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RISD during COVID-19

Our students are back to full immersion in making and learning—but with extensive health and safety protocols to keep everyone safe.

Vaccination and quarantine FAQs for incoming students

Our site has been updated with all the latest information about vaccination and quarantine requirements for this summer and the 2021–22 academic year.

How we reopened in 2020

Wondering what campus looks like right now? From hundreds of new sanitizing stations to reimagined curriculums and outdoor classrooms, the RISD community worked tirelessly to support our students on campus again.

Keeping RISD safe

RISD has implemented testing, physical distancing, disinfecting measures and other campus-wide efforts to safeguard the health and wellbeing of our community. Visit for a complete and up-to-date picture of how RISD is keeping students, faculty, and staff safe.

What a hybrid academic model looks like

RISD’s fall 2020 semester offered as much in-person instruction as safely possible. Core studio and shop-based courses were held in person, with other courses held both online and in person. To get a sense of how this is working per division in spring 2021, read more on

What campus life looks like now

With most in-person gatherings and traditions on hold this year, this is an unusual academic year for us all. Despite this, we're still finding lots of ways to meet—from virtual dinners to online studio visits to new student zoom events, students are getting to know each other and connecting over shared interests.