Find your place

You'll join a broad-minded, globally influenced, actively engaged student body and benefit from a campus community dedicated to creating a fun and supportive environment beyond the studio.


Whether you're looking to connect with students from shared identities and cultural backgrounds, or who have interests in athletics, entrepreneurship, global impact, or service, you'll find your community at RISD. The Center for Student Involvement (CSI) supports more than 50 diverse student organizations and offers opportunities for students to create their own. CSI also organizes campus-wide events, leadership development opportunities, and service learning programs. Sign into Involved once you receive your RISD credentials to see a current listing of student organizations and campus-sponsored events.


The Office of Intercultural Student Engagement (ISE) recognizes RISD's ever-changing campus and supports its global community through programming related to social justice, social identity and the celebration of cultural heritage. ISE advocates for students of historically marginalized groups including, but not limited to, first-generation college students (through Project Thrive), international and immigrant students, students with disabilities, students of color and LGBTQIA+ students. ISE also provides support related to socioeconomic status, religion and spirituality.

Student employment

Though classes will take up a good portion of your day (especially during your first year), part-time work study is common at RISD. More than half the student body participates in the Work Study Program, which consists of both Federal Work Study (FWS) and student employment.

If you choose to work on campus, you're required to complete the appropriate federal documents. US citizens need to provide evidence of identity (driver’s license, RISD ID or government photo ID) and US citizenship (US passport, social security card or birth certificate with a seal). International students must apply for and receive a social security number, which can be done after arrival at RISD. It's important that you bring your original documents to campus with you since copies cannot be used in this process. More information about the student employment program will be shared over the summer and during student orientation.