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Providence, RI
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1,971
Tuition
$41,332
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Health & Safety: It's very safe, and security is great.

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Health & Safety: We're in a city. We try to stay safe, and our Public Safety officers do the best they can. The only thing that has been not so effective is RISD Ride.

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Health & Safety: Public Safety are constantly power tripping and harassing kids; you will without a doubt have a run-in with a Public Safety officer.

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Health & Safety: It's safe. Providence is a city; muggings are a reality, but they happen infrequently.

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Health & Safety: On campus, it's pretty good. The shuttle system has improved greatly, meaning you never have to be walking home alone at night. For a city of its size, Providence is not a very dangerous place, and the RISD area is the poshest section of Providence. You shouldn't be out alone at 2 a.m. or leave expensive electronics around, but I feel safe enough.

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Health & Safety: It seems like Brown kids get mugged more than we do, but supposedly it happens to us, too.

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Health & Safety: I think it's pretty safe and secure on campus. I never like walking alone on Thayer St. in the middle of the night, it scares me. Also, I wouldn't walk alone near the East Side of Providence, like where Brook and Arnold St. intersect. That park over there is very sketchy at night. I think RISD Ride is doing a fantastic job sending students from on-campus areas to off-campus areas.

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Health & Safety: I think campus feels pretty safe, most of the time, but I get a little skittish walking around at three in the morning. I wouldn't walk around on parts other than Thayer Street and Wickenden Street by myself after dark. Definitely travel in groups after dark when off campus.

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Health & Safety: Security is pretty good. They're pretty strict about getting doors locked and who has access to rooms.

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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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Campus Housing: The freshman dorms are really fun and the rooms are a fine size. There's enough space. If you're a party kid, go for Homer 5, and for upperclassmen, avoid Farnum.

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Campus Housing: The dorms are okay, but you run into Public Safety too much.

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Campus Housing: Our lottery system is inept.

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Campus Housing: Homer has its own lab, vending machine, and pool and Ping-Pong tables. Avoid Nickerson.

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Campus Housing: Being in the dorms is important because you meet so many people. I lived in school housing for three years and made a lot of friends and stayed connected to what was going on because of that. Dexter House and Colonial Apartments are great. I've gone through Farnum House, and it scared me.

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Campus Housing: The dorms were okay. I lived in Homer two, and it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. The only problem I had my freshmen year was the bathroom overflowed while I flushed it and dirty water spilled all over the place. That was an awful experience I will never forget. I think South has the nicest place since they have air-conditioning and individual suites with individual bathrooms. I hung out in South four when I was a freshman. One thing I hated about freshman dorms are the mice running around. They ate my Ramen noodles once and spat the Styrofoam pieces out and left their feces all over the place. I hated those nasty mice running around.

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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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