parents knew I loved art of all kinds and not so much on sports. I have tried it all but then always came back to my passion with support. To the students I would have to say be true to yourself and don't let anyone make you feel you have to do or be someone you aren't. Realize that only you can make your future bright. Surround yourself with people who you think make a difference in the world either through their ideas or talents. That could mean anything from an athlete who helps out their community and doesn't have a head that is bigger than their salary. Or a famous artist that started at the bottom and through their struggles they came out with experiences that helped others.

What's unique about your campus?

Thinking beyond the box. Observing things that you would have never glanced at twice. Understanding mistakes and moving on with realistic critizisim. Freedom to express but not without learning how to get back to basics.

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  • $43,040
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