We’re thrilled to welcome you to the SFAI community!

Check out the Current Students section frequently, as pages are updated regularly with new information.

Questions about New Student Orientation?
Contact studentaffairs@sfai.edu | 415.351.3509

Orientation + Move-in Dates

Orientation is required for all new incoming students. It serves to get you acquainted with your student colleagues before classes start, and is a formal introduction to SFAI—its faculty, staff, facilities, campus resources—and the opportunities that await as you join this vibrant community.

All new, incoming undergraduate and graduate students attend orientation. Dates for upcoming orientation sessions are below.


  • Residence Hall Move-in »
  • Monday, August 19 for International Students
  • Tuesday, August 20 for Domestic Students

For more information, please visit Housing and Residential Life.


All new students attend orientation. Sessions are desiged to provide a seemelss integration into SFAI facilities, staff, students, policies, and expectations.  Please note that attendance to the full program is necessary.  Questions about orientation?  Please email studentaffairs@sfai.edu.

  • Parent Orientation: Tuesday, August 20 | 4–6pm at SFAI—Chestnut Street Campus
  • International Student Orientation: Tuesday, August 20 | 10am–2pm
  • All New Students: Wednesday, August 21–Friday, August 23.  A detailed Orientation schedule will be posted below in early June. 

SFAI Student ID Card

Get a Student ID Card

New students will receive their Student ID Card during Orientation.

About Student ID Card

Your Student ID card helps SFAI make sure that campus is secured to only students after hours—that is, when SFAI is closed to the public. 

Your Student ID is also used to check out library books, audio-visual equipment, and purchase food at the SFAI Café.