New Student To-Do List

1. Prepare for Welcome Week

  • Welcome Week Schedule (Details Coming Soon!)
  • Meet Your Department Directors (Details Coming Soon!)
  • Get your Student ID card at 79 New Montgomery, Monday, January 30th–Friday, February 3rd 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Download the ArtU app for Apple IOS or Android
  • Complete Your Checklist for a Successful Semester

2. Get to know your Campus

  1. Campus Map
  2. Familiarize yourself with your Campus Safety resources and sign up for Campus Safety Text Alerts! To subscribe, please text: EZARTU to 313131. To opt out, please text: STOP EZARTU to 313131. *Message and data rates may apply.
  3. Learn the Campus Shuttle Map and Schedule:
  4. Get Involved in Campus Life. Learn about events, clubs, and organizations.
  5. Visit the Academy of Art University Library.
  6. Support your teams: Art U Athletics "Fan Buses"
  7. Explore your new San Francisco home: 100 Things to do in San Francisco.

3. Manage your Finances

  • Select a Refund Preference with Your Academy of Art U Card
  • Make sure your Academy of Art U card arrives in the mail! Update your “Home” address on “Student Self Service” and look out for the bright green envelope from Higher One. Once you have the card, visit to enter your unique 16-digit card number and select a refund preference.
    Academy of Art U Card – FAQ

4. Tap into Your Academic Resources


New Applicants should pre-register for classes here:

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New Student Orientations

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Join us for your first glimpse into life at the Academy. Attendance is required for all on-campus students.

Spring 2017 Orientation Materials

Spring 2017 Orientation Dates

New Student Orientation

1:00pm/Location: Morgan Auditorium, 491 Post Street
Watch 2016 New Student Orientation Live! (Link Coming Soon)

Wednesday, February 1st

Meet Your Department Director

Times and Locations Coming Soon

Thursday, February 2nd


10:30am – 12:00pm / Location: Morgan Auditorium, 491 Post Street

Friday, February 3rd

Trivia Mania

1:00pm – 3:00pm / Location: Morgan Auditorium, 491 Post Street

Friday, February 3rd

Club Mixer

3:00pm – 5:00pm / Location: Room B70, 491 Post Street

Friday, February 3rd

Campus Life Event

Details Coming Soon!

Saturday, February 4th

Campus Life Event

Details Coming Soon!

Sunday, February 5th

New International Student Check-In and Orientations

2016 Fall Semester

New International Student Check-In (Mandatory)

9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Check In Location: 79 New Montgomery Street 

IMPORTANT: Bring your I-20 and passport.

It is essential for all new students to choose a day to check-in with the International Admissions Specialists:

  • Not living in the dormitory students will need to check in on August 9, 10, 11, or 12
  • Living in the dormitory students will need check in on August 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, or 22

There are limited personnel and space for each check-in day, so reserve your day as soon as possible. We want to provide excellent customer service to you and look forward to welcoming you to Academy of Art University.

Check-in with International Admissions – if your flight will arrive after check-in, please notify your advisor right away. You may also check-in for housing if you have applied. HOUSING CHECK-IN begins August 16. Please send your arrival date and time to – be sure to include your full name and student ID number.

At check-in, you will receive your student ID card and can pay tuition, sign up for the English Placement Test, and receive detailed information about International Student Orientation (mandatory) and the President's Welcome & Graduate Orientation and Reception (mandatory)

Parent Orientation

10:30am/Location: Morgan Auditorium, 491 Post Street
Watch 2016 Parent Orientation Live!

Wednesday, August 24th

New Student Orientation

1:00pm/Location: Morgan Auditorium, 491 Post Street
Watch 2016 New Student Orientation Live!

Wednesday, August 24th

Meet Your Department Director

Click Here for Times and Locations

Thursday, August 25th


10:30am - 12:00pm / Location: Morgan Auditorium, 491 Post Street

Friday, August 26th

Trivia Mania

1:00pm - 3:00pm / Location: Morgan Auditorium, 491 Post Street

Friday, August 26th

Luxury City Tour

Choose 12:00pm - 1:30pm or 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Departing 180 New Montgomery

Saturday, August 27th
Tuition Deadline
- Pay by Visa/Master Credit Card
- Pay through Flywire
- Pay cash, bank check, traveler’s check in person
Saturday, August 27th

Brannan Street Club Mixer & BBQ

12:00pm – 2:00pm / Location: 601 Brannan Street
Shuttles will now be departing 620 Sutter at 11:35am.  

Sunday, August 28th

International Student Handbook:


New International Student Instructions

Step 1: When you receive your I-20

  • Make sure your personal and program information on the first page of your I-20 is correct. Any correction must be reported to your advisor immediately—we’ll make the correction and mail you a new one.
  • Print your name, sign, and date the I-20 on the bottom of page one.
  • There are strict regulations to which you agree when you sign the I-20 and enter the U.S as an F-1 student. Read these regulations on page 2 of your I-20 carefully—you are responsible for knowing them.
  • Send an email to your advisor to confirm you received your I-20.

Step 2: Pay the Sevis I-901 Fee (must be paid within 30 days from the day you receive the I-20)

  • You are required to pay the SEVIS I-901 fee of $200 by mail or over the Internet. Please see the SEVIS I-901 Fee instructions in the I-20 package. Academy of Art School Code is SFR 214F 00500000
  • Your SEVIS ID number can be found on page one of your I-20 (upper right corner).

Step 3: Obtain an F-1 Student Visa

  • To apply for an F-1 Student Visa, contact the U.S Embassy/Consulate in your home country for details. Some U.S. Embassies/Consulates will accept your visa application at any time, while others will require you to make an appointment in advance, so be sure you plan ahead. It can take more than a month to process a student visa.
  • If you are from a country that is participating in the visa waiver program, Do not enter the U.S on a visa waiver—you must apply for an F-1 Student Visa. After you've obtained your F-1 visa you are required to send an email to let your advisor know.

Class Registration

You can register for your classes after receiving your F-1 student visa and speaking with your advisor. After class registration is completed, you can log on to Student Self Service to:

  • View your class schedule
  • Sign the Enrollment Agreement (mandatory)
  • Make tuition payments
  • Submit your U.S. address and phone number, if you have them
  • Choose your own room assignment after you've applied for on campus housing.

Note: If you have not received your username and password, please contact your advisor.

• After you receive your F-1 Student Visa, book your flight to San Francisco (SFO). You can enter the U.S no earlier than 30 days before the I-20 program start date.

Step 4: Book your flight

Step 5: Email your arrival date and time to your Admissions Specialist


Useful Things to Know:

Transportation from the airport

Airport shuttles to downtown San Francisco cost about $20, while taxis are around $40. The Academy of Art University does not provide airport pickup.


For the summer semester, you should have at least $6,000. For fall or spring semester, you should have at least $10,000 available to pay for tuition, books, and materials (does not include campus housing fees).

Health Examination/Vaccination.

There is no health form to fill out. You should visit your local doctor and have a health examination and receive the necessary vaccination before traveling to the U.S., and receive a doctor’s note after the examination is completed.

Bank accounts.

It can take several days to open a U.S. bank account, so please have a credit card as backup.

Paying Tuition.

You can pay your tuition online through Student Self Service or in person when you arrive. We accept Visa, MasterCard, and traveler's checks—personal checks, money orders and/or bank drafts should be made payable to Academy of Art University. Wire transfers are also accepted but can take several days to process.

Campus Housing & Payment.

If you've applied for on campus housing, you should do the following:

  1. Email your arrival date and time to and your advisor.
  2. Log on to your Student Self Service and choose your own room assignment.
  3. Pay your housing balance when you move into campus housing. For any questions regarding your housing, please contact the Housing Department directly at 1-415-618-6335, or fax us at 1-415-618-6276.

Health Insurance.

If you are living in campus housing, you must have health insurance that covers you in the US. We recommend having health insurance even if you are not living in campus housing–pick up an insurance brochure upon arrival.

It is important that all visitors to the U.S have adequate health insurance coverage during their stay here. As a result, all F-1 visa holders are required to maintain health insurance during their studies at the Academy. We encourage students to contact the International Student Office if they have any questions or problems relating to health insurance.

Coverage may be purchased online through Health Net via the Wells Fargo Student Insurance website.

International Student Office

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New Student Orientation

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