Readmission – Undergraduate

Note: the information below is for undergraduate-level readmission. Please find information about graduate-level readmission here.

Readmission General Requirements, Deadlines, Forms

With the exception of medical leaves, readmission to RISD after a leave of absence requires completion of the Readmission form. See the section below for information on readmission after medical leave.

The deadline for filing for readmission:

April 1 for fall semester entry

October 1 for Wintersession and spring semester entry

Students are highly encouraged to speak with their department head in advance of the readmission deadline date.

Readmission decisions are made on an individual basis and are subject to availability of space in your designated program.

Applications received after the deadline date may not be accepted, but if they are, they will be reviewed after new transfers have been accepted which may reduce or eliminate any space in the program.

The Application for Readmission and any required accompanying documents, as described in each section below, should be submitted to the Registrar’s office by the deadline dates for application. The Registrar is located on the first floor of 20 Washington Place, phone: 401 454-6151 or e-mail

If you intend to apply for Financial Aid, submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 15 prior to the academic year you expect to return. The Financial Aid office can be contacted at 401 454-6661.

For students wishing to live on campus, a completed housing contract must be submitted to Residence Life. The deadline to enter the housing lottery is several weeks prior to the deadline for the readmission application itself, so apply early if you want to join the housing lottery. Undergraduates who are considered first-year or second-year students must live on campus. You need not wait to hear the status of your readmission application to apply for housing. Residence Life can be reached at 401 454-6650 or

A complete and updated Health Form must be on file in Health Services before readmission will be approved. Health Services can be contacted at 401 454-6625.

Applications received more than three years after leaving or after withdrawal from RISD are subject to review and approval by the Academic Standing Committee.

Readmission after Medical Leave

Instructions for readmission after a medical leave are communicated at the time of the leave. Contact the Student Affairs Office at 401 454-6600 or with questions.

Readmission after Academic Dismissal

Readmission applications by students who were academically dismissed should address the problems which led to the academic dismissal and put forth the case for the student’s success upon returning to RISD.

The student should attach to their readmission form the following:

All materials required by their letter of dismissal, except college transcripts which should be sent directly from the institution attended. If transfer credit is being sought, indicate the courses taken and the credit desired.

These documents must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office at by the deadline dates for readmission. Readmission after academic dismissal is subject to review and approval by the Academic Standing Committee.

Readmission after Dismissals Related to Conduct

Readmission applications by students who were dismissed for conduct reasons should complete the Readmission Application and attach any relevant information that was requested at the time of the leave.

Graduation Requirements

RISD may not approve a return after a student’s leave of absence has expired. A student who is granted readmission after being away from RISD for four years or more will be required to satisfy the graduation requirements in effect at the time of their return.

Transfer of Credits Taken While on Leave

Students should seek permission in advance if they intend to request transfer credit for courses completed while on leave. The maximum number of credits to transfer back to RISD upon readmittance is twelve. That is, after a leave from RISD a student will be granted no more than 12 credits in transfer for coursework taken while on leave. See Transfer Credit Limitations after Initial Enrollment for more information.