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American University Welcomes Class of 2013 

Eagles Flock to Campus as New Student Move-In Starts Saturday, Aug. 15

WHAT:  American University new student move-in

WHERE: American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016

WHEN: Begins 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 15

DETAILS:  For b-roll and interviews with students and their families, come to the Letts-Anderson Quad (the courtyard between Letts and Anderson halls) on the south side of campus off Rockwood Parkway. Media trucks/vans, please park in the Nebraska Parking Lot so freshmen and their families are able to unload their vehicles near the residence halls. View the campus map.

MEDIA RSVP: Maralee Csellar, 202-885-5952 (w), 202-345-3295 (c) or                       

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Aug. 14, 2009)—American University expects approximately 1,500 incoming freshmen to begin arriving on campus at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 15. Freshmen will move into their residence halls throughout the day and will continue to move-in on Sunday, Aug. 17. Peak move-in time is expected between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. By the end of the weekend nearly 60 percent of students living on campus will have moved into the residence halls.

Nearly all freshmen live on campus. The largest residence halls, Anderson, Letts, and Leonard, will have the largest number of freshmen residents. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors will begin moving into residence halls at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19. Approximately 3,200 students will live on AU’s main campus for the 2009-2010 academic year. Classes begin Monday, Aug. 24.

Move-in marks the start of AU’s Welcome Weeks, during which the university welcomes new and current students to campus. Welcome Weeks, which continue through Labor Day weekend, helps students get acclimated to campus, and begin their AU experience. Highlights include Opening Convocation at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 21 and Celebrate AU Day at 2 p.m. on Aug. 24.  

Beginning Tuesday, Aug. 18, freshmen will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of first-year student programs, including the Freshman Service Experience and Discover DC. Both programs provide new students with the opportunity to explore AU’s connections with the local community. Now in its 19th year, the four-day Freshmen Service Experience program teams groups of freshmen with junior and senior leaders to contribute more than 14,000 hours of community service at area nonprofit organizations, national parks, and schools before classes begin. This year, approximately 640 freshmen will volunteer at more than 40 sites across the district.

American University is a leader in global education, enrolling a diverse student body from throughout the United States and nearly 140 countries. Located in Washington, D.C., the university provides opportunities for academic excellence, public service, and internships in the nation’s capital and around the world.