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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 1: International Students complete all forms R
  • due June 15: Complete housing application R

July 2020

  • due July 1: Sign up for RISD Alerts 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
  • early July: International Baccalaureate (IB) exam scores become available (students should confirm directly with the International Baccalaureate Organization that their scores will be sent to RISD this summer)
  • due July 31: Project Thrive applications (notification of acceptance by August 7)
  • 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
  • Aug 29–Sept 2: Move-in

September 2020

The fall schedule has been adjusted in alignment with RISD’s ongoing response to COVID-19. Plans for orientation are being reevaluated and new information will be published on this site as soon as possible.

  • Aug 29–Sept 2: Move-in
  • Sept 3: Quarantine Week I
  • Sept 10: Classes start online only
  • Sept 10–16: Quarantine Week II
  • Sept 17: Classes continue de-densified campus

October 2020

November 2020

  • November 26–27: Thanksgiving Break on campus (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—process is TBA for 2020-21)