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. Manage your Finances

4. 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.

Fall 2018 Orientation Materials

Fall 2018 Orientation Dates

Parent and Family Orientation
10:30am / Location: Morgan Auditorium, 491 Post Street
Online Family or Can't Attend? Watch the live stream or view a recording! (Click Here!)
Wednesday, August 29th
New Student Orientation
1:00pm / Location: Morgan Auditorium, 491 Post Street
Online Student or Can't Attend? Watch the live stream or view a recording! (Click Here!)
International Students without access to YouTube can Click Here!
Wednesday, August 29th
Meet Your Department Director
(Times and Locations vary. Click Here for schedule)
Thursday, August 30th
San Francisco Sightseeing Tour
12:00pm or 2:00pm / Location: 180 New Montgomery Street
Space is limited! First come, first served.
Saturday, September 8th
Club Mixer and BBQ
12:00pm - 2:00pm / Location: 601 Brannan Street
Looping Shuttles Provided
Saturday, September 15th

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