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 Galen Crawford, Assistant Dean of Students at gcrawford@sfai.edu  or 415.351.3509.

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 2017

Orientation Dates:

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

Check in at 800 Chestnut Street at 9:30am.  Orientation will consist of Passport, Visa, and I-20 document drop-off, and Academic Resoure Center Presentation, lunch, and the writing palcement exam.  Orientation will conclude at 1:00pm unless a student still needs to take the writing placement exam, which beings at 2:00pm.

Friends and Family Orientation >> Tuesday, August 22nd

This is an optional day for friends and family of new students to become oriented to SFAI.  Check in begins at 10:00am and sessions begin at 10:15am.  Friends and Family Orientaiton will conclude at 3:30pm.

All New Students >> Wednesday, August 23nd – Friday, August 26th

All new students attend orientation from Wendesday - Friday of orientation week.  Sessions are desiged to integrate studetns into the SFAI community through small groups and interactive sessions with faculty, staff and students.  Each day begins at 9:00am and is completed in mid-afternoon.

SFAI Residence Hall Move-in » Sunday, August 20*

*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

Tuesday, August 22nd

  • Check-in and Breakfast
  • SFAI at a Glance
  • Changes and Challenges with integration into the SFAI community
  • 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)

Tuesday, August 22nd

Undergraduate Student Orientation Week: August 23nd – 25th

Graduate Student Orientation: August 23th - 25th

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, 2017.

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.