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General Requirements, Deadlines, Forms

With the exception of medical leaves, reinstatement to RISD after a leave of absence requires completion of the ‘Reinstatement Application’.For information on returning to RISD after a leave of absence, students should contact the Office of the Registrar.

Note: students returning from a medical leave of absence, should contact the Office of Student Affairs (, phone 401 454-6600, 3rd floor of Carr House).

The Reinstatement Application and any required accompanying documents, as described in the sections below, should be submitted by the deadline dates for application.

Reinstatement Application deadlines:

Undergraduate Students:

Fall Semester entry April 23
Winter/Spring entry October 1

Graduate Students:

Fall Semester entry February 15
Winter/Spring entry October 1

Students are highly encouraged to speak with their Department Head (and Graduate students, their Graduate Program Director) in advance of the reinstatement deadline date. Reinstatement decisions are made on an individual basis and are subject to availability of space in the student’s designated program and in accordance with curricular sequencing considerations. Students seeking reinstatement after separation from RISD for four or more years may be subject to review and required to seek readmission through the Admissions Office. RISD may not approve a return after a student’s leave of absence has expired. A student who is granted reinstatement 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.

Further considerations:

  • Students intending to apply for Financial Aid should submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 15 prior to the academic year they plan to return. For further information, contact Student Financial Services.
  • Students wishing to live on campus must submit a completed housing contract with Residence Life. First-year and sophomore undergraduates are required to live on campus. The deadline to enter the housing lottery is prior to the deadline for the reinstatement application. For further information contact Residence Life.
  • A complete and updated Health Form must be on file in Health Services.

International Student Reinstatement

International students reinstating must submit required immigration documents; details of the required reinstatement materials are located here.

Upon official reinstatement approval from the Registrar a new I-20 form will be created.

The deadlines to submit immigration materials to the Office of International Student Services (OISS) are detailed below.

Undergraduate Students:

Fall Semester Entry - May 8th

Winter/Spring Entry - October 15th

Graduate Students:

Fall Semester Entry - March 1st

Winter/Spring Entry October 15th

Reinstatement after Academic Dismissal

Reinstatement after a first academic dismissal is subject to review and approval by the Academic Standing Committee. Reinstatement applications by students who were academically dismissed once should address the problems which led to the academic dismissal and put forth the case for the student’s success upon returning to RISD. All documents as outlined in the letter of dismissal must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office by the Reinstatement deadline. Only complete Reinstatement Applications with all required documents received by the deadline will be reviewed by the Academic Standing Committee. Students returning from a leave of absence from an academic dismissal continue on academic probation for the semester they return. Students academically dismissed for a second time are institutionally withdrawn and are not eligible for future reinstatement.

Reinstatement after Dismissals Related to Conduct

Reinstatement applications by students who were dismissed for conduct reasons should include a Reinstatement Application and all documents as outlined in the letter of dismissal at the time of the leave. Only complete Reinstatement Applications with all required documents received by the relevant deadlines will be reviewed.

Reinstatement after Medical Leave

Instructions for reinstatement after a medical leave are communicated to students in writing at the time of leave. Only complete requests for reinstatement with all required documents received by the relevant deadlines will be reviewed. Contact the Office of Student Affairs with questions.

Transfer of Credits Taken While on Leave (applies to Undergraduate students)

Undergraduate students should seek permission in advance if they intend to request transfer credit for courses completed while on leave. See the section on “Transfer Credit Limitations after Initial Enrollment” for more information. Once matriculated at RISD, students may transfer in up to 12 semester credits.