Registration - General Information

At RISD, most departments preregister students into major classes and students then choose electives and Liberal Arts on their own using Student Planning, the online web registration system. A few academic departments, mainly Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Industrial Design and Interior Architecture, preregister students into some major classes and then organize their own mini-registration systems, held just before classes begin, for selection of advanced studios. Students must learn their department’s registration methods and use Student Planning, the on-line student information system, to make sure they are in the right classes.

RISD operates on an early registration system. The Academic Calendar provides dates of registration. Classes for Fall are chosen in April/May. Classes for Wintersession are chosen in early November and classes for Spring are chosen in early December.

When registering using Student Planning , students are limited to 15 credits. It is rarely advisable to take more. See the Maximum Semester and Wintersession Term Credits page for more information.

Information on registration procedures is posted on the Registrar’s Office website. In WebAdvisor, the information is in the “News and Information” section of the registration menu. WebAdvisor, and the Registrar’s Office website contain a PDF version of the Course Announcement.