Undergraduate Students

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Welcome to SAIC!

Every semester, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) holds a New Student Orientation for undergraduates entering the school. The event is designed to introduce students to SAIC and prepare them for the semester ahead.

In addition to informational sessions, campus tours, and other fun activities, new students will pick up their laptop, ARTICard, and U-Pass at the New Student Orientation.

Fall 2020 Undergraduate New Student Orientation

Fall New Student Orientation will take place August 30-September 1. 

Parent Orientation will take place on August 30. Online registration will open in mid-May. Please check back for updates. 

Schedule coming soon!

ARTICard Pick-up

The ARTICard (student ID) office is located in the Sharp Building, 37 South Wabash Avenue, room 254. It's open Monday–Tuesday 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., and Wednesday–Friday 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

ARTICard and U-Pass distribution will be during Orientation Check-in. Please upload your photo for Express Registration to the SAIC Photo Upload site (myphoto.artic.edu) to ensure that your ARTICard is ready for pickup at Orientation. Your picture can also be taken in the ARTICard office. Visit the ARTICard web page for more information.

Express ARTICard/U-Pass Registration Pick-up

Express Registration students may pick up their ARTICard in the ARTICard office during regular business hours. For more information on ARTICard, please visit the ARTICard and U-Pass page.

New U-Passes may be picked up at New Student Orientation, or in the ARTICard office during our normal business hours. New and transfer students for whom we do not have a photo by the Express Registration deadline may apply for their new U-Pass in the ARTICard Office.

Transfer students with a U-Pass from another Chicago-area school will not need a new U-Pass. Instead, email articard@saic.edu with the card information so it can be transferred to SAIC.

You must have a valid ID (driver's license, state ID, or passport) for pick up.
You must be registered full-time to pick up the U-Pass.

Residence Hall Move-In

Fall New Student move-in for international students is Sunday, August 23, and for domestic students is Saturday, August 29.