I might be biased, but I think RISD is the best part of Providence. Amazing faculty, teaching passionate students, with awesome facilities. I think you really get the spirit of the school by going to a senior show (my favorites to catch are furniture, textile and jewelry design). Plus there are always free drinks. Some other great things to see at RISD: The Edna Lawrence Nature Lab (a cabinet of curiosities), The RISD Museum, and please please spend some time perusing the Fleet Library (a beautiful restoration of an old bank, with really beautiful and interesting books). Venture upstairs to Special Collections.