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Answers for Alumni

Right now, it’s critical that we come together as a community, so here are some alternate ways to connect and support RISD.

For students residing on campus who are not able to return to their permanent residences, the college has established a process by which they may request accommodations.

The college is not closed. We remain open and focused on our central mission of teaching, learning, and creative and scholarly work. When possible, staff and faculty will be working remotely, but staff who support our students on a daily basis will report to campus.

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the RISD Museum has closed until further notice.

Because of our concerns around COVID-19, and in order to ensure that our essential work can continue, access to college facilities such as studios and classrooms are restricted to essential faculty and staff.

All regional gatherings of more than 25 people have been canceled. Alumni clubs and groups may, at their discretion, continue with smaller events if they deem local conditions suitable.

The COVID-19 outbreak represents an unprecedented health crisis and is creating challenges for every aspect of our society. The administration, in consultation with medical experts, faculty, peer institutions and trustees, made this decision in order to protect those on our campus who are most at risk from COVID-19. We are committed to ensuring the continuity of learning and teaching so that all students can complete the semester for academic credit.

Because students will not be on campus for the rest of the semester we will not be able to hold the Celebration of Scholarships this year.

All in-person admissions tours, information sessions, and accepted student programming are suspended until further notice. The college enjoyed a record number of applicants for the Class of 2024, and all students will receive their decisions on March 17, but the usual on campus programs for admitted students will be replaced by virtual and other programs.

RISD has been investing in building new communications tools for alumni, foremost of which is We urge you to check the site for news about the situation on campus, with our students, and news from members of our alumni community.

RISD and its students are grateful for your support. We welcome you to:

  • Be a resource for fellow alumni and students by becoming a mentor on the RISD Network.
  • Give to RISD in any amount to support current students and the programs on which they rely. This is especially important as the financial implications of COVID-19 are unclear and may have an adverse impact on our campus. The Student Emergency Fund, which supports students during times of difficulty, is focused for the time being on aiding students who need financial assistance as they transition off campus.
  • Become a volunteer leader in a regional club or affinity group.
  • Offer internships to RISD students and post job opportunities for recent grads.
  • Participate in an alumni leadership committee or task force.
  • Offer to host a summer welcome event for students and families new to RISD, and welcome recent graduates in your area.

At this time of year, many students are searching for jobs—and students in other class years are searching for internships. Any listings or leads you know of are tremendously helpful to us. Please post jobs and internships on the RISD Career Center boards.

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