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Rhode Island School of Design
Providence, RI
RISD, founded in 1877, is a private institute of the arts. Its 13-acre urban campus of Victorian architectural style is located in a residential section of Providence.
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Institution Type Private
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 2,000
   Women 1,375 (68.8%)
   Men 625 (31.3%)
Graduate Students 478
Entrance Difficulty  
Overall Admission Rate Not reported
Early Action Offered  
Early Decision Offered Yes
Regular Admission Deadline February 1
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA 3.50
SAT Math 640 average
540-670 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 623 average
540-670 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 24-30 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests   X    
Essay   X    
Extracurricular Activities     X  
Cost of Attendance $66,160
  Tuition and Fees $47,110
  Room and Board $12,850
Average Percent of Need Met 67%
Average Freshman Award $27,614
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System 4-1-4
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 168
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 15% of classes
10-19 students: 61% of classes
20-29 students: 22% of classes
30-39 students: 1% of classes
40-49 students: 0% of classes
50-99 students: 1% of classes
Providence Population 178,432
Nearest Metropolitan Area Boston, MA
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 99% of freshmen, 60% of all students
Athletic Conferences  
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native
26.9% Asian
3.6% Black/African-American
11.6% Hispanic/Latino
6.4% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
44.4% White
7.0% Unknown
International Students 27.4% from 48 countries
First-Year Students Returning 93.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 68.1%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly Not reported