‌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.

Fall 2014 Undergraduate New Student Orientation

Please plan to join us August 24–26 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, 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.

During Fall New Student Orientation, you can pick up your ARTICard and your U-Pass if you send a photo for express registration before August 1st. The ARTICard Office will have extended hours August 25–28, 2014 for ARTICard and U-Pass distribution:

For more information on ARTICard, please visit ARTICard and U-Pass.

Residence Hall Move-In

Move in for new (first year, transfer, or graduate) domestic students is Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Residence Life will inform you of an exact move in time when you receive your room assignment.

New international student move in is Sunday, August 17, 2014 from 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Staff will be available to assist with your unloading during these times. For more information, visit Housing and Residence Life.