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.
- 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Special Learning Opportunities
- Teacher certification
- Study abroad
- Academic/career counseling service
- Employment services for students
- Placement services for completers
- 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
- Not applicable
- Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
- Bachelor's degree
- Master's degree
- 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 7.0 Asian 322.0 African American 41.0 Hispanic 112.0 Enrolled FullTime Undergraduates 1,975 Enrolled FullTime Graduates 431