Why Choose SAIC?: Campus Life
SAIC’s urban campus provides a unique experience for students. All campus buildings are in the heart of the Chicago Loop within walking distance of one another for easy travel between classes. Academic buildings include the Sullivan Center, MacLean Center, 116 South Michigan, 280 South Columbus Drive, and the Sharp Building. Exhibitions, film screenings, and cultural programming are just steps away at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Gene Siskel Film Center.
Many graduate students choose to live on campus in newly renovated residence halls located in the heart of the Loop. The three residence halls, which house more than 800 students, are within walking distance of the city’s vibrant cultural life, including museums, shops, restaurants, Lake Michigan, Millennium Park, and the gallery district. Rooms feature panoramic views of the city, 24-hour security, cable TV, high-speed Internet, and private kitchens and bathrooms.
The LeRoy Neiman Center
The LeRoy Neiman Center serves as a campus hub at SAIC and is made possible by a generous gift from SAIC alum and famed illustrator LeRoy Neiman and his wife Janet, who met at SAIC as students. Located in the Sharp Building at the corner of Wabash and Monroe, this two-story space is a place to meet with other students, attend events, view student work, eat, and converse. The campus center is outfitted with a full-service café to grab a quick meal or snack between classes. The LeRoy Neiman Center is also the venue for the Here + Now lecture series, which profiles new projects undertaken by SAIC faculty, students, and alumni.
The interests of the diverse student population at SAIC are reflected in the student groups—there are currently more than 70 groups formed by and open to students, and more are being formed each semester. Current groups include Avant Gardening, Queers and Allies, Yoga Group, and the Korean Student Association. Student groups can be formed by any collective of interested students, allowing for use of campus facilities for meetings and programs, and possible funding from the Student Association.
The quality of life and education at SAIC extends beyond the studio and classroom. SAIC provides a variety of services and programs that help students develop not only artistically and academically, but also physically, emotionally, and socially. Student services include Career and Professional Experience (CAPX), Academic Advising, Counseling Services, Health Services, Wellness Center, Disability and Learning Resource Center, Writing Center, International Affairs, and Multicultural Affairs.