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. A Parent and Guest Orientation is held in conjunction with the student orientation to ensure that students have the support of their family and friends.

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.

Register for General Parent Orientation.

Register for International Parent Orientation.

Fall 2015 Undergraduate New Student Orientation

Please plan to join us August 30–September 1, 2015, for Undergraduate New Student Orientation, where you will be able to connect with faculty, students, and staff and learn more about life at SAIC. Learn more about International Student Orientation and Graduate Orientation programs.

A full schedule of events will be posted closer to the event date. Check back later for more information.


ARTICard Pick-up

The ARTICard office is located in the Sharp Building, 37 South Wabash Avenue, room 254. You may drop by to get your ARTICard (Student ID) from 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays and from 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.

ARTICard and U-Pass distribution will take place during New Student Orientation on August 29, 2015. Students who send in a photo for Express Registration before August 10 may pick up both cards at Orientation. The ARTICard office will have extended hours August 31–September 3 and September 8–September 9 for ARTICard and U-Pass distribution. Visit the ARTICard web page for more information.

Residence Hall Move-In

International Student move in is on Sunday, August 23, 2015, from 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Domestic first year, transfer, or graduate students move in is Saturday, August 29, 2015, from 8:30 a.m.–4:00p.m. Staff and move-in resources will be available to assist you during this time. For more information, visit Housing and Residence Life