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RISD First-Generation to College Pre-Orientation Program

RISD FGC POP

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

 

*If you aren’t sure you are first generation, please contact us at ise@risd.edu

The program currently prioritizes domestic students

 

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 April 1st - Closing June 4.

  • 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, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at ise@risd.edu