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The Rhode Island School of Design

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Your Chances at RISD/RID
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Your Chances at RISD/RID
(on SAT score alone)
Men
Women
# Applicants
904
2,311
# Admitted
277
601
% Admitted
30.6%
26.0%
% Overall
27.3%

Students who got into RISD/RID:

Tips mention: Interview (0), ACT/SAT (5), Grades (6), Sports/Extracurriculars (1), College Essay (0)
A solid portfolio and decent RISD drawings are keyJul 12 2011Fine Arts - Painting/Sculpture/Photography/etc
A solid portfolio and decent RISD drawings are key to getting in. SAT scores and grades are not as important.
SAT: 2060 Female
Focus on your portfolioDec 03 2009Fine Arts - Painting/Sculpture/Photography/etc
Focus on your portfolio. I was surprised that I got in, but I spent a lot of time on my portfolio and I spent 1 weekend on my 3 home drawings. Don't worry too much about the drawings, but spend time on your portfolio and show a lot of diversity. Also, care about your grades. They matter! Don't just have academic still life drawings, show what you like to do.
ACT: 29 Female
To get in we had to do several drawingsMar 09 2009Art & Design Department
To get in we had to do several drawings and of course your grades and your unique style have a lot to do with getting in . They love diversity at this school. Requirement
SAT: 1300 Male
I transferred into RISDFeb 20 2008Fine Arts - Painting/Sculpture/Photography/etc
I transferred into RISD. I did the summer program the summer before my application was due and got good grades, which I'm sure helped. Worry firstly about your portfolio. If you're truly creative, they'll let you in. Some of the most creative students here are not "academic", but I'm sure RISD would prefer the whole package.

Don't submit anime, cartoons, tags, or any other "low art" in your portfolio. Life drawing is good, both academic and stylized. There are 2 good strategies for your portfolio: have a variety of work and technical processes, or focus your portfolio on one technique in depth. Also, make everything look professional. Buy some nice paper for your resume and statement and pick a nice layout and font. It's a design school-- they pay attention to stuff like that.

Good luck!
SAT: 1350 Female

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