Academic Calendar 2021–22
The Academic Calendar for AY 2021–22 has been adjusted to bolster RISD’s prioritization of public health.
September 4: Orientation begins for incoming new students, residential halls open for those attending
September 5: Residential halls open for Sophomores
September 6: Residential halls open for returning students
Jan 6: WS starts
Jan 17: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Feb 9: Semester ends
Vaccinated students will not be required to quarantine upon arrival to campus in the fall and spring semesters. Unvaccinated students can coordinate to arrive early to allow time to be fully vaccinated prior to the start of classes. These students must quarantine until they receive the full vaccination doses and have time for them to be effective.
Students who are significantly delayed from arriving on campus for fall coursework due to circumstances beyond their control may have an opportunity to continue their program of study with online coursework. This opportunity applies to EFS and other select programs of study. Students anticipating such a delay should contact their department/program to determine what online options exist for spring semester. Graduate students should contact their Graduate Program Director (GPD).
If students anticipate a significant delay that would require the majority of their semester spent remotely, they should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for approval before it goes to the academic unit for review.
The opportunity to cross-register with Brown University will be made available again starting fall 2021.