Providence, RI
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 397 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Great liberal arts curriculum. The professors are challenging, knowledgeable and interesting.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drugs are not a big problem on campus.

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4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Many clubs downcity to choose from. RISD, Brown and JWU all provide transportation.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There are tons of amazing restaurants and arts/cultural venues. This includes bookstores, performing arts centers, music venues, museums and an assortment of interesting/artsy shops.

4 College Junior

Majors: You choose your major after one year of foundation year. The most important criteria for admission is your portfolio. RISD cares about your high school GPA and I think essays are important to get in as well.

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4 College Junior

Majors: The workload is quite a lot. Expect to work hard when you get into the school. RISD cares about student internship/job opportunities.

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: Most students are indifferent about Greek life at school.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: There is no peer pressure. If you choose not to drink while partying, it is fine.

4 College Junior

Transportation: The school shuttle runs till 3:30am.

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3 College Junior

Weather: It is located in New England. Gloomy days in Winter are quite depressing.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are many good restaurants in Providence but they're mostly not cheap. Student discounts are rarely offered.

4 College Junior

Academics: The programs and classes are great. Most professors are good but not all are great just like most other colleges. Most classes offered at RISD are interesting and worth taking. The school offers 'Internship Connect' which is designed to help the students make connections with quite a number of companies.

4 College Junior

Academics: They are mostly great and live up to the school reputation.

1 College Junior

Nightlife: If you are a city person, and you cannot live without enjoying your city life, do not come to Providence.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Having you visitors over to your dorm room takes quite an effort and the process is bothersome.

4 College Junior

Facilities: The gym is shared with Brown University which is right next to RISD. Most facilities are clean and are easily accessible.

4 College Junior

Facilities: There are quite many activities and events offered by the school every month. I especially enjoy different gym classes (ex. yoga, boxing) they offer.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: The school makes you think critically and grow as a good designer. However, the city where it is located is pretty boring and not that inspiring.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: It depends on which dorm you choose to live though. There is a relatively new and clean dorm called 15 Westminster.

4 College Junior

Computers: There are both mac and windows. Most labs have Mac but there are labs that offer Windows which I think is great.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: You can ride the bus free for RISD students or catch the shuttle bus which is also free.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The housing at 15 west is the best and I love being able to be their and make new friends.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: There gonna be strict if your doing something that you shouldn't be doing.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are some many diverse restaurants and the prices aren't bad either. If you don't have a car, you'll probably won't be eating any fast foods anytime soon.

College Sophomore

Parking: Don't know since I don't bring my car up there.


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Helen Koh
Chicago, IL
Graphic Design/Painting
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Many students love and hate RISD at the same time. The workload may be extremely demanding, but RISD students are not coming to receive the typical college experience. They are coming to get in touch with a community of artists that will enrich their understanding of art as a medium. RISD students come to gain access to an amazing amount of resources and equipment, which enable them to push their art form as much as possible. They aren’t looking for the big party school or a Greek scene—they are coming here to find themselves, to be individuals, and excel in their individual talents.

RISD students work very hard and are rewarded in the end. Many feel they are prepared to enter some sort of job or pursue a way to become active professionals in their field. In many ways, RISD is like boot camp for art, but it’s also an amazing opportunity for students to make the work that they want, while learning about themselves and their surroundings in the process. Once students let go of any ideas of what college is supposed to be, they will realize that RISD is not only a completely unique and exhilarating experience, but also provides a degree that holds a lot of weight in the professional world and skills that will serve students for their entire lives. Ask any RISD student, and they will say that as much as they complain, they would never go anywhere else.

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