Next Steps for Enrolled Students

You will receive a Welcome & Next Steps email from in the days leading up to the start of class. The subject line will be Welcome & Next Steps for [class #] [Class Title].

In this email you will find:

  • A reminder to complete your next steps as outlined on this page
  • The link to the first class Zoom session (synchronous online courses)
  • The location your course will be meeting (modified in-person courses)
  • The contact information for your instructor

Your SAIC email account is the key to accessing Canvas and other student resources. Your instructor will communicate with you through Canvas and your email address. Check it regularly during the course.

To activate your SAIC email account, you will need to:
Locate your SAIC ID number in your Registration Confirmation email. If you have an SAIC student ID card you will also find it there.
Go to
Select Activate Account
Enter your 7-digit SAIC ID number
Enter your Last Name
Enter your Birthdate using this exact date format: DD-MMM (e.g., 22-FEB)
Select Activate
Your username is automatically assigned but you will create your own password, which must be alphanumeric and at least six characters. Be sure to record your account information for future reference. 
Visit to log in to your SAIC email with the username and password from above.

NEED HELP? Contact the CRIT Help Desk at 312-345-3535 or email
Office Hours: Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Canvas is SAIC’s online learning platform and will be the central resource for all of your course materials and communication with your instructors and peers. You will need to login with your SAIC username and password.
Instructors will make courses viewable on Canvas in the days leading up to the start of class. 
Visit Canvas or download the app for Android or Apple and log in using your SAIC username and password. Complete the virtual Canvas Student Orientation to get started.

NEED HELP? Contact the Canvas Support Team at, Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

If your course will be holding live video conferencing sessions, you will need to download Zoom in advance of the first class.

All live sessions are scheduled in Central Time. Use World Time Buddy to compare Central Daylight Time with your current timezone.

NOTE: You can join the first class Zoom session even if you have not finished activating your SAIC email and logged into Canvas. You will receive the link for the first Zoom session in the Welcome & Next Steps email from in the days leading up to the start of class. 

Students are responsible for purchasing their own supplies. 

Supply lists for intensives and weekend workshops can be found at the link below. 

Typically, supply lists for courses with a duration of longer than one week are provided to students during the first class session. However, some instructors may choose to provide a supply list to students in advance, if specific materials are required during the first week of class. If your instructor has chosen to release the supply list prior to the start of class, you will find it at the link below. 

Course Supply Lists -These will be posted by one week prior to the start of class

Please note that a computer is required to participate in online classes.

All students participating in on-campus (modified in-person) courses must complete the Make Ready Safety Training. This training will be made available to you in Canvas one week or more prior to the start of class. It consists of videos and will take approximately 35 minutes to complete.

Logged into Canvas but do not see the Make Ready Safety Training? Email the Make Ready Team at from your SAIC email address. Provide them with your student ID number and tell them you are an Adult Continuing Education student enrolled in a modified in-person course.

Complete the online safety training and commit to uphold Our Shared Responsibilities before you request to pick up your SAIC student ID card.

A student ID is required for all students participating in on-campus (modified in-person) courses. You will not be able to attend your class on campus until you have requested and picked up your ARTICard. 

You will need to schedule an appointment with the ARTICard Office in order to come in to get your SAIC student ID card. To do so, follow the link below.

ARTICard - Appointments, Contact Information, Office Hours, and Location
You must present a government-issued photo ID or passport to pick up your ARTICard.  

NEED HELP? Contact the ARTICard Office at
Office Hours: Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. + Extended hours for Continuing Studies Students, visit the link above.

A staff member will be available to respond to emails regarding urgent concerns one hour before the start of class through the first hour of the first class meeting.

Most concerns can be resolved effectively by email but if a phone call is needed, a staff member will call you in response to your email.

ACE Curriculum and Instruction Team (Programming) -
Hours: Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. 
+ Extended hours: One hour before the start of class through the first hour of the first class meeting

To expedite assistance, include as much of the following information as you are able to.

  • Your first and last name as it appears on your Registration Confirmation email
  • Your 7-digit student ID number (included in your Registration Confirmation email.)
  • The class you are taking, including when it is scheduled to start
  • A Phone number you can be reached at

TIP: Include your instructor on your email to That way they will be aware that you are working on troubleshooting in order to connect with them for the first class. The contact information for your instructor will be provided to you in the Welcome & Next Steps email sent in the days leading up to the start of class.