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Transfer student information

Below you'll find information specifically for incoming transfer students. If you have questions about the enrollment process, please contact If you have questions about Summer EFS, please contact the Experimental and Foundation Studies department. You can find more important dates for transfers on the incoming student timeline.

Info for transfer students

Plan a visit

Transfer students are encouraged to reach out and schedule a day on campus with members of our Admissions team. We'll arrange your visit options and answer any questions you might have about the RISD community. If interested, please contact

Summer EFS

Most transfer students are required to attend the Summer EFS program, a six-week immersion in RISD’s approach to studio learning. The program is taught by EFS faculty and offers the same three studios as in the foundation year: Drawing, Design and Spatial Dynamics. Each studio session meets 10 hours (over one and a half days) a week—or a total of 60 hours per course.

Students who complete the program successfully earn nine of the 18 required credits in EFS and find it to be an excellent way to transition to RISD. It both strengthens their confidence as makers and reinforces critical thinking and making capabilities. You can find important dates related to transfer students, including the dates of Summer EFS, below.

Summer EFS costs

Your enrollment deposit of $500 is applied as partial payment for summer tuition. The balance of charges for your summer enrollment will be billed during the course of the program.

Tuition: $6,851
Estimated housing and dining: $3,480
Health Insurance: $327**

Estimated cost of materials: $700 (depending on your assignments, supplies are available at the risd:store, the risd:store 3D and at other art and hardware stores in the area)

*Students are required to live on campus for the summer program. Students who are married, over 21 years of age by September 1, or who live with a parent or guardian within commuting distance of campus may request a waiver of this requirement (please contact Residence Life for details).

**Students enrolled in a comparable US-based health insurance policy may elect to waive the Student Health Insurance policy. More details can be found online at

Summer EFS Orientation

Running from June 13 to June 15, this orientation is for transfer students who are required to attend Summer EFS.