Add/Drop Forms Available Online

Reminder, add, drop, and cross-registration forms are all available electronically (no longer a paper process). Please access the forms (beginning September 8th on the first day of the semester) online.

Access Add/Drop forms and instructions here

Access Brown cross-registration information and instructions here

Registrar’s Office Available In-Person as of 9/7/21

The Registrar’s office will be available in-person for assistance beginning 9/7/21.

Additionally, the office is available by:

  • Email
  • Phone (401) 454-6151
  • Beginning the week of September 20th: Zoom drop-in hours: Access with or an email address, meetings longer than 15 minutes will need an appointment. Note: there are no Zoom office hours during add/drop.

Please visit RISD’s site for details regarding RISD’s health and safety protocols.

Fall 2021 Semester Important Dates

The Fall 2021 semester begins on 9/8/21 and ends on 12/14/21.

Wednesday, Sept. 8:

  • RISD courses begin – Add/Drop period (through 9/15/21) – review the process for Add/Drop here
  • Brown courses begin – RISD students may register for Brown classes (review the process here)

Wednesday, Sept 15:

  • Last day to add or drop a course
  • Internship application deadline through RISD Careers

Thursday, Sept. 16 : Course Withdrawal “W” grade period begins
Tuesday, November 2: Final date to withdraw from a course, “W” Grade
Friday, December 3: Last day degree program classes
Tuesday, December 7: Liberal Arts and Graduate Commons Exam Day
Wednesday, December 8 – Tuesday, December 14: Crit Week
Tuesday, December 14: Final Day of Fall Semester
Friday, December 17: Final Grades due for Fall Semester

See all important academic calendar dates in the full academic calendar published here

Checking Your Address in Self Service (Student Planning)

Log in to Self Service at

From left-hand side menu, select ‘User Options’

Then select ‘User Profile’

All current addresses are shown. Your preferred mailing address is indicated with a green checkmark:

To change your address, use the Address Change form in etrieve.

Finding Your Academic Advisor in Student Planning

Follow these simple steps to find out who your advisor is.

Note: All students have a major advisor. Sophomores will also have a Liberal Arts advisor, and any students participating in a Concentration will have a Concentration Advisor.

1. Log into Colleague Self Service with your RISD username (your username is your email address without the ‘’) and password.

2. Click on ‘Student Planning’ once you’ve logged in.

3. Select ‘Go to Plan & Schedule’ by clicking on the tile or by accessing it from the Student Planning dropdown menu.

4. Select the ‘Advising’ tab.

5. Your advisor(s) is/are listed under the ‘My Advisors’ heading.

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.