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RISD Admission Chances


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Acceptance Chances

Can I get into RISD? These admission statistics provide an indication how difficult it is to get in and what your chances are. 902 out of 2,425 applicants or 37% were admitted making RISD a more competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for average applicants. Academically, it has extremely high requirements for admission test scores. Rhode Island School of Design typically accepts and attracts B+ average high school students. Of those applicants which were admitted, 51% enrolled. With over half of admitted students enrolling, acceptance by Rhode Island School of Design is a prized outcome for many students.

Women Men Total
Applied 1,844 581 2,425
Accepted 616 286 902
Acceptance Rate 33% 49% 37%
Enrolled 322 142 464
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 52% 50% 51%

Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT and ACT requirements for students to be admitted to Rhode Island School of Design and what score do you need to get in? The tables below describe the SAT and ACT test score percentile profile of the Fall 2015 starting class.

ACT Requirements

Admission data indicates that RISD regularly accepts students with ACTs of 25 and above. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 22 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 28 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 32 and above have very competitive chances. 19 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Rhode Island School of Design.

SAT Requirements (New SAT)

Reporting indicates the school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1230 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 1115. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1345 out of 1600. A competitive SAT score is critical as 80 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
SAT Composite 1230 1460
SAT Reading 630 720
SAT Math 600 750
ACT Composite 25 32
ACT English 26 33
ACT Math 24 31

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by Score

What do these ratings mean?

ACT Score Competitiveness Est. Admission Chances
32 and Above Good >52%
28 to 32 Avg + 37%-52%
25 to 28 Avg - 27%-37%
22 to 25 Reach 19%-27%
Less than 22 Low <19%
SAT Score (NEW 1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1460 and Above Good >50%
1345 to 1460 Avg + 37%-50%
1230 to 1345 Avg - 26%-37%
1115 to 1230 Reach 17%-26%
Less than 1115 Low <17%

Estimated GPA Requirements

You will need very good grades in high school to get into Rhode Island School of Design. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Rhode Island School of Design was 3.5 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. 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?

Fall 2017 Application Deadline

The application deadline for Fall 2017 has passed. Applications were due on Feb 1, 2017.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Rhode Island School of Design and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Test Scores 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

Does accept high school AP credits or award dual credit towards both a college and high school degree?

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.