Undergraduate Students

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Welcome to SAIC!

Every semester, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) holds a New Student Orientation for undergraduates entering the school. The event is designed to introduce students to SAIC and prepare them for the semester ahead. 

In addition to informational sessions, campus tours, and other fun activities, new students will pick up their laptop, ARTICard, and U-Pass at the New Student Orientation.

Spring 2019 Undergraduate New Student Orientation

Spring 2019 Orientation will take place January 22-23.

Parent & Guest Orientation will take place on Tuesday, January 22.

Meet Your Spring Orientation Leaders Coming Soon!

ARTICard Pick-up

The ARTICard (student ID) office is located in the Sharp Building, 37 South Wabash Avenue, room 254. It's open Monday–Tuesday 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., and Wednesday–Friday 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

ARTICard and U-Pass distribution will be during Orientation Check-in. Please upload your photo for Express Registration to the SAIC Photo Upload site (myphoto.artic.edu) to ensure that your ARTICard is ready for pickup at Orientation. Your picture can also be taken in the ARTICard office. Visit the ARTICard web page for more information.

Express ARTICard/U-Pass Registration Pick-up

Express Registration students may pick up their ARTICard in the ARTICard office during regular business hours. For more information on ARTICard, please visit the ARTICard and U-Pass page.

New U-Passes may be picked up at New Student Orientation, or in the ARTICard office during our normal business hours. New and transfer students for whom we do not have a photo by the Express Registration deadline may apply for their new U-Pass in the ARTICard Office.

Transfer students with a U-Pass from another Chicago-area school will not need a new U-Pass. Instead, email articard@saic.edu with the card information so it can be transferred to SAIC.

  • You must have a valid ID (driver's license, state ID, or passport) for pick up.
  • You must be registered full-time to pick up the U-Pass.


Residence Hall Move-In

For new International Students for Spring 2019, move in is on Wednesday, January 16. New domestic, first year, transfer, or graduate students move in on Sunday, January 20. Specific times for move-in can be found on our website. Staff and move-in resources will be available to assist you during this time. For more information, visit Housing and Residence Life