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Student Life . Orientation . Fall Orientation 

Fall Orientation

You’ve already taken care of business this summer with StART online—so now it’s time for the fun part! Fall Orientation is a mandatory two-day program that takes place in August before classes begin. Orientation will help you adjust to college life and embark on the road to a profession in art and design. Orientation runs from the morning of Friday, August 25th through Saturday, August 26 in the evening. All new students to CIA, including transfer students and non-traditional students are encouraged to attend all parts of Orientation.

During orientation, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Connect with student peers, faculty, and staff within the Institute
  • Explore academic and social possibilities that lie ahead
  • Orient yourself with campus surroundings, such as University Circle, Little Italy, and the many museums and cultural activities the area has to offer
  • Get acquainted with the people who run our school, including CIA’s president and dean of students
  • Learn from current faculty members about course expectations and living as a lifetime artist

This year we are inviting parents and families to attend a half day orientation with their students. Parent Orientation will begin on Friday, August 25th at 9am with breakfast with the President's Cabinet. The parent sessions with conclude with a CIA Resource Fair and lunch with your student. More details regarding the full schedule and information about registration will be available in late July.

Contact Student Life

For more information, contact the Office of Student Life + Housing at 216.421.7429 or by email at

The check in process for Fall new student orientation will begin on Friday with breakfast. Students who will be commuting to campus may park in the JMC student parking lot located behind the JMC Building (signs will guide you). More details regarding the schedule to come.

Disability Services Registration

The Disability Services Office offers individual consultation sessions for students with documented learning disabilities, physical disabilities, or mental health disorders. These can include, but are not limited to, dyslexia, A.D.H.D., Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), anxiety, depression, bi-polar disorder, eating disorders, and a variety of physical disabilities. Making the appointments for these consultations will be available through the St.A.R.T program in the summer.

During your individual session, you and your parents meet the Disability Services staff who will review your disability and establish accommodations and services specific to the unique demands of the CIA student experience.

For more information, please contact:

Helen Sullivan, Disability Services Specialist
216.421.7428 or 

Important Dates 2017

May 1
- Submit your tuition deposit
- Submit your housing deposit and application

June 1
- Request final transcripts to be sent
- StART online opens

August 22
Move in

August 23-24
Attend orientation.

August 27
School starts

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