First-Year Admissions

Close up of a first year EFS student putting the finishing touches on their charcoal drawing

First-year students are curious, creative thinkers who come to RISD from all over the world. They challenge and inspire each other while learning from faculty who are practicing artists and designers.

If you’re interested in becoming part of our unique learning community, the Admissions team is here to help every step of the way.

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Questions about financial aid?

RISD’s Student Financial Services Office (SFS) works with students and parents to reach the shared goal of preparing and educating creative individuals who aspire to make a meaningful contribution to our world. Our staff is here to help you seek, obtain and make the best use of all resources available to help finance the costs of attending RISD.