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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5 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: IT'S GOOD FOR THEM AND SEEM EXPENSIVE

5 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: IT'S IMPORTANT THAT STUDENT ALWAYS FOCUS ON BUILDNG THEIR FUTURE AND LEARN TO BE RESPONSIBLE

4 College Junior

Academics: I learned a lot but it can be difficult

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: The RISD public safety like to pretend they're cops

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Facilities: Good facilities exist but sometimes you dont have access to them.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Academics: I learned a lot but it can be very difficult

1 person found this useful Report
1 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Uncountable amount of people smoking marijuana here. You can smell it anywhere and everywhere in the city at random points in time. Your roommate will smoke. Your dorm mate will smoke. Your suite mate will smoke. So just be aware to notify the proper people so you do not get in trouble. It's a very sticky situation because people look down upon those who don't drink and do drugs.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The food in Providence is pretty good. You can find a lot of great restaurants if you know where to look. They say Providence is the food capital of the country but I seem to find better food in big cities. To each their own I guess.

2 people found this useful Report
1 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: This is a tough school to be at. If you're a happy person try to stay happy. The atmosphere here is very depressing, most kids here are equally self-conscious and narcissistic while being self-righteous. Just be careful. It's a great school but remember it is the north east. It does get dark at 4:30 in the winter. Everyone around you is pessimistic. Try to find a good group of happy people and stick to them.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Transportation: With your RISD ID your able to risd the public bus for free all over Providence. RISD all has transportation for students after hours. You can cal up RISD rides when its late and you need to transport work from studio to your dorm. The only thing is it as very specific hours and pick up locations.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Academics: RISD is the top art school in the country. The professors are top rate, the classes are incredible and the other students are a gift to work alongside. Popular majors include architecture, graphic design, and illustration.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Athletics: There are only a few sports teams on the campus. Students are very engaged in these offerings though but also have a rigorous academic life.

5 College Junior

Drug Safety: There is a light scene on the campus. Students are too busy to take part in such activities.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The campus atmosphere is a busy one. Students don't have much time to go to local activities but cultural events on campus and programming offer many opportunities.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: There is always something to do, it's just that most of the time that is slaving away at projects wee into the early hours of the morning. It's always an experience with friends to keep you company and awake.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Two words, Thayer Street. That is where you should go if you want excellent grub of all different sorts. You wont be disappointed, I know I've never been

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Scholarships: They gave out more money this year then they actually should have which shows me that they really try their hardest to make their school affordable to everyone.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drug and Alcohol conduct are taken very seriously. The supervisor of safety, K-pegg is on top of the ball and makes us all aware that there is help when we need it. She is amazing, no wonder she has been around for as many years. Without her the schools safety would not be as top notch.

1 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The facilities, especially public safety, health services, and the "wellness" center for counseling are atrocious. The "wellness center" should not be visited under any circumstances, there is only one counselor with no medical training, or MD or NP license. He is an asshole and does not deserve his position. This peon is not there to help you if you need it. The dean, on the other hand, is a pathological liar - do not get involved with these people ever (good student or not).

Health Services are slightly better, but not by much. Regular health services at least are nice people, but not very helpful if you're actually sick or something's wrong. But with the courseload just try not to get sick.

Public safety is ok I guess, but after what was done to me I am terrified - if this is how this school treats it's better students.

Also, just a general piece of advice with Providence: most of the pipes in the buildings are old, so the water in the area has a lead problem - get a Britta filter for your dorm, buy gallon water from CVS, or use the campus water filters instead of drinking tap water. When walking back home or to studio at night, group up always, Providence seems like a much safer place than it is.

I just don't feel safe at a school run by people like this.

2 people found this useful Report
1 College Sophomore

Athletics: What athletics? Supposedly we have a basketball and cycling team, but you never hear anything about them.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Academics: Like any school some teachers are good, some aren't. However, unlike other schools, classes are chosen for you with no option of transferring to a different course if you have problems with your teacher. Most of what you learn is from other students and the work ethic than from the unenthusiastic teachers.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Scholarships: The financial aid process can be daunting, but I recommend getting started on it early. Apply for FASFA as soon as it becomes available. Meet with the folks at your school who are in the financial aid department or who are counselors who can assist you with financial decisions. Talk about loans and grants frankly. Also helpful is making top tier grades to ensure that you gain valuable scholarships along the way. This helps defray the cost of school enormously. My best advice is to advocate strongly at all times and to ask questions.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Students at RISD are an interesting lot. Student looks and interests vary often by major. This is an art school, so the guys and girls in graphic design, photography, illustration and majors that aren't very physical wear amazing designer clothes, look geek and chic and keep themselves well coifed. They hang in groups usually, have cute hair cuts and are a mixed group of domestic and international students. Those in majors that are physical like sculpture, industrial design, glass, ceramics tend to rock jeans and t-shirts. Hair styles are pretty alternative and these folks tend to be more gregarious and fun loving. This group is all about utility and function so straight forward attire for girls and guys.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Campus Dining: The dining options at RISD are great and are many. We have 4 facilities that offer great food! The chefs pay extra attention to details such as common allergens, vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free offerings as well as providing fresh food daily. The service is always friendly and the cleanliness is second to none. The only caveat is that sometimes items can be a bit more expensive than what you would find outside. For example, I bought raspberries for $8 a carton instead of $4 at a grocer. That said I am very happy with them 98% of the time.

2 people found this useful Report
2 College Junior

Parking: MOst parking on campus is permit only. To be lucky enough to nab a free spot you must be up early in the morning. Rhode Island is particularly gifted at ticketing so fines are frequent for those who dare to test. Generally speaking there is no need for a car while on campus, but should you need anything in the neighboring area a car is a must as the mass transit is more attune to a zombie take-over.

1 person found this useful Report
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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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