Academic Advising: FAQs
When do courses begin?
Check the school's academic calendar to make sure you know when classes begin. It is important to be on time and attend courses on the first day and throughout the semester because absences can affect your ability to earn credit. It is also important to check the academic calendar when making plans, given that absences can affect your standing in a course.
Where do my courses meet?
Every semester you should log in to SAIC Self-Service and print out a new copy of your schedule a few days before classes begin, as there are occasionally last-minute room changes. You can see your course schedule by visiting the Current Students dashboard and clicking the Self-Service link. Your course schedule appears on the main page and under the My Academics link.
Download the SAIC Campus Map [PDF] with the classroom locations listed by their abbreviation of your class schedule.
What should I bring to my courses?
Most classes, including studio, will provide you with a list of materials needed on the first day, however, plan on bringing notebooks and writing materials to the first class so you can take notes. You can also visit the DePaul University book store website to see if the courses you enrolled in have any required texts available for purchase there.
Am I enrolled correctly?
Contact your academic advisor to confirm that you are correctly enrolled.
If you are a new student, you can also work with SAIC Admissions the first two weeks of your first semester.
You should also:
What if I want to change my classes?
For your first semester at SAIC, the Office of Admissions will register you for classes, and you may work with them or your academic advisor on any schedule concerns. You can contact Admissions at Sullivan Center 36 South Wabash Ave., suite 1201, or 312.629.6100.
If you are a returning student, you can work with your advisor before classes begin to make sure that you are comfortable with your course selection. We highly recommended that you make schedule changes before the semester begins. Adding and dropping classes after they begin can seriously impact your ability to receive credit. If you miss a course session because you added it after the first course meeting, this counts as an absence and can affect your standing in the course.
Other important things to check:
- Is my contact information correct? Log in to SAIC Self-Service via the Current Students Dashboard to make sure that your phone and address information is up to date. If you have moved or changed your phone number and not documented this, you will be difficult to reach, especially in the case of an emergency. Also, make sure to check your email and phone messages daily—this is how the school communicates with you, and you don't want to miss anything important.
- Do I have any holds on my account? Make sure to check that you have addressed any outstanding balances and that you do not have any holds from SAIC Departments on your account. A hold can come from a number of departments (the Media Center, the Flaxman Library, Student Financial Services, etc.), and can be placed if you have lost items or if you have outstanding payments to make. A hold can prevent you from using SAIC resources such as the media, the library, and can also affect your ability to register for classes. You can check to see if you have any holds by logging into SAIC Self-Service and looking at the "Holds" section on the upper right hand side of the main page.
All students currently enrolled at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) register for their courses online using SAIC Self-Service system. In addition to an online enrollment form, SAIC Self-Service offers class schedules and course descriptions to help ensure a smooth registration process. You are also able to search for courses through saic.edu to learn more about the courses offered at SAIC.
Most degree students will receive an enrollment appointment specifying the date and time they may register for classes online. These online appointments are calculated based on the number of credits students have completed. You can find your specific enrollment appointment for upcoming terms by logging into the SAIC Self-Service system.
Freshmen, sophomore, and transfer students in their first year are required to meet with their academic advisor before registering each semester. If you are in this population of students, you will have a hold on your account until you complete this important appointment. You will receive an appointment date and time through the mail about six weeks prior to the start of registration. If you cannot attend your scheduled time, call Academic Advising immediately to reschedule. Please remember that you cannot register for classes until you attend this meeting, so arrive on time and prepared to discuss your credits and course selections.
What is a prerequisite?
I tried to enroll in a class, but there's a message saying "Requisites have not been met."
This message means that there are classes you need to complete before taking this course. Prerequisite requirements indicate that the course builds on skills learned in a previous course(s). You will need to enroll and receive credit for the class listed as a prerequisite—which is always listed under the course information. If you believe that you qualify for waiving any course prerequisites, you should contact your academic advisor or the faculty of the class you are seeking to enroll.
The class I wanted to take is full. What should I do?
It's important to have two to three class options prepared in case your first choice is full. You should register for these back-up classes and can check back to see if a place opens up in the class that you wanted. You can also try contacting the faculty member for the class to see if you can be added to a waitlist. It's best, however, to plan on taking classes that are open and to enroll in the open courses immediately.
What is a hold?
A hold can come from a number of departments (the Media Center, the Flaxman Library, Student Financial Services, etc.), and can be placed if you have lost items or if you have outstanding payments to make. A hold can prevent you from using SAIC resources (e.g., checking out library books), and can also affect your ability to register for classes. You can check to see if you have any holds by logging into SAIC Self-Service and looking at the Holds section on the upper right hand side of your main SAIC Self-Service page. When you click on the Details link under the HOLDS column, you can see the SAIC department you will need to contact regarding the hold.
For more information about how to register for classes, visit Registration and Records.