Summer Student Resources

Welcome to the Ox-Bow Resource page! We are excited that you have registered for a class and will be joining us on campus this summer. Below you will find a number of topics that will prepare you for your time on campus. If you have any questions feel free to contact us. To get a feel for life at Ox-Bow, visit our campus life page.

Read through the STUDENT ORIENTATION GUIDE  + the Policies and Procedures Handbook before you arrive on campus.

Class Syllabus and Supply Lists 

Please make sure you read your class syllabus and purchase supplies prior to coming to campus. The closest stores that carry art supplies near Ox-Bow are Michael’s Arts & Crafts and Hobby Lobby, located in Holland, Michigan (a 30 minute drive). Overisel, a small hardware store and lumber yard, is located about two miles from campus. If you need to ship yourself materials directly to campus, please do so no earlier than three weeks prior to your arrival. 

Arrival to Ox-Bow

Ox-Bow is on Eastern Standard Time, one hour ahead of Chicago. Plan to arrive on Sunday between 2 and 4 PM EST.

Class attendance on the first Sunday evening at 8 PM is mandatory. If something happens and you are going to be late the first evening, we ask that you notify the campus office as soon as possible by calling (269) 857-5811.

Sunday/First Day Schedule

  • 2:00 – 4:00 pm Check-in and paperwork

  • 5:30 pm ORIENTATION Meeting for all Students

  • 5:55 PM Work Scholarship Meeting

  • 6:00 pM DINNER


Transportation to Campus 

Students provide their own transportation to and from Ox-Bow. We strongly encourage students from Chicago make use of the Greyhound/Indian Trails bus service to Holland or to make every effort to carpool. For a full list of transportation options, please download the orientation guide.


*Make sure to double check all bus schedules before the first day of your class.* From the Greyhound Station in Chicago (630 W Harrison St) there is a bus that will get you to Ox-Bow in time for check-in on Sunday. The bus is scheduled to leave Chicago at 8:30 am and arrive in Holland, MI (20 minutes from Ox-Bow) at 1:40 pm. On the Saturday of your departure, you will leave on the 4:25 pm bus. Purchase tickets at either or (Chicago, IL to Holland, MI).  * Ox-Bow can provide a shuttle service from the bus station on Sunday afternoons, but you must call or email ahead to let us know to expect you. Call campus at 269.857.5811 or email Please note that we do not provide shuttle services back to the bus after your course.

You will need to make arrangements to carpool or share a taxi with other students back to the bus station. As of May 2019, the only bus to Chicago departs at 4:25pm from the Holland, MI station. *Work Scholarship students depart on the Sunday after their class. 



If you are flying to Ox-Bow, the closest major airport is the Gerald Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, Michigan, located approximately 50 miles away. Unfortunately, we cannot pick-up students at the airport. One-way taxi fare from the airport to Ox-Bow is approximately $100, but this rate should be confirmed. We recommend Saugatuck/Douglas Taxi Service at (269) 543-3355. (Please utilize our carpool board (info below) to organize shared taxi rides with other students who may be flying into Grand Rapids. Lyft and Uber are also options.



Ox-Bow is located at 3435 Rupprecht Way, Saugatuck, MI 49453

Ox-Bow's campus is at the very end of Park Street, past Mt. Baldhead Park. Continue on Park St. past the dead end signs, keeping the Kalamazoo River on your right. Drive up a winding gravel road and continue until you see the parking lot on your left. You can park and follow the road around to an old white inn, where you will check-in at the office.




Below are spreadsheets that students can use to communicate about traveling to and from Ox-Bow. Each week is tabbed at the bottom of the spreadsheet. Ox-Bow does not moderate carpooling, it is up to you and your fellow students to arrange transportation.  *Make sure to include contact information so that you can get in touch with each other.

Arriving at Ox-Bow

Leaving Ox-Bow

Commuting Students

Commuting students must be present on Sunday for check in, orientation and the first class meeting. If you would like to purchase a meal plan you can do so upon arrival at campus (prices listed below).

  • Breakfast and lunch: $75 per week

  • Lunch only: $45

  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner: $160 per week

If you are planning to stay in the Saugatuck area we suggest securing housing arrangements as early as possible. Saugatuck is a resort town and many area accommodations fill up early in the year. Download a list of off-campus housing.

Please note, camping is not allowed on Ox-Bow's grounds. 

Internet and Phone 

Part of the charm of life at Ox-Bow is experiencing a haven away from everyday life. Due to the location of the campus there is limited Internet and cell reception. General access computers are not available, but we do have Wi-Fi in the main inn for use with wireless devices. There are landlines in the old and new inn, which are available to students to make local calls, and can be used for others to contact you, while on campus. The numbers (posted above each phone) are (269) 857-7904 and (269) 857-1682

Scholarship Information

Merit Scholarships

Those students receiving a merit scholarship will be notified by Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Once you register for a class, your scholarship will be reported to the SAIC scholarship office. Please note that many times it takes a few weeks before these scholarships are processed and appear on your account. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your award (800) 318-3019.


Work Scholarships 

In the summer, Ox-Bow awards work scholarships positions to students each week. If you are a work scholarship recipient, you should have received a work scholarship contract that outlines your responsibilities. If you would like a copy of these duties, please email us.

Some work assignments begin on Sunday after dinner, so you must be present at the 5:30 p.m. orientation and work scholarship meeting. If you aren’t able to fulfill the responsibilities outlined or have to drop your class, please notify us as soon as possible so that we can give someone else the opportunity. The award covers room & board. If you are an SAIC student, the award will appear on your Peoplesoft account. Please note that many times it takes a few weeks before these scholarships are processed and appear on your account. 

Work scholarship students MUST stay until the Sunday after their course ends in order to complete their work responsibilities or else you will forfeit your entire award.

Billing and Payment

Payment in full of all tuition, fees, and room & board is required at the time of registration, except for SAIC degree-seeking students, who will be billed through SAIC (Peoplesoft accounts).

SAIC (for credit) student payment:

By cash, check or money order

  • Mail payments to SAIC Bursar’s Office
    (SAIC Bursar's Office, 37 South Wabash, Suite 711, Chicago, IL 60603)

  • In person payment to Bursar’s Office (M-F, 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

  • Please note all cash and money orders should be made payable to The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC).

By credit card

·      CASHNet: Login to SAIC Self-Service and click on CASHNet


Non-SAIC (for credit) student payment:

  • Payments must be made by check payable to The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

  • Checks should be mailed directly to Ox-Bow.
    (Ox-Bow, Attn. Registrar, 36 South Wabash, 12th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603

  • Checks will be delivered to Bursar’s office by Registrar


Non-Credit (Audit) Courses:

Payment in full of all tuition, fees, and room and board is required at the time of registration.  Non-credit courses may be paid for by credit card or check. Ox-Bow accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover.  Checks and money orders should be made payable to Ox-Bow.


Summer 2019

Please read carefully, Ox-Bow's drop policy is not the same as SAIC's drop policy

Refunds can only be granted if drop requests are made three weeks prior to the beginning of the class. In the event that Ox-Bow must cancel a course due to low enrollment or for any other reason, full refunds will be given.

To drop a course, students must submit the request in writing to Ox-Bow’s registrar through the online Drop Form. Simply not attending does not constitute a drop. Additionally, it is not possible to drop an Ox-Bow course through the SAIC Self-Service or through the SAIC Registrar.

The following drop fees will be assessed dependent on when you drop your course (scholarships cannot be used to cover drop fees):

  • From the first day of registration until 4:30pm on Friday, April 20, you will receive a full refund minus a $100 drop fee.

  • If you drop after April 19 until 3 weeks prior to your first day of class, you will receive a full refund minus $250 drop fee and any associated lab fees.

  • If you drop within 3 weeks of the start date of your class, no refunds will be given.

  • Drops due to an unforeseen emergency (i.e. hospitalization, etc.) are eligible to be contested through the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Refund Review Board. Documentation is required and refunds are typically partial.

  • Please contact Ox-Bow’s registrar at or (800) 318-3019 for the refund review forms and information.