Important Dates

January

9

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Submit a nonrefundable enrollment deposit of $500 to reserve your space (this is applied to your first tuition bill). Please use our secure online site to pay your deposit by credit card or authorize a bank transfer from your checking or savings account via the link below. You’ll need to indicate your name, RISD student ID number and the semester you will enroll (as indicated in your acceptance letter). All future tuition bills and other fees can be paid at this site as well.

January

13

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Once we process your enrollment fee, you’ll receive a RISD email account and instructions for logging in to our Housing Portal to complete your reservation. Your housing application can be completed through the portal and is due by February 1. If you are requesting a specific accommodation for medical reasons please complete the required form and contact Brittany Goodwin, Director of Disability Support & Academic Support, with questions. In your application you may describe your living preferences and seek out potential roommates. Look for email confirmation of your housing assignment in February.

All first- and second-year students are required to live on campus unless you receive a waiver for being married, over 21 years old by September 1 or for living with a parent or guardian within commuting distance. To request a waiver, please read more and complete the Housing Residency Requirement Waiver form.

If you have any general questions about housing, the Residence Life Office can be reached at 401 454-6650 or rlo@risd.edu.

May

1

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Submit a nonrefundable enrollment deposit of $500 to reserve your space (this is applied to your first tuition bill). Please use our secure online site to pay your deposit by credit card or authorize a bank transfer from your checking or savings account via the link below. You’ll need to indicate your name, RISD student ID number and the semester you will enroll (as indicated in your acceptance letter). All future tuition bills and other fees can be paid at this site as well.

May

3

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Once we process your enrollment fee, you’ll receive a RISD email account and instructions for logging in to our Housing Portal to complete your reservation. Your housing application can be completed through the portal and is due by June 1. If you are requesting a specific accommodation for medical reasons please complete the required form and contact Brittany Goodwin, Director of Disability Support & Academic Support, with questions. In your application you may describe your living preferences and seek out potential roommates. Look for email confirmation of your housing assignment by June 12.

All first- and second-year students are required to live on campus unless they receive a waiver for being married, over 21 years old by September 1 or for living with a parent or guardian within commuting distance. To request a waiver, please read more and complete the Housing Residency Requirement Waiver form.

If you have any general questions about housing, the Residence Life Office can be reached at 401 454-6650 or rlo@risd.edu.

May

22

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Submit a nonrefundable enrollment deposit of $500 to reserve your space (this is applied to your first tuition bill). Please use our secure online site to pay your deposit by credit card or authorize a bank transfer from your checking or savings account via the link below. You’ll need to indicate your name, RISD student ID number and the semester you will enroll (as indicated in your acceptance letter). All future tuition bills and other fees can be paid at this site as well.

May

25

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On-campus housing is flexible, safe and convenient and provides a great way to meet other students while learning more about all that RISD has to offer.

You will receive information about housing and log-in credentials for the online Housing Portal via your RISD email account. You will complete housing applications for Academic Year 2017–18 and, if applicable, Summer Foundations 2017. Your applications must be completed through the portal by June 1. If you are requesting a specific accommodation for medical reasons please complete the required form and contact Brittany Goodwin, Director of Disability Support & Academic Support, with questions. In the portal you may describe your living preferences and seek out potential roommates. Look for email confirmation of your summer and fall housing assignments in June.

Most transfer students enter RISD as sophomores and are subject to the policy that requires all first- and second-year students to live on campus. However, students who are married, over 21 years of age by September 1 or who live with a parent or guardian within commuting distance may request a waiver of this requirement. To request a waiver, please read more and complete the Housing Residency Requirement Waiver form.

If you have any general questions about housing, the Residence Life Office can be reached at 401 454-6650 or rlo@risd.edu.

June

7

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Have your final college transcript sent to the Admissions Office as soon as possible. RISD requires all transfer students to have satisfactorily completed at least the first or freshman year at a regionally accredited institution of higher learning.

March

30

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Students accepted to the Brown|RISD Dual Degree program will be notified by Brown University.

May

3

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During the first year of enrollment in the Dual Degree Program, all students reside in RISD housing. At RISD, all first-year students live together. In addition, Dual Degree Program students are housed together within the first-year buildings to provide an additional opportunity for mutual support.

You’ll receive a RISD email account and instructions for logging in to our Housing Portal to complete your reservation. Your housing application can be completed through the portal and is due by June 1. If you are requesting a specific accommodation for medical reasons please complete the required form and contact Brittany Goodwin, Director of Disability Support & Academic Support, with questions. In the application you may describe your living preferences and seek out potential roommates. Look for email confirmation of your housing assignment by June 12.

All first- and second-year students are required to live on campus unless they receive a waiver for being married, are over 21 years old by September 1 or are living with a parent or guardian within commuting distance. To request a waiver, please read more and complete the Housing Residency Requirement Waiver form.

If you have any general questions about housing, the Residence Life Office can be reached at 401 454-6650 or rlo@risd.edu.

July

1

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Have your final transcript for this year sent to the Admissions Office. RISD requires all incoming freshmen to have satisfactorily completed secondary school.

July

1

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Have your final transcript for this year sent to RISD's Admissions Office and Brown's Office of College Admission. Both RISD and Brown require all incoming freshmen to have satisfactorily completed secondary school.

Summer Experimental and Foundation Studies

May

1

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RISD has partnered with Jones Storage to meet the shipping needs of incoming students. If you'd like to ship belongings to campus prior to the start of the fall semester, please check out the "For Transfer Students" section of the detailed instructions for new students provided by Mail Services.

June

15

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If you're participating in Summer Experimental and Foundation Studies you can expect to receive a notification from Residence Life about summer housing after you fill out an application in the housing portal.

June

15-17

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If you're participating in Summer Experimental and Foundation Studies you are required to attend SEFS Orientation in the summer as well as the general orientation for new students in September.

Check back over the summer for a detailed SEFS Orientation daily schedule.

Jun/Jul

19-28

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If you're participating in the Summer Experimental and Foundation Studies program you will take three studios: Drawing, Design and Spatial Dynamics. Led by EFS faculty with wide-ranging backgrounds in art and design, courses are structured to encourage a creative process that is fundamental to all departments at RISD.

June

29

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This is optional and is only for those transfer students enrolled in Summer Experimental and Foundation Studies who do not want to participate in RISD's health insurance plan.

July

29

SEFS move out

More Info

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Brown|RISD Dual Degree students are not required to pay an enrollment deposit to either RISD or Brown. However, Brown must receive confirmation of enrollment from accepted dual degree students. To learn more about how to pay your tuition, please refer to the Brown Bursar's Office.

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Tuition: $6,380
Single Room: $2,050
Dining: $1,230 (unlimited Met access)

Additionally, the estimated cost of materials for the summer program is $500–800, depending on your assignments. Supplies are available at the risd:store, the risd:store 3D and at other art and hardware stores in the area.

Your enrollment deposit of $500 is applied as partial payment for summer tuition. The balance of charges for your summer enrollment will be billed during the course of the program.

Students are required to live on campus for the summer program. Students who are married, over 21 years of age by September 1, or who live with a parent or guardian within commuting distance of campus may request a waiver of this requirement (please contact Residence Life for details).

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The following information is provided as a resource to guide your considerations about financing your education.

Applying for Financial Aid

In order to determine eligibility for any type of financial aid, first-year applicants must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Profile application. You'll find more detailed information about deadlines and requirements on our website.

Financing Options
  • RISD Scholarships
  • Federal Student Loans
  • Federal Parent PLUS Loan
  • Alternative (Private) Loans
  • Alternate Payment Plans
  • Outside Scholarships
  • Personal Resources
Estimated Cost of Attendance

RISD’s 2017-18 tuition is $48,210 for both undergrads and graduate students, with a student activities fee of $260. The COA for any college is based on tuition and required fees (costs that are billed to you directly) plus estimated costs for room and/or rent, board and/or food, supplies, personal expenses and transportation (indirect, variable costs). RISD’s 2017-18 COA for undergraduate students is $67,720.

Additional Resources
  • Loan Calculators
  • Repayment Programs

If you have any questions about financing your education, the Student Financial Services Office can be reached at 401 454-6661 or sfs@risd.edu.

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Applicants to the Dual Degree Program must submit financial aid applications to both the RISD Student Financial Services Office and Brown University Financial Aid and follow the guidelines provided on each institution’s website. Given that students will be admitted through procedures in place at both institutions, financial aid will be made with respect to formulas operating at both. Should a student be rejected as a Dual Degree student, or choose to attend only one of the two institutions, he or she will receive the financial aid package offered by that institution. Financial aid for students admitted into the Dual Degree Program will be calculated according to the Brown formula.

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Information Technology Services (ITS) partners with members of the RISD community to power creativity by contributing valuable technical services and solutions. As a student you'll use various information technologies on campus including email, the Housing Portal, Student Planning (registration) and WebAdvisor (grades).

ITS Service Desk

RISD’s ITS Service Desk is the community’s first point of contact to request or inquire about information technology services and support. The Service Desk provides responsive technical support to the RISD community.

Activating your network account

Following receipt of your enrollment deposit, RISD will activate a network account that will provide you with a single user name and password to access a wide variety of RISD resources and support including access to email, network storage and WebAdvisor (student information). Check your personal email to obtain your RISD Account username and password.

Buying a computer

Open-access and department-specific computer labs are available for student use throughout campus. However, most students find that having their own computer is more convenient than relying on departmental and open-access lab computers. Before purchasing a computer please review the minimum requirements.

Laptop Program

The following academic majors require students to have department-specific laptop hardware and software tools used extensively within the departmental curriculum:

  • Architecture
  • Furniture Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Interior Architecture
  • Photography

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Unless required to participate in the RISD Laptop Program, students should follow the Brown computer purchase policy.

RISD's Information Technology Services

Information Technology Services (ITS) partners with members of the RISD community to power creativity by contributing valuable technical services and solutions. As a student you'll use various information technologies on campus including email, the Housing Portal, Student Planning (registration) and WebAdvisor (grades).

ITS Service Desk

RISD’s ITS Service Desk is the community’s first point of contact to request or inquire about information technology services and support. The Service Desk provides responsive technical support to the RISD community.

Activating your network account

RISD will activate a network account that will provide you with a single user name and password to access a wide variety of RISD resources and support including access to email, network storage and WebAdvisor (student information). Check your personal email to obtain your RISD Account username and password.

Buying a computer

Open-access and department-specific computer labs are available for student use throughout campus. However, most students find that having their own computer is more convenient than relying on departmental and open-access lab computers. Before purchasing a computer please review the minimum requirements.

Laptop Program

The following academic majors require students to have department-specific laptop hardware and software tools used extensively within the departmental curriculum:

  • Architecture
  • Furniture Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Interior Architecture
  • Photography

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All first-year students participate in the Foundation plan. This plan provides unlimited meal swipes to The Met. Located in the primary residential quad, it is the largest dining hall on campus, with menus that change daily and offer a wide selection of freshly prepared items—including traditional, vegetarian and vegan options. Students also appreciate The Met’s grill, artisan pizza oven, salad bar and deli, along with freshly made desserts and house-made sushi.

On the Foundation plan students may choose to use one meal swipe per day at any of the following locations:

For a more bistro-style experience, Portfolio Café (adjacent to the Fleet Library at 15 West) is a great place to meet friends and dine on varied and ethnically inspired cuisine.

Watermark Café (conveniently located in the risd:store) offers an intimate setting for fresh salads, smoothies, burritos, specialty beverages and other items made from local ingredients.

Located near the homes for Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Industrial Design on South Main Street, Jolly Roger Deli features gourmet sandwiches.

Carr Haus Café, a centrally located student-run café, serves coffee and snacks.

Café Pearl, located in the RISD Museum, is a beautiful location serving coffee and snacks (though it does not accept meal plans or risdbucks).

They may also purchase items using their dining points. Students on the Foundation plan receive a total of $500 dining points per year. Other benefits include 6 guest meals per year (3 per semester), two free exchangeable to-go (Ozzi) containers per year, and a complimentary celebration cake for birthdays or other celebrations.

If you have any questions, RISD Dining + Catering can be reached at 401 454-6360.

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Transfer students are required to have a meal plan if they choose to live on campus. The meal plan options available are generally based on the on campus housing type selected.

If you have any questions, RISD Dining + Catering can be reached at 401 454-6360.

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Brown|RISD Dual Degree students are required to be on RISD’s Foundation meal plan and will automatically have 70 dining points on their Brown ID card to spend at Brown dining facilities.

RISD's Foundation plan provides unlimited meal swipes to The Met. Located in the primary residential quad, it is the largest dining hall on campus, with menus that change daily and offer a wide selection of freshly prepared items—including traditional, vegetarian and vegan options. Students also appreciate The Met’s grill, artisan pizza oven, salad bar and deli, along with freshly made desserts and house-made sushi.

On the Foundation plan students may choose to use one meal swipe per day at any of the following locations:

For a more bistro-style experience, Portfolio Café (adjacent to the Fleet Library at 15 West) is a great place to meet friends and dine on varied and ethnically inspired cuisine.

Watermark Café (conveniently located in the risd:store) offers an intimate setting for fresh salads, smoothies, burritos, specialty beverages and other items made from local ingredients.

Located near the homes for Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Industrial Design on South Main Street, Jolly Roger Deli features gourmet sandwiches.

Carr Haus Café, a centrally located student-run café, serves coffee and snacks.

Café Pearl, located in the RISD Museum, is a beautiful location serving coffee and snacks (though it does not accept meal plans or risdbucks).

They may also purchase items using their dining points. Students on the Foundation plan receive a total of $500 dining points per year. Other benefits include 6 guest meals per year (3 per semester), two free exchangeable to-go (Ozzi) containers per year, and a complimentary celebration cake for birthdays or other celebrations.

If you have any questions, RISD Dining + Catering can be reached at 401 454-6360.

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Completing your enrollment is just the beginning. Orientation programs for first-year, BRDD, international and transfer students take place prior to the start of the fall semester. Information and dates for the various orientation programs will be posted as they become available.

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Get to know your future classmates by becoming a member of the Class of 2021 Facebook group. Moderated by current students, it's a great place to ask questions, get advice and share information about coming to RISD and moving to Providence.

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