Rhode Island School of Design is a private, nonprofit college founded in Providence, RI in 1877—making it one of the first art and design schools in the US. Approximately 2,480 students from around the world are engaged in liberal arts studies and rigorous, studio-based learning at RISD (pronounced “RIZ-dee”), where they choose from 19 studio majors and earn bachelor’s or master’s degrees in the fine arts, architecture, design or art education. Each year more than 5,800 children and adults also access our specialized studio facilities through RISD|CE courses.

Student body

2,478
total enrollment
1,999
undergraduate students
478
graduate students
31%
students of color
33%
international (from 57 countries)

Faculty

156
full-time
269
part-time
10:1
student/faculty ratio

Average class size

16
undergraduate
11
graduate

Average SAT scores

640
math
623
critical reading
615
writing

Acceptance rates

34.4%
first-year
35.8%
transfer
28.0%
graduate

Retention rate

93%
first-year to sophomore

Graduation rate

87%
graduating students

Alumni

26,936
total alumni

Financial information

$48,210
2017/18 tuition
$303.4 m
2015/16 endowment
$138.9 m
2016/17 annual operating budget

Undergraduate + graduate degrees offered

Accreditation