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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 just 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 through the evening. There are some additional elective programs that will allow students to explore Cleveland as well. All new students to CIA, including transfer students and non-traditional students, are encouraged to attend all parts of orientation.

Students sitting in Atrium, participating in Orientation session

During orientation, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Connect with student peers, faculty, and staff within the College
  • 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

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 Thursday with breakfast. Students who will be commuting to campus may park in the student parking lot (Lot 73)  located behind the George Gund 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, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), anxiety, depression, bipolar 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 at  216.421.7428 or 

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!