You probably have ideas about what a typical college campus is like. Be ready to challenge those ideas because SAIC is not your ordinary college. 

We do not look, think, or feel like any other campus in the world. Our residence halls are studio loft apartments. Our quad is Millennium Park. Our front yard is a sea of skyscrapers, and our backyard is Lake Michigan. Our influences are the city’s entire creative community, its resources, including our own Art Institute of Chicago museum, and the culturally diverse neighborhoods of Chicago.

When you are here, you will see how the dynamic city of Chicago is the perfect backdrop for creativity. Chicago is one of the world's great cities. It's sophisticated and brash, sprawling and close-knit, earthy and earnest, and wildly experimental. The city is defined by an extraordinary and rich diversity. For artists, Chicago is irresistible: a city of unparalleled architecture and innovative public art, world-class museums and galleries, and vibrant communities of working artists, designers, writers, and thinkers. You can visit your favorite piece of art at the Art Institute or Chicago or Museum of Contemporary Art, attend a night filled with gallery openings across the city, catch a show at Second City, listen to a free concert in Millennium Park, and walk the shores of Lake Michigan on a whim.

At SAIC you will encounter thought-provoking, cutting-edge exhibitions, avant-garde performances, international film screenings, acclaimed artists’ talks, and professional fashion shows. Our new state-of-the-art LeRoy Neiman Campus Center is the ideal place for you to meet fellow students and faculty, attend events, view student exhibitions, or grab a delicious bite to eat.

SAIC is exciting. It is enriching. It is urban. And after seeing it for the first time, you will understand what a college experience could be.