‌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 2015 Undergraduate New Student Orientation

Please plan to join us August 30–September 1, 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 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