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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 in the second week of December. Please note that applying for Early Decision indicates a commitment to attend if admitted.

Nov 1

Early Decision financial aid deadline

Feb 1

Regular Decision application deadline

Decisions are released in the third week of March.

Feb 1

Regular Decision financial aid deadline

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Visit us in Providence

The best way to discover RISD is to visit campus when classes are in session.

Attend a National Portfolio Day

Bring your portfolio to an event near you and get detailed feedback from RISD representatives.

Explore financial aid

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