The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) encourages you to meet with your academic advisor on a regular basis. When you are ready to meet with your advisor, just call or stop by the office to schedule your appointment, then read about preparing for your appointment so you can get the most out of your session. We encourage you to schedule an appointment with an academic advisor, however walk-in appointments are also available.
All students can see who their assigned advisor is by logging into Self-Service and looking under the Advisor section on the right side of the Student Center tab. Juniors and seniors should meet with a faculty advisor of their choosing.
First-year and Sophomore Students
First-year students are assigned an academic advisor who is connected to their Research Studio I course and integrated into the classroom experience. Students are required to meet with their advisor before registering for classes through the end of their sophomore year.
Juniors and Seniors
While SAIC does not require juniors and seniors to meet with academic advising, we recommend that you continue meeting with an advisor to make sure that you are on track to complete your degree. It is recommended that juniors and seniors meet with an advisor once a semester. All faculty advisors at SAIC teach in various departments at the school.
Transfer students are assigned a faculty advisor they must meet with during their first two semesters at SAIC. After they complete their required advising, we recommend transfer students continue meeting with an advisor once per semester.
All students can see who their assigned advisor is by logging into Self-Service and looking under the Advisor section on the right-hand side of the Student Center tab. Juniors and seniors should meet with a faculty advisor of their choosing.
Advising is also required for students:
- Enrolled in English for International Students (EIS) classes
- Enrolled in the Academic Access Program (AAP) classes
- Who have academic holds (e.g., probation or suspension)
- Who are either taking a leave of absence or who are returning from a leave of absence or suspension
Graduate, certificate, and post-baccalaureate students
Graduate, certificate, and post-baccalaureate students receive academic advising directly through their department.