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Student Life . Orientation 


At the Cleveland Institute of Art, we provide summer and fall orientation programs, as well as a workshop for those with learning disabilities, to teach our incoming students about the wide range of resources available to them on campus.

Summer Orientation (StART)

StART CIA's online summer pre-orientation. Using myCIA, students are able to watch videos and download information, as well as complete tasks that are needed prior to arriving on campus. New students who are attending CIA in the fall will receive information about StART online in June and throughout the summer.

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 StART 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:

Disability Services Specialist
216.421.7428 or

More information is available online.

Fall Orientation

Fall Orientation is a mandatory three-day program that occurs just before classes begin in August. New students learn about their classmates, gain an understanding of faculty expectations, familiarize themselves with our campus and University Circle, and discover how to be a successful student at CIA.

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Important Dates 2021

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

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

July 9
Roommate Matching Forms due (Residential Students only)

July 30
ID photos due 

August 18
Move in

August 19-21
Attend orientation.

August 23
First day of class