Laptop Requirement

All incoming undergraduate students, with the exception of second-degree students, are required to own an Apple Macintosh laptop computer that meets curricular specifications as established by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 

The 2015–16 Laptop Program recommended model is an Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13" 2.9 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with 512GB PCIe-based flash storage, 8 GB memory, and three-year AppleCare Protection Plan.

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For questions regarding software and hardware, contact


Get Immunized—July 1

The State of Illinois College Student Immunization Act requires a Certificate of Immunity [PDF] or an acceptable proof of immunity for all college students enrolled for six or more credits per semester. Proof of immunization is due to Health Services on July 1.

For a full description please see our immunization requirements.

Questions? Contact the SAIC Health Services Office at 312.499.4288 or

Review Health Insurance

Health insurance coverage is required for all full-time domestic students and for all international students. If you wish to accept SAIC's coverage, you need not do anything further, and the charge will be applied to your account.

If you have comparable coverage and wish to have SAIC's insurance waived you must do the following:

  1. Complete a waiver form (available through Self-Service at by the end of the first day of classes).
  2. Provide proof that your coverage meets SAIC's minimum standards.
  3. Allow SAIC's designee to verify your coverage

Please note:  If you are a full-time domestic student and drop to part-time status before the end of the add/drop period, the health insurance charge will automatically be removed from your account and health insurance coverage will not be provided.  Health insurance can be reinstated by requesting it online through Self-Service.

More information: Guidelines for Accepting or Waiving the SAIC Health Insurance Plan


For questions regarding health insurance contact the SAIC Health Services Office at 312.499.4288 or

For questions regarding waiving your health insurance contact the Student Financial Services office at 312.629.6600 or


Send Final Transcripts

Final transcripts are due in the Admissions office by August 15, 2015.

Mail transcripts to:

School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Undergraduate Admissions
36 S. Wabash Ave., suite 1201
Chicago, IL 60603


Complete Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Release Form

On some occasions, a student may wish to give SAIC permission to share information from his or her education records with specific individuals. For example, it is often beneficial to the student for SAIC staff and faculty to be able to discuss student information with a parent, guardian, spouse, or other support person. Students may, at their discretion, give SAIC faculty and staff permission to release personally identifiable information to a third party (e.g., a parent/guardian, emergency contact, spouse, or potential employer) by providing written consent via the ‌FERPA Student Authorization to Release Information Form [PDF].

More information about the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) can be found here.


Attend New Student Orientation

All new students are required to attend New Student Orientation, where we provide you with the tools and resources to help you transition into the SAIC community.

International and Exchange Student Orientation Fall 2015: August 25, 2015

Attendance at International Orientation is mandatory; it will continue into the additional undergraduate New Student Orientation the following week (see below). Please plan your travel accordingly and check back closer to Orientation for detailed information. Email updates will also be sent providing more detailed information. Undergraduate international students are required to attend both orientation programs.

Parents and guests of international and exchange students are invited to attend International Parent and Guest Orientation. The event is free to attend! 

Please do not hesitate to contact International Affairs with any questions regarding Orientation for new International and Exchange Students at or by phoning 312.629.6830. 

New Student Orientation Fall 2015: August 30–September 1

ALL undergraduate students are required to attend New Student Orientation where you will be able to connect with faculty, students, and staff and learn more about life at SAIC. RSVPs are not required. A $150 orientation fee will be automatically charged to each student's account. Please check the Orientation website often for updates and a schedule of events. Email updates will also be sent providing more detailed information.

Parent Orientation

We encourage your parents or guests to join us for orientation, and we have created special programming for them including:

Parents and guests are not charged a fee for orientation though reservations are required at

Contact Campus Life at 312.629.6880 or

Get Your SAIC ARTICard (ID Card)

ARTICard is SAIC's mandatory identification card which provides access to facilities equipment and library books as well as providing debit card capabilities on campus and at select off-campus sites. It can be used to make copies, print projects, do laundry, purchase books and supplies, and buy food. There is no membership fee, service charge, or minimum balance. The balance carries over from semester to semester, year to year until the account is closed.

Students pick up their ARTICard during the Orientation Check-in.

Deposits to the ARTICard can be made by cash or check at the ARTICard Office, via mail by check or money order (ARTICard Office, 37 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL 60603)  or online with a credit card or electronic check.

For more information, please visit the ARTICard website.

Contact ARTICard/U-Pass office at 312.629.9362 or


Get Your CTA Ventra U-Pass

The CTA Ventra U-Pass, available during the fall and spring semesters only, is your ticket to unlimited rides aboard CTA buses and trains. Use your Ventra U-Pass on CTA bus/rail system anytime, anywhere. It's your connection to shopping, sports events, social activities, art and entertainment centers, and all the Chicago hot spots

The cost of the Ventra U-Pass is $135 per semester, a savings of more than $200 when compared with regular CTA fares. This $135 mandatory fee is automatically charged to a full-time student's tuition and fee account each semester. The Ventra U-Pass is distributed throughout the first week of school. 

Contact ARTICard/U-Pass office at 312.629.9362 or


Get Your Textbooks

The DePaul University/Barnes & Noble College Bookstore, located at the corner of Jackson and State Streets (1 East Jackson Boulevard), is designated as the primary provider for textbooks and course packet services. The store provides space in the textbook area of the basement for all SAIC class book titles and course packets (all SAIC books and course packets are found under the department "SAIC" and are then organized alphabetically by SAIC department). The store accepts ARTICard for purchases and buys and sells used textbooks. 

You can also gain access to SAIC class book lists online. To navigate to the SAIC book section follow these steps:

  1. Select Art Institute/SAIC
  2. Click on TEXTBOOKS in the menu bar
  3. Select Term, Department, Course, and Section (if applicable). Do this for each class. Once you have selected all of your courses, click View Textbook List
  4. Select School of the Art Institute (SAIC) for the Campus and then select DePaul/SAIC-Loop Campus for SAIC

You can use this online service to find out the textbooks and course packets required for a class as well as to purchase items online (ARTICard purchases cannot be taken online, only in the store) and then have them shipped to you (there is a fee for shipping and processing online orders).

NOTE: Many courses do not publish their textbook lists until right before the start of each semester. 

DePaul University/Barnes & Noble College Bookstore Operating Hours


Get Your Class Supplies

During the weeks up to the start of classes and/or during the first week of classes, faculty may share syllabi and suggested course supplies via their portal course group. SAIC's store, run by Blick, offers a comprehensive inventory of art supplies at competitive prices. Blick has one on-campus location on the first floor of the 280 South Columbus Drive building. The main Chicago-based store is located at 42 South State Street across the street from SAIC's 33 South State Street, Sullivan Center entrance.

For more information regarding Blick Art Supplies including store hours visit the Blick website.


Find a Job

The Career + Co-op Center office assists students in finding on-campus, Work-Study jobs (which begin to be posted in late July/early August) as well as finding off-campus employment.

Starting with your first semester, you should make use of the Career + Co-op Center's resources including: developing career strategies, preparing résumés and portfolios, finding funding and writing grant proposals, pursuing exhibition opportunities, and developing networking and interviewing skills.

Visit the Career + Co-op Center website for more information.

Contact the Career + Co-op Center at 312.629.6820 or