This was true past years as well. My daughter heard from all other art schools well before she heard from RISD at the very end of March. I think RISD gets more applications than most of the other schools, and in any case the portfolios aren't even due yet at RISD (I recall Feb. 15--still true?) and RISD may not begin to do much evaluation of applicants until after the first of the year and won't finish until they have all portfolios.
The materials for RISD's earlier admission date was mid Dec and they said admission letters should be received at the end of Jan. I was surprised that my son received his other letters so quickly and was just wondering.
So, is your daughter currently at RISD? I'd love to hear how she feels about what ever program she is currently attending!
I misunderstood. I don't know about the early admissions response time. But based on what I reported above, don't be surprised if your son hears only at the end of January.
My daughter graduated from RISD 3 years ago with a major in industrial design (ID). She really liked her program, and RISD in general. RISD is very demanding, just like most art schools. But she never regretted her decision to attend there. She's now working freelance in NYC, doing ID and graphic design work. She has an interest in ecological design (green design, substainable design -- lots of related words) and is also contemplating getting into an MFA or possibly even an MBA program in a year or so.
My daughter applied to RISD's early December deadline 3 years ago and did not hear until the published date....January 30th, I think...and I think the mail wasn't received until Feb. 1st or 2nd. The envelope said "Congratulations" on the outside, so it was no surprise :-)
Well, decisions are out and we are a very happy family! (My son requested that his decision be emailed and he received the news yesterday!) We are planning a trip at the end of the month to revisit the campus. Any suggestions as to things we "must" see?
That's great news! As for visiting, I would urge you to find out which studios (classes) might be accessible for you to visit. Most of the instructors are very open to having visitors, but some days may be more interesting than others. Of course, there's much more you can see including the RISD museum, bookstore, dorms, and hangouts. Take a look at some of the "useful links" that I've posted here. Your son might visit some of the discussion groups, introduce himself, and ask current students what they'd recommend he check out when he visits. You can also visit the Brown campus (right next door to RISD).
My daughter loved being at RISD and in Providence (but also within reach of NY where she had quite a few former high school classmates attending NYU, Columbia, etc.).
Providence has some terrific restaurants right in the RISD neighborhood. If you don't mind paying for quality, a few of those would be New Rivers Bistro, Neath's, and Mills Tavern. Also Hemenways is a very good seafood place. These are just some of my favorites; there are several other good ones, some less pricey.
Congratulations! I love visiting my daughter in Providence...it is a great city. My 19 yr. old son is going to visit his sister at RISD on President's Day weekend....she can't wait to show him around.
This is Wintersession, so the class schedules and types are a little different. My daughter is taking a class with the college president, Roger Mandle. Let's just say it has been interesting :-) She is also taking a painting studio learning techniques of the old masters.
Thayer Street has lots of restaurants and shops...I feel very old when I go there but Daughter loves to take us to a favorite restaurant whenever we visit. I'm sorry...but I'm really bad with names. We've gone to an Indian restaurant that was very busy and reasonably priced. The Creperie (sp?) is a favorite of hers and the Market Street Grille, too. Fire and Ice was interesting at the Providence Place Mall. We've had some good Italian food on Federal Hill, too.
Drive around and find the park near RISD with the incredible view from "the hill" of downtown Providence. It has the statue of Roger Williams that is found in many visitor guides. (I told you I was bad with names!) It is a great photo opportunity.
Try to get into the new library at 15 West (the "new" dorm building for upper classmen)...a campus tour will probably include the library...it is incredible!
Go to one of their open house weekends. They will go over what is expected in the portfolio, etc. They used to require 3 original drawings...probably still do. According to CollegeBoard, the mid-range SAT is 1100 - 1330 (reading and math only). For an art school they are very academically minded.