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The Rhode Island School of Design

Your Combined ACT:
SAT Math + Verbal:
Your Chances at RISD
(on ACT score alone)
Your Chances at RISD
(on SAT score alone)
Men
Women
# Applicants
674
1,992
# Admitted
278
621
% Admitted
41.2%
31.2%
% Overall
33.7%
Students who got into RISD:

Tips mention: Interview (0), ACT/SAT (4), Grades (6), Sports/Extracurriculars (1), College Essay (0)

Feb 13 2012Undecided
Portfolio and the drawing assignments. I recommend a cohesive, yet varied portfolio. RISD appreciates drawing, but more important then drawing ability is conceptual thought and sophisticated approaches and media. If you want to get in, send good observational drawing (nothing drawn from photographs, ever.) but if you want to get merit scholarship money, you should be making installations, performances, ect. A lot of people can draw, they like to see what else you can do that really sets you apart.
ACT: 28 Female
Jul 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
Oct 13 2010Fine Arts - Painting/Sculpture/Photography/etc
If you want to get into any of the schools you are applying for with ease (or a scholarship) you need an ACT composite of at least 27 or higher, but you can get into RISD with a mid-twenties score. 1700 or higher on the SAT is also advisable, but keep in mind that people learn differently, and RISD caters to that. RISD is expensive and scholarships are few and far between... but sophomore year its easier to get money from this school. Have a portfolio of lots of varied works. It is also a good idea to take an AP art class in high school or join an art club. If you get a 4 or 5 on the AP art exam submit that to RISD, but I wouldn't submit a score of 3 or lower. All of those things look good to admissions.
ACT: 29 Female
Oct 07 2010Interior Design
RISD is very selective (around 35% acceptance rate). if you wanna get in, expect to hand in a good portfolio (technique wise and creativity wise). Also take AP classes it will pay off, as RISD accepts AP credits. Take lots of art classes in HS (i took 3 AP art classes and get good SAT scores- yes risd considers sat scores. Also, i highly suggest you take the summer classes offered at RISD for Highschoolers- it will give u a good preview of ur college life here. I wish I did, I def. would not have chosen to come here if only i knew earlier...
Female
Mar 09 2010Art & Design Department
did the nasty with an admissions officer
Female
Dec 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
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