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 and Welcome Week for undergraduates entering the school. The programs are designed to introduce students to SAIC and prepare them for the semester ahead.

Undergraduate New Student Orientation and Welcome Week

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 them 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 receive 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, Ausgust 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.

Residence Hall Move-In

Residence Hall Move-In occurs days before the academic year begins. Specific room and roommate assignments are sent to students via email around August 1st. Included with this information will be specific details about the move in process for each residence hall. Updated information will be provided through the summer.

Students have found a great time & energy savings by shipping belongings in advance. Information about shipping belongings via collegeboxes.com, the preferred method, can be found on the Residence Life Move-in Page.

We look forward to having you in our community this fall as we come together to live, learn, and make. Please do not hesitate to contact stulife@saic.edu if you have any questions.

ARTICard/U-Pass Pick-up

The ARTICard/U-Pass office is located in the Sharp Building, 37 South Wabash Avenue, room 254. It's open Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Students make an appointment to pick up their ARTICard and U-Pass in the ARTICard office. You must have a valid government issued ID (driver's license, state ID, or passport) for pick up.

You must be registered full-time to pick up the U-Pass. 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.