Location
Providence, RI
Undergrads
1,971
Tuition
$41,332
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 397 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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Local Atmosphere: The East Side and College Hill are rather student friendly. It's not a large city, it's pretty small actually, but it still has the same kinds of benefits that a larger city has. I wouldn't venture out into the south end of Providence alone at night.

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Local Atmosphere: The atmosphere's New England-y. Visit the Russian Sub.

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Overall Experience: It's been a good one. There have been downsides, things I didn't enjoy, but nothing I think I could have necessarily avoided by going anywhere else (all the dorms I've seen are equally crappy).

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Overall Experience: I love it-I wouldn't want to be anywhere else.

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Overall Experience: RISD is a school that is academically and personally rigorous and challenging.

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Overall Experience: RISD is great, sometimes. But here is where I want to be for the opportunities.

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Overall Experience: Generally, I love my school, but I miss home.

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Overall Experience: Art school is the biggest joke and the best thing ever. Don't take it too seriously.

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Overall Experience: I love it here. There are problems, but there are problems everywhere. My class is amazing!

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Overall Experience: I love RISD, and I can't imagine being in another school. Everyone is so nice and friendly. You can talk to random people out of your major and feel perfectly comfortable talking to them. I was amazed at how much talent people have and how much you can learn from each other. It's very inspiring to be around a group of talented people; you get new ideas from your peers. I have also branched out a lot and have many friends from other departments. I find it comforting to hang out with people from ID or Illustration or FAV or Architecture because they give you another perspective of how art can be done and how their departments function. I also gained a great experience involving myself with extracurricular activities. It trained me to think beyond RISD and outside of RISD, as well. Also, I learned a lot of leadership skills being involved with various activities.

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Overall Experience: I think I'm meant to be here. Despite a couple of minor drawbacks, this school has helped me hone my technical knowledge and fine art capabilities. A number of teachers have been refreshingly inspirational. It is an intense place, and I don't recommend attending unless you bring that same level of intensity to the table.

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Overall Experience: I like this school very much. But I wish my major were five years because I didn't quite learn enough in four years.

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Weather: Providence has crazy New England weather. It will be 40 degrees, then 75 degrees, then snowing all in the same day.

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Weather: It's very variable-hot, humid, cool, breezy, freezing, wet, dry.

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Weather: You'll need all sorts of clothes-good boots, good rain gear, jacket, or umbrella.

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Weather: The weather is rainy until it snows.

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Weather: My roommate freshman year was from California, and when she whipped out the heavy coat in late September, I thought she was really going to be in for it. If you're not expecting what I consider subtropical weather, then Providence is fine. I grew up in Ohio, and let me tell you, Providence is nearly the same, only it's sunnier, milder, the snow doesn't stay on the ground as long, and it doesn't rain everyday. I really don't know what people are complaining about.

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Weather: The weather is kind of depressing. I wish there was more sunlight! Summer is really wonderful, though. Definitely bring long-sleeved T-shirts.

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Weather: It rains quite often, but you can wear basically anything.

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Weather: Every winter is deemed `the coldest winter ever.' It's in the negatives.

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Weather: Providence has cold, long winters. Dress in layers because the studios are hot. Get good shoes for walking up the hill.

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Weather: The weather is great because I like the cold.

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Weather: Weather is very inconsistent. It can get very warm sometimes, and an hour later, it might be snowing. So students should bring all sorts of clothing from T-shirts, tank tops, to heavy duty snow coats and leg warmers. I had a senior friend who once wore a ski mask around because of the chilling winds during the winter.

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Weather: The weather's New England. It never gets extremely hot, but the winters are cold; you'll need lots of sweaters and gloves.

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Transportation: Transportation isn't very convenient, but no one has time anyway. There are plenty of shopping shuttles that students use, but most no one has the time to go too far.

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Helen Koh
Hometown
Chicago, IL
Major
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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