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.

Fall 2016 Undergraduate New Student Orientation

Please plan to join us August 27-30, 2016, 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.

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 distribution will begin on August 1, 2016. U-Pass distribution will begin on August 27, 2016 at New Student Orientation. Please upload your photo for Express Registration to the SAIC Photo Upload site (myphoto.artic.edu) by August 10 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 beginning August 1, 2016. For more information on ARTICard, please visit the ARTICard and U-Pass page.

New U-Passes may be picked up at New Student Orientation on August 27, 2016, or in the ARTICard office beginning on August 29, 2016 during our normal business hours. New and transfer students for whom we do not have a photo by the Express Registration deadline (August 10) 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 to have the old card transferred to SAIC.

The fall semester U-Pass will be active from August 27 through December 21.

Residence Hall Move-In

New International Student move in is on Sunday, August 21, 2016, from 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. New domestic first year, transfer, or graduate students move in is Saturday, August 27, 2016. 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.