Easing your transition at a difficult time.

Answers for Students Admitted in 2020

Newly entering as a student can be overwhelming at the best of times, so we’re trying to take the added stress off as best we can.

2020 Admitted Undergraduate Students

The Admissions office is suspending OPEN RISD, our annual admitted students event. In the meantime, you can sign up for our online info sessions and stay tuned for virtual admitted student day content coming your way soon.

RISD is committed to working with students and families impacted by the COVID-19 virus. At this time the deposit deadline is still May 1. If you require a deposit extension please email and we will review your request.

All admitted students will need to submit final transcripts with proof of graduation before they can matriculate in the fall. We will be as flexible as possible with students who are having difficulty acquiring this documentation.

Admitted students who wish to defer their enrollment for one year should first confirm their intent to enroll by submitting the $500 enrollment deposit. Following the submission of the enrollment deposit, students should email with the request, desired start term, and what they anticipate doing during your gap year.

2020 Admitted Graduate Students

Email us at when you expect to receive your transcripts and we will work with you.

Admitted students are eligible to request a one-year deferral from your Graduate Program Director(GPD). Your GPD will determine if the department has the capacity to grant your request. This is determined on a case-by-case basis. *Please note, any financial aid or scholarships are not guaranteed for the following year.

In response to COVID-19, all summer programs are transitioning to remote learning, and each program specific curriculum for the summer is being adapted for online delivery. To learn more about these changes, please visit the summer program website. If you require further guidance with respect to your specific program, please reach out to your designated Graduate Program Director.

Information to apply for an I-20 is available in your portal. Once you have completed the necessary forms, Admissions will start working on creating your I-20’s and upload it back to your portal for you. This process usually takes two weeks from when all your required documents are submitted.

The RISD Graduate Welcome site will continue to be the best resource for up-to-date information and important upcoming dates and deadlines.

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