New Student To-Do List

1. Prepare for Welcome Week

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. Take the Launchpad to Online Learning class starting a week before the new semester. It’s listed in your classes on your Home page

4. Manage your Finances

5. Tap into Your Academic Resources


New Applicants should pre-register for classes here:

Orientation Gallery


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

Summer 2018 Orientation Materials

Summer 2018 Orientation Dates

New Student Orientation
1:00pm / Location: Morgan Auditorium, 491 Post Street
Online Student or Can't Attend? Please watch a recording of Spring 2018 Orientation HERE!
Wednesday, June 20th
Meet Your Department Director
(Times and Locations vary. Click here for a complete schedule.)
Thursday, June 21st
Fourth of July Barbeque and Pool Party
12PM-3PM / Location: 620 Sutter - Lobby and Pool
Free food, music, games, and swimming for all new Onsite Graduate and Undergraduate Students
Wednesday, July 4th

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Get to know our world-class staff and see why we’re one of the top arts universities in the country.

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