Rhode Island School of Design is a private, nonprofit school located in the urban setting of Providence, RI, less than an hour from Boston, MA.
Founded in 1877, the institution currently enrolls around 2,227 students a year, including 1,736 undergrads. The institution runs on a 4-1-4 (2 long terms separated by a month-long mini-term) academic calendar.
Acceptance rate: 27%
Average GPA: 3.6
Mean ACT score: 30
Mean SAT score: 1353
Early Decision or Early Action: Yes/No
2022 Regular Decision Deadline: February 1
2022 Regular Decision Notification Date: March 22
Around 27 percent of all applicants to Rhode Island School of Design are accepted each year.
Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.6 /4.0. The mean SAT scores for students who get into Rhode Island School of Design is 1353. The mean ACT scores is 30.
In 2021, 366 applicants were waitlisted and 63 waitlisted students got accepted.
The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience.
About 85 percent of students who start at Rhode Island School of Design return for their second year of college. Out of the 451 students who started at Rhode Island School of Design as first-time freshman, 323 graduate within four years.
Around 91 percent of students who started at Rhode Island School of Design earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61 percent for public schools and 67 percent for private.
Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. In 2020, students graduated with an average of $34,864 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.
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Rhode Island School of Design's application deadline is February 22. All applicants will receive an admissions decision by March 22.
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First-Year Applications are Due
The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Rhode Island School of Design is Feb 1.
The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Rhode Island School of Design is Mar 15.
Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs
The median ACT score of an admitted student to Rhode Island School of Design is 29. Students with an ACT score of 32 and above have a good chance of getting into Rhode Island School of Design. Students with an ACT score that falls between 26 and 32 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 26 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.
Composite SAT Range
Math SAT Range
Reading SAT Range
1500 and Above
1260 to 1500
1260 and Less
The median SAT score for Rhode Island School of Design students is 1337. Applicants with SAT scores of 1500 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Rhode Island School of Design, while applicants with SAT scores between 1260 to 1500 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1260 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Rhode Island School of Design.
Wondering what life at Rhode Island School of Design is like? There are approximately 2,500 students enrolled at Rhode Island School of Design, including 2,009 undergraduate students and 491 graduate students. 100% percent of students attend school full-time, 4% percent are from RI and 96% percent of students are from other states.
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