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Chances of getting into Rhode Island School of Design

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
27%
Admission Difficulty for Rhode Island School of Design
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsExceptional
Applicant CompetitionHigh
How hard is it to get into RISD and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at RISD is 27%.  It ranks #2 in Rhode Island and #77 in the nation for lowest rate of acceptance. RISD is a highly competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants. Last year, 1,085 out of 4,001 applicants were admitted.

The school has extremely high admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 16 percent (SAT 1250/1470 ACT 27/32). Rhode Island School of Design typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.6. 38% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The RISD application fee is $60 and applications are due by Feb 1.

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Rhode Island School of Design. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 73% of students submitted SAT scores and 27% submitted ACT scores for admission for the 2021/2022 academic year..

RISD SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1250-1470
Applicants Submitting SAT
73%
SAT Scores for Rhode Island School of Design
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 610
SAT Math 25th 640
SAT Composite 25th 1250
SAT Scores for Rhode Island School of Design
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 700
SAT Math 75th 770
SAT Composite 75th 1470
Average SAT Score 1360

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Rhode Island School of Design?

Rhode Island School of Design typically prefers applicants to be in the top 18 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1250 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1140. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1360 out of 1600. RISD ranks #2 in Rhode Island and #78 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 73 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Rhode Island School of Design admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1470 and Above Good >39%
1360 to 1470 Avg + 27%-39%
1250 to 1360 Avg - 18%-27%
1140 to 1250 Reach 11%-18%
Less than 1140 Low <11%
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RISD ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
27-32 
Applicants Submitting ACT
27%
ACT Scores for Rhode Island School of Design
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 27
ACT Math 25th 25
ACT Composite 25th 27
ACT Scores for Rhode Island School of Design
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 35
ACT Math 75th 30
ACT Composite 75th 32
Average ACT Score 29

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into RISD?

Admission data indicates that RISD regularly accepts students with ACT's of 27 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 15 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 24 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 30 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 32 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #3 in Rhode Island and #125 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score. 27 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Rhode Island School of Design.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Rhode Island School of Design admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
32 and Above Good >41%
29 to 32 Avg + 27%-41%
27 to 29 Avg - 19%-27%
25 to 27 Reach 14%-19%
Less than 25 Low <14%
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RISD GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.6
Typical High School Grades
B+

What GPA do you need to get into Rhode Island School of Design?

Applicants require very good grades in high school to get into RISD. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Rhode Island School of Design was 3.6 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #2 in Rhode Island for highest average GPA. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to RISD will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Rhode Island School of Design students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
4.0 26.0% Avg +
3.75 to 3.99 16.0% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 25.0% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 14.0% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 11.0% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 6.0% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 1.0% Reach
1.00 to 1.99 1.0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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Applying

Admission Statistics

Rhode Island School of Design admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 3,003 998 4,001
Accepted 722 363 1,085
Acceptance Rate 24% 36% 27%
Enrolled 276 137 413
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 38% 38% 38%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Feb 1, 2022
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2022 has passed. Applications were due on Feb 1, 2022.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Rhode Island School of Design is $60.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Rhode Island School of Design and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Rhode Island School of Design Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Required

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Rhode Island School of Design
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=217493 IPEDS survey data for Rhode Island School of Design.

FAQs

Does Rhode Island School of Design prefer SAT or ACT?

73% of students submit their SAT scores to RISD. 27% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Rhode Island School of Design?

27% of those who apply are granted admission to RISD. Admission competition is high and the college has exceptional admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Rhode Island School of Design?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1250 and 1470. 73% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Rhode Island School of Design?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 27 and 32. 27% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.