Transcript Requests by Alumni

Students who have just graduated:

Official transcripts can be ordered through WebAdvisor while you still have access.  Follow the instructions for current students found by clicking here.
Students who have just graduated are also strongly encouraged to use Student Planning to print out a copy of their cumulative academic record. It is free, and although unofficial, this document is useful and should be retained at home along with other vital papers.

Official Transcript Ordering for Alumni:

Click here to order your official RISD transcript.

If the link above to our transcript request home page does not work in your browser, alumni can also access our transcript request site by following the simple steps below:

  1. Go to
  2. Select School (Rhode Island School of Design) and click Submit
  3. Click ‘Continue’ and follow the instructions.

By requesting your official transcripts online, you’ll be guided through the easy, step-by-step process, which enables you to receive email and text updates as well as track your orders online.  Your signed consent is required to fulfill your transcript order.  For your convenience, a consent form will be generated for your order that you can approve instantly online or return to the Clearinghouse via fax, mail, or as a scanned email attachment.

What does Official Transcript Online Ordering Include?
-Convenient 24/7 access
-Secure transactions
-Online payments available with any major credit card
-Automatic order updates via mobile text alerts and email
Online order tracking
-Option to digitally sign transcript request (paperless consent)

Processing time:
Transcripts are processed in the order received. Generally, they are processed within three business days (usually even faster), except during registration or certain times of the year when requests are especially heavy. At those times of year (first two weeks of the semester and the grading periods at the end of each term) transcript requests are generally processed within 5 days.

Beginning September 30, 2019, the fee for each transcript ordered is $4.75 (plus a $2.90 processing fee per recipient).  Your credit card will only be charged after your order has been completed.

Delivery Options:
Transcripts are normally mailed to recipients via regular 1st class United States Postal Service (USPS) mail, for no additional charge.  Current fees for express delivery via FedEx are $25 for delivery within the United States, $30 for Canada or Mexico, and $50 for international delivery.  Transcripts can also be held for pickup at the Registrar’s Office (for no additional charge).

Expedited Requests:
For an additional priority processing (“rush”) fee of $10.00, transcripts will be processed by the next business day, and then delivered based on the Delivery Method selected.

Transcript Ordering is provided through the National Student Clearinghouse, a non-profit organization serving the higher education community.  More information on the Clearinghouse is available at

If you have a financial hold preventing transcript ordering and you require a transcript for employment purposes and are unable to fulfill your financial obligations to the institution at this time, please contact the office associated with your hold.  There may be potential for a one-time, temporary release allowing you to order a transcript.
• Fleet Library, or 401-709-5900
• Student Conduct, or 401-454-6653
• Student Financial Services, or 401-454-6661

Some countries outside of the United States require an “Apostille” on certain documents, usually diplomas or transcripts. The Registrar’s Office will take care of that service for you upon request and upon payment of the nominal fee.
Submit the following form to the Registrar’s Office to request an Apostille:
Request for Apostille Form

We can only process the Apostille with the Office of the Rhode Island Secretary of State once the form along with accompanying documents and payment is received. Please allow 7 to 10 days for processing.

Catalog statement on credit hours
RISD follows the credit hour assignment standard of its national accrediting body, NASAD. Normally, for undergraduate courses as well as most graduate courses, a semester hour of credit represents at least three hours of work each week (60 minute hours), on average, for the entire semester. In lecture/discussion courses requiring outside preparation, one hour of credit represents one hour of work each week of the term in class and two hours of work outside class. In-studio/laboratory courses, one hour of credit represents three hours of studio/laboratory time and space each week of the term: normally, studio classes led by an instructor meet in-class for 5 hours per week for the usual three-credit class; the remaining time is for studio/laboratory class preparation.  Faculty contact is greater at the foundation level where the usual three-credit class meets in-class for 7.5 hours.

For additional information, email