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.


  • International Student Residence Hall Move-in » Monday, August 20
  • Domestic Student Residence Hall Move-in » Tuesday, August 21

For more information, please visit Housing and Residential Life.


All new students attend orientation. Sessions are desiged to integrate students with SFAI people, places, and things.

  • International Students » Tuesday, August 21–Friday, August 24
  • Parents » Tuesday, August 21
  • All New Students » Wednesday, August 22–Friday, August 24

Please see a detailed orientation schedule below.

International Orientation

Tuesday, August 21

Chestnut Street Campus, 800 Chestnut Street

When What Where
10:30am Check-in & Document Drop-off Courtyard

Introduction to International Student Advisors + Student Visa Obligations 

Studio 18
11:45am  Break  
11:55am Group Activity Studio 18
12:30pm Lunch Cafe
1:15pm US Acculturation and International Student Panel Studio 18
2:30pm Document Pickup Student Affairs    

Parent Orientation

Tuesday, August 21

Chestnut Street Campus, 800 Chestnut Street 

When What Where
4:00pm Welcome Session + Letting Go Quad
4:30pm Financial Aid, FERPA, Business Office Studio 18
5:00pm Diego Rivera Gallery Opening Diego Rivera Gallery

New Student Orientation

Wednesday, August 22–Friday, August 24

All new students must attend all 3 days.

Note: Schedule subject to change.


Wednesday, August 22
When What  Where
10:00am Check-in 800 Chestnut Street Courtyard
10:30am Welcome Lecture Hall
10:45am Group Making Project Quad, Rooftop, Courtyard
12:30pm Lunch Quad and Cafe
1:15pm Equity, Access & Inclusion Quad
2:15pm Break  
2:25pm Studio & Resource Introduction #1 Around Campus
3:25pm End of Day 1  


When What Where
Thursday, August 23
10:00am The History of SFAI Lecture hall
10:45am Break  
10:55am Studio & Resource Introduction #2 Around Campus
12:10pm Lunch Cafe and Quad
1:00pm Faculty Chair Introduction + Slide Slam Lecture Hall
2:40pm Break  
2:45pm Liberal Arts Success Lecture hall
3:30pm End of Day 2  


When What Where
Friday, August 24
10:30am Title IX, Alcohol + Drug, and Campus Policy Orientation Lecture Hall
12:00pm Lunch Cafe and Quad
12:45pm Materials Safety Lecture Hall
1:45pm Graduate Students Travel to Fort Mason Campus for Studio and Facility Orientation Fort Mason Campus
1:45pm Undergraduate Campus Scavenger Hunt Around Campus
3:00pm Undergraduates Travel to Fort Mason  
3:30pm Undergraduate Painting Studio + Fort Mason Facility Introduction Fort Mason
4:30pm Swell Gallery Opening Celebration Swell Gallery - Fort Mason
5:00pm Off the Grid begins Fort Mason Parking Lot

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.