If you will graduate from high school in the year in which you are applying for admission, you must submit standardized test scores to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC).

If you are a U.S. resident or English is your first language, you are required to submit scores from either the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT). You may select to have your scores sent to SAIC when you are taking either test or send us scores via an official transcript.

Minimum scores required by SAIC:

SAT Verbal or Critical Reading: 500
ACT Reading:  21

Applicants who score below the minimum SAT or ACT requirements may not be offered admission to SAIC.

Test scores may be sent to:

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

SAIC's ACT Code: 1136
SAIC's SAT Code: 1713
SAIC's TOEFL Code: 1713

International Students

If you are not a native English-speaking applicant, please visit the International Admissions: International Applicant Test Scores section for information about test score requirements.

Summer English for International Students (EIS) program:

It is STRONGLY recommended that international students admitted to SAIC with an Internet-based TOEFL score below 96 or an IELTS score of 7.0 enroll in an intensive summer English for International Students program. Each July, SAIC provides an opportunity for students to get an early start on their EIS requirements, as well as to gain the knowledge and confidence needed to fully take advantage of SAIC's challenging academic environment.

Through the Summer EIS Program, students register for two EIS classes, begin living in the residence halls several weeks before other students arrive, and become familiar with SAIC and Chicago through a set of planned activities.