Kogod programs, events, clubs and organizations are a great way to get involved, meet other business students, and apply your leadership and management skills.
The first step to creating your experience is to explore our website and learn about opportunities.
Clubs and Organizations
Providing comprehensive and streamlined services for student organizations enhances the club experience and allows them to be more effective. Kogod works with the AU Student Activities Office and provides targeted advising for Kogod student organizations in officer training, event planning, goal-setting, organizational behavior and more.
Kogod Case Competition
The Case Competition is one of the premier annual events hosted by Kogod. Case competitions are an excellent opportunity for all AU students to sharpen their communication skills, case analysis, presentation style, and problem-solving techniques. Every February, approximately 200 students compete and 60 business leaders participate as judges.
Making a Difference is Our Business
The "Making a Difference is Our Business" program provides opportunities to give back to the D.C. community each month. Volunteers have worked with multiple nonprofits, including Washington Parks & People, D.C. Central Kitchen, Loaves & Fishes, the Capital Area Food Bank, and more.
Leadership Education and Development (LEAD)
The LEAD program offers club leaders professional development resources and opportunities to help them maximize their student leadership experience. From workshops on organizational development, financial management, and more to retreats every semester, there are plenty of ways for students to develop their personal and professional leadership skills.
Dish with the Dean
Each month, students have the opportunity to enjoy lunch with Kogod's Dean John Delaney. The lunch is a unique opportunity to have an interactive conversation with their Dean. Students may discuss Kogod, work, current issues in business, a book they're reading, or anything else on their mind. Dean Delaney provides insight into the school and his role.
Support for Professional Development
Supporting opportunities for professional development gives students ownership of their experience. By providing assistance to students through the Education Enhancement Fund, they can attend programs such as career fairs, leadership development opportunities, conferences, external case competitions, and more opportunities around the world. We can ensure that our students are beginning to apply their knowledge from the classroom in real-world settings.
New Student Orientation
All graduate students have an orientation designed specifically for the programs they are entering in August. A hybrid approach, students are introduced to Kogod services through a series of webinars which are complemented by in-person experiences the week before classes begin.
For full-time MBA students, the multi-day intensive program introduces students to their program curriculum, their classmates, and faculty while they begin working in teams for a mini-case competition. For MS students, each academic program creates a unique experience for new students before classes begin. For all new students, they'll receive additional information about their specific requirements and schedule over the summer or in early January depending on when they begin their studies.
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Getting Started Guide
As part of the American University community, you will engage with several university departments for administrative support or to find out about additional services and resources available to you as you prepare to join us and during your time at AU.
Click here to see a list of commonly sought offices and resources and how to access them.
The Kogod Graduate Student Peer Mentor Program offers incoming 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 current students who have been in Kogod at least a year and have volunteered to help welcome and assist you. Being matched with a 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 7, at 12 p.m. Matches will be connected during that week.
Eagle Summit Orientation
Kogod encourages its undergraduate students to take advantage of all American University has to offer, including an array of programs, events, and clubs that enhance their learning experience.
While Eagle Summit is planned by AU's Office of Orientation, Transition, and Retention, Kogod takes time with our new students to introduce them to the exclusive resources and service we have available. All new Kogod students are required to participate in Eagle Summit.
Academic Welcome and Kogod Kickoff
The Academic Welcome is new Kogod students' formal welcome to the community and where students hear remarks from the dean, a prominent alumnus, and receive their first-year gift. Each first-year student is also provided a mentor who will be their Teaching Assistants (TAs) in Business 1.0 and contact them during the summer. The outreach continues throughout the fall semester to answer questions about Kogod or AU. Kogod Kickoff introduces students to clubs, Business 1.0 instructors, TAs, and advisors. It also provides an opportunity to participate in team building activities, meet club and organization leaders, and representatives from Kogod or AU offices.
Both of these events will take place on Friday, August 25, 2017.
Kogod graduates leave prepared for today's challenging business environment.
For graduating and continuing students alike, commencement activities offer a time to pause, recognize past accomplishments and look forward to the future. The Kogod staff works hard to make this a memorable and moving event for students and their guests.
Kogod coordinates the Student Speaker selection process for the May ceremony and organizes Kogod Commencement Events like the post-ceremony receptions in December and May and class photo.
Feel free to email us directly with any questions, comments or concerns.