Incoming student timeline

Completing your enrollment is just the beginning. Here are the important milestones coming up through the summer. Updated information regarding orientation programs and Welcome Week will be posted here as it becomes available. If you have general questions about orientation, contact orientation@risd.edu or 401 454-6602.

Summer program shipping opens

RISD has partnered with Jones Storage to meet the shipping needs of incoming students. If you'd like to ship belongings to campus prior to the start of your program, please check out the detailed instructions for new students provided by Mail Services.

ID card photo deadline (for summer program students)

Please submit a photo that meets the following requirements to cardservices@risd.edu:

  • A clear, high-quality photo with a plain light-colored background
  • A front view of your whole face alone
  • Taken within the last three months
  • No hat or dark glasses
  • JPEG format


Residence halls open for students attending Summer Orientation / Summer Orientation begins

Graduate students enrolled in the MDes in Interior Studies and MArch Architecture summer program participate in Summer Orientation. More information about the various summer programs can be found here.

International students who require a visa to study in the US will also be required to participate in International Orientation, beginning August 31 and Graduate Welcome Week.

Summer orientation ends June 18.

Fall semester shipping opens

RISD has partnered with Jones Storage to meet the shipping needs of incoming students. If you'd like to ship belongings to campus prior to the start of your program, please check out the detailed instructions for new students provided by Mail Services.

Health forms due (for summer program students)

Graduate student participating in the Summer EFS program or other summer programs must submit their health forms to health@risd.edu.

Summer Experimental and Foundation Studies program begins

Summer health insurance waiver deadline

The summer health insurance waiver is optional and only for those students enrolled in summer programs who do not want to participate in RISD's health insurance plan. Information about immunization requirements can be found through RISD Health Services.

Residence halls open for TLAD Master of Arts in Teaching summer session

Students staying on campus for TLAD summer session must also live on campus for the academic year.

Classes begin for TLAD Master of Arts in Teaching summer session

Summer Experimental and Foundation Studies program ends

Residence halls close for Summer Experimental and Foundation Studies program

Deadline for off-campus students to register address with Office of Residence Life

Addresses of off-campus residences must be registered at the Housing Portal.

ID card photo deadline (for students beginning Fall 2017)

Please submit a photo that meets the following requirements to cardservices@risd.edu:

  • A clear, high-quality photo with a plain light-colored background
  • A front view of your whole face alone
  • Taken within the last three months
  • No hat or dark glasses
  • JPEG format

Please be prepared to present valid photo identification (license, passport, military ID etc.) at orientation check-in.

Health insurance waiver deadline

Health insurance waiver deadline (optional, only for students who do not want to participate in RISD’s health insurance plan for the 2017–18 academic year). Information about immunization requirements can be found through RISD Health Services.

Classes end for TLAD Master of Arts in Teaching summer session

International Orientation begins

International Orientation (through September 2) is required for all new graduate students who require a visa to study in the U.S. If you do not require a visa but consider yourself part of the international student community, please email oiss@risd.edu.

Residence halls open for Fall semester

Graduate Orientation begins

Graduate Orientation (through September 9) includes events and informational programming for all incoming graduate students. If you have any questions please contact orientation@risd.edu.

Fall semester classes begin

Fall semester classes and critiques end

Residence Halls close for holiday break

Charles Landing students can stay on campus through the break by registering with Residence Life.