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Enrolled students can print a copy of their cumulative academic record
by selecting the “Transcript” link under the Academic Profile section of
WebAdvisor’s student menu.The cumulative record arranges the academic
record in term sequence, but is not official in any way. That is, it is
printed on plain paper and does not contain any verifying signatures or
official seals. A copy of the cumulative record is generally used by
current or former students who don’t need a certified, official copy.
Students are strongly encouraged to print a copy of their cumulative
academic record and retain it for their records. Former students or
alumni must print out their copy while their WebAdvisor account is still
active. Once WebAdvisor access is gone, follow the procedure below for
ordering an official transcript.
Students who need an official copy of their academic record (called a
“transcript”) may come to the Registrar’s Office and fill out a “Request
for Transcript” form.
By mail or fax
Students can request a transcript by postal mail or fax (401 454-6724).
Requests via email are not allowed due to privacy regulations regarding
credit card information as well as authentication issues. Mail requests
Office of the Registrar
Rhode Island School of Design
Two College St.
Providence, RI 02903
Students may download the Transcript Request Form
from the Registrar's site or write out their own, and must include the student’s name during
attendance at RISD, years of enrollment and major, the number of
transcripts requested, where the transcripts should be sent, and a
signature allowing us to release the transcripts.
The fee for each transcript ordered is $4.00. There is no discount for
multiple orders to the same destination. If you order your transcript in
person, you can pay by cash, check, Mastercard or Visa. If ordering
by mail, you can pay by check (made out to Rhode Island School of
Design), or by credit card (Mastercard or Visa only). If ordering by
fax, you must pay with a Mastercard or Visa. If paying by credit card
via mail or fax, include your Visa or Mastercard number, expiration date
of the card, cvv or security code on the back of the card, and full
billing address for the card. There is an additional fee for an
emergency request or for special delivery options. See below for more
Processing Time and Emergency Requests
Transcripts are processed in the order received. Generally, they are
processed within three business days, usually even faster, except during
registration or certain times of the year when requests are especially
heavy. At those times (first two weeks of the semester and the grading
periods at the end of each term) transcript requests are generally
processed within 5 days. Students are encouraged to plan transcript
needs accordingly. In addition, currently enrolled students who are
requesting transcripts at the end of a term must indicate in their
request whether the transcript should wait to include the grades for the
current term or be sent immediately.
For an additional fee and during most days of the year, we will
accept emergency requests which will be processed no later than the next
business day if received prior to 2:00 p.m. The fee of $10.00 is in addition to the regular cost of the transcript. We work closely with students and alumni to
meet their transcript needs, but we reserve the right not to accept an
emergency request. Fortunately, such denials happen only rarely.
Expedited or Express Delivery Options
U.S. Postal Express delivery or use of a private carrier, such as
Federal Express, will be accommodated provided the student pays the fees
or provides the pre-paid package. Current fees for express delivery are
$25 for delivery within the United States, $30 for Canada or Mexico,
and $50 for international delivery. Include the additional amount for
this special delivery option in your request and provide explicit
instructions with your request.
For additional information, email our main account at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some countries outside of the United States require an “Apostille” on
certain documents, usually diplomas or transcripts. The Registrar’s
Office will take care of that service for you upon request and upon
payment of the nominal fee. The fee, in the form of a check, must
accompany the document and is made out to “Rhode Island Secretary of
State” for the amount of $5.00. Please allow 7 to 10 days for