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Welcome to the Kogod School of Business

Next Steps for Graduate Students

In Person Orientation

We look forward to seeing you at the required in-person orientation at the Kogod School of Business.

  • Professional MBA Orientation will be held all day on Saturday, August 20 and Sunday, August 21
  • MS Finance (including BS/MS Finance) Orientation will take place on the morning of Monday, August 22 as part of the Finance Bootcamp
  • Full Time MBA Orientation will be held all day from Tuesday, August 23 through Friday, August 26
  • JD/MBA and MBA/MA Orientation will be held all day from Tuesday, August 23 through Friday, August 26 with Full Time MBA students
  • MS Accounting, Analytics, Marketing, Real Estate, Sustainability Management, and Taxation (including BS/MS students) Orientation will take place on the afternoon of Friday, August 26 and all day on Saturday, August 27




Important Information

  • Dress at Orientation - Many students ask about appropriate dress for orientation. There is no dress code for attire; however, students tend to wear business casual. Please keep in mind that this is the first time you will meet the Kogod faculty, staff, and administration. These individuals will be an integral part of your Kogod experience, as you will be working with them throughout your graduate career. Like in any new situation, it is important to make a good first impression (please avoid wearing t-shirts, sweatpants, or dressing too casual).
  • Parking and Transportation - You can park for free in the parking lots on campus during orientation. Read more about lot locations and permit information here. As of the first day of classes, a parking permit is required to park in most campus garages between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. There are also pay-as-you-go options. The AU Shuttle runs regularly from the Tenleytown-AU metro stop on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's red line and can get you to and from campus for orientation. Learn more about the AU shuttle here.
  • Confirm Your Attendance - Please take a moment to confirm your attendance and ensure we have the most up-to-date contact information for you by completing the form found here.

If you have questions or may have a conflict about attending orientation, please email Andrew Toczydlowski at


Getting Started Guide

Review the Getting Started Guide to make sure you're ready to begin your academic program. These resources include all the important information you will need about:

  • American University ID's
  • Parking
  • Financial Aid
  • Health Insurance
  • Laptop Registration and Technology Help
  • And more!


MBA Peer Mentor Program

The MBA Peer Mentor Program offers Full-Time, dual-degree, and Professional MBA students the opportunity to connect with a returning student in their program to answer any questions you may have during your first few months at Kogod, such as "Where should I buy my books?", "What's the difference between an international text and a domestic text?", or "Where's the best place to grab lunch between classes?".

Kogod peer mentors are MBA students who have been in Kogod at least a year and have volunteered to help welcome and assist you. Being matched with a second-year MBA peer mentor is optional. Should you decide to participate, you will receive a welcome email from your mentor before orientation. In addition, program participants are invited to events during the semester that will bring mentors and mentees together to network and learn from each others' experiences at Kogod.

If you would like to be matched with a peer mentor or have any questions, please click here and complete the form by Monday, August 8, at 12 p.m.


Contact Us

For questions about orientation or graduate student life, please contact:

  • Andrew Toczydlowski
  • Associate Director of Graduate Programming and Student Activities
  • Email:
  • Phone: (202) 885-1982
  • Office: Mary Graydon Center, Room 318

You may also find a complete list of Kogod staff and contact information here.

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