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 is posted below and is subject to change.  Please note, only new students are to be present during the new student orientation sessions.  


International Student Orientation: 8/20/2019

When WhatWhere
10:00amCheck- In and Document Drop Off800 Chestnut Street Courtyard
10:30amIntroduction to International Student F-1 ObligationsStudio 18
11:45am LunchQuad and Cafe
12:45pm  Activity and US Acculturation Studio 18
2:00pmDocument PickupStudio 18


Parent Orientation: 8/20/2019

 Sign up to Attend Parent Orientation Here

4:00pmStudent Resources for SuccessLecture Hall
4:45pmFinancial Aid, FERPA, and Business OfficeLecture Hall
5:00pmAlumni SpotlightLecture Hall
5:15pmDiego Rivera Gallery Opening ReceptionDiego Rivera Gallery


New Student Orientation (ALL STUDENTS): 8/21/2019

9:00amCheck-in800 Chestnut Street Courtyard
9:30amWelcomeLecture Hall
9:45amCommunity Building through ArtmakingQuad, Roof, Courtyard
11:30amEquity, Access, and InclusionQuad
12:30pmLunchQuad and Cafe
1:15pmStudio and Resource IntroductionStudios and Offices about campus
2:25pmHistory of SFAILecture Hall
3:25pmAlumni SpotlightLecture Hall
4:00pmProgram Close for the Day 


New Student Orientation (ALL STUDENTS): 8/22/2019

9:00amSFAI ExpectationsLecture Hall
10:00amStudio and Resource Introduction ContinuedStudio and Offices about campus
10:45am Community Buidling through Artmaking About Campus
11:45amLunchQuad and Cafe
12:30pmLarge Group Critique DiscussionLecture Hall
1:30pmFaculty CritiqueWalter & McBean Galleries
3:00pmFort Mason Orientation and Painting Studio IntroductionFort Mason Campus
5:00pm Program Close for the Day 


New Student Orientation (ALL STUDENTS): 8/23/2019

9:30amMission District Mural TourMission District, San Francisco
2:00pm Ed Hardy: Deeper than Skin (free tickets to students who attend all orientation sessions) De Young Museum, Golden Gate Park

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.