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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 2,480 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

2,544
total enrollment 2018/19
2,051
undergraduate students (2018/19)
493
graduate students (2018/19)
32%
students of color (2018/19)
36%
international (from 69 countries, 2018/19)

Faculty

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

Average class size

14
undergraduate (fall 2018)
6
graduate (fall 2018)

Average SAT scores

654
math (entering first-year students fall 2018)
639
evidence-based reading and writing (entering first-year students fall 2018)

Acceptance rates

20%
first-year (2018/19)
21%
transfer (2018/19)
30%
graduate (2018/19)

Retention rate

94%
first-year 2017 to sophomore 2018

Graduation rate

89%
graduating students (first-year undergraduate) 2012–18

Alumni

29,765
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