Next Steps and Information for Enrolled Students

Welcome to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's (SAIC) Early College Program Summer Institute (ECPSI)

We're excited that you're going to be with us this summer, experiencing what it's like to study at the nation's most influential art and design school. We think there's nothing better for artists, designers, and visual scholars than to come together with our engaged and inspiring faculty, work with fellow students from around the country and across the globe, make amazing work in our state-of-the-art facilities, and experience our world-class city of Chicago.

 

Next Steps for Enrolled Students

Important: After registering, it will take up to 2 business days before you are able to activate your SAIC account. 

Your SAIC email account is the key to accessing Canvas and other student resources. Your instructor will communicate with you through Canvas and your SAIC.edu 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, sent from cs@saic.edu. If you have an SAIC student ID card you will also find it there. Your 7-digit SAIC Student ID number is different from the 5-digit order number included on the Order Confirmation receipt email sent to you at the time of checkout.
  • Go to password.artic.edu
  • 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 or 03-JUN)
  • Select Activate

Pause to record your account information for future reference. 
 
Your username will be automatically assigned but you will create your own password, which must be alphanumeric and at least six characters.

Visit gmail.artic.edu 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 crithelpdesk@saic.edu.

Office Hours: Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Important: After activating your SAIC account, it will take up to 2 business days before you are able to upload your proof of vaccination. 

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago will require that all students who intend to be on campus for any period of time, and are eligible (ages 12 and older), must be vaccinated for COVID-19.

SAIC will accept any COVID-19 vaccine approved for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or vaccines approved by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Students are required to have proof of vaccination on file with Health Services. Medical and religious exemptions will be accommodated for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Visit saic.edu/continuing-studies/csvaccine for more information.

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 log in with your SAIC username and password.

Instructors will publish courses in Canvas in the days leading up to the start of class.

Visit canvas.saic.edu 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 canvas-help@saic.edu, Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Students will need an ARTICard, the SAIC ID, to enter campus buildings including the residence hall. You will receive an email from articard@saic.edu to your home email address in the week prior to the start of your class which details how to submit your identification photo. 

If all materials are submitted, you will receive your ARTICard on the day of your orientation.

You also have the option to load funds onto your ARTICard for easy payment on-campus for cafeteria, vending machine items, and laundry. 

For more details about ARTICard, consult the ARTICard Continuing Studies page under High School Programs, or contact them at articard@saic.edu.

Students are responsible for purchasing their own art supplies. Students should expect to purchase supplies estimated at $300-$450.

Supply lists will be made available for ECPSI classes on June 1st.
At that time supply lists will be found on the Student Supply List Website.

Students are encouraged to bring any materials they would like to use not on the supply list, and students that live out of town can purchase everything they need when they arrive. Instructors will go over supplies on the first day as well.

Blick Art Materials is located at 42 South State Street and is open on Sundays from 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Visit dickblick.com or call 312.920.0300 for store information. Note: Blick Art Materials accepts ARTICard purchases.

IF YOU REGISTERED ONLINE AND YOU DO NOT HAVE ANY ALLERGIES AND/OR OTHER MEDICAL/HEALTH CONDITIONS, YOU DO NOT NEED TO COMPLETE THIS STEP.

If you registered your student by phone, email, or submission of a PDF registration form, a signed Consent Form‌ [PDF] is required to participate in the Early College Program at SAIC; failure to submit a signed Consent Form prior to the first class may prevent participation. This includes students using tuition vouchers and tuition remission. Please send the signed Consent Form to saic-youth@saic.edu.

Parents/guardians of students with allergies and/or other medical/health conditions that might require emergency assistance should complete an Allergy History Form [PDF] and/or Emergency Action Plan Form‌ [PDF], or email saic-youth@saic.edu. This information is confidential and only shared with program staff.

Lockers are made available at the start of classes on a first-come, first-served basis and must be officially registered through the Office of Student Affairs each semester. Students who have registered a locker during the current term must provide their own lock. If an unregistered locker is found locked, the lock will be cut and the contents disposed of. Locks and personal belongings not removed at the end of the semester will be disposed of.

Students may register their locker 1-week in advance of the start of their class, as it will take up to two business days for locker registration to be completed. 

Student​ ​Locker​ ​Registration​ ​Checklist

  • Email​ student affairs at studenthelp@saic.edu
  • Use subject line: Locker reservation request - ECP student
  • Include​ ​the​ ​following​ ​information​ ​in​ ​the​ ​body​ ​of​ ​the​ ​email. ​​Failure to provide all information will cause a delay in completing the registration.
    • Full name and SAIC ID number
    • Location of your course - building, floor, and classroom
    • Dates of your course

Students will be assigned the closest available locker to their classroom and may use it for the duration of their course.

You will receive a Welcome & Next Steps email from saic-youth@saic.edu in the days leading up to the start of class. The subject line will be Welcome & Next Steps for [class #] [Class Title]. You may also need to check your junk/spam folder for these email alerts.

In this email you will find:

  • A reminder to complete your next steps as outlined on this page
  • The location your course will be meeting (modified in-person courses)
  • The contact information for your instructor

Please make sure to provide an active email address during registration so we are able to communicate effectively. You may also need to check your junk/spam folder for these email alerts.

A staff member will be available to respond to emails regarding urgent concerns while ECP Summer Institute courses are in session.

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.

Youth Curriculum and Instruction Team (Programming) - saic-youth@saic.edu

Hours: Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. CT

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 in your email to saic-youth@saic.edu. 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.

Attendance and Scheduling Conflicts

Students enrolled in the Early College Program are expected to attend all classes at the scheduled time. However, we understand that circumstances may warrant absences, tardiness, or early dismissal. 

If your student will be absent or tardy for class, email saic-youth@saic.edu. Instructors are unable to provide extensive make-up plans or meet outside of regularly scheduled class times.

SAIC SECURITY ALERT SYSTEM

To sign up for SAIC's security alert system, please fill out the Parent Newsletter Request Form. Please note that parents cannot sign up for this unless their child is a current student; registration should be complete and a registration email sent to you with a student ID.

TRANSCRIPTS

Transcript requests can be made online, in person, and by mail or fax. Transcripts are not available until several weeks after the last class. Full details are available here.

ECP ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Make sure to like the Early College Program @ SAIC on Facebook and Instagram for extra information, instructor news, and images of work created in our programs.

 

ECPSI 2022 Session Information

Session Course Dates Move In/ Orientation Exhibition/ Move Out
Session 1: Two Weeks June 20-July 1, 2022 Move In: Sunday, June 19
Orientation: Sunday, June 19 at 4 p.m. CT
Exhibition: Friday, July 1 at 2 p.m. CT
Move out: Saturday, July 2 by noon
Session 2: Two Weeks July 4-15, 2022 Move In: Sunday, July 3
Orientation: Sunday, July 3 at 4 p.m. CT
Exhibition: Friday, July 15 at 2 p.m. CT
Move out: Saturday, July 16 by noon
Session 3: Two Weeks July 18-29, 2022 Move In: Sunday, July 17
Orientation: Sunday, July 17 at 4 p.m. CT
Exhibition: Friday, July 29 at 2 p.m. CT
Move out: Saturday, July 30 by noon
Session 4: Four Weeks July 4-29, 2022 Move In: Sunday, July 3
Orientation: Sunday, July 3 at 4 p.m. CT
Exhibition: Friday, July 29 at 2 p.m. CT
Move out: Saturday, July 30 by noon
Session 5: One Week  
 
August 1-5, 2022 Move In: Sunday, July 31
Orientation: Sunday, July 31 at 4 p.m. CT
Exhibition: Saturday, August 6 at 10 a.m. CT
Move out: Saturday, August 6 by 4 p.m. CT

Orientation takes place in SAIC's Ballroom located at 116 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603.

*SAIC will host a parent reception from 4:00-6:00 p.m. following final exhibitions.


More Information


Enrollment Confirmation

Once you have been successfully enrolled in a course, we will send a confirmation email to the student's email address. Please carefully review this confirmation to ensure everything is correct.

If you have not received a confirmation email, please contact Continuing Studies at 312.629.6170, or email us at ecp@saic.edu so we can resend it to you.


Housing Information

Prior to your arrival, please review the

 

What to Bring to the Residence Halls:
Students living in the residence hall must provide bed linens and blankets (extra–long twin/full sheet or any fitted sheet, blanket or sleeping bag, and pillow), towels, toiletries (toilet paper, shampoo, soap, toothpaste, etc.), alarm clock, cooking and eating utensils (plate, fork, knife, spoon, etc.), laundry and dish detergent (as needed), a combination lock if students wish to make use of lockers available in academic buildings to store supplies, and art supplies. Note: All of the above items can be purchased after you arrive in Chicago—Target is steps from the residence hall. Do not ship personal items in advance of your arrival; we cannot hold these items for you. Anything shipped to our office will be returned to sender.

You will be notified about your roommate and dorm room assignment during move-in.

Students arriving later than 3:30 p.m. on Sunday should notify the Residence Hall in advance at 312.629.6870 or stulife@saic.edu. Details regarding the meal plan, rules, and what to bring can be found at the Residence Hall Information page.

ECPSI students who have signed up to stay in our Residence Hall will be housed in Jones Hall, located at 7 West Madison Street.
 

Session Course Dates Move In Orientation Exhibition Move Out
Session 1 June 20-July 1, 2022 Move In: Sunday, June 19, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
 
Orientation: Sunday, June 19 at 4 p.m. CT Exhibition: Friday, July 1 at 2 p.m. CT Move Out: Saturday, July 2 by noon CT
Session 2 July 4-15, 2022 Move In: Sunday, July 3, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. CT
 
Orientation: Sunday, July 3 at 4 p.m. CT Exhibition: Friday, July 15 at 2 p.m. CT Move Out: Saturday, July 16 by noon CT
Session 3 July 18-29, 2022 Move In: Sunday, July 17, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. CT
 
Orientation: Sunday, July 17 at 4 p.m. CT Exhibition: Friday, July 29 at 2 p.m. CT Move Out: Saturday, July 30 by noon CT
Session 4 July 4-29, 2022 Move In: Sunday, July 3, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. CT Orientation: Sunday, July 3 at 4 p.m. CT Exhibition: Friday, July 29 at 2 p.m. CT Move Out: Saturday, July 30 by noon CT
Session 5 
 
August 1-5, 2022 Move In: Sunday, July 31, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. CT Orientation: Sunday, July 31 at 4 p.m. CT Exhibition: Saturday, August 6 at 10 a.m. CT
 
Move Out: Saturday, August 6 by 4 p.m. CT

Please note that international students may arrive the Saturday prior to move-in for the session after 5:00 p.m. Please contact Residence Life at 312.629.6870 or reslife@saic.edu to let them know that you intend to arrive early.

 

Transportation To and From the Airport

Transportation To and From the Airport

Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from either of Chicago's airports (O'Hare or Midway). We recommend students use Airport Express and call 1.888.2THEVAN or visit airportexpress.com to make a reservation. Airport Express operates beginning at 4:00 a.m. daily from O'Hare, every 15 minutes daily from Midway, and will take students directly to Jones Hall, 7 West Madison Street, from either airport.

O'Hare: Pick-up GO Airport Express van across from baggage claim in the domestic terminal by doors 1E, 2D, or 3F, and 5E.

Midway: Pick-up GO Airport Express van lower level across from baggage claim by door 3.

Students may also use a taxi service or public transportation from either airport. Cab fare is approximately $40–$50 and public transportation is $2.25–$5.00 one way. For public transit maps, visit transitchicago.com.

 

Hotel Information

There are several hotels convenient to campus housing (Jones Hall), the final exhibition location, and the Art Institute of Chicago Museum, including:

Best Western Grant Park Hotel 1100 South Michigan Avenue 312.922.2900
The Blackstone, A Renaissance Chicago Hotel 636 South Michigan Avenue 312.447.0955
Four Seasons 120 East Delaware Place 312.280.8800
Hotel 71 71 East Wacker Drive 312.346.7100
Palmer House Hilton Hotel 17 East Monroe Street 312.726.7500
Renaissance Chicago Hotel 1 West Wacker Drive 312.372.0093
Ritz Carlton, A Four Seasons Hotel—Water Tower 160 East Person Street 312.266.1000
Silversmith Hotel and Suites 10 South Wabash Avenue 312.372.7696

For a complete list, including those with SAIC preferred rates, please visit saic.edu/hotels.


Merit Scholarship and Financial Aid Information

Students who register November through January will be notified of their potential award amounts via email starting in January. Students who register afterJanuary will be notified of their potential award amounts approxmately three to four weeks after registration. If you do not receive information about your potential Merit Scholarship and/or need-based financial aid in this time frame, please contact the Student Financial Services department at 312.629.6600 or saic.sfs@saic.edu.


Payment Information

The payment deadline is May 2, 2022. 

If you have not made payment by this date you are at risk of being dropped from your selected courses.

  • If you need to drop a class, all drop requests must be submitted in writing to ecp@saic.edu and include the student's name, ID number, and course information.
  • One hundred percent of the tuition charge, not including the $100 nonrefundable tuition deposit, is refundable if courses are dropped by May 2, 2022.* If a course is dropped after the deadline, no refund will be granted.*

*Note: this date applies for all sessions.

You may complete your payment online at saic.edu/cspayment. You may also submit your payment by mailing a personal check or money order with the student's full name and ID in the reference section to: School of the Art Institute of Chicago, SAIC Bursar's Office, 37 S. Wabash Ave., Suite 245, Chicago, IL 60603. For any financial questions, please contact Student Financial Services at 312.629.6600 or saic.sfs@saic.edu.


Orientation

Orientation is mandatory for all ECPSI students, and we welcome parents to attend as well whenever possible. Early College Program and Residence Life staff will be on hand to introduce the program, discuss policies, and answer questions.

Session Course Dates Orientation
Session 1 June 20-July 1, 2022 Sunday, June 19 at 4:00 p.m. CT
Session 2 July 4-15, 2022 Sunday, July 3 at 4:00 p.m. CT
Session 3 July 18-29,  2022 Sunday, July 17 at 4:00 p.m. CT
Session 4 July 4-29, 2022 Sunday, July 3 at 4:00 p.m. CT
Session 5 August 1-5, 2022 Sunday, July 31 at 4:00 p.m. CT

 

Orientation takes place in SAIC's Ballroom located at 112 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603.


FAQs

In advace of your time with us, please review our detailed responses to Frequently Asked Questions. Still need more information? Please call us at 312.629.6170 or email us at ecp@saic.edu. We're excited to have you!


Accommodations for Students With Disabilities

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago is committed to providing opportunities for full participation in all programs for students with disabilities, including Continuing Studies students and Students At Large. Disabled students should first contact the Disability and Learning Resource Center (DLRC) to request reasonable accommodations. To plan for the most effective accommodations, we ask that you contact the DLRC at least two weeks before the start date for your course. For more detailed information about the DLRC and the accommodations process, see https://www.saic.edu/life-at-saic/wellness-center/disability.  The DLRC can be reached by phone at 312-499-4278 or email dlrc@saic.edu.

 


Demands of the Program

SAIC's Early College Program Summer Institute (ECPSI) is a rigorous academic program for independent, highly motivated students. To be successful in the program, students must be able to perform at the college level by, among other things, assuming responsibility for getting to and from class on time and managing their obligations with respect to classes, workshops, activities, and homework assignments. Residential students must also be able to adapt to dormitory-style living, while attending to their own needs (i.e., getting appropriate amounts of sleep, eating properly, and requesting medical attention when necessary). Finally, students must be able to conduct themselves in a manner that demonstrates self-regulation and self-discipline at all times, especially during unsupervised free time.

Supervision and Safety

SAIC is located in the center of downtown Chicago, a vibrant setting conducive to great art making. Despite the many attributes of the location, the urban setting and factors that are associated with staying in any large city should be taken into consideration when prospective students and their parents are deciding whether to register for the program.

ECPSI students are allowed free time for lunch, between classes and curfew (curfew is for residential students but the city of Chicago also has a curfew), and on the weekends. Students and parents should discuss self-regulation and self-discipline, and students are highly encouraged to travel in groups in and around the campus area. We do not recommend using the public transportation system (CTA) during free time unless traveling in groups with at least one person who is familiar with the Chicago area. If parents or students are looking for a program with one hundred percent supervision, they should consider the nature of this program thoroughly before registering. Instructional staff supervises use of the CTA system during class and there are also supervised outings coordinated by residence life evenings and weekends so students may explore the city.

ECPSI students are required to check-in/out for the times/events listed below:

9:00 a.m., Monday–Friday Class attendance taken All students
12:00 p.m., Monday–Friday Students released for lunch All students
1:00 p.m., Monday–Friday Class attendance checked post-lunch All students
6:00 p.m., Tuesday–Thursday Workshop attendance taken All students
10:00 p.m., Sunday–Thursday Curfew in residence hall Residential students only
11:00 p.m., Friday–Saturday Curfew in residence hall Residential students only
7:30 a.m., every day Students allowed to leave residence hall Residential students only

Note: lunchtimes may differ slightly if classes are on a field trip, need to alter the time due to a project, etc. Teaching Assistants still keep attendance during these times.

Insurance

All ECPSI students are required to have health insurance coverage while participating in the program. If you do not already have health insurance, short-term coverage may be purchased through Edusure, a marketplace offering multiple student health insurance options. Coverage may also be purchased through Patriot, a travel plan for international and study abroad students.

ECPSI students are responsible for making these arrangements, including payment of the premium. Edusure can be reached at 1.800.338.3924 and Patriot can be reached at 1.800.628.4664.

Security

Security guards are stationed at the entrance of all SAIC buildings 24 hours a day. All students must show their ARTICard to access campus buildings.

Homework

Reflecting the requirements of SAIC's undergraduate credit-bearing courses, additional work will be required of all students outside the classroom in order to complete assignments. Students should plan to spend an average of two hours each evening in the studios. This outside-of-class work will be a priority for students so they are able to put in the time and energy required to create portfolio-quality pieces. 

Incidentals/Personal Spending

Students are advised to use an ATM card or Traveler's Checks for personal spending in an effort to avoid carrying around large amounts of cash. Many banks and automated teller machines are located within a few blocks of the residence hall (Citibank, Chase, and First Chicago, among others) for withdrawals.

SAIC cannot cash personal checks, nor will most banks. If you need to wire money to a student, the closest Currency Exchange to the residence hall is located at 100 West Randolph Street (312.236.4811).

Supplies

Supplies are the responsibility of the student. While ECPSI may provide some basic materials for the first class meeting and instructor demonstrations, students should expect to purchase additional supplies estimated at $300-$450.

Supply lists will be available in late May on the ECPSI Supply List Website. All enrolled students will be emailed a link to the website, so make sure to provide us with an active email. Students are encouraged to bring any materials they would like to use not on the supply list, and students that live out of town can purchase everything they need when they arrive. Instructors will go over supplies on the first day as well.

Blick Art Materials is located at 42 South State Street and is open on Sundays from 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. Visit dickblick.com or call 312.920.0300 for store information. Note: Blick Art Materials accepts ARTICard purchases.

Student Exhibition

An exhibit of student work and reception open to all ECP Summer Institute students, faculty, parents, and friends is held on the final class day of each session. 

  • Session 1: Friday, July 1 at 2 p.m. CT
  • Session 2: Friday, July 15 at 2 p.m. CT
  • Session 3: Friday, July 29 at 2 p.m. CT
  • Session 4: Friday, July 29 at 2 p.m. CT
  • Session 5: Saturday, August 6 at 10 a.m. CT

Transporting Artwork Home

Students are responsible for transporting their artwork home at the end of the session. SAIC will NOT store, pack, or ship student work. ECPSI instructors and teaching assistants will help students prepare work for transport at the end of the session. Keep in mind that work that cannot be transported can be photographed and destroyed.

Students who are unable to carry work home should decide how their work will be transported ahead of time, and purchase materials for packing work prior to the last class.

Below is a selection of packing suppliers and shipping locations in the immediate area. We recommend calling or visiting websites in advance to confirm days/times of operation. Note: Some shipping locations are not open on Saturdays.

Staples Packing supplies 111 N. Wabash Ave.

312.641.1213
Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.

Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Sunday, 12:00–5:00 p.m.
FedEx Office Print & Ship Center Packing supplies, shipping 55 E. Monroe St.

312.701.0730
Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
closed Saturday and Sunday
FedEx Office Print & Ship Center Packing supplies, shipping 71 E. Jackson Blvd.

312.341.9644
Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
closed Sunday
UPS Store Packing supplies, shipping 17 E. Monroe St.

312.917.1705
Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
closed Saturday and Sunday
UPS Store Packing supplies, shipping 27 N. Wacker Dr.

312.372.2727
Monday–Friday, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
closed Saturday and Sunday

College Credit and Transcripts

Juniors and seniors, ages 15 to 18, enrolled in an ECPSI course will be eligible to receive college credit upon successful completion. This credit may be applied towards an undergraduate degree at most colleges or universities. 

Students enrolled for credit are expected to attend all classes at the scheduled time, arrive prepared, and successfully complete all homework and assignments.

Transcripts will not be available until mid-September. Transcripts are not sent automatically; requests can be made online, in person, and by mail or fax. Consult our Transcript Requests page for full details.