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Rhode Island School of Design: Narrative Description


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Independent, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, and first professional degrees. Founded 1877. Setting: 13-acre urban campus with easy access to Boston. Endowment: $242.5 million. Research spending 2003-04: $394,498. Educational spending 2003-04: $13,445 per student. Total enrollment: 2,282. Faculty: 482 (146 full-time, 336 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 11:1. 2,511 applied, 34% were admitted. 28% from top 10% of their high school class, 54% from top quarter, 91% from top half. Full-time: 1,882 students, 66% women, 34% men. Students come from 51 states and territories, 44 other countries, 94% from out-of-state, 0.5% Native American, 5% Hispanic, 2% black, 14% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 12% international, 4% 25 or older, 40% live on campus, 6% transferred in. Retention: 96% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: visual/performing arts; architecture. Core. Calendar: 4-1-4. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, independent study, internships. Off campus study at Brown University, Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, early admission, early action, deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, portfolio, drawing assignments, SAT or ACT. Recommended: 3 recommendations. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadlines: 2/15, 12/15 for early action. Notification: 4/2, 1/25 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. Comprehensive fee: $35,697 includes full-time tuition ($27,510), mandatory fees ($465), and college room and board ($7722). College room only: $4324. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 60 open to all. Most popular organizations: athletic clubs, Industrial Design Club, Korean Students Association, Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual Alliance. Major annual events: Beaux Arts Ball, Artists' Ball, RISD Apparel Showcase. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 790 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Option: coed housing available. RISD Library plus 1 other with 107,436 books, 1,855 microform titles, 420 serials, 683,580 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.4 million. 400 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See Brown University.

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