Registration Instructions for Incoming Transfers & Graduate Students

Web registration for new transfer students and graduate students begins on August 1, 2014 and continues through Sunday, September 7, 2014.  Registration information and navigation instructions are posted on the “Students” tab of the Registrar website (select the option for “Course Registration” for further instructions and information).

Additionally, information specific to August registration (for the fall semester) for transfers and graduate students is available here.

Instructional YouTube videos on how to navigate registration on WebAdvisor:
-How to Search for Sections
-How to Add Preferred Sections
-How to Register for Courses
-How to Drop Courses

Incoming First-Year Student Registration

Welcome new First-Year students!

Over the summer, the Foundation Studies Office and the Liberal Arts Office are developing your course schedule.  For the fall semester, you will be registered into all of your required courses.   Click here for a sample freshman schedule.

All first year students are assigned three Foundation Studios, each meeting one full day a week.  The studios are “Drawing”, “Design” and “Spatial Dynamics”.  In addition to the three studios, students are assigned two courses in Liberal Arts (for a total of 5 courses for the semester).  Each course is worth three credits, for a total of fifteen (15) semester credits.

Your course schedule for Fall will be available for viewing in early September on WebAdvisor (  You will be sent an email notification to your email account when your schedule is ready to view.  At that point you can check your schedule online, and then check it again just prior to classes beginning in case any adjustments were made (building/room changes, etc.).  If you want a paper copy, Web Advisor allows you to print your schedule.  Stay tuned for an email when your schedule is available for viewing.

In the meantime, continue to check the Orientation website for all sorts of information regarding orientation, activities, and much more.

We look forward to your arrival in September!

Fall 2014 Registration Information

The Fall course offerings are available on WebAdvisor through ‘Search for Sections’. A pdf of the 2014-15 Course Catalog (with course descriptions) is available by clicking on “course catalogs” on WebAdvisor or by clicking “course announcements current and past” on this site.

Instructional YouTube videos:
-How to Search for Sections
-How to Add Preferred Sections
-How to Register for Courses
-How to Drop Courses

Fall 2014 Important Dates:
September 5 (Friday) Waitlisting via WebAdvisor ends (students have 48 hours to register if called off the waitlist).

September 7 (Sunday) Fall Web Registration Ends

September 10 (Wednesday) Classes begin. Add/Drop Period begins. At this point in time, any registrations must be done on the paper Add/Drop Form with the signature of the instructor. Classes may be dropped (electives and liberal arts) using WebAdvisor (or all others on the paper form).

September 17 (Wednesday) Final day for adding courses and final day to drop a course without “W” transcript notation

September 17 (Wednesday) Deadline to submit Independent Study, Collaborative Study and Internship Forms


RISD/Brown cross-registration for RISD students

September 3: Brown University Classes begin; RISD students may register for Brown Classes

RISD students may enroll in courses at Brown University through the cross-registration arrangement (and vice versa).  The courses at Brown must be applicable toward RISD degree requirements, or they will not be approved.  For a step-by-step tutorial on the cross-registration process, click the YouTube link here:

Cross registration forms are available in our frequently requested forms section of our website.

Click here for the RISD/BROWN cross-registration map.