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Reviews 461 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The landlords suck, however the places off campus are very unique and cool. The landlords are not good about fixing anything so you have to look at the off campus place you're living to see if its messed up at all

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Theres a ton of options and cheap great places to eat

4 College Junior

Administration: Most of the 'trouble' happened in the dorms so it really depends if you get a horrible RA or a Great one.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: It really depends on the year and how much money they're giving away. Transfers particularly got a lot

3 College Junior

Party Scene: Its either nothings going on or everything is going on. Sometimes people are lame and stay in and work in their studios actually thats most of the time

4 College Junior

Campus Food: Its got a lot of options and usually everything is open pretty late.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Most dorms are air-conditioned and all different types of living situations are available. most rooms are fairly big and have good lighting.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The process is pretty average. Only wished that off-campus housing was open to Sophomores.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Thayer St. and downtown Providence have a variety of good restaurants.

4 College Freshman

Administration: If you're aware what's going on around you and you're being respectful you shouldn't have a problem.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Little to no merit scholarships.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Not a lot of parties on campus. Better options are usually off campus or at Brown.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: A huge advantage is that you can ask the cooks to make something to your liking.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on campus is great. There is definitely a lot of advantages like convenience in relation to classes and dining, friends are always near by, and there is a good amount of freedom.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Parties are generally limited to non-existent for freshman. However, for sophmores and above, parties can be regularly found.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: RISD doesn't offer much financial aid.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Providence as a city has great food. However, there are not many open spots late at night.

College Freshman

Greek Life: There is no Greek life system.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I've lived in the Quad and its satisfactory.

2 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics exist at RISD but are not an integral part of the school. For example, the basketball team practices once a week.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I've never lived off campus.

College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: I live at home in a nearby town so I can't attest to this

5 College Senior

Majors: Continuing Education and Certificate Programs are easy to sign up for and require no application

5 College Senior

Majors: Fast paced and results oriented for people looking for valuable skills, fast.

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2 College Senior

Scholarships: There aren't really scholarships available for continuing education students- and they are needed!


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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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