Rhode Island School of Design

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$53,820
3.9% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$40,048
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
2.31%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
27.1%
4,001 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
2,227
100% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
88.7%
410 Graduates

About

Rhode Island School of Design is a higher education institution located in Providence County, RI. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Rhode Island School of Design were Illustration (98 degrees awarded), Systems Science & Theory (69 degrees), and Graphic Design (46 degrees).

In 2020, 684 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Rhode Island School of Design. 69% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 31% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (218 degrees), 2.4 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (91 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Rhode Island School of Design is $53,820, which is $39,420 more than the national average for Special Focus Institutions ($14,400).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Rhode Island School of Design is $53,820, which is $39,420 more than the national average for Special Focus Institutions ($14,400).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $40,048.

In 2020, 35% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 32% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$53,820
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at Rhode Island School of Design was $53,820. The cost of tuition at Rhode Island School of Design is $39,420 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Special Focus Institutions ($14,400).

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Average Net Price

$40,048
2020 Value
0.646%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 Rhode Island School of Design had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $40,048. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of Rhode Island School of Design grew by 0.646%.

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Other Student Expenses

$13,720
Room and Board
$2,700
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Rhode Island School of Design was of $13,720 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $2,700. The cost of room and board increased by 2.39% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

35%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
32%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

35% of undergraduate students at Rhode Island School of Design received grants or loans in 2020. This represents a decline of 7.89% with respect to 2019, when 38% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

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2.31%
2018 Default Rate
8
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at Rhode Island School of Design was 2.31%, which represents 8 out of the 347 total borrowers.

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Admissions

Rhode Island School of Design received 4,001 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 4.41% annual growth. Out of those 4,001 applicants, 1,085 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 27.1% acceptance rate.

There were 2,227 students enrolled at Rhode Island School of Design in 2020, and 68% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Rhode Island School of Design has an overall enrollment yield of 38.1%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

27.1%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
1,085
Accepted Out of 4,001

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Rhode Island School of Design was 27.1% (1,085 admissions from 4,001 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 25.8%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants grew by 4.41%, while admissions grew by 9.93%.

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SAT Scores

68%
Submission Percentage
280
Scores Submitted

68% of enrolled first-time students at Rhode Island School of Design in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Rhode Island School of Design has a total enrollment of 2,227 students. The full-time enrollment at Rhode Island School of Design is 2,227 students and the part-time enrollment is 0. This means that 100% of students enrolled at Rhode Island School of Design are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Rhode Island School of Design, both undergraduate and graduate, is 26.4% White, 18.1% Asian, 8.49% Hispanic or Latino, 5.57% Two or More Races, 4.22% Black or African American, 0.0898% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Rhode Island School of Design in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly Asian Female (15.2%), followed by White Female (14.5%) and White Male (11.9%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (16.1%), followed by White Male (10.4%) and Asian Female (3.26%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

100%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Rhode Island School of Design, both undergraduate and graduate, is 2,227 students. The full-time enrollment at Rhode Island School of Design is 2,227 and the part-time enrollment is 0. This means that 100% of students enrolled at Rhode Island School of Design are enrolled full-time compared with 68.5% at similar Special Focus Institutions.

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Retention Rate over Time

85%
2020 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Rhode Island School of Design was 85%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Special Focus Institutions (71.5%), Rhode Island School of Design had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    588
  2. Asian
    402
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    189

The enrolled student population at Rhode Island School of Design is 26.4% White, 18.1% Asian, 8.49% Hispanic or Latino, 5.57% Two or More Races, 4.22% Black or African American, 0.0898% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Special Focus Institutions is 44% White, 17.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 14.4% Black or African American.

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Graduates

In 2020, 260 more women than men received degrees from Rhode Island School of Design. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Rhode Island School of Design is white (218 degrees awarded). There were 2.4 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (91 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Rhode Island School of Design is Illustration (98 degrees awarded), followed by Systems Science & Theory (69 degrees) and Graphic Design (46 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Rhode Island School of Design, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Architecture and Related Services (149 degrees awarded), Visual & Performing Arts (343 degrees), and Interdisciplinary Studies (118 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Rhode Island School of Design are Other managers (245,709 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (200,790 people), Graphic designers (115,109 people), Architects, except landscape and naval (113,131 people), and Postsecondary teachers (111,292 people).

The most specialized majors at Rhode Island School of Design are Architecture and Related Services (149 degrees awarded), Visual & Performing Arts (343 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (118 degrees), Precision Production (30 degrees), and Human Sciences (26 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Rhode Island School of Design are Surgeons, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Physicians, Dentists, and Aircraft pilots & flight engineers

The most specialized majors at Rhode Island School of Design are Architecture and Related Services (149 degrees awarded), Visual & Performing Arts (343 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (118 degrees), Precision Production (30 degrees), and Human Sciences (26 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Rhode Island School of Design are Elementary & secondary schools (476,897 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (294,910 people), Architectural, engineering & related services (188,499 people), Computer Systems Design (185,420 people), and General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (181,845 people).

The most specialized majors at Rhode Island School of Design are Architecture and Related Services (149 degrees awarded), Visual & Performing Arts (343 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (118 degrees), Precision Production (30 degrees), and Human Sciences (26 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Rhode Island School of Design.
Most Common
  1. 98 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 69 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 46 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Rhode Island School of Design was Illustration with 98 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

212
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
472
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 212 degrees were awarded to men at Rhode Island School of Design, which is 0.449 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (472).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 40 degrees were awarded to men at Rhode Island School of Design in Systems Science & Theory, which is 0.755 times less than the 53 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 80 degrees were awarded to women at Rhode Island School of Design in Architectural & Building Sciences & Technology, which is 2.22 times more than the 36 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

70%
100% Completion Time
89%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 70% of students graduating from Rhode Island School of Design completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 89% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 90% within 200%.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Black or African American Female
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Rhode Island School of Design is Female and Black or African American (100% graduation rate). Across all Special Focus Institutions, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 4.15% of graduates (17 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    218 degrees awarded
  2. Asian
    91 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    52 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Rhode Island School of Design is white (218 degrees awarded). There were 2.4 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (91 degrees).

2.92% of degree recipients (20 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Female
    145 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    73 degrees awarded
  3. Asian Female
    66 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Rhode Island School of Design is white female (145 degrees awarded). There were 1.99 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (73 degrees).

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Operations

Rhode Island School of Design has an endowment valued at nearly $349M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $5.39M (1.54%), compared to the 1.87% average return ($195k on $10.4M) across all Special Focus Institutions.

In 2020, Rhode Island School of Design had a total salary expenditure of $159M. Rhode Island School of Design employs 66 Professors, 60 Associate professors, and 55 Assistant professors. Most academics at Rhode Island School of Design are Male Associate professors (39), Female Professors(34), and Male Professors (32).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Rhode Island School of Design are: Service, with 162 employees, Management, with 135 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 108 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$349M
2020 Endowment
0.604%
decline from 2019

Rhode Island School of Design has an endowment valued at about $349M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of Rhode Island School of Design declined 0.604% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $339M higher than than the median endowment of Special Focus Institutions according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Special Focus Four-Year: Arts, Music & Design Schools Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $2.22M - Federal
  2. $261k - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2020, Rhode Island School of Design received $2.22M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $261k from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$81M
2020 Salaries
7.78%
growth from 2019

In 2020, Rhode Island School of Design paid a median of $81M in salaries, which represents 50.9% of their overall expenditure ($159M) and a 7.78% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 12.7% growth from 2018 and a 4.09% growth from 2017.

The median for similar Special Focus Institutions is 2.95M (42.1% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$16.7M
Instructional Salaries
185
Number of Employees

In 2020, Rhode Island School of Design paid a total of $16.7M to 185 employees working as instructors, which represents 20.6% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $855k (29%) for similar Special Focus Institutions.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
66 Employees
Service
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
162 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at Rhode Island School of Design were Professor with 66 employees; Associate professor with 60 employees; and Associate professor with 55 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Rhode Island School of Design were Service with 162 employees; Management with 135 employees; and Office and Administrative Support with 108 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Associate professor
  2. Female Professor
  3. Male Professor

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Rhode Island School of Design was Male Associate professor with 39 employees, Female Professor with 34 employees, and Male Professor with 32 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Rhode Island School of Design.

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