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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.

For more information:

Student Life + Housing
216.421.7495 | Contact

Fall 2024 Important Dates

June 9, 2024
stART online begins

June 12, 2024
ID photos due

July 10, 2024
Roommate matching forms due for students living on-campus

July 15, 2024
Tuition payment arrangements due

August 16, 2024
First-year student move-in

August 17–20, 2024
New student orientation

August 21, 2024
First day of class!