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.

Fall 2015 New Student Orientation Schedule (coming soon!)

Preparing for Your Arrival [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 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.

Express ARTICard/U-Pass Registration Pick-up

Express Registration students will find their ARTICard ready for pickup at New Student Orientation on August 29, 2015. Those wishing to pick up their ARTICard earlier may do so in the ARTICard office during regular business hours beginning August 3, 2015. For more information on ARTICard, please visit the ARTICard and U-Pass page.

New U-Passes may also be picked up at New Student Orientation on August 29, 2015. 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 fall semester U-Pass will be active from August 29 through December 23.

The office will be closed on September 7 in observance of Labor Day.

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