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Admitted Students

Congratulations—we are happy to welcome you to the IAIA family. To assist with your transition to the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), these admitted student resources contain important dates, guidelines, and next steps. Resources will be updated regularly. We encourage you to thoroughly explore this page and check back often for updates.

Fall 2023

  • July 17–August 5: Summer Bridge Program for Freshmen
  • August 6: New Student Move-in Day (Required for Freshmen)
  • August 6–11: New Student Orientation Advising and Registration (Required for Freshmen)
  • August 13: Returning Students Move-in Day
  • August 14: First Day of Fall 2023 Semester

Spring 2024

  • Dates and information coming soon

IAIA Student ID Number

Your Student ID is a 7-digit number located on your admissions letter. Please become familiar with this number as you will need it moving forward. If you need help, please contact the Admissions Office at (505) 424-2325 or at

Acceptance Confirmation

To help us prepare for your arrival, please confirm your acceptance with the Acceptance Confirmation Form. Admitted students must commit by December 30, 2022, for the Spring term 2023, and March 31, 2023, for Fall 2023 term.

Admitted Student Webinar

We invite you to attend a webinar to help you further prepare for the upcoming semester. Register for a webinar.

Financial Aid

Start your financial aid application at The IAIA school code is 014152. Financial aid will process your application and notify you. Remember to also contact your tribe’s scholarship office for application information and deadlines.

Here are a few scholarships though IAIA you can apply for:

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This a reminder to RSVP for orientation. Attending orientation is the best step to building a strong foundation at IAIA. All students are highly encouraged to participate in orientation. (Orientation is required for New Freshmen.)

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IAIA Technology

At IAIA we have four platforms that are important for a student to access. To make sure your accounts are set up and you have access, please take the time to login to each platform. You can access these weblinks at You can view the login instructions and contact information in the IAIA Technology Systems and Logins if you encounter issues.


Placement Exam

Placement exams will be provided during orientation. IAIA does not require placement exam scores for admissions purposes however, students will need to take our IAIA internal placement exam to register for courses. You will be invited for the following through the Canvas platform (see Technology for login):

  • Math Placement Exam
  • English Placement Exam
  • Technology 101 (test out exam)

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Summer Bridge Program (July 17–August 6, 2023)

The Summer Bridge Program is for New Freshman (high school graduates with no college experience) to get a jump start on their first year at IAIA. It is a free three-week program prior to the start of the Fall 2023 semester and will provide a college course, engaging activities, and educational workshops.

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On-Campus Housing

The Housing Office is now accepting the online housing application and required documents. Freshman students are required to live on-campus their first year.

For more information, visit for the application and required documents or contact

Disability Support Services

Students that will need disability accommodations while at IAIA, you’ll be working with Disability Support Services (DSS). Admissions works with other college departments to provide accommodations for students both in and out of the classroom.

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COVID-19 Vaccination

For up-to-date information, visit the COVID-19 page and see the COVID-19 Guidelines tab.

Campus Tour

We encourage you to visit the IAIA campus before the start of the semester. You can schedule an in-person tour or view our virtual tour at Schedule your tour today!


If you need any assistance, please contact IAIA Admissions Office at (505) 424-2325 or, or you can LiveChat with us (LiveChat is available Mon–Fri, 9 am–3 pm—or you can leave us a message after-hours and we‘ll get back to you promptly).

We are excited that you are exploring IAIA’s programs for your educational journey. IAIA is the only four-year degree fine arts institution in the world devoted to contemporary Native American and Alaskan Native arts. As such, we dedicate ourselves, our curriculum, our facilities, and our energy to preparing our students for success and leadership, which reflects Native cultures and values. As one of 37 tribal colleges located in the United States, we are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and IAIA is a member of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC).


“To empower creativity and leadership in Native Arts and cultures through higher education, life-long learning, and outreach.” At IAIA our mission is more than a statement, it is the on-going objective of our highly talented and dedicated faculty and staff.

About IAIA

The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA)—the birthplace of contemporary Indigenous American art—has been the educational home for esteemed and innovative artists, writers, filmmakers, performers, and leaders since 1962. IAIA continues to grow on its stunning 140- acre campus in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Named one of the top art institutions globally by UNESCO and the International Association of Art and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, IAIA offers undergraduate degrees in Cinematic Arts and Technology, Creative Writing, Indigenous Liberal Studies, Museum Studies, Performing Arts, and Studio Arts; graduate degrees in Creative Writing, Studio Arts, and Cultural Administration; and certificates in Broadcast Journalism, Business and Entrepreneurship, Museum Studies, and Native American Art History. The college serves approximately 500 full-time Native and non-Native American students from around the globe, representing nearly a hundred federally recognized tribes.

From its humble beginnings on the Santa Fe Indian School campus, IAIA began collecting and exhibiting its students’ artworks, forming a collection that became the foundation of the world’s premier museum representing contemporary Indigenous arts and cultures—the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA). MoCNA continues expanding its renowned collection of nearly 10,000 artworks, curating numerous progressive and innovative exhibitions, both traveling and at our museum in downtown Santa Fe.

The theme Making History encompasses IAIA’s and MoCNA’s 2022 events celebrating our rich history and looking forward to our vibrant future. We ask everyone to join us in celebrating IAIA’s sixtieth and MoCNA’s semicentennial anniversaries throughout this monumental year as we continue Making History.