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Readmission – Undergraduate

General Requirements, Deadlines, Forms

Readmission to RISD after a voluntary or involuntary leave requires completion of the “Application for Readmission” which is available on the Registrar's website.

The deadline for filing for readmission is April 1 for fall semester entry and October 1 for Wintersession and spring semester entry. Students are highly encouraged to speak with their department head in advance of the readmission deadline date. Readmission decisions are made on an individual basis and are subject to availability of space in your designated program. Applications received after the deadline date will be reviewed after new transfers have been accepted which may reduce or eliminate any space in the program.

The Application for Readmission and any required accompanying documents, as described in each section below, should be submitted to the Registrar’s Office (registrar@risd.edu) by the deadline dates for application. If you intend to apply for Financial Aid, submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 15 prior to the academic year you expect to return. The Financial Aid Office can be contacted at 401.454.6661.

For students wishing to live on campus, a completed housing contract must be submitted to Residence Life. The deadline to enter the housing lottery is several weeks prior to the deadline for the readmission application itself, so apply early if you want to join the housing lottery. Undergraduates who are considered first-year or second-year students must live on campus. You need not wait to hear the status of your readmission application to apply for housing. Residence Life can be reached at 401.454.6650.

A complete and updated Health Form must be on file in Health Services before readmission will be approved. Health Services can be contacted at 401.454.6625. 

Readmission after Academic Dismissal

Readmission applications by students who were academically dismissed should address the problems which led to the academic dismissal and put forth the case for the student’s success upon returning to RISD. The student should attach to their readmission form a letter stating the following:

A statement describing how the time away has been spent, addressing the problems which led to the dismissal and explaining how those problems will not occur if readmission to RISD is granted. Other materials which were required at the time of dismissal that may be relevant to the dismissal.

These documents must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office by the deadline dates for application and should accompany the Application for Readmission.

Readmission after Dismissals Related to Conduct

Students applying for readmission who were dismissed for conduct reasons must complete the Application for Readmission and attach any relevant information that was requested at the time of the leave.

Readmission after Medical Leave (effective beginning academic year 2014-15)

Students who take voluntary medical leave must apply for readmission through the medical leave readmission process. This process is designed to confirm that the student is sufficiently recovered to return to campus and participate successfully in the rigorous academic program and unsupervised student environment of RISD, work autonomously and up to potential without undue strain and without disruption of others in the college community. In addition to the guidelines below, readmission is dependent on space availability in the student’s academic department.

To apply for readmission from a medical leave, the following steps need to be completed by the deadlines indicated:

1. Student letter:

This letter should include:

  • The student’s wish to return from medical leave.
  • How the student has addressed the symptoms leading to the medical leave.
  • How the student has spent his/her time while on leave.
  • The student’s ability to return to the rigors of academic study and the social demands of RISD. 

The student’s letter must be received by:

  • April 1st for a fall return
  • October 1st for a wintersession return
  • November 1st for a spring return

And should be sent to:

Associate Dean of Health and Wellness
Rhode Island School of Design
Office of the Dean of Students
Two College St
Providence, RI 02903

2. Clinician’s letter: This letter must be on the clinician’s letterhead and must include:

  • Medical or psychiatric diagnosis
  • Length of the student’s treatment and frequency of visits
  • Treatment goals and the student’s attainment of the treatment goals
  • Clinician’s opinion regarding the student’s readiness to return to the academic and social demands of RISD and the evidence s/he has to support that opinion
  • Whether or not medication has been part of the treatment plan and the purpose, dosage and anticipated duration of this medication
  • Treatment recommendations upon return to RISD and the plans/arrangements that have been made toward that end

The clinician’s letter(s) must be received by:

  • July 1st for a fall return
  • December 1st for a wintersession return
  • December 1st for a spring return 

If the medical leave was due to psychological health issues, the clinician’s letter should be sent to:

Director of Student Development and Counseling
Rhode Island School of Design
Two College St.
Providence, RI 02903

If the medical leave was due to physical health issues, the clinician’s letter should be sent to:

Director of Health Services
Rhode Island School of Design
Two College St.
Providence, RI 02903

3. Interview: Once the student has confirmed that his/her clinician(s) have sent the required documentation, the student must contact the following individuals to schedule a readmission interview:

  • If the medical leave was due to psychological issues, contact the Director of Student Development and Counseling (401.454.6639)
  • If the medical leave was due to physical health issues, contact the Director of Health Services (401.454.6625).

At RISD’s discretion, these procedures may be supplemented or modified, as appropriate to the situation.

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