Congratulations on joining the community of artists and scholars at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)!  To help you have a smooth transition, we require all new students to attend a New Student Orientation. This event will help you become integrated into the academic, intellectual, cultural, and social environment and gain a better understanding of the academic and studio experience at SAIC.

New Student Orientation is designed to introduce you to the resources, supports, and experiences you can expect at SAIC. During orientation, you can expect to not only learn about SAIC, but you'll be connected with other new students and meet your Orientation Leader, a current SAIC student, who will provide their perspective and knowledge about how to make the most of your SAIC experience.

As an extension of New Student Orientation, Welcome Week is immersive programming where you will engage in small group discussions and social programming. You will continue this experience with your Orientation Leader and will also feature your first Research Studio class meeting with your faculty.

The online experience for New Student Orientation will launch on August 9 with virtual meet-ups for students to interact with each other and Orientation Leaders. The online New Student Orientation course will launch on Canvas on August 12. Students and parents will recieve more information about how to access the online platform at the start of August. Small group, in-person programs will begin with optional events for students and their families who arrive beginning Saturday, August 21. All new student Welcome Week programs will begin after move-in on Saturday, August 28 and continue through Tuesday, August 31. The mandatory in-person programs will include small group meet-ups, neighborhood tours, visits to the Art Institute of Chicago, and your first Research Studio course. View the schedule here.

SAIC's New Launch of Navigate

We’re excited to announce that SAIC will launch Navigate, a student engagement platform. Navigate connects students to people, places, and resources across campus and empowers students to chart a clear path to graduation. Through this personalized, interactive app, students can make appointments with Student Financial Services and Academic Advising, connect with a tutor at the Writing Center and find other resources on campus, easily view academic information, and stay on top of important dates and deadlines.