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Ringling College of Art and Design

Sarasota, FL 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate69%
Acceptance Rate69%

RCAD Student Life

RCAD is on a 49-acre campus in the urban setting of Sarasota, Florida, not far from Tampa-St. Petersburg.

RCAD Student Activities

RCAD has many clubs, organizations, and activities for students to join – including chorus, theater groups, and more.

Interested in Greek life? RCAD does not have fraternities or sororities.

RCAD has the Student Government Association. In fact, more students participate in the Student Government Association than any other on-campus activity.

Other popular student organizations at RCAD include Digital Painting Sketch Club, Resident Student Association, MOSAIC and Quidditch Team.

RCAD students' favorite campus events are Illest of Illustrators, Best of Ringling Opening and International Harvest Fest.

RCAD Housing

This table offers information on housing at RCAD.

Housing Options Offered? Details
On-Campus Housing Yes
Guaranteed Housing Yes Priortiy given to freshman
Co-ed Housing Available Yes
Housing for Students with Disabilities Yes
Percentage of Students Living On-Campus –– 73%
Spots Available in On-Campus Housing –– 1,276
Number of Students Living On-Campus –– 1,214
Percentage of Students Living Off-Campus –– 27%

RCAD offers housing for students. Students are not required to live on campus. First year students are given priority for on-campus housing.

The majority of RCAD students live on campus. In 2022, 73% of undergrads at RCAD lived in some kind of on-campus housing and 27% of students lived off-campus or commuted to RCAD. There are 1,276 spots available in on-campus housing for all 1,663 undergraduates. In the 2021-2022 school year, 1,214 students chose to live in campus housing. On the weekends, about 73% students stay on-campus. First year students are not allowed to park a car on campus.

RCAD offers coed housing and housing for students with disabilities.

RCAD Athletics

RCAD does not have any athletic programs or the school has not reported any information on their athletic teams.

Safety at RCAD

College is like a home away from home. Whether you're walking to class or coming back from late-night studying (or partying!), it's important to feel safe on campus.

Ringling College of Art and Design is patroled 24 hours a day by trained security. The RCAD campus has emergency telephones or alarms for students to use anytime of day or night.

RCAD offers late-night transportation or safety escorts for students. Campus housing is secure and dorms can only be accessed with secure key cards.

Additionally, RCAD has lighted campus.

Plan a Visit to RCAD

Visiting colleges is one of the best ways to get a sense of the campus and student body. If you'd like to visit RCAD, take Interstate 75 to Sarasota, FL. If you need to fly, book your flight to Sarasota-Bradenton International airport.

While you're planning, check out other schools in Florida you may want to visit too. Click the heart at the top of each school's page to save it to your college list.

Want to visit but can't make the trip? Explore RCAD's campus without leaving home by taking a virtual campus tour

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