Consumer Information

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) educates artists, designers, and scholars, offering nationally accredited undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate programs to more than 3,100 students from around the globe.

Additional information about the School of the Art Institute of Chicago can also be found online at College Navigator.


Accreditation and Memberships

Admissions and Academic Information



Post-Baccalaureate and Certificate

Cost and Financial Assistance

SAIC does not participate in preferred lender arrangements.

Policies and Resources 

Post-Graduation Activities

SAIC Undergraduate Alumni, graduating class of 2021

Outcomes represent 364 out of 560 alumni who completed their bachelor’s degrees one year after graduation, a 65% knowledge rate.

83.3% are employed
9.3% are continuing their education
92.6% career outcomes

SAIC Graduate Alumni, graduating class of 2021

Outcomes represent 141 out of 216 alumni who completed their bachelor’s degrees one year after graduation, a 65.3% knowledge rate.

86.5% are employed
4.3% are continuing their education
90.8% career outcomes

Art Therapy Credentials Board Examination

Pass rates for the last five years for SAIC graduates who have taken the exam for the purpose of board certification with the Art Therapy Credentials Board.

Year Pass Fail Pass Rate
2017 9 Pass 0 Fail 100% Pass Rate
2018 7 Pass 0 Fail 100% Pass Rate
2019 9 Pass 1 Fail 90% Pass Rate
2020 5 Pass 0 Fail 100% Pass Rate
2021 14 Pass 0 Fail 100% Pass Rate

Number of SAIC graduates who are credentialed with the Art Therapy Credentials Board for the past 9 years.
*The ATR-P is an optional credential available to graduates to hold before obtaining the ATR.

Year New ATRs Now ATR-BC Was ATR-P
2012 6 2 0
2013 24 11 0
2014 12 4 0
2015 11 2 0
2016 9 4 0
2017 16 6 0
2018 17 3 2
2019 5 2 0
2020 12 4 1
2021 13 4 3

Teacher Preparation Program Report: 2022 Title II Report Card

Types of Graduate and Professional Education in Which the Institution’s Graduates Enroll

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Student Complaint Procedure 

Students may file a complaint  by following the complaint procedures outlined in the student handbook.

Online students residing in a SARA state* should attempt to resolve grievances through SAIC's institutional process for filing a complaint. If a student is not satisfied with the outcome of SAIC's process, the complaint (except for those involving grades or student conduct violations) may be brought to the Illinois Board of Higher Education. For more information regarding the complaint process for students residing in SARA states, please visit the SARA website.

Students may also file a complaint with SAIC's accrediting agency, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) by following the HLC complaint procedure

*SAIC is an institutional participant in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). SARA is a voluntary agreement among member states and U.S. territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of distance-education courses and programs. SARA membership includes all states (and the District of Columbia), except California. Click here to learn more about SARA.

Filing a Complaint with an Accrediting Agency and Relevant State Agencies

Federal Program Integrity rules issued by the U.S. Department of Education require institutions to provide to students or prospective students contact information needed to file a complaint and with relevant state agencies.
For a link to state agency information for all 50 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico, please click on the following link: State-by-State-Complaint

Illinois Board of Higher Education
431 E. Adams, 2nd floor 
Springfield, IL 62701-1404
Institutional Complaint Hotline: 217.557.7359
Institutional Online Complaint Link:

Illinois Attorney General 
Consumer Fraud Bureau 
500 S. Second St. 
Springfield, IL 62706  [PDF]
Consumer Fraud Hotline: 800.243.0618

Higher Learning Commission
North Central Association
230 S. LaSalle St., suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1413

For students receiving GI Bill Benefits: