Orientation

We're thrilled to welcome you to the SFAI community.

Please check the Current Students section frequently, as pages are updated regularly with new information.

Questions about New Student Orientation? Contact the Student Affairs Office at studentaffairs@sfai.edu or 415.749.4524.

Orientation and Move-in Dates

Orientation serves as a formal introduction to SFAI—its faculty, staff, facilities, and campus resources—and the opportunities that await as you join this vibrant community.

All new, incoming students are required to attend orientation. Dates for upcoming orientation sessions are detailed below.

Fall 2016

Orientation Dates:

International and Exchange Student Orientation (F1 & J1 VIsa Holders) >> Monday, August 22nd

Friends and Family Orientation >> Monday, August 22nd

All Undergraduate Students >> Tuesday, August 23nd – Friday, August 26th

All Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate Students >> Thursday, August 25th – Friday, August 26th

SFAI Residence Hall Move-in » Sunday, August 21*

All new students who will start their program in the Spring 2017 term will be required to attend Fall Orientation.

*You will receive your room placement and specific move-in time by email. Visit Housing and Residential Life for more information and how to apply.

Sample Schedules

The schedules detailed below are for travel planning and general information only. Please note that sessions are subject to change, and that you will receive an official schedule when you arrive at orientation check-in. All sessions will be held at the 800 Chestnut Street campus unless otherwise noted.

Sample Schedule

Family and Friends Orientation

Monday, August 22nd

  • Check-in and Breakfast
  • Welcomes, SFAI at a Glance
  • Lunch
  • WebAdvisor, FERPA, and Financial Planning*

*Chestnut Campus is open for business until 5:00 pm

International and Exchange Student Orientation (F1 & J1 Visa Holders)

Monday, August 22nd

Undergraduate Student Orientation Week: August 23nd – 26th

  • August 23rd - Get acquainted with the SFAI leadership, students, and the history and context of SFAI in the art world. 
  • August 24th - Understand yourself, each other, your responsibility as an SFAI student, and explore San Francisco.
  • August 25th – Choose your own adventure!  Adventure guides provided.
  • August 26th – Learn about the studios, equipment, and light industrial safety
  • August 27th – More San Francisco exploration and wonder

Graduate Student Orientation: August 25th and 26th

  • August 25th: Get acquainted with the SFAI leadership, studios, facilities, and the history and context of SFAI in the art world.
  • August 26th: Understand yourself, each other, your responsibility as an SFAI student, and light industrial safety.

Student ID Cards

Your student ID card is an all-access pass to SFAI. You can use it to check out library books and audio-visual equipment, purchase food at the SFAI Café, and get access to other exciting offers around the city. To receive your ID at orientation, you must submit a photo by August 15, 2016.

Photos must be submitted through Moodle. Visit moodle.sfai.edu, and follow the links for User Accounts > Student User Account Services > Student ID Picture Upload.