First-year students collaborate on a charcoal drawing in an EFS studio

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.


Nov 1

Early Decision application deadline

Decisions are released mid-December. Please note that applying for Early Decision indicates a commitment to attend if admitted.

Nov 15

Early Decision financial aid deadline

Jan 17

Regular Decision application deadline

Decisions are released mid-March.

Feb 15

Regular Decision financial aid deadline

Learn more

Attend an info session

Learn more about RISD from our admissions officers and ask any questions you may have through our in-person and online info sessions.

Online portfolio review

Attend an upcoming virtual portfolio day or upload a sample of your portfolio to to get feedback from RISD representatives.

Explore financial aid

Find out about various options available to help you meet the cost of a RISD education.

Sign up for email updates

Join our contact list to receive more information in the coming weeks about RISD's programs, community and culture. By joining our contact list, you will receive additional information and insights about how RISD can impact your development and future as a visual creator.