Admissions Information

The application fee is $60 for applying undergraduate school and $60 for graduate school at Rhode Island School of Design. Next table presents general admission information.
General Admission Information
Open Admission PolicyNo
Undergraduate Application Fees$60
Graduate Application Fees$60
Admission Informationwww.risd.edu/admissions/
Online Applicationwww.risd.edu/admissions/
Calendar SystemFour-one-four plan
Credits AcceptedAdvanced placement (AP) Credits
Degree OfferedBachelor, Master

Admission Statistics

For the academic year 2019-20, the acceptance rate is 25.76% and the yield is 48.63%. 929 men and 2,903 women applied to RISD and 330 men and 657 women students were accepted. Among them, 154 men and 326 women were enrolled in the school (Fall 2019). The following table and chart show the admission statistics including the number of applicants, acceptance rate, and yield (also known as enrollment rate).
TotalMenWomen
Applicants3,8329292,903
Admitted987330657
Enrolled480154326
Acceptance Rate 25.76%35.52%22.63%
Yield 48.63%46.67%49.62%

SAT and ACT Score Distribution

For the academic year 2019-2020, 399 students (83% of enrolled) have submitted their SAT scores and 92 students (19%) have submitted their ACT scores for seeking degrees. For score submitters, SAT 75th percentile score of Evidence-Based Reading/Writing is 700 and the 25th percentile is 610. The SAT Math score is 770 (75th) and 620 (25th). The submitted ACT composite score is 32 (75th percentile) and 26 (25th percentile).
25th Percentile75th Percentile
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing610700
SAT Math620770
ACT Composite2632
ACT Math2531
ACT English2735
The submitted SAT and ACT scores of admitted students at Rhode Island School of Design are very competitive and high when comparing similar colleges (SAT: 1,132, ACT: 65 - Private (not-for-profit) School of art, music, and design).

Application Requirements

It requires to submit High School GPA, High School Rank, High School Record (or Transcript), Completion of College Preparatory Program, and Recommendations to its applicants.The school recommends to submit High School GPA and High School Rank. The next table summarizes the application requirements to apply Rhode Island School of Design.
For more admission information such as minimum GPA and deadlines, see its online application page .
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RISD Admission Requirements
High School GPARequired
High School RankNeither required nor recommended
High School Record (or Transcript)Required
Completion of College Preparatory ProgramRecommended
RecommendationsRecommended
Formal Demonstration of CompetenciesRequired
Admission Test ScoresRequired
TOEFLRequired
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)Neither required nor recommended

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