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.

Spring 2016 Undergraduate New Student Orientation

Please plan to join us January 26-27, 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.

Spring 2016 Orientation Schedule [PDF]


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 January 4, 2016. U-Pass distribution will begin on January 25, 2016. Please send in a photo for Express Registration before December 17, 2015. If you miss the Express Registration deadline, your picture can 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 January 4, 2016. For more information on ARTICard, please visit the ARTICard and U-Pass page.

New U-Passes may be picked up in the ARTICard office beginning on January 25, 2016 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.

Please Note: If you miss the Express Registration period, U-Passes may take up to seven business days to process.

The spring semester U-Pass will be active from January 25 through May 18.

The office will be closed on January 18 in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday.

Residence Hall Move-In

International Student move in is on Wednesday, January 20, 2016, from 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Domestic first year, transfer, or graduate students move in is Sunday, January 24, 2016, from 10:00a.m.–3:00p.m. Staff and move-in resources will be available to assist you during this time. For more information, visit Housing and Residence Life.