Summer 2020 Grading Deadlines

There are multiple grading deadlines for summer programs at RISD.

August 21, 2020: Final Grades Due for Master of Arts in Teaching Summer Program and Summer Foundation Studies Program

September 4, 2020: Final Grades due for Master of Architecture, Master of Landscape Architecture, Master of Design, and English for Art and Design

September 8, 2020: Final Grades due for Summer Internships and Summer 2020 Narratives of Student Programs Due

Instructors are asked to submit their grades electronically via WebAdvisor, the online web student information system. Instructions for WebAdvisor grading is available on this page or by contacting with questions.

Instructors enter final evaluation narratives on WebAdvisor. A short instructional video is available for the online evaluation feature.  Further details guidelines on final evaluation narratives are also available here.

Fall 2020 Course Modalities

Fall semester courses have been updated with course modalities of in-person, hybrid, and online.

Click here for information on how to view and search for course modalities in Student Planning.

Registration Instructions for Incoming Transfers & Graduate Students

Web registration Monday, August 3, 2020 through Sunday, September 6, 2020.

Viewing Your Schedule
You should check your schedule first before you register for any additional courses. You can view your schedule online through Student Planning. This page provides step-by-step instructions on how to find your schedule in Student Planning.

Course Modalities
Courses have a modality type of in-person instruction, hybrid instruction, or online instruction. You can view the modality type in the ‘location’ information in each course, or you can filter by modality when searching. For more information, refer to our webpage on course modalities.

Major Required Courses
In most cases, you have already been pre-registered into your major required courses by your major department. Major required courses are managed by each Academic Department. Any questions about those courses should be discussed with your department, since you cannot add or drop them online. Contact info for departments can be found at

Student Planning (web-registration system):
It is recommended that you watch the YouTube videos below to familiarize yourself with Student Planning prior to registration.
Student Planning: Introduction
Student Planning: Planning Classes for Registration
Student Planning: Registering for Classes

Additional registration information and navigation instructions are available:

Incoming First-Year Student Registration

Welcome new First-Year students!   Over the summer, the Experimental and Foundation Studies and Liberal Arts Offices are developing your course schedule. You will be registered into all of your required courses for the fall semester.

Your course schedule for Fall will be available for viewing in late August in Student Planning the online self-service academic planning and registration tool for students.

All first year students are assigned three Foundation Studios; “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.

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.).

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!

Registrar’s Office Working Remotely

The Registrar’s office is available remotely. Please contact for assistance.

Please visit RISD’s site for additional details regarding returning to campus and what you need to know.

New Electronic Forms Available

The Registrar’s Office is excited to announce the first of many electronic forms available for completion and submission by students.

The Address Change form and the Student Information Release (aka the FERPA waiver) form are now available for submission through etrieve, RISD’s new electronic form system.

The etrieve system requires login with your RISD credentials to verify your identity and allow certain fields in the form to be pre-populated. On submission, the form travels along an established workflow notifying each person and the submitter upon completion.

This new system will provide the opportunity to improve efficiency and accuracy for many of our processes.

To access etrieve guide: Documentation and Training Materials
To access etrieve directly, visit:

More forms will be rolled out in the following months – stay tuned!


Student Planning Online Registration Tool

Student Planning is available for students and advisors!  The web-based tool integrates degree planning, registration, scheduling and advising.

All students are encouraged to access Student Planning prior to registration.  Login to Student Planning directly at this link:

Watch the following short video tutorial series to familiarize yourself with the many features and benefits.

For Students:
Tutorial 1: Introduction to Student Planning & Registration
Tutorial 2  Student Planning: Preparing for Registration
Tutorial 3: Student Planning: Registering for Classes

For Advisors:
Tutorial 4: Student Planning for Advisors

FAQs are available on this site at Student Planning.

Questions about navigating Student Planning:
Contact the Office of the Registrar (401) 454-6151 or email

Questions about access:
Contact the Service Desk of Information Technology Services at (401) 454-6106 or email

Questions about specific degree requirements:
Contact your Academic Advisor.