Rhode Island School of Design

296 reviews
  1. Providence, RI
  2. 4 Year
A
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A+
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    NG
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    A
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    A
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    C+
Rhode Island School of Design is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
Data not available
Athletic Conference
Data not available
Address
2 College St
Providence, RI 02903
Website

Rhode Island School of Design Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
33%
SAT Range
1110-1380
ACT Range
27-32
Application Fee
$60
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Application Website

Cost

Net Price
$35,058/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $27,160/ year
  • $30-48k
    $32,879/ year
  • $49-75k
    $34,986/ year
  • $76-110k
    $39,444/ year
  • $110k+
    $50,402/ year

Academics

Professors
A-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
10:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
91%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.23 responses
38%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.26 responses
12%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.25 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,014Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
19%
Varsity Athletes
Data not available
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 11 responses
Report
  • Talented
    45%
  • Creative
    36%
  • Hard-working
    18%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
99%
Poll
93%
of students say they don't have Greek life.15 responses
Poll
68%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.31 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 8 responses
Report
  • Creative
    50%
  • Open-minded
    25%
  • Rigorous
    25%

After Rhode Island School of Design

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$47,300/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
87%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
88%
National
83%
75%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.12 responses

Reviews

296 reviews
  • Excellent
    74
  • Very Good
    108
  • Average
    79
  • Poor
    23
  • Terrible
    12
Illustration is a great major to be in as you get to develop a lot of aspects of your creative process. Sophomore year you get to focus on accuracy in drawing and painting classes while your concepts class will enhance your problem solving methods. In junior and senior years you can pick the classes that appeal to you so that you can work on character development, children illustrations, continue your work in representational depictions, digital art, etc. Since art is turning more towards digital work, the curriculum does require a computer literacy course which is very helpful, but teachers will still encourage your traditional work. Another great part of the curriculum is that you're required to take out of major classes so that you can sample of forms and concepts of art. This could mean that you take a class blowing class simply because it intrigues you or you could take a graphic design class which has elements that your can apply in your illustration classes.
  • College Sophomore
  • Nov 28 2012
Modern, Artistic and Green. The Rhode Island School of Design facilities are certainly up-to-date technologically and aesthetically. The school utilizes energy saving techniques with their electricity in all of the studio workspaces. A new implementation in all of the RISD buildings throughout campus is the &quot;RISD Water&quot; system. This system is comprised of purified water fountains meant to be used by students and faculty for filling their reusable water bottles. The studio spaces themselves are more than adequate providing for the 15-20 student to one professor ratio. Our campus library is absolutely beautiful architecturally. The resources available to the students are infinite, including an image library, special collections library, a plethora of online databases and original copies of texts, artifacts, paintings,drawings, etchings, etc on reserve. Also on campus is our immaculate Rhode Island School of Design museum. This museum is open to the public and used as another resource for the students as well with over 25,000 artworks, artifacts, textiles and apparel on display or in storage available by appointment.
  • College Junior
  • June 14 2010
The Rhode Island School of Design is first and foremost and institution for learning fine arts and design. Within the initial year, students will learn the basic principals of art: Drawing, Two-dimensional design, and Three-dimensional design. These courses are offered in 8-hour long studio format, three days a week with liberal arts dispersed intermittently throughout the 5-day a week schedule. The liberal arts program is an intense curriculum consisting of English studies, history of art and visual culture, and history of philosophy and the social sciences. The professors attempt to gear the courses toward art-related topics to keep the studies relevant to the nature of the college. Upon the second through fourth or fifth year of enrollment, students will take courses in their desired majors. The workload at RISD can certainly be described as substantial. Sometimes the school's acronym - RISD, has been altered into &quot;Reason I am Sleep Deprived&quot;. This school is meant for the arduous, goal-oriented student. Students will quickly learn to utilize the art of critique and understand how significant and useful this method of evaluation will be in the professional art world.
  • College Junior
  • June 14 2010