Each term, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) offers an orientation for parents and guests that coincides with the first day of New Student Orientation. During this orientation, you will have the opportunity to be part of your student's first day at SAIC; learn about SAIC resources; meet the SAIC President, faculty, and staff; and get to know other incoming students and their families.

Support from families and friends is beneficial for many SAIC students, so we would like to take this opportunity to meet you and provide information and resources to assist you in supporting your student.

Parent and Guest Orientation includes:

Parents, families, and guests are invited to join their SAIC student(s) during Spring New Student Orientation.  Parent Orientation is on Tuesday, January 24, 2017. Parent and Guest Orientation is free to attend.  

Please visit our registration page to sign up for Parent and Guest Orientation by Thursday, January 19, 2017.

Student and Parent Orientation Schedule [PDF]


For Parents and guests who are travelling to Chicago, explore all of your accommodation options by visiting our Where to Stay page.