The Best & Worst

Providence, RI
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Best Of

Highest Grades

  1. 1
    The versatility and originality of art and design projects
  2. 2
    The growth in the way one develops an idea and its construction
  3. 3
    The professors
  4. 4
    Preparation for future careers
  5. 5
    The resources available via RISD Museum, the library, and connections with other art institutions in the U.S. and other countries
  6. 6
    Balance between liberal arts and art/design
  7. 7
    Close connection with Brown University
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    An eclectic and unique student body
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    Student galleries and shows
  10. 10
    Studio and academic facilities

Facts & Statistics

Happy Students
95% of students return after their first year.
Commitment to Teaching
There are 9 students for every member of faculty on campus.
Proven Success
86% of students will complete their education and graduate with a degree.
Knowledgeable Professors
100% of students surveyed rated the general knowledge of professors as above average.
Big Dorms
73% of students surveyed felt that dorms were more spacious than average.
Accepting Campus Community
91% of students surveyed said that the campus community as a whole is very accepting of members of minority groups.
Highly Satisfied Students
80% of students surveyed would make the same school choice if they could do it all over again.
Help Finding a Job or Internship
91% of students surveyed said that the career center is very helpful and provides services to students beyond help landing a job.
Strong Alumni Network
64% of students surveyed said the alumni network is very strong and involved in activities on campus.
Personal Attention
You can expect personal attention with 78% of classes having less than 20 students.
Help to Succeed
The school has academic and career counseling available to help you when you need it.
Get AP Credit
If you took AP classes in high school, you might be able to get college credit for them.
Work Part-Time During School
Employment services are available for students.
Help Getting Hired
Placement services are available to graduates.
Extremely Diverse
One of the most racially diverse campuses-66% of students are minorities.

Worst Of

Lowest Grades

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    A large workload
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    Stinginess in financial aid
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    There's no official double-major program
  4. 4
    The segregation among departments
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    A lethargic reaction to extracurricular activities
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    The distance between campus buildings, especially with the hill
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    Signing up for classes (especially for wintersession)
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    The competitiveness
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    Laundry machines

Facts & Statistics

Tuition is a steep $41,332, one of the most expensive rates in the country.
Inefficient Financial Aid Process
50% of students surveyed were unhappy with the financial aid process and were still trying to get the assistance they needed.
Students Can't Wait to Get Out of Town
50% of students surveyed said that there's no way they would live here after graduation.
Expensive Dorms
Living on campus doesn't come cheap, with an average housing price tag of $6,820.
Don't Move Off Campus
Average off-campus housing is a steep $11,980.
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