Full-time Enrollment Requirement for All Students (Wintersession)

Every degree program student, undergraduate or graduate, is required to enroll in a minimum of 3 credits during each Wintersession term in order to remain in a full-time student status at RISD and to remain in good academic standing. Wintersession is a mandatory term. There are academic (and possibly financial consequences) for students who fail to register for Wintersession.All students must be registered for a minimum of 3 credits by the Wintersession Add/Drop deadline.Independent Study, Collaborative Study, and credit-bearing Internships each count towards the purpose of this requirement. Students who fail to register for 3 credits in Wintersession will be subject to academic probation.

Exceptions:
  • Students graduating mid-year
  • Upper-class Brown | RISD Dual Degree students (although encouraged to take a class if their Brown schedule permits)
  • Students going on Spring EHP travel.(Students returning from Fall EHP travel are encouraged to take a class if their schedule permits)
  • Students coming/going from approved RISD Global exchange programs

Authorization to waive Wintersession may be granted by exception to policy only as a needed accommodation for appropriate documented medical conditions, and/or for legitimate academic reasons. These requests are considered exceptions to academic policy and must be requested in advance, using the ‘Request for Exception to Academic Policy’ form. Factors such as teaching a Wintersession class, graduate application preparation, credits not needed towards degree requirements, inadequate academic preparation/planning, employment, extracurricular activities, or family/personal obligations, are not in themselves acceptable reasons for a Wintersession waiver. Authorization to waive Wintersession must be requested of the Academic Standing Committee no later than one month prior to the start of Wintersession. See the Academic Calendar for the exact deadline date. Plan accordingly as Wintersession waiver requests will not be accepted once the deadline passes.Use the ‘Request for Exception to Academic Policy’ form available in the Registrar’s Office.

Waivers

  • Must be requested of the Academic Standing Committee no later than one month prior to the start of Wintersession.

Use the ‘Request for Exception to Academic Policy’ form available at the Registrar’s Office.

Full-Time Enrollment Requirement (Wintersession): Supplementary Paragraph for International Students (F-1 visas)

All international students must be enrolled for a minimum of 3 credits in the Wintersession term. If you seek an exception to this academic policy, make sure to visit the Office of International Student Services prior to submitting your request for a Wintersession waiver. Not enrolling in Wintersession could affect your immigration status in the United States as well as your eligibility for OPT. Online courses do not necessarily constitute as enrollment.