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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.

Important Dates (Fall 2022)

  • August 7: Freshman Move-in Day
  • August 7–10: New Student Orientation (in person)
  • August 8–10: New Student Online Only Orientation (virtual)
  • August 11–12: Advising Sessions (in person and virtual)
  • August 12: New Student Welcome Day (in person)
  • August 15: First day of Fall 2022 Semester

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 July 30, 2022 for Fall 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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Register for orientation today! Attending orientation is the best step to building a strong foundation at IAIA. There are several orientation programs set up for each type of student—New Freshman, Transfer, Readmit, and Online. View the website to check orientation dates, information and how to register. (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 in August. 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

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 2022 semester and will provide a college course, engaging activities, and educational workshops.

For more information, visit or contact

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

Effective January 3, 2022: Any student or family member living on campus who submits and receives a qualifying exemption to the 2022–2023 COVID-19 Student Vaccination Mandate is required to transition to online only classes, forgo the use of campus facilities, and vacate housing immediately if and when they receive a lab-confirmed positive COVID-19 test result. Please keep this new guideline in mind when registering for Fall 2022 classes and while preparing for the Spring 2023 semester.

Effective February 17, 2022, the New Mexico Department of Health and Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham lifted the indoor face coverings mandate. IAIA is following the revised public health order and will no longer require face coverings outdoors or indoors. Students, faculty, and staff can elect to continue to wear face coverings and will be permitted to do so without any penalty, discrimination, or harassment. For questions, please contact Human Resources Director Todd Spilman at

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) offers undergraduate degrees in Studio Arts, Creative Writing, Cinematic Arts and Technology, Indigenous Liberal Studies, and Museum Studies—a minor in Performing Arts, an MFA in Creative Writing, along with certificates in Business and Entrepreneurship, Museum Studies, and Native American Art History. IAIA is the only college in the nation dedicated to the study of contemporary Native arts. The school serves 517 full time equivalent (FTE) Native and non-Native American college students from across the globe. IAIA is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

For over 50 years, IAIA has played a key role in the direction and shape of Native expression. With an Internationally-acclaimed college, museum, and tribal support resource through our Land Grant programs, IAIA is dedicated to the study and advancement of Native arts and cultures, and committed to student achievement and the preservation and progress of their communities.