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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 2,500 students from around the world are engaged in liberal arts studies and rigorous, studio-based learning at RISD (pronounced “RIZ-dee”), where they earn bachelor’s or master’s degrees in 21 majors. Each year more than 5,800 children and adults also access our specialized studio facilities through RISD|CE courses.

Student body

2,501
total enrollment 2019/20
2,009
undergraduate students (2019/20)
492
graduate students (2019/20)
33%
domestic students of color (2019/20)
37%
international (2019/20)

Faculty

181
full-time (2018/19)
421
part-time (2018/19)
9:1
student/faculty ratio (fall 2019)

Average class size

14
2019/20

Average SAT scores

688
math (entering first-year students fall 2019)
655
evidence-based reading and writing (entering first-year students fall 2019)

Acceptance rates

20%
first-year (2019/20)
22%
transfer (2019/20)
33%
graduate (2019/20)

Retention rate

92%
first-year 2018 to sophomore 2019

Graduation rate

89%
graduating students (first-year undergraduate) 2013–19

Alumni

30,465
alumni

Financial information

$52,860
2019/20 tuition and fees
$351.5 m
fiscal year 2018 endowment
$150.0 m
2018/19 annual operating budget

Undergraduate study

First-year program

Liberal arts departments

Degree programs

Concentrations

Graduate study

Degree programs

Certificates + concentrations