For first-year students

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.

December 2022

  • December 14: Early Decision students notified

January 2023

  • January 12: Early Decision students submit $500 enrollment deposit (non-refundable) R

March 2023

  • March 17: Regular Decision students notified
  • Mid-March: Register for online info sessions
  • March 31: Brown | RISD Dual Degree acceptance notification

April 2023

  • Early April: Incoming student forms available to fill out via your incoming student portal (health forms, RISD alerts, student policies) R

May 2023

June 2023

  • Early June: International students complete all international forms R
  • June 1: applications due for RISD First-Generation to College Pre-Orientation Program: RISD FGC POP
  • Mid-June: Watch your RISD email for regular outreach from Student Financial Services and respond to any requests for missing financial aid information
  • June 14: Wednesday Webinar 7–8:30 pm ET
    Get Involved with Residence Life, Center for Student Involvement, & Intercultural Student Engagement
    Learn more about getting involved on the RISD campus and locally within Providence, as well as finding your community through shared identities, hobbies and passions. Each department will discuss the kinds of events, programs and areas through which you can connect and engage socially. Watch recording >
  • June 21: Wednesday Webinar 7–8:30 pm ET
    Get Paid with Student Employment, Student Financial Services, and International Student and Scholar Affairs
    Find out more about on-campus employment as both a domestic and international student, and about the kind of support that financial services can provide you with while you’re here. Watch recording >
  • June 28: Wednesday Webinar 7–8:30 pm ET
    Get Around with Public Safety, Dining, Card Services, Food Pantry, RISD Store, Mailroom
    There are a lot of new things to navigate when you go to college. These teams are here to support many of your basic needs when you arrive on campus, whether it's eating a good meal, picking up your packages, or getting the supplies you need for a last-minute project! Watch recording >

July 2023

  • July 1: Submit final high school transcripts R
  • July 3: Review your fall bill, which will be emailed to your student RISD email address. Students can add authorized users
  • July 12: Wednesday Webinar 7–8:30 pm ET
    Get Ahead with Extrademics
    Every student manages their classes and studio space differently.
    The Extrademics team is here to support, expand, and enrich your time at RISD through advocacy, tutoring, research, grant writing, and career preparation. With 15 departments in total, this team can support your academics holistically. Watch recording >
  • Mid July: Submit all incoming student forms and to-do items R
  • July 14: Submit all health forms and vaccine information to your online Patient Portal. Students unable to get the COVID-19 booster in your country of origin should contact Health Services for assistance in getting this vaccine upon arrival to campus. R
  • July 19: Wednesday Webinar 7–8:30 pm ET
    Get Support with Health Education & Prevention, Health Services, Counseling and Psychological Services, Disability Student Services, Care Team
    Your mental health and well-being matter. Join us to learn how you can connect with available campus resources to support your access needs, mental and emotional well-being, and health education. Watch recording >
  • July 26: Wednesday Webinar 7–8:30 pm ET
    Get Informed with Equity & Compliance (for students only)
    Connect with the Equity & Compliance team to learn how they help create a learning, living and working environment free from discrimination. This webinar is meant for students only and the Q&A portion will be anonymous and will not be recorded. More info >
  • 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 2023

  • August 1: Fall bill is due
  • August 4: Webinar 7 am ET
    Cultural Considerations
    Join us for the Cultural Considerations Webinar to learn about some topics that you may experience within and outside of the classroom as you navigate studying in the United States. Some of the topics include: American academic expectations, cultural adjustment and transition, communications (small talk, idioms, etc) and relationships, belonging and community building. More info >
  • August 9: Wednesday Webinar 7–8 pm ET
    Federal Work Study 101
    Students who receive federal work study as part of their financial aid package can learn more about what exactly is work study, the benefits of work study, how work study can help pay off your tuition balance, where to find available jobs on campus, and more. More info >
  • August 16: FGC POP Move-In
  • August 31: Residence halls open for new international students
  • August 31 – September 2: International Student Orientation for Undergraduates

September 2023

  • August 31 - September 2: International Student Orientation for Undergraduate students
  • September 2: FGC POP concludes
  • September 3: Residence halls open for First-Year undergraduate students
  • September 3: First-Year undergraduate students move-in
  • September 3 – September 5: New undergraduate student orientation
  • September 6: First day of classes and Welcome Back evening activities for ALL students

More upcoming events at Involved site

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