‌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.

Spring 2015 Undergraduate New Student Orientation

Please plan to join us January 20–21, 2015 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.

ARTICard distribution will begin on January 2, 2015. U-Pass distribution will begin on January 16, 2015. Please send a photo for express registration before December 18, 2014. If you miss the Express Registration deadline, your picture can be taken in the ARTICard office. The ARTICard office will have extended hours January 20–22, 2015 for ARTICard and U-Pass distribution.

Residence Hall Move-In

International Student move in is on Wednesday, January 14, 2015, from 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Domestic first year, transfer, or graduate students move in is Sunday, January 18, 2015, from 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Staff and move-in resources will be available to assist you during this time. For more information, visit Housing and Residence Life.


In an effort to increase students’ knowledge and awareness regarding alcohol use, SAIC, along with many top schools in the country, utilizes AlcoholEdu for College as a component of our alcohol education initiative.

To this end, we require every new incoming SAIC student to take AlcoholEdu for College.

To take AlcoholEdu for College:


In an effort to continually provide the SAIC community with comprehensive safety measures, new students are also required to participate in a program entitled Haven: Understanding Sexual Assault. This online course is designed to help students learn more about the meaning of consent, the role alcohol can play in sexual assaults, and suggestions on how to develop strategies for your own (and your friends’) safety. It takes approximately 45 minutes to complete and should be completed by January 23, 2015.

To take Haven: