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Reviews 275 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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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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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: They connect you with great internships in some majors, illustration for example. But the weaker programs are lacking in this area, and this feels amplified by how much rests on the quality of one's portfolio. The degree itself is nearly meaningless with art. I haven't had much experience with career services since I'm a freshman, but I wish there were more fairs, and maybe some oriented to freshmen who haven't gotten the chance to specialize yet, since this can be a real handicap, which is imposed by the school.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I like being in the quad because it's a community, but it makes it too easy to never leave the quad, which is creepy and unpleasant. Also, I hate that we're so isolated from any upperclassmen. It perpetuates a toxic and counterproductive freshman bubble and stigma that's already a huge issue because of foundation year. The met is really good and they put in a lot of effort. Hill houses are cool but very separate and 15 west is creepy and doesn't foster good community. Generally lacking on many community-building fronts, though the rooms and facilities themselves are nice.

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2 College Freshman

Athletics: RISD is an art school so I don't even consider this inadequacy to be a complaint. Especially because RISD students are allowed to use any of Brown's facilities and to join any of its teams, which are more than adequate.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: RISD is a world renowned school, which, at the very least, attracts some impressive students and faculty. However, they don't do everything right and I think all art education (but maybe more here) requires a TON of self-guidance from the student. In other words, you probably won't improve at your craft unless you force yourself to and think extremely critically about what you're learning in class. It's often hard to put your finger on what you're learning, especially when you don't work hard to apply it to your own craft. Also, the Film/Animation/Video department isn't as strong as others. It seems that the only FAV students who produce truly great work, probably would have done so anyway.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Overall, its safe. Occasionally, Providence feels unsafe.

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2 College Senior

Athletics: I don't know of any sports teams

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I have had fantastic professors who pushed me to improve my skills. The city is great, and there is a lot of activity going on as there are several universities located in the area. The friends I have made are fantastic as well; they come from all over the world, and have given me lots of new insights and perspectives. Since it is an art school, it isn't exactly the classic "college experience" -- there have been many late nights working on projects in the studio, although this is where I've bonded the most with other classmates who were staying up with me. The cafeteria food is tasty most of the time as well, although there are plenty of other dining options too. Overall, I am very satisfied with my college experience, and hope it will only improve as the years unfold.

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3 College Senior

Overall Experience: There is not enough diversity in the school and there are too many cliques.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: It was my dream school. I'm learning a lot, meeting awesome people, friends, professors. It's been great.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Honestly, the experience completely depends on how you decide to see your experience. Yes, the work load is massive and you will be sleep-deprived, but I promise it will all be worth it. If it's not, you're not at the right school for you. The foundation year is very necessary to expand your definition of art and creativity of your concepts. Parties are alright depending on which ones you find yourself in. I would without-a-doubt choose RISD if I could do it all over again.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Education is the most important factor in student's life. I always try to fully enjoy the education whenever and wherever I go. Also, fortunately, I entered the college I always wished and dreamed, so my happiness in education would increase more.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I like my school academically but I am not as happy socially.

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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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