Visit and Events

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SAIC is closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak. While our physical offices are currently closed, our entire Admissions team is working, and ready to help you navigate your college search and selection process. Please feel free to call us at 312.629.6100, 800.232.7242, or email with any questions you may have. SAIC is here for you!


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Please check back later this summer for the Fall 2020 event schedule.

We want to meet with you and assist you through the admissions process. We invite you to attend our SAIC Days, National Portfolio Days, and to visit us on campus. Engage with our representatives about SAIC, your work, our curriculum, and get a better sense of what it is like to be a student at SAIC.


SAIC Days are conducted in cities across the U.S. from September through November. These events are designed to provide information about our curriculum, scholarship opportunities, life on campus, and career development, as well as time for an in-depth review of your portfolio from one of our representatives.

National Portfolio Days

National Portfolio Days (NPD) take place from September to January in locations across North America, and SAIC participates in all of them. Representatives from SAIC are ALWAYS available to provide 10-15 minute portfolio reviews of prospective students' work, and to speak about SAIC's curriculum.

Learn more about:

Events in the U.S.

Events Outside the U.S.

Contact Your Admissions Counselor

Wednesday, December 4
6:30 p.m. (CT)
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SAIC's Student Financial Services office is hosting an online information session to assist you in filling the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), applying for scholarships and identifying other sources of funding, and understanding your award.

There will be time after the presentation to ask any questions you may have.

Wednesday, January 8
6:30 p.m. (CT)
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SAIC is hosting an online information session to assist you in preparing your portfolio for admission and merit scholarship consideration. We will be discussing the admission process and providing examples of past merit portfolios. We'll also cover how to complete the Common Application.


Topics will include:

Accessing and completing the Common Application
Uploading your portfolio
Submitting test scores, transcripts and letters of recommendation
Writing and submitting your Artist's Statement

There will also be time for your questions during and following the presentation.

Wednesday, February 12
6:30 p.m. (CT)
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SAIC is hosting an online presentation to provide you with information about what it's like to live on campus in one of our residence halls, how to apply for housing, and more. There will be time during and after the presentation for your questions.

Thursday, March 12
6:30 p.m. (CT)
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Representatives from SAIC's Student Financial Services department will discuss SAIC award packages, completing the budgeting worksheet, and outside scholarships. There will be time during and after the presentation to ask questions.

Monday, April 13
7:00 p.m. (CT)
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We will be covering topics including how to prepare your portfolio for admission and merit scholarship, submitting your application, and specifics about our transfer credit policy. Current faculty, students, and alumni will also be available to talk about the SAIC experience.

There will be ample time during and after the presentation for you to ask us your specific questions.

Tuesdays and Thursdays
12 noon - 1 p.m. (CT)
Join Us Online

Join us online from noon - 1 p.m. to chat live with Admissions staff and current students. No registration required!

Visit SAIC

Take a live, virtual tour of our campus and residence halls with our current students, and ask any questions you have live!

  • Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 4 pm CDT
  • Wednesday, June 29 at 3 pm CDT (full campus tour)
  • Friday, July 17 at 4 pm CDT (full campus tour)

Attend a Virtual Tour

Monday virtual tours will include our entire campus.

Wednesday virtual tours will include:

  • Architecture, Interior Architecture, Designed Objects (AIADO)
  • Contemporary Practices (First Year Program)
  • Fashion
  • Fiber & Material Studies
  • Residence Halls
  • SAIC Galleries
  • Student Center
  • Visual Communication Design (Graphic Design)

Friday virtual tours will include:

  • Art & Technology
  • Ceramics
  • Film, Video, New Media, and Animation (FVNMA)
  • Liberal Arts
  • New Arts Journalism
  • Painting & Drawing
  • Performance
  • Photography
  • Printmedia
  • Sculpture
  • Sound
  • Visual & Critical Studies
  • Residence Halls

On-Campus Tours

Schedule an Undergraduate Tour
* will resume as soon as it is safe to do so

Student-led campus tours take place Monday through Friday, as well as select Saturdays.  We offer you the opportunity to meet with an admission counselor before or after our tours to have your portfolio reviewed, or just get more information about SAIC.

Arrive at the LeRoy Neiman Center at 37 South Wabash, Chicago, IL, 60603 no later than 11:30 a.m. for tours which leave at 11:45 a.m. Tours typically last about two hours with an optional residence hall tour that begins after the school tour.

Our tours include the following

  • Campus buildings and facilities
  • Our downtown Chicago loft apartment-style residence halls
  • An appointment with an Admissions counselor, should you desire one
  • Admission to the Art Institute of Chicago museum
  • Introduction to our downtown campus—wear comfortable shoes

For those with appointments for a review after the tour, portfolios may be brought to the Admissions office on the 12th floor of the Sullivan Center at 36 South Wabash Avenue prior to the tour.


Group Tours—High School, Colleges, and Organizations

* will resume as soon as it is safe to do so

  • Group tours are offered Monday - Thursday between 9:00-10:30 a.m. or 2:30- 4:00 p.m.
  • Requests may be made for up to 35 students and 3-5 chaperones
  • SAIC campus tours are designed for high school groups, colleges, or organizations that support studying visual art and design at the college level

To request a group tour, please complete the group tour request form. You will receive an individual follow-up to your request.

For any questions, please call 800.232.7242.

Parking, Campus Map, Directions, and Where to Stay

For information about parking, directions to SAIC, where to stay, and to download a campus map, please see the Campus Tours page.

Can't visit our campus?

Check out our virtual tour.


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Transfer Day for Fall 2020
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On Friday, July 17, meet with our counselors, receive your admission decision and, if you choose, register for your fall classes.