For years RISD has held the reputation of being the top art school in the USA. RISD is located in Providence, Rhode Island, and has an agreement with its neighbor, Brown University, that allows its students to cross-register for classes at Brown and vice versa. As a result, students can pursue a 4-year BFA program while retaining the benefits of a liberal arts education. Students may also apply to the Brown-RISD Dual Degree Program—a 5 year program at the end of which students obtain both a BFA from RISD and a BA from Brown. RISD has a small undergraduate student body of just under 2,000 and a low student-faculty ratio of 9:1.