If you are thinking about applying to Rhode Island School of Design, the regular decision application deadline is February 1 and the application fee is $60. Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may qualify for for fee waiver for their application.
Students who submit their applications for Fall should receive an admissions decision no later than March 22.
Rhode Island School of Design offers early decision but not early action Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.
The early decision acceptance rate at Rhode Island School of Design is 42%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 27%. In 2021, Rhode Island School of Design admitted 149 of the 354 students who applied early decison.
Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.
See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission. In 2021, Rhode Island School of Design waitlisted 366 students. Of those, 252 eventually got off the waitlist.
Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are they consider most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengthsand any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis the admissions factors where you shine.
|Academic GPA||Very Important|
|Class Rank||Not Considered|
|Level of Applicant's Interest||Not Considered|
|Religious Affiliation/Commitment||Not Considered|
|Rigor of Secondary School Record||Very Important|
|State Residency||Not Considered|
|Standardized Test Scores||Considered|
To apply, all applicants to Rhode Island School of Design must submit the following items. Double check with Rhode Island School of Design's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.
|Area||Required||Recommended||Required for some||Details (if any)|
|Written Essay or Personal Statement||√|
|Other Requirements||√||portfolio, drawing assignments|
|Letter(s) of Recommendation||1||3|
|Transcript of High School Record||√|
Students admitted to Rhode Island School of Design have an average unweighted GPA of 3.6.
Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.
|At Rhode Island School of Design, students GPAs fall in the following ranges|
|3.75 and 3.99||16%|
|3.50 and 3.74||25%|
|3.25 and 3.49||14%|
|3.00 and 3.24||11%|
|2.50 and 2.9||6%|
|2.00 and 2.49||1%|
|Rhode Island School of Design does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.|
Rhode Island School of Design has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.
In 2021, 68% of Rhode Island School of Design's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 17% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.
To be competitive with other Rhode Island School of Design applicants, you should strive to earn between 1280 and 1440 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Rhode Island School of Design 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1440 and 25% of scored lower than 1280, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Rhode Island School of Design student is 1353.
On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Rhode Island School of Design students scored 770 or higher and 75% of students scored 610 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Rhode Island School of Design students scored 700 or higher, and 75% scored a 610 or higher.
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To be most competitive at Rhode Island School of Design, you should strive to earn between 27 and 32 on the ACT.
An ACT score of 32 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Rhode Island School of Design's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 32, and three out of four students scored lower than 32 on the ACT.
A 27 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Rhode Island School of Design students. Only one out of every four students scored below 27.
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For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is March 15. Applicants should hear back by April 20.
Transfer students can enroll in Rhode Island School of Design during the following terms: Fall Term Spring Term
Can I defer my acceptance to Rhode Island School of Design?
Students who are admitted to Rhode Island School of Design must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department..
Does Rhode Island School of Design accept transfer credits?
Rhode Island School of Design transfer credits from accredited institutions.
Does Rhode Island School of Design accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?
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Do I have to submit test scores to Rhode Island School of Design?
No, Rhode Island School of Design is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you probably want to include them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application..
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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 30. 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 27 and 32 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 27 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.
Composite SAT Range
Math SAT Range
Reading SAT Range
1440 and Above
1280 to 1440
1280 and Less
The median SAT score for Rhode Island School of Design students is 1353. Applicants with SAT scores of 1440 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Rhode Island School of Design, while applicants with SAT scores between 1280 to 1440 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1280 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Rhode Island School of Design.
Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)
At Rhode Island School of Design, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.6. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.
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