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3 College Sophomore

Facilities: There a lot of hang out spots at RISD: the risd beach, Carr Haus, library, Joly Rogers...

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: We have great facilities, although they may not be the newest and most up to date but I am very grateful to have access to them.

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5 College Sophomore

Facilities: I love the resources that I have access to at RISD; they give you a lot of freedom to explore the fields that you have interest in.

4 College Junior

Facilities: There are quite many activities and events offered by the school every month. I especially enjoy different gym classes (ex. yoga, boxing) they offer.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 164th
    Best Library
  • 306th
    Greenest Campuses
  • 1172nd
    Best Student Centers
  • 1173rd
    Best Performance Venues
  • 1308th
    Best Athletic Facilities

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Helen Koh
Chicago, IL
Graphic Design/Painting
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When it comes to the facility that students care about most—studio space—it’s on a department-by-department basis, but on the whole, people’s needs are met one way or another and most everyone has what they need to function. In terms of athletic facilities, Brown makes up for what RISD lacks. The communal computer labs satisfy anyone who doesn’t need extremely specific programs, and even then, certain majors have their own labs to fulfill those needs.

The equipment that RISD students are privileged to have access to during their college experience is impressive. For example, there are approximately six woodshops on campus that grant access to different groups of students, and the textiles department has one of two college-owned Jacquard looms in the country. Aside from these kinds of departmental resources, RISD’s greatest resource is its museum. Admission is free to all RISD students, and there are special events, as well as the annual showing of work from graduate students and the winners of the contest “Sightings.” The best part about the museum is that if you make an appointment far enough in advance, you can meet with a curator or assistant, and they will pull almost any part of the collection for you to see in person. Considering that at any current time, only 4 percent of the collection is on display, RISD students are given access to a tremendous resource that is not afforded anyone else.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
49 acres
Student Centers
Catanzaro Student Center
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Fleet Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Carr Haus Café
  • Dorms
  • In studios
  • The Met
  • The Portfolio
  • The Quad
  • RISD beach
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • Carr Haus Café
  • Watermark Café
Movie Theater on Campus
None, but there are sometimes movie showings in the Auditorium and Tap Room.
School Slang
  • The Beach: The RISD beach, a patch of grass in front of the Quad on Benefit Street (between Angell and Waterman).
  • Pofo: The Portfolio Café
  • Class Ring: While most schools have traditional class rings, in 1994, Tamara Mottl designed the RISD ring which students now wear proudly.
  • Cross-City Pillow Fight: Yep, you heard right. It may not be a long-standing tradition, but many think it's here to stay. For the last few years, students have managed to hold a giant pillow fight twice a year that travels from one place of meeting through the city (and once the Providence Place Mall) to the canal. People come armored and armed and ready for the beating to begin. It's usually fairly harmless because there aren't that many students that participate, and nearly no bystanders get caught in the middle, but it's always broken up by the police, even though no one gets cited.
  • The Mosaic: Each year since 1988, ceramics students have been contributing to a mosaic in the Quad's inner courtyard by adding new tiles.
  • Studying in Rome: Each fall since 1966, new juniors and seniors from the European Honors Program venture off to Rome to study art and architecture.
  • Sunbathing at the Beach: There is a piece of grass known as the RISD Beach at the intersection of Waterman, Benefit, and Angell Streets. The spot earned its name because it has been a popular spot for students to sunbathe for over 50 years.
Urban Legends
  • Crooked former Mayor Buddy Cianci and RISD President, Roger Mandle, are like bread and butter.
  • Dunnel House - In the basement, a spirit knocks over trash cans, plays with the light fixtures and television, and brings chills to anyone in the room. On the back stairwell of the second floor, a woman looks through the window.
  • Farnum Hall - Students report apparitions standing over their beds at night and they hear people whispering and walking through the halls when no one is there.
  • Homer Hall - On the fourth floor, a male ghost likes to be seen in the bathroom and often changes music selections and breaks windows. Also, on the fourth floor, a female turns on faucets. On the ground floor, the TV and VCR turn on and off on their own, an old man wanders the halls during all hours of the day, and another ghost bangs on the doors of the passageway between Homer Hall and Nickerson.
  • If you fall into the canal, it will dissolve your skin.
  • In connection with the mob activity and Cianci, there was a body found downtown without its thumbs.
  • Nightingale House - The ghost likes to move furniture and play with the electricity.
  • Pardon Miller House - Two young children are often heard in the basement, and a woman's voice can often be heard.
  • RISD is super haunted; here is where the haunts are and what they're doing:
  • There are billboards in Korea advertising RISD.
Favorite Things To Do
Catch a film showing by the RISD Film Society, check out student and professional poetry readings in Carr Haus, hear a guest lecturer the Auditorium, visit one of the many student gallery showings, play pingpong and pool in the Homer lounge, or get in free to the museum. Students usually spend their spare time lingering on the RISD beach (or anywhere else) when the weather is warm. They also enjoy watching movies, visiting galleries, especially RISD-affiliated ones, and attending RISD student's shows, concert, galleries, and presentations.
Student Organizations Web Site
Student Activities Offered
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • Literary magazine
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: No
Did You Know?
The Nature Lab in the Freshmen Foundation building is a three-dimensional library of specimens and live creatures. Many things may not be checked out, but students bring their work with them, and draw, paint, or sculpt in the Lab while looking at taxidermied animals and fetuses in jars.

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 13 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 14 responses

  • 7% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 21% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 36% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 36% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 11 responses

  • 0% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 9% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 64% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 27% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.


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