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Year 1




In your first year in Experimental and Foundation Studies (EFS), you will be assigned an advisor selected from your fall semester EFS faculty. This timeline includes critical advising events and information for first-year students choosing majors. To find the name of your advisor, log into student planning.

Year 1
First year advising highlights:
  • Registering for Wintersession (your first opportunity to  investigate a course of interest in your possible major)

  • Selecting a major!

  • Considering a concentration
  • Researching off-campus global learning opportunities

By the end of the first year you should have:  33 credits

  • 18 in EFS
  • 3 for your Wintersession elective
  • 12 in Liberal Arts 
New Student Orientation

September 2 – 5, 2018

The Center for Student Involvement (CSI) organizes Summer Orientation and the fall New Student Orientation for undergraduate and graduate students. 

RISD Orientation

First Day of Fall Semester

September 6, 2018

  • Fall Semester begins and first year students introduced to academic advisors
  • Add/drop registration period begins. If you have questions about adding/dropping a class, consult your advisor.

efs.risd.edu

RISD Weekend

October 5 – 7, 2018

Open Studios by departments on RISD Weekend. This is great opportunity to explore different majors!

RISD Weekend

Academic Majors and Programs Presentation

Mid-October: Attendance is required

Academic Majors and Programs Presentation in the RISD auditorium.

Ask your Advisor!

Remember to talk with your advisor about global opportunities, travel courses, internships, getting involved with student groups, and more.

There’s a lot you can do beyond the classroom that will enhance your time at RISD and introduce new possibilities and opportunities. Take advantage of as much as you can.

Mid-semester warnings (October 19, 2018)

Students are notified via RISD email if they receive a midterm warning of “unsatisfactory” performance. If you receive an “unsatisfactory” you should contact your advisor as soon as possible.

Wintersession Course Advising/Selection

Late October

Notification of time slots for first year students

Course Catalog

Last Day of Fall Semester

December 14, 2018

Notification of time slots for first year students

First Day of Wintersession

January 3, 2019

Add drop registration period begins. Ends on January 11. If you have questions about adding/dropping a class, consult your advisor.

Last Day of Wintersession

February 6, 2019

First Day of Spring Semester

February 14, 2019

Add drop registration period begins. Ends on February 22. If you have questions about adding/dropping a class, consult your advisor.

Ask your Advisor!

Remember to talk with your advisor about global opportunities, travel courses, internships, getting involved with student groups, and more.

There’s a lot you can do beyond the classroom that will enhance your time at RISD and introduce new possibilities and opportunities. Take advantage of as much as you can.

Meet Your Major

End of February

Wintersession or post- Wintersession RISD 360 hosts “Meet your Major” (at Met refectory)

Major Declaration

February 25 – March 1, 2019

Web Advisor

Required department meetings with declared first year students

Second & third weeks of March

This is your chance to learn more and ask questions about your declared major.

Confirm Major Declarations

Early April

If you decide to change your major you need to come to the EFS office and complete required paperwork.

efs.risd.edu

Mid-semester warnings (April 5, 2019)

Students are notified via RISD email if they receive a midterm warning of “unsatisfactory” performance. If you receive an “unsatisfactory” you should contact your advisor as soon as possible.

Final crits in departments that are open to first year students

Late April

EFS will send out the list of open crits in departments that are open to first year students. Take the time to check out crits in your declared major.

Last Day of Spring Semester

May 24, 2019

Finish Year 1