Please visit COVID.RISD.EDU to track how we’re ensuring health and safety on campus.

For families

Congratulations on your student’s success and welcome to RISD! We look forward to getting to know you better over the coming years and urge you to start to get to know us better by reviewing the information on this site.

Please note that many plans for 2020–21 have been adjusted to bolster RISD’s prioritization of public health. Please check the new RISD COVID plan for updated information about the 2020–21 academic year.

Stay on top of things

There's a lot your student needs to do before they arrive and many ways you can help them transition to life at RISD. Remind them to check their email frequently (for updates from and the incoming student portal (to complete required forms) and refer to this site for the bigger picture regarding upcoming events, next steps and information about life at RISD.

Important dates

Our first-year, transfer and Brown | RISD Dual Degree incoming student calendars will help you and your student stay on task and plan ahead. In our Academic Calendar 20/21, you'll find key dates for everything after orientation, once classes begin.

In the months prior to orientation, be sure to consider attending our various online events (see calendar below for events relevant to families of admitted students or check out our info session line-up for the full offering).

Tuition + student accounts

Student Financial Services supports your family in making the best use of all resources available to help finance the costs of attending RISD. Students can view charges, review financial aid and schedule payments through the Student Accounts Center at They can also provide access to authorized users that will allow them to view their account. Once granted access, authorized users will receive monthly reminders to review the account in addition to important billing reminders. For more on financial services, please review our tuition and aid information.

Shipping and moving in

As you're helping your student prep for their move, please take a look at our information on getting to RISD, housing and dining and exploring Providence. For various shipping and move-in dates, please refer to our new student calendars. Specific times for moving in to RISD Housing will be specified as part of the detailed orientation schedules (and will be shared in the summer).

Accommodations in Providence

If you’re planning to travel to Providence for summer orientation, be sure to consider booking your accommodations through RISD’s travel portal where you'll find discounted rates for RISD affiliates. Additionally, be sure to check out our guide for traveling to and around Providence.

Info for international families

If your student is coming to RISD from overseas and you have questions about visas and travel, please be sure to review our information for international students.

RISD Families Association

As a family member of a RISD student, you are also a member of the RISD Families Association. Welcome! There are many ways to get involved—from volunteering to giving to advocacy. Regardless of how you participate, you play a pivotal role in shaping the RISD experience.

Reach out to our Institutional Engagement team about additional opportunities to join the Leadership Council or serve on committees focused on international family engagement, life after RISD, etc.

Upcoming Events

September: Parent/Family Orientation (date TBA)

For parents/families of students attending International Student Orientation.

September: Parent/Family Orientation (second date TBA)

For the parents/families of students attending New Student Orientation (same program as above).



RISD Weekend

During RISD Weekend, alumni, parents, students and friends gather on campus for a celebration of everything that makes RISD extraordinary—the people, the studios, the conversation, the work. The two-and-a-half day event features a mix of exhibitions, panels, talks, tours and demonstrations.

There are no events at this time.