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Open House

Ringling College of Art and Design is a special place. A place where students from around the world come to learn from creative minds who are leaders in their fields. A place that prepares you to turn your passion for creativity into a successful career. A place where you’ll work hard. A place where you’ll be challenged. But also a place where you’ll have the time of your life. A place to meet your best friends. A place to find yourself. A place to grow. We’re home to a new generation of creative visionaries. We can’t wait to see you!

Open House is a great opportunity to get to know Ringling College from the people who know it best—our students and faculty. You’ll have the opportunity to explore our majors, learn about life on campus, find out how to apply, and much more.

Fall 2023 Open House

Saturday, Oct. 14, 2023
9 am-2 pm


Spring 2024 Open House

Saturday, Feb. 17
9 am-2 pm

Registration information coming soon.


Make sure to check out the schedule to learn about all of the different activities and presentations you can take advantage of while on campus. 

9-11 am:
Check-in at Scott Plaza

9-11 am:
Majors & Resources Fair*
Diane Roskamp Exhibition Hall/Ulla Searing Student Center Deck

9 am-1:30 pm:
Residence Hall Tours
Goldstein Residence Hall

10 am-1:30 pm:
Cunniffe Commons
Tour our brand-new, state-of-the-art dining facility

10-11:30 am:
Department Open Houses with the Majors

11:30 am-1 pm:
Box Lunches Available (Complimentary)
Larry R. Thompson Academic Center – Lobby

12:15-12:45 pm:
“Welcome to the Creative Age” with Dr. Larry
Thompson, President
Larry R. Thompson Academic Center – Auditorium

1-1:30 pm:
Student Panel: Q&A with Current Students
Larry R. Thompson Academic Center – Auditorium

1:30–2 pm:
Financial Aid Presentation (Parent Session)
Larry R. Thompson Academic Center – Auditorium

1:30– 2 pm:
Portfolio Development Presentation (Student Session)
Larry R. Thompson Academic Center – Room 209

2:15–2:45 pm
Campus Tours are available at 2:15 pm, 2:30 pm, and 2:45 pm.
Tours depart from the lobby of Larry R. Thompson Academic Center

*Complimentary morning refreshments available in the Diane Roskamp Exhibition Hall.

Visiting Sarasota

A list of local hotels, with discounted rates for Ringling College families, is available to help you with your travel plans. And, while you’re in town be sure to check out the Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College as well as some of the local hotspots.

Parking Information

Ringling College offers free, open parking for Admissions events. We recommend using Lots 11, 12, and 20 for your convenience.


Office of Admissions
2700 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL  34234

Spring 2023 Open House Recap

More than 1,000 prospective students and their families visited campus on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2023 for the Spring Open House. Prospective high school students from across the country had the opportunity to meet our students and faculty, learn about our majors, tour the campus, and get tips on how to create a terrific portfolio. 

Play Video about Spring Open House 2023 Recap