New Student Orientation

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Welcome to SAIC! Whether you are new to college, entering your Master's program, and/or transferring to SAIC, the process of entering a new community is a time of transition. We are here to guide you through that transition in the weeks ahead.  

This website is designed to help undergraduate students, graduate students, transfer students, and undergraduate parents and their families prepare for their arrival to SAIC. Please check back to this website frequently, as we will post updates and more detailed information as it becomes available. Any questions? Please email us at

Below is color-coding that will help you navigate this website:

Green Event: Students Only

Pink Event: Parent & Families Only

Purple Event: Student, Parents & Families combined

Please note this schedule is subject to change. Any in-person programming will follow all guidelines by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), as well as the SAIC Make Together team.

All times listed below are in the United States Central Standard Time (CST).

Any further questions or concerns? Please email us at!