Location
Providence, RI
Undergrads
1,971
Tuition
$41,332
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 427 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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Computers: The computer labs never seem overcrowded. Bringing a personal computer and basic printer is ideal, because it will save travel time and hassle.

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Computers: Bring your own computer if you can-the network is constantly down for periods of time.

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Computers: The computer network is okay. It depends on what you need it for. Most of the computer-heavy departments have their own labs or require students to purchase their own laptops, so crowding in communal labs isn't a problem. Sometimes the lab hours aren't the best or monitors fail to show up, but I wouldn't go so far as to recommend bringing a computer in order to avoid the labs.

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Computers: Bring your own computer and a printer to avoid hassle. If you're in a certain major, they'll make you buy a laptop.

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Computers: The network is good for e-mail, but difficult for online recourses (online storage is not always available). We need a Mac-based network so we wouldn't suffer from IBM viruses. The labs are usually busy. I use RISD-ROMEABOUT often.

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Computers: CNS is terrible! The only help you can get is from other students. Don't buy a computer if you're going into a major with the laptop program.

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Computers: From the experience of working in the AMC lab in the second floor of the Design Center for almost an entire year, I don't think that Computer Network Services is very good with maintaining the G5 Macs they have. A lot of them have network issues and won't let you log in properly or won't print properly. Now, I don't even use the Mac labs since I have my own laptop and printer. Personally, I think it's ridiculous that we have to pay to print black and white, and even more ridiculous to pay a dollar for each A4-sized printed color copy.

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Computers: I can't concentrate on writing papers and doing major stuff in a lab, so I brought a computer, and it's been essential. I didn't go into the laptop program, though. A lot of kids that end up in those majors sell the computers they had cheap, so you could always come and buy one off someone else.

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Computers: The computers at school are really nice and really fast. There are a number of labs across campus, so they are rarely really crowded, except maybe during finals week. If you have one, bring it; that's nice, too. The network often has issues and can be annoying.

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Computers: Really, what we need computers for is all the design stuff. It doesn't really help to bring a computer for that because you'll be using programs that the school has to license only to its controlled labs. However, if you're into academics and plan on `concentrating' and writing a lot of papers, it may be helpful.

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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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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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