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Study at Rhode Island School of Design

The Rhode Island School of Design, also known as RISD, was established in 1877. It is a private college and is situated in Providence, Rhode Island. The campus of the college is spread across an area of more than 12 acres. RISD offers more than 15 graduate majors and over 15 graduate minors. The Student Enrolment of RISD includes an impressive number of international students from over 50 countries worldwide. In addition, several extra-courses are provides in chosen fields. Apart from these, facilities of distance education and continuing education are offered here. The institution is also a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design.

RISD students participate in the intramural level sports. The athletic teams are nicknamed as the Nads. The Nads participate in sports including basketball, baseball, and football.

Profile of Rhode Island School of Design

Rhode Island School of Design is in a medium-sized city, in Providence, RI. The school is classified as a private, not-for-profit college. Students at Rhode Island School of Design earn degrees up to the Master's degree.

Course Topics

The most common major fields study at the school include design, photography and commercial art, fine arts, architecture and planning, construction trades, and production trades.

Rhode Island School of Design Selectivity

Rhode Island School of Design does not admit all applicants. of people who applied to the school in 2007, 31% were accepted. The middle range of verbal SAT scores in 2007 was 540 to 650 for students at Rhode Island School of Design. While math SAT scores among applicants varied, those accepted commonly had scores between 560 and 670.


Faculty salaries at the school are higher than most.

Student Enrolment

Rhode Island School of Design, in 2007, had 2, 337 students (2, 337 full-time equivalent). A larger than average share of the students at the school are minorities.

Student Life

Most students at Rhode Island School of Design attend full-time. Dorm living is common.

Rhode Island School of Design Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Design193graphic design, illustration, industrial design
Architecture and Planning120architecture, interior architecture, landscape architecture
Fine Arts105painting, sculpture, metal and jewelry, ceramics, fine arts studies
Photography and Commercial Art101film and photography, printmaking, photography, multimedia
Construction Trades51apparel and textiles
Education and Teaching17art Education
Production Trades16furniture design

Contact: Rhode Island School of Design

Rhode Island School of Design

2 College St

Providence, RI 02903

General Phone: (401) 454-6100


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