Student Life

Health And Wellness

Freshmen sitting in circle on lawn

Learning through making requires intense focus and a high level of creative energy, making it extra important to balance studio work with a variety of ways of getting recharged physically, emotionally and psychologically. RISD offers a wide range of helpful outlets—from fitness classes to meditation sessions to comprehensive health and wellness services.

On-campus health care + counseling

Health Services

RISD’s Health Center provides high-quality, confidential healthcare services to students in an ambulatory care setting, including RN triage for first aid/emergent care, acute care visits and referrals to specialists. Comprehensive GYN care, STI testing and free rapid HIV testing are also available.

Our qualified and knowledgeable providers give personal attention to the specific healthcare needs of student. Referrals are available as indicated. With a Student Health Insurance Plan, students need to schedule an appointment with a provider for assessment before seeking outside care. Appointments are required. Limited walk-in hours are available to first-year students for acute illness only.

Students can also manage their health information with the Patient Portal, an online service for conveniently and confidentially submitting health and immunization records and accessing information about past or upcoming visits to the Health Center.

Counseling and Psychological Services

Emotional well-being is essential to personal development and integral to the creative process. Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides a range of mental health services to help students function well emotionally, interpersonally and academically.

CAPS staff members provide individual and group counseling to any matriculated undergraduate or graduate student, free of charge. Referrals to outside providers are available when indicated. Coordinating with Public Safety, CAPS also has an on-call counselor available in the event of a psychological emergency after hours.

Health insurance plan

Offered in partnership with University Health Plans, Inc., the RISD Student Health Insurance Plan supports the medical needs and good health of our students. The plan is designed for affordability and offers flexibility in choosing a provider if you require medical care beyond what is available at the Health Center. It also optimally fulfills the requirement for all RISD students to carry US-based health insurance. Students covered by the Student Health Insurance Plan have access to a nationwide preferred provider network as well as a national network of member pharmacies.

Support for students with disabilities

Disability Support Services (DSS) creates an accessible community at RISD that provides all students with the support needed to succeed academically The office works to accommodate students with cognitive (learning), psychological and/or physical disabilities.

With that in mind, DSS provides, arranges and coordinates appropriate and reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities, obtains and maintains disability-related documents, determines eligibility for services and reasonable accommodations, and develops plans for implementing such accommodations.

In short, Disability Support Services strives to create an accessible and inclusive campus environment and provide all students with the tools they need to achieve their educational goals.

Sports + fitness

RISD students tend to be active in a wide variety of ways. If you're looking for fitness activities on campus, visit the Catanzaro Student Fitness Center for dance, pilates, spinning, tai-chi and yoga or head to the nearby Brown athletic complex, where you'll have access to a swimming pool, ice skating rink, indoor and outdoor tracks, and courts for tennis, squash, racquetball and basketball.

The Center for Student Involvement (CSI) also oversees more than a dozen student-initiated athletic teams and groups that put a distinctly RISD spin on collegiate sports. You can run 5-on-5 basketball with The Balls, master the art of fencing with RISD Pricks or venture outdoors with the Wilderness Club. Teams like RISD Cycling compete at the varsity level while others—like the coeducational RISD Sacks football squad—participate in intramural tournaments with neighboring Brown University or revel in the glow-in-the-dark glory of ultimate frisbee after dark. And those preferring a spectator experience can cheer “Go Nads!” in support of our hockey team The Nads, a RISD institution since 1961.