Orientation: Undergraduate Students
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 2017 Undergraduate New Student Orientation
Please plan to join us August 27-29 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.
Parent & Guest Orientation Registration
Parent and Guest Orientation Schedule [PDF]
Please check back for information on mandatory online orientation programs.
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 be on August 26, 2017 during Orientation Check-in. Please upload your photo for Express Registration to the SAIC Photo Upload site (myphoto.artic.edu) by August 9 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with the card information to have the old card 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
New International Student move in is on Sunday, August 20, 2017, and new domestic first year, transfer, or graduate students move in is Sunday, August 26, 2017. 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.