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For transfer students

September may seem far away, but there’s still a lot to do once you've been accepted. The following list will give 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.

May 2020

June 2020

  • due June 1: Transfer students submit $500 enrollment deposit R
    • (3 days after submitting your deposit you will receive an email about your setting up your RISD email account)
  • due June 1: International students complete all forms R
  • June 8: Online orientation begins for Summer EFS (check your RISD email for instructions)
  • June 10: Housing portal opens
  • due June 15: Complete housing application R
  • due June 22: Complete online orientation for Summer EFS

July 2020

  • due July 1: Submit final high school transcripts R
  • due July 1: International students complete all forms R
  • 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 provided by your health care provider R
  • due July 1: Submit ID card photo R
  • July 6: Summer Experimental and Foundation Studies online courses begin
  • 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

  • August 14: Summer Experimental and Foundation Studies online courses ends
  • due August 15: Submit final 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 RISD's fall semester
  • December 16: RISD housing closes for winter break (but students may request to stay—process is TBA for 2020-21)