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Reviews 296 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Overall very nice but registration process for everything (class & housing) is bad.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: School help you to get job/internship when you actually go to the meetings for it.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: no campus crime. safe in campus.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: For freshmen it's not that good. However, for upperclassmen it is fairly good. Apartments are very clean and nice but the lottery system of housing registration is BAD so it is hard to get into those nice rooms.

1 College Junior

Athletics: I personally never visited any of the sport event, but I heard it is very bad. Not a lot of students get involved.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Professors are overall engaging and they care about student's success. Also they are very brilliant and passionate about what they are teaching. However classes fill up so quickly that the registration process become very frustrating.

5 College Senior

Party Scene: Many parties on weekends, some themed. Just don't get too caught up in the party scene.

5 College Senior

Academics: Great art classes, actually the best anywhere. Extremely challenging academic classes, brilliant professors. Registration process is stressful, classes fill up quickly, especially during Wintersession.

4 College Senior

Party Scene: Many house parties from mid-week to the weekend. Pretty open invitation to anyone. Great clubs/ bars within walking distance....East Side, Downcity, Fed Hill.

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.

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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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