Plan ahead

Upon receiving an acceptance, admitted students will receive information about and resources for completing the enrollment process. We also host several orientation events that introduces incoming students to the campus and community.

Summer events and programs

The graduate experience starts in early September with Orientation, a weeklong series of events and information sessions for all incoming grad students. Programming provides general information about the RISD community and an overview of available resources, department-based meetings and several opportunities to mingle and connect with the rest of the incoming class.

In addition, the following departments run summer programs that incoming students may be required to attend:

  • Architecture | 3-year MArch
  • Interior Architecture | MDes (both programs) and MA
  • Landscape Architecture | 2- and 3-year MLA
  • Teaching + Learning in Art + Design | MAT

Support for international students

RISD also offers a series of events and information sessions of specific interest to incoming international students. Taking place just before the general orientation, this program is required for all new graduate students who require a visa to study in the US and open to all others who consider themselves part of the international student community. Parents and families of international students will also be invited to participate in select orientation events.

For newly enrolled international students, RISD's Office of International Student Services offers support and services to assist with immigration compliance, cultural and language adjustment and navigating required procedures in the US. Visit the OISS website for more information.

Campus housing and dining

Graduate students who choose to live on campus may apply for RISD housing. Those that do will be given preference in choosing accommodations at Charles Landing, a 120-unit apartment complex just north of the central campus that offers studio, one- and two-bedroom units. Find out more on the Residence Life website.

A wide variety of great food is available at several locations on campus. RISD Dining also focuses on the stewardship of natural resources and promotes recycling, energy efficiency and local product purchasing. Find more information about RISD Dining and meal plans here.