Early Decision FAQs

I was accepted to RISD! Yay!!! Now what??

Welcome! We are excited to welcome our new students. Once your enrollment deposit has been processed  you will receive an email from the Admissions Office with your RISD email and password.

What email address are they sending this to?

This should go to the email address that you submitted with your application. Same one Admissions used to send you your acceptance.

I can’t find it. Did I miss it?

Wait 2 business days after your enrollment deposit has been processed and keep a close eye on your junk or spam folder.

I still can’t find it.. what do I do?

Contact Admissions at (401) 454-6300. You can also email them at admissions@risd.edu.

I have my email – now what?

You will need to change the temporary password by going to pwchange.risd.edu. You won’t be able to log on to the housing portal if you do not change your password.

The temporary password won’t work?

It may have expired… You will need to contact the Admissions office at (401) 454-6300.

What is the Housing Portal?

https://starrez.risd.edu is RISD’s housing portal used by all students to request on campus housing.

When is the Early Decision Housing Application available? Do I have to apply early?

The Housing Portal opens for Early Decision students January 13th. You can also choose to wait for the regular Housing Portal in early May, especially if you want a larger pool of potential  roommates to choose from.

When is the Early Decision Housing Application due?

The application will be due January 23rd.

Do I have to pick a roommate?

First year housing is predominantly shared double rooms. You are likely to have a roommate so it is a good idea to look through the portal for potential matches

Can I talk to them before I request them?

Absolutely! We encourage you to speak with all of your choices. Here are some guides to start the conversation; Picking a Roommate

Can I / Should I select more than 1 roommate?

Yes! Its better to have multiple options. Unless you know for sure that your first choice is not selecting anyone else you should have some other potential matches. We will pair 1st preferences. It is also a good way for you to get to know your incoming class.

What if I don’t find a good match and want to wait till regular decision applicants apply for housing?

Send an email to housing@risd.edu and let us know you would like to wait. We can cancel your housing application and you will re-apply in May.

When is the application available if I don’t apply early?

Application will be open to all new students again on May 1st.

Where can I find more information about housing rates, meal plans, etc?

On this site; https://risdhousing.wordpress.com

Can I still apply to Brown for the Dual Degree program?

Yes. The deadline to apply for Brown is January 1st. You must be admitted to both schools to be eligible for consideration in the Dual Degree program. Mark on your application that you are interested in the program. If you are accepted to the BRDD program, do not complete a housing application in January.

Do I need to register for Fall 2017 classes?

No. First year students all go through Experimental and Foundation Studies, which has a prescribed class schedule. You will have access to your class schedule in September.

Where do I get information about move-in dates, packages, etc.?

Continue to check your RISD email. As we get closer to the Summer you will start receiving emails from several offices including Student Affairs, ResLife, your Resident Advisor, orientation leader, etc. As we finalize things we will be sure to share with you. Stay close to your RISD email (starting in May) and look at our websites for updated information.

Welcome to RISD, Class of 2021!

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