Rhode Island School of Design

Providence, Rhode Island


#93 National Colleges

25.76% Admission Rate
Moderately Selective

2,009 Undergraduates Enrolled

  • Private nonprofit
  • Special Focus Four-Year: Arts, Music & Design Schools
  • Four-year, full-time, more selective, lower transfer-in
  • Four-year, small, highly residential

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The Rhode Island School of Design (RISD , pronounced "Riz-D") is a private art and design school in Providence, Rhode Island. The school was founded as a coeducational institution in 1877 by Helen Adelia Rowe Metcalf, who sought to increase the accessibility of design education to women. Today, RISD offers bachelor's and master's degree programs across 19 majors and enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate and 500 graduate students. The Rhode Island School of Design Museum—which houses the school's art and design collections—is one of the largest college art museums in the United States.

The Rhode Island School of Design is affiliated with Brown University, whose campus sits immediately adjacent to RISD's on Providence's College Hill. The two institutions share social and community resources and since 1900 have permitted cross-registration. Together, RISD and Brown offer dual degree programs at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

As of 2022, RISD alumni have received 10 MacArthur Genius fellowships, five Primetime Emmy Awards, and three Academy Awards. A 2016 analysis of the most successful American artists at auction found that the vast plurality held undergraduate degrees from RISD.

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Providence, Rhode Island

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City: Midsize (population of at least 100,000 but less than 250,000)

New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT)


Predominant Degree Awarded
Predominantly bachelor's-degree granting

Highest Degree Awarded
Graduate degree

Most Popular Fields

Field % Students
Visual And Performing Arts 61.5%
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 17.2%
Architecture And Related Services 11.0%
Precision Production 6.0%
Family And Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 4.4%



Percentage Students Receiving Aid

Average Net Cost After Aid


SAT Scores

1349 Composite Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 770 695 620
Verbal 700 655 610

ACT Scores

29 Cumulative Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 31 28 25
English 35 31 27