Changes to residential living, dining, financial assistance, and how we plan to deliver the Ringling experience. 

Living on Campus

The Residential Experience and COVID-19

Community is a large aspect of the residential life experience and you will still be a part of a strong community. Caring for each other within that community has always been a distinct value, but it becomes even more important given the circumstances we face with COVID-19. Students have a critical role in helping to keep all members of the community healthy and safe, and there will be strong expectations and requirements to help mitigate risk within housing and on-campus.

The opportunity to live as part of a creative living and learning community will still be very much at the forefront. You will be amongst your peers, which we know provides great opportunity for collaboration and learning. However, some of the ways these interactions occur will just be different. With the exception of your living space with roommates, we will need your cooperation respecting the distancing requirement of 6 feet and wearing face coverings to help protect everyone.  

Safety Protocols in Residence Halls

Some changes to the residential life experience that will be necessary to help mitigate the risk of spread and to keep you and the Ringling College community safe are identified below.

To best mitigate risk, student move-in will be spread-out over multiple days. Specific move-in times will be scheduled by Residence Life with students. 

All students coming to campus will be required to provide COVID-19 test results for tests administered within the previous 5 days of arrival to campus. If students have not been able to be tested on their own before arrival to campus, they may be tested at move-in. Students will be allowed to move into their residence spaces while awaiting test results, but will be asked to limit their time spent away from the rooms until they receive their test results. Students may also be tested at the Student Health Center. 

Students who resided off-campus in the Fall moving into a residence hall for Spring semester are encouraged to ship as much as possible ahead of time to assist with expediting the move-in process. Shipped items will be placed into your room assignment and will be there upon your arrival.

Only one family member per student will be allowed into the housing facility. An informal health questionnaire with temperature screening for both the student and family member will be administered upon arrival. Family members may switch off to accompany students, so long as they take the health screening. Only one family member at a time may be with a student. Family members and students will be required to wear face coverings during move-in.

Seating capacities and locations will be clearly identified within housing common areas to accommodate 6-foot physical distancing. Face coverings will need to be worn at all times inside housing facilities whenever you are outside of your residential room or apartment. The College provides students with a reusable, washable face covering, but please bring an additional supply to ensure you have enough on-hand.

Some common areas within housing facilities, like shared kitchens, will be closed until it is safe and responsible to re-open them.

Programming and floor meetings will still occur, though their formats may be different (e.g. via Zoom rather than in-person).

There will be no visitation by guests from outside the College community allowed in campus residences during this COVID-19 period. 

Signing up for Spring Housing

For questions about housing, please contact Residence Life at


The Move-in Process 

Specific information about move-in has been sent to students from Residence Life. Your assigned move-in time will be scheduled to manage the density within spaces. Below is some general information about the Spring 2021 move-in process.

Required Check-in

All new and returning students to campus residences will be required to check-in and receive medical clearance upon arrival to campus. The check-in process will be held in the Roskamp Exhibition Hall. Students will need to schedule specific times to check in and move in online.

Housing Return and Move-in Dates

January 6-8: All new and returning international students who are traveling to Ringling College from outside the United States will be required to quarantine for two weeks (14 days). Per CDC guidelines, there are current travel restrictions for several countries. Quarantine can be accommodated in your on-campus residence if you do not have another place to stay. You will be asked to take a COVID-19 test toward the end of your quarantine period. Students should continue to monitor travel restrictions for any changes. We recognize that it may not be entirely possible in every circumstance to arrive in the recommended time frame, so students with specific concerns should contact Amy Pettengill, Director of International Student Services, at

A meal package will be available at a cost of $245 for the duration of your quarantine period. Please contact if you would like to purchase this package.

International students may choose to quarantine off-campus prior to arrival and will be required to demonstrate proof of having been in the United States for 14 days prior to coming to campus. These students will be required to obtain a COVID-19 test per the requirements noted above. This testing can be obtained through the Student Health Center on-campus or at the various sites listed at

Upon coming to campus, a student will check in at the Student Health Services building between 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM. If arriving outside of this time, please contact so that alternative arrangements can be made.

Staff will also check to see if all health form paperwork and immunizations have been successfully completed. If there are outstanding immunizations, students will be given an appointment time to receive needed immunizations at the Student Health Center. A hold will be placed on student accounts until proof of immunization has been received.

January 21-23: New and returning students traveling to Ringling from within the United States should plan to arrive in this time frame. Students should schedule their specific times to check in and move in online.

Commuting Students

All new and returning commuting students will be required to check-in and receive medical clearance upon arrival to campus. The check-in process will be held in the Roskamp Exhibition Hall. Commuting students should schedule their check-in times online.

Students who are tested on-site at move-in will be allowed to move in to their residence spaces as they await results. Until the results of tests are received, students will be asked to remain in their rooms while on campus, wearing face coverings around others and practicing physical distancing. Students will be allowed to leave campus with family members and to access dining services while awaiting test results. 


  • It is highly recommended that students make every attempt to be tested before coming to campus, as you will not be allowed to freely move around campus or attend in-person classes until a negative test result is verified by the Student Health Center.

  • A test must be completed within a five-day window of entry to campus. Results of tests taken outside of this window will not be accepted and a student will be asked to complete another test. 

  • Only DNA-based PCR COVID-19 tests will be accepted.

  • If you are having trouble finding a testing site in your home community, testing will be provided at move-in.

  • Test costs are submitted to the student’s health insurance and the remainder billed directly to the student. The test may be covered by most insurances, but coverage is not guaranteed. This test is a self-administered saliva swab from the mouth. Results will be returned within 24-48 hours.

  • For those students who live locally or who will be in the area prior to moving to campus, a list of alternative testing sites that use DNA-based PCR tests will be listed on the website ( 

  • If you receive a positive test result before coming to campus, DO NOT COME to campus until cleared by a medical professional. You will then need to provide the Student Health Center with documentation from a medical professional that you have been cleared to come to campus. If you are tested at move-in and receive a positive result, you will be moved to isolation and care will be coordinated between the Health Center, Student Life, and Advising so that you will be able to start classes remotely whenever possible.

  • Throughout the semester, Ringling College will randomly select 10% of the student population to complete a COVID-19 test at regular intervals. Ringling College will administer those tests and will assume the cost of that testing.


Cleaning and Disinfecting

All residence hall common areas will be cleaned and disinfected daily. Students should bring their own cleaning supplies for regularly disinfecting their bathrooms and other living spaces in their apartments, houses, suites, and rooms.

Common areas


Seating capacities and locations will be clearly identified within housing common areas to accommodate 6-foot physical distancing. Face coverings will need to be worn at all times inside housing facilities whenever you are outside of your residential room or apartment.

Some common areas within housing facilities, like shared kitchens, will be closed until it is safe and responsible to re-open them.

Zip Car Program

The Zip Car program has been temporarily suspended to help maintain the health of our students. First-year students may submit requests for approval to bring a vehicle to campus to

New Student Orientation 

Fall New Student Orientation

Welcome videos and Dr. T. and the Team are available to watch at any time online:

Spring 2021 New Student Orientation

January 12-15, 2021: To accommodate the CDC-recommended quarantine period, orientation for new international students will take place via Zoom.

January 23, 2021: Orientation for ALL new students.

Campus Dining 

Our dining vendor, Chartwells, has instituted a number of trainings and protocols for its staff in alignment with current CDC recommendations to help mitigate the risk of infection. Protocols have been instituted to decrease density and points of contact. For example, the facility has implemented one-way traffic management to help diners navigate entrance, server, and dining/seating areas; new capacity thresholds for each dining location; implementation of multiple swipes per visit so guests can get a meal for now and a meal for later; launch of to-go offerings and online ordering capabilities; elimination of buffet-type self-service; use of floor decals and signage to help diners follow proper distancing; and discouraging use of cash. Additionally, self-serve filling stations will be removed and all beverages will be in cans and bottles. Pre-packaged, disposable utensils will be used and plates, bowls, and to-go containers will all be disposable.

A permanent food truck has also been added to the campus to expand dining options. 


To help manage the volume of meal participants and decrease density, adjustments may be made to meal times and meal times may be assigned. Campus dining facilities will also be closed to the general public.

Student Engagement

Student Life Programming

The Student Life staff has developed a wide array of social and educational programming and engagement activities that work within the health and safety guidelines and Ringling College’s new policies, procedures, and expectations related to COVID-19. A number of programs are offered in an on-line format throughout the academic year, including from Student Activities, Leadership Development, Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Residence Life, Career Services, Student Volunteerism, Recreation and Wellness, Health Services, Clubs and Organizations, and Campus Ministry. We welcome your creative ideas about ways you would like to engage! Please send any ideas you have to

The College is enacting the below changes to mitigate risk of transmission:

  • The Susan Palmer Fitness Center is open with safety protocols in place.

  • Club sports will be suspended.

  • Any in-person student events must be approved by the College and adhere to College guidelines on gatherings.

Student Support Services

All student support services will continue to be available to students. Most meetings will occur in an on-line format (e.g. as a scheduled Zoom session); however, if an in-person meeting is necessary, students and staff will be expected to adhere to the distancing guidelines and to wear face coverings. Specific information about scheduling appointments will be forthcoming from the various offices.

Financial Information

Ringling College of Art and Design is recognized as a premier art and design college both nationally and internationally. We have offered this remote learning option to provide an opportunity for those who wish to continue their studies in this manner. The College has maintained its stellar faculty, supported students with additional investments, and acquired tools to optimize the online course experience. While we strongly believe that on-campus experiences offer the most effective Ringling College education, the provision of a remote learning option in no way reduces the cost of delivering this education. The same faculty and support staff remain committed to your success. As such, tuition will remain as scheduled for the 2020-21 academic year. 


Generally, most fees will remain the same for the remote learning option.
The College may identify certain services that cannot be delivered in a virtual environment and relevant adjustments have been made, such as removing the Fine Arts course fee related to participation in Art Basel in Miami. Additionally, for students residing outside the United States, the health insurance fee will be removed. For some first-year students, the Fall semester technology fee will be removed if the notebook computer cannot be delivered to your residential address. Students who are no longer in proximity to the campus will have their Health Services fee reversed.

Most scholarships and grants in support of tuition and fees will be unaffected if remote learning is selected. Eligibility for financial support of room and board costs through specific awards, external grants, or loans may be impacted. If you have specific concerns, you should contact to discuss your particular situation. 

Emergency Financial Aid to Students and Families During this Time

As a recipient of Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds, the College awarded grants in amounts ranging from $500 to $1200 to its highest-need students. Additional grants were also made available to eligible students based upon an application process. Some international students with demonstrated need were provided additional support for summer residency. If you have additional need for financial support, please contact

CARES Act Reports

Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting - October 2020

Quarterly Emergency Financial Aid Grants – December 2020


Student Employment

If you choose the remote learning option and live on-campus, live in the state of Florida, or can commute to campus to work, you are eligible to apply to work on campus as a student employee. Students who reside locally or within the state of Florida and who solely possess the skills and abilities needed for the job are also eligible to apply to jobs that have been approved for remote work. However, please note that federal requirements mandate that the I-9 form, which verifies identity and authorization to work in the United States, must be completed in person. Therefore, supervisors may only offer remote work to students who can complete the I-9 from campus or who have worked for Ringling College in the past and have previously completed their onboarding paperwork. If the Department of Homeland Security approves an extension for the waiver of in-person I-9 completion beyond August 19, 2020,  we will revise guidelines for new student employees.

If you choose the non-residential remote learning option, do not live in Florida, or cannot work on campus, you will not be eligible for student employment. If you are no longer eligible for your student employment award and your family has experienced a significant financial hardship, please contact the Financial Aid Office at for additional information.

If you are working as a student employee, you will need to follow the health and safety protocols that have been established to help mitigate the risk of infection for our Ringling College community. These protocols include use of face coverings in public and shared spaces, maintaining physical distancing, adhering to rigorous personal hygiene standards, and providing evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result prior to coming to campus.


Safe Community Standards 

The Ringling College Safe Community Standards Promise, which all students coming to campus were required to sign, acknowledges students’ commitment to and understanding of the health and safety protocols and standards of behavior they are expected to maintain on-campus. 

To access the Safe Community Standards Promise, you must be logged into the Ringling College Portal. Once logged in, you can access the Ringling College Safe Community Standards Promise form. If you are logged into any other Gmail account other than your Ringling Gmail, then you may need to log out of it before you can access the form.