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For first-year students

September may seem far away, but there’s still a lot to do once you've been accepted. The following list gives you a month-by-month view of upcoming events, deadlines and next steps to remember.

Please note:

Required tasks (marked with an R) need to be completed in the incoming student portal. This page will be updated over the coming months with additional deadlines and tasks. If you are an international student please make sure to refer to our international student support content. If you are considering deferring your admission, please refer to RISD's deferral policy.

March 2020

  • March 17: Regular Decision students notified
  • Regular Decision students submit $500 enrollment deposit by May 1 R
    • (3 days after submitting your deposit you will receive an email about your RISD email account)
  • TBA: Brown | RISD Dual Degree acceptance notification

April 2020

May 2020

June 2020

  • due June 15: Complete housing application R
  • due June 29: Project Thrive applications (notification of acceptance during the last week of June)

July 2020

  • due July 1: Sign up for RISD Alerts R
  • due July 1: International Students complete all forms R
  • due July 1: Complete Title IX online training R
  • due July 1: Review student policies R
  • due July 1: Upload your health records from your healthcare provider R
  • due July 1: Submit ID card photo R
  • due July 1: Submit final high school transcripts R
  • end of July: Gather original documents/materials needed for student employment (ex: driver’s license, government photo ID, US passport, social security card, birth certificate with seal)

August 2020

  • due August 15: Submit first bill payment R

September 2020

  • September 3–5: Move in and International Student Orientation (required for all students needing a visa to study at RISD. If you do not require a US visa but consider yourself part of the international student community and want to attend International Orientation, please fill out the “International Orientation” form in your incoming student portal and we’ll reach out with more information)
  • September 3–5: Move in and Project Thrive Orientation (for participating students)
  • September 6–8: Move in and New Student Orientation (required for all new undergraduate students)
  • TBA: Parent/Family Orientation
  • September 9: Start of fall classes

October 2020

November 2020

  • November 25–29: RISD Thanksgiving break (RISD housing remains open)

December 2020

  • December 15: Last day of the fall semester
  • December 16: RISD housing closes for winter break (but students may request to stay for an additional fee)