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Reviews 287 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Overall okay experience, some teachers are amazing while others have some major issues.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: RISD has a great alumni network and its reputation leaves me confident I will be able to get a job when I graduate.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Crime is very rare on campus and the students are notified accordingly when a crime occurs.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The housing on campus is very average, nothing horrible but nothing great either.

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: Athletics isn't focused on by students or faculty. They are just for people who want to play them for fun.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My school is unique because it challenges its students more than most design schools and pushes you to think about art and design in new ways.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: This is a wonderful school with a wonderful community.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Despite everyone who says that the arts are unemployable, lots of grads get their dream jobs.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Because it's part of a city, it feels a little more dangerous than a college that is in its own bubble.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The housing here is very expensive and you have to live on campus for the first two years.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: No one really comes here to play sports, but there's a gym available.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love this school because it's a place where everyone is 100% dedicated to what they're doing.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel the security on campus is okay. The RISD buildings are safe, but the surrounding area needs to be patrolled by RISD Public Safety more often. Also, RISD Rides sometimes goes off their route, and does not pick up at their stops on time. They have also driven by students who were waiting at stops many times.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Professors are very open to student concepts and helpful.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I feel a degree from RISD in the arts/design world is the best.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The experience at RISD is like no other. It is amazing to be surrounded by so many talented and creative people. Who also are very driven and pursue what they are interested in.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Campus housing is clean and close to class buildings. There are plenty of dormitories and houses in the area of the Met (cafeteria), library and studios. Public safety responds to emergencies or calls very quickly, as their office is situated near the dorms.

2 College Junior

Athletics: It's an art school. Sports are not very important. There's a cycling team, a basketball team, etc.... Students go to the games but it's not a big part of campus life.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: RISD is extremely open-minded and free thinking. Students are encouraged to be accepting of everyone, and encourages new ways of thinking and viewing the world. Students are encouraged to explore their art medium, as well as others. RISD encourages students to problem solve and "think out of the box."

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: The clubs around providence are fine and good, but cost money and full of lame-os a lot of the time. You also usually have to get there by Uber, which sucks.

3 College Freshman

Academics: So far, I've had two great teachers. The liberals are pretty bad, which is supremely disappointing to me. The workload is extremely heavy (I'm still in foundation year), which is great at times as it allows me to be completely immersed and produce real work. However, I mourn heavily for the loss of everything else in my life.

2 College Freshman

Diversity: There is a fair amount of diversity in terms of sexual orientation, but there are probably like 80 students of color in total. Most people are wealthy, white, and liberal. There is definitely a diversity problem, but luckily not too much overt racism.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There's definitely some alcohol and marijuana, as well as a small amount of acid and a rare cocaine sighting, but RISD has a really calm nightlife compared to most schools, so the drug use is definitely under control.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: It's not a bad part of the city, so I hardly ever feel unsafe. That said, I almost never feel unsafe no matter what so it could be me. I think campus is pretty safe, though.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I wish there were an answer between okay and great. I'd say good. I've had two great professors and five okay-good ones so far, liberal arts included. I really think the liberals are very average and it's really s***ty how hard it is to take classes at Brown. It also sucks that you can't have unlimited Brown credits counted toward a liberal arts concentration, because it discourages taking these classes. RISD should accept that Brown is an ivy league academic institution, and we are an art institution, so their classes are just better. The distinction between a RISD and Brown concentration needn't exist, especially if it's being imposed by RISD administration. I also wish interdisciplinary work were easier within RISD. Classes could also be smaller. That said, I like that everything is taken rather seriously.

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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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