RISD FGC POP is an intensive, two-week, multifaceted experience for incoming RISD students whose parents did not attend or did not complete college. RISD FGC POP is designed as a transformational experience focused on supporting students in their holistic development. 

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In FGC POP, students will spend time expanding their artistic and academic skills, exploring their social identities, and building community with peers, continuing students, faculty and staff.

Benefits of Program

  • Academic preparation: The program will provide students with valuable academic instruction with first-year faculty and an introduction to studio practice, critique, college writing, and liberal arts study at RISD.Transitional support

  • Students benefit from individual and small group support and guidance in transitioning and navigating college. 

  • RISD FGC POP encourages students to form strong interpersonal relationships with faculty, staff, and peers.

  • Community building: RISD FGC POP motivates students to immerse themselves into the city and campus environments, while connecting to peers of similar backgrounds. 

  • Free campus housing and dining plan for duration of program: RISD FGC POP provides no-cost housing and meal plans while students are in the program. Note: This does not include housing and dining for Academic year

  • Stipend for the duration of program: RISD FGC POP will provide students with a stipend to compensate for the time dedicated to the program. Note: This is separate from and additional to any financial aid package a student may be offered.

Important Things to Know

  • Applications will be open in early spring

  • Limited Space - Students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible

  • RISD FGC POP will run in late August - early September. Students will immediately transition to First-Year Orientation after the program.

  • Students should expect RISD FGC POP to run in person and on campus, pending COVID-19 protocols.

For more information, or if you are not sure whether you are first generation, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at ise@risd.edu. The program currently prioritizes domestic students.