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Providence, RI
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1,971
Tuition
$41,332
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Drug Safety: It's not too out of reach for students, but it's not really seen.

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Drug Safety: There's a lot more drinking than drugs. Some pot is around, but it's just not all over the place. People pretty much keep to themselves. I've never heard of anybody getting slipped something like a date-rape drug or anything.

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Drug Safety: The drug scene is there, and if you do a little searching, you can find most things. It's not a problem, though. Most people here are too serious about what they do to be involved with it.

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Campus Strictness: Drinking is basically tolerated as long as you don't disturb people, but drugs are less tolerated. I know two people who were kicked out this year for smoking weed in the dorms.

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Campus Strictness: If you live in the dorms, be discreet. Otherwise, I don't think it's a problem.

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Campus Strictness: It's weird because if you live in an outer house, your house can vote to be a wet or dry house. If the majority votes dry, you can get busted for having alcohol even if you're of legal age. If the house is wet, you are not allowed to drink in the presence of anyone under 21. That's really the last nail in the coffin of enjoying a drink on campus.

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Campus Strictness: I don't think it comes up that much. People caught drinking in the dorms get a slap on the wrist. Technically, there's no drinking in studio at all. Because most kids live off campus after freshman year outside the range of campus police, and everyone is so into their work, I don't consider it an issue.

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Campus Strictness: If they catch you, you get written up. It's not a huge deal since most people live off campus.

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Campus Strictness: They let some things slip by-too many screw ups and you get kicked out.

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Campus Strictness: They're pretty naive about it, I think. They're mostly unaware.

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Parking: Parking is nonexistent. Along with that non-space, if they declare a snow emergency, you have an hour or two to move your car before they tow it.

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Parking: Parking is crazy. There is far away parking only.

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Parking: There is no parking-not even for staff.

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Parking: There's no parking anywhere, and even though the tickets aren't that expensive, they add up like you wouldn't believe. If you don't pay your ticket or contest it within 14 days, it doubles, after 28 days, it triples. If you accumulate too many unpaid tickets, they put the boot on your car or have it towed.

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Parking: We don't have a lot of parking space, so we see lots of people on bikes. Providence, in general, is not the best place to park cars.

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Parking: The parking is crappy. There's no parking anywhere-ride a bike.

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Parking: The parking is horrible. There's no student parking anywhere. Even teachers have trouble. Streets are always packed, and most places have no more than a two- hour parking limit. Car + Providence = tickets, tickets, tickets, unless you rent a space or leave your car at your apartment and walk to class.

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Parking: It's extremely hard to find a spot. Many of my friends got their car towed because they parked on the street several times. My friends don't normally drive to get to classes. A lot of students bike a lot. So biking is another good alternative.

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Parking: Do not park. You will get towed.

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Parking: The parking scene is horrible-everyone gets ticketed.

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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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Transportation: The trolleys are okay, but the buses are a mystery to me.

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Transportation: Public transportation is not that convenient. RISD Ride needs to be better.

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Transportation: The public transportation is pretty convenient.

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Transportation: We need rent-a-bike or U-Haul place on campus.

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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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