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Academic Advising

Academic advising at RISD is conducted by members of the full-time faculty, with support from Academic Affairs and the Office of the Registrar. Over the course of their degree program, undergraduate students will be assigned three faculty advisors: a first-year advisor from the Experimental & Foundation Studies division, a faculty advisor from the department of a student’s chosen major, and in the sophomore year a faculty advisor from the Liberal Arts division. These advisors work cooperatively to facilitate each student’s academic experience at RISD. Ensuring that a student is on track for graduation is the advisor’s basic responsibility, but the relationship is likely to be more expansive. Broader, developmental advising and mentorship might include advice about internships, study abroad, and career opportunities. The names of advisors for each student may be found in the 'Advising' section in Student Planning.

Students with a concentration will receive additional advising by the Concentration Coordinator. Brown | RISD Dual Degree Students (BRDD) also have a BRDD Program Advisor. Graduate Students are advised by the Graduate Program Director and their thesis advisor.

Assistance with procedural matters relating to registration, and degree audits is available from the Registrar’s Office.

A downloadable copy of the Advising Guide for Guides is available here.