Topic outline

  • New Student Orientation

    The Center for the Student Experience (CSE) has designed a comprehensive Orientation Program for undergraduate and graduate students, including international and domestic students. Goals of the program include:

    • Matching you with ArtCenter student peer mentors.
    • Providing opportunities to build relationships with other new students,
    • Increasing your knowledge of important services, departments, and policies.
    • Connecting you with your major/program and department chair.
    • Providing an understanding of your major/program requirements.
    • Reducing anxiety about the transition to collegiate life.
    • Increasing the understanding for students to take ownership and responsibility in their educational process.
    • Inspiring you for your upcoming ArtCenter journey!

    During Orientation week, you will receive your login to Inside ArtCenter where you'll access your official schedule of classes. If you are an undergraduate student, there is no pre-selection process for classes. Although there is the possibility of making changes after you receive your schedule, you will be placed in your required courses prior to your arrival. 

    Below you will find mock schedules for Fall, Spring and Summer programs (subject to change) for the week-long program, useful information, and links to college resources.

    Additional information can be found on the Orientation Facebook page.

    International Students:

    All new international students holding an F-1 visa are required to attend the International Student Orientation and complete the SEVIS Information Form (click here or see below for a fillable pdf), which will be collected at Orientation. The International Advisor is available for general assistance with adjustment to life in the United States and for advising on enrollment, employment and other matters as they relate to international student status. Workshops and regular announcements are provided regarding immigration updates, employment authorization and cultural events. 

    For more information regarding programs and services for current international students, email, or call 626.396.2370, or visit the Center for the Student Experience in room 200B.

  • New Student Orientation Schedule

    Summer 2018
    May 8–11

    Fall 2018
    September 4–7

    Spring 2019
    January 8–11

    • Pre-Orientation Placement Tests

      There is a mandatory writing placement test for all undergraduate students. Students must register for this test in advance of Orientation. A survey Monkey link will be provided to each incoming student upon acceptance.

      This test is mandatory, unless:

      • You have already completed a college level English Composition class with a grade of B or better (at a regionally-accredited college/university where English is primary language of instruction); OR
      • You scored a 4 or a 5 in an English Composition or English Literature Advanced Placement (AP) Test; OR
      • You are an Exchange Student.

      Contact the Admissions Office (626.396.2373 or for questions about English Composition transfer credit.

      Optional Digital Waiver Tests are being offered for the following undergraduate majors: Entertainment Design, Film (editing track), Fine Art (minor in photo), Graphic Design, Interaction Design, and Product Design. 

      Mandatory Digital Assessment Tests are being offered for the following undergraduate majors: Illustration (all tracks).

      • Family Orientation

        During Orientation week, the CSE invites all parents, spouses and other important family members to join us for a Family Orientation program. This is an opportunity for your family to learn more about your upcoming educational experience and the resources that will be available for you here at ArtCenter. Activities include (but are not limited to) presentation from business offices, a welcome from Administration, a student panel, and a networking reception with the Legacy Circle.

        Call the Center for the Student Experience at 626.396.2323 with any questions.

        • International Student Orientation

          International Student Orientation, which is mandatory for all international students, is an opportunity for international students to learn about American, as well as ArtCenter, culture. At this orientation, students receive important information regarding their immigration documents and visa status. (International Student Orientation is typically scheduled on the day prior to the first day of New Student Orientation.) 

          Call the Center for the Student Experience at 626.396.2323 with any questions.