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Rhode Island School of Design
Rhode Island School of Design 2 College St Providence, RI 02903 Phone: (401) 454-6100
  • General Information
    About Rhode Island School of Design

    On March 22, 1877, the Rhode Island General Assembly ratified “An Act to Incorporate the Rhode Island School of Design.” The corporation, comprised of a forward-thinking group of men and women, artists and business leaders, educators and politicians, was formed “for the purpose of aiding in the cultivation of the arts of design.” The original bylaws set forth the following key objectives for RISD: First. The instruction of artisans in drawing, painting, modeling, and designing, that they may successfully apply the principles of Art to the requirements of trade and manufacture. Second. The systematic training of students in the practice of Art, in order that they may understand its principles, give instruction to others, or become artists. Third. The general advancement of public Art Education, by the exhibition of works of Art and of Art school studies, and by lectures on Art.


    Institutional statistical data was gathered from the U.S. Department of Education - Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, 2009-2010.

    Institution Type
    • 4-year, Private not-for-profit
    Special Learning Opportunities
    • Teacher certification
    • Study abroad
    Student Services
    • Academic/career counseling service
    • Employment services for students
    • Placement services for completers
    Credit Accepted
    • Dual credit
    • The acceptance of credits for work experience or military experience are subject to review by the school and cannot be guaranteed.Advanced placement (AP) credits
    Religious Affiliation
    • Not applicable
    Federal Aid
    • Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
    Degrees/Certificates offered
    • Bachelor's degree
    • Master's degree
    Campus Setting
    • City: Midsize
    Disability Services Student
    • 3% or Less
  • Admission
    Total Applicants 2,819
    Percent Admitted 35%
    Men Admitted 33%
    Women Admitted 35%
    Full Time Retention Rate 95%
  • Submitted ACT & SAT Scores

    •     25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
      Critical Reading 540 660
      Math 570 680
      Writing 550 670
    •     25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
      Composite 22 29
      English 24 31
      Math 22 30
      Writing 23 29
  • Student Demographics
    Total Enrolled 2,605
    Native American 7
    Asian 322
    African American 41
    Hispanic 112
    Enrolled FullTime Undergraduates 1,975
    Enrolled FullTime Graduates 431

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