Registrar Office Hours

Office Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, EST

The office is available for assistance by:

  • Email:
  • Phone: (401) 454-6151
  • Zoom: By appointment 

NOTE: Only users with an or an email address will be able to access Zoom meetings.

2023 Wintersession Withdrawal Deadline

This is a reminder that the Wintersession 2023 Course Withdrawal deadline is
Friday, January 27.

Course withdrawal forms are available in etrieve, the Registrar’s Office system for electronic forms and workflows. If you intend to withdraw from a course, you must fill out a “Course Withdrawal Form” by the end of the day on January 27.

A grade of “W” will be recorded on the permanent record, which does not count negatively in the RISD grade point average. Note: If you withdraw from a course and drop below the 3 credit semester minimum, you will be subject to Academic Probation at the end of the semester. All international students (F-1 visas) must be enrolled for a minimum of 3 credits; falling below 3 credits could violate your immigration status (please contact OISS for more information). Courses graded Audit (AU) and Withdrawn ( W ) do not count toward the attempted minimum credit loads for the semester ‘Full time Enrollment Requirement’.

See the RISD Policies page for more information:

Wintersession 2023 Important Info and Dates

Wintersession classes will begin on January 5 and end on February 8.

January 5 (Thursday) – Wintersession Classes Begin, Add/Drop Period Begins
January 12 (Thursday) – Add/Drop Period Ends
January 16 (Monday) – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, No classes held
January 27 (Friday) – Final date to withdraw from a course with a “W” grade
February 8 (Wednesday) – Wintersession classes end


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.