Student Services

Learn about the many services RISD offers to help students with practical matters and encourage and inspire their creative endeavors. For a full list of offices and contacts, see the RISD offices directory.

  • Academic Advising

    Academic advising at RISD is conducted by members of the full-time faculty, with support from Academic Affairs and the Office of the Registrar. Over the course of their degree program, undergraduate students will be assigned three faculty advisors: a First-Year advisor from the Experimental and Foundation Studies division, a faculty advisor from the department of a student’s chosen major, and in the sophomore year a faculty advisor from the Liberal Arts division. These advisors work cooperatively to facilitate each student’s academic experience at RISD. Ensuring that a student is on track for graduation is the advisor’s basic responsibility, but the relationship is likely to be more expansive. Broader, developmental advising might include advice about internships, study abroad, and career opportunities. Academic Affairs provides support to faculty advisors through informational resources, training, and the Division-based Advising Coordinator program.

    Contact
    Tracie Costantino
    Phone: 401 709-8586
    Email: tcostant@risd.edu
    Web: info.risd.edu/academic-advising

  • Admissions

    Learn more about the admissions process, request a catalog or plan a visit to RISD.

    Contact
    Phone: 401 454-6300 or 800 364-7473
    Email: admissions@risd.edu
    Web: risd.edu/admissions

  • Card Services / risdbucks

    The Campus Card Services Office provides efficient one-card solutions for a variety of campus operations including access, dining, identification, laundry, library, printing, risd:store purchases, select off-campus merchants and transportation needs. Card Services oversees the risdbucks program.

    Contact:
    Deborah Domaingue
    Phone: 401 454-6664
    Email: cardservices@risd.edu
    Web: risd.edu/students/your-risd-id-card/
    info.risd.edu/card-services-risdbucks/

  • Career Center

    Explore jobs, internships and other professional experiences through RISD’s extensive alumni network and database of opportunities.

    Contact
    Phone: 401 454-6614
    Email: risdcareers@risd.edu
    Web: risdcareers.com

  • Center for Student Involvement

    The mission of CSI is to provide RISD students with co-curricular programs, leadership opportunities and key campus resources that bridge the RISD experience with real-world connections by cultivating collaborative learning, social engagement and personal and professional development.

    Contact
    Phone: 401 454-6602
    Email: csi@risd.edu
    Web: csi.risd.edu

  • Counseling/Wellness

    Emotional well-being is essential to personal development and integral to the creative process. RISD’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) office provides a range of mental health services to help students improve emotional, interpersonal and academic functioning.

    Contact
    Phone: 401 454-6637
    Email: counserv@risd.edu
    Web: info.risd.edu/counseling-and-psychological-services-caps
    For immediate safety concerns for yourself or someone else, please call 911 or Public Safety at 401 454-6666
     

  • Dining

    At RISD we pride ourselves on providing quality, delicious and artfully prepared food in a variety of settings. Vegan/vegetarian and gluten-free options are available at most dining venues, and other special needs (food allergies or intolerances, Kosher, Halal, etc.) can be accommodated upon request.

    Contact
    Virginia (Ginnie) Dunleavy, Director of Dining
    Phone: 401 454-6360
    Email: vdunleav@risd.edu 
    Web: risd.edu/students/dining

  • Disability Support Services

    The office of Disability Support Services (DSS) provides, arranges and coordinates appropriate and reasonable accommodations for disabled students. DSS obtains and maintains disability-related documents, determines eligibility for services, determines reasonable accommodations and develops plans for such accommodations for students with disabilities. In order to receive accommodations in a specific class, the student must present an Accommodation Letter from DSS to the instructor.

    The mission of DSS is to create an accessible community where people are evaluated on their ability, not their disability. DSS strives to provide students with the tools they need to accomplish their educational goals.

    Contact
    Phone: 401 709-8460
    Email: bboyne@risd.edu
    Web: risd.edu/Students/Wellness/Disability_Support

  • Emergencies
    • For security or Public Safety emergencies, please contact RISD Public Safety at 401 454-6666; non-emergency questions should be directed to 401 454-6376.
    • Health emergencies should be directed to Health Services at 401 454-6625; after hours, please contact Public Safety at 401 454-6666.
    • In the unlikely event of a campus-wide emergency, visit RISD’s emergency website (emergency.risd.edu) for updates and guidance. 

    Contact
    Public Safety or after-hours health emergencies: 401 454-6666
    Public Safety (non-emergency): 401 454-6376 or pubsafe@risd.edu
    Health Services (non-emergency): 401 454-6625 or health@risd.edu
    Web: emergency.risd.edu

  • Financial Aid (A Division of Student Financial Services)

    The Student Financial Services Office (SFS) helps families in need of financial assistance to meet the costs of a RISD education to find the necessary combination of aid. By helping students to identify appropriate grants, loans, work study programs and scholarships, the office works to make it possible for all admitted students to benefit from attending RISD.

    Contact
    Phone: 401 454-6661
    Email: financialaid@risd.edu
    Web: risd.edu/sfs

  • Fitness + Athletics

    In addition to hiking up College Hill, RISD students stay active with fitness equipment and classes at the Catanzaro Student Fitness Center and free access to the Brown athletic complex swimming pool, ice skating rink and more. Athletics including basketball and hockey highlight students’ creative exuberance.

    Contact
    Phone: 401 454-6602
    Email: fitness@risd.edu 
    Fitness web: csi.risd.edu/Fitness_Center
    Athletics web: risd.edu/Students/Student_Involvement/Athletics

  • Health Services

    RISD’s Health Services Center provides high-quality, confidential healthcare services to students in an ambulatory care setting, including RN triage for first aid/emergent care, acute care visits and referrals to specialists. Appointments are required, with limited walk-in hours available for acute illnesses only. Health Services also provides education on topics such as wellness, nutrition and disease prevention.

    Contact
    Phone: 401 454-6625
    Email: health@risd.edu
    Web: info.risd.edu/health-services
    For health emergencies, please call Public Safety at 401 454-6666 and an EMT will respond.

  • Intercultural Student Engagement

    The Office of Intercultural Student Engagement (ISE) promotes cultural awareness, dialogue, and interaction while serving as a hands-on resource for specific RISD communities. Primary target communities include: students of color; international students; students identifying within the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning (LGBTQ) spectrum; religious and/or spiritual students; and those dedicated to inclusive community. Included in the ISE office is the Office of International Student Services (OISS), which specifically addresses international student success and immigration. The office provides leadership in the areas of student success, retention programs, campus education, and immigration compliance. The office works closely with RISD’s faculty, staff, and administrators. As a resource, it advises students on social, cultural, and personal matters, financial aid issues, and academic procedures. It assists in student and leadership development through supporting and advising student cultural groups.

    Contact
    Phone: 401 277-4908
    Email: ise@risd.edu
    Web: ise.risd.edu

  • International Student Services

    As advocates for RISD’s international community, The Office of International Student Services (OISS) offers support and services with immigration compliance, cultural and language adjustment and navigating US systems. OISS also coordinates and provides information about International Student Orientation, which is held in the fall and assists students in finding the campus resources they need. OISS strives to help international students become integrated into the RISD community and make the most of their experiences here.

    Contact
    Catherine (Kate) Sacco, Associate Director of International Student Services

    Phone: 401 709-8474

    Email: csacco@risd.edu





    Barbara Kluesner, International Student Advisor

    Phone: 401 277-4834
    Email: bkluesne@risd.edu

    Web: ise.risd.edu/oiss

  • LGBTQQA Support

    According to a recent RISD diversity survey, over 18% of RISD students identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ). The Office of Counseling and Psychological Services supports LGBTQQA students and strives to maintain a welcoming environment for all RISD students. Call 401 454-6637 if it might be helpful to speak with a counselor and consider viewing the Trans(gender) Student Policy Related to Gender Identity/Expression.

    Contact
    Phone: 401 454-6637
    Email: counserv@risd.edu
    Web: info.risd.edu/counseling-and-psychological-services-caps

  • Public Safety

    Working closely with both the Providence Police and Brown University Police departments, the Department of Public Safety shares in the responsibility for maintaining a safe community and a quality of life that supports the educational mission of the college. Officers patrol the campus on foot, bicycle and in distinctively marked cruisers, and provide service around the clock to the RISD community. The department is responsible for campus safety, security, parking, shuttle and escort.

    Contact
    Phone: 401 454-6376
    Email: pubsafe@risd.edu
    Web: info.risd.edu/public-safety
    In an emergency, please call 911 or Public Safety at 401 454-6666

  • Registrar’s Office

    The Registrar’s Office oversees college policies and practices including registration, class schedules, grading and graduation requirements.

    Contact
    Phone: 401 454-6151
    Email: registrar@risd.edu
    Web: risd.edu/registrar

  • Residence Life (Housing)

    The Residence Life Program at RISD provides a safe and supportive environment empowering students to create inclusive communities that foster their artistic and personal development. RISD’s residential communities prepare creative leaders and problem solvers by providing opportunities to integrate learning and personal development. Res Life contributes to this process by providing programs and services to foster student engagement, leadership, health, cultural competence and responsibility.

    Contact
    Phone: 401 454-6650

    Email: rlo@risd.edu
    Web: www.risd.edu/Students/Residence_Life

  • Student Accounts (A Division of Student Financial Services)

    Student Financial Services (SFS) maintains the tuition billing system for the full-time degree programs. This department also receives and records all tuition payments. Contact the Student Accounts division of SFS at 401 454-6445
.

    Contact
    Phone: 401 454-6445
    Email: studentaccts@risd.edu
    Web: risd.edu/admissions/student-financial-services/student-accounts/payments

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The Providence River and cityscape as seen from the southern edge of campus, behind the Industrial Design and
Architecture buildings.