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Register for Welcome Week

Welcome Week is a long standing AU tradition at American University. For students who participate in Eagle Summit it’s a “welcome back” to campus and to Washington, DC as we begin the academic year. For others, it’s the first taste of all that AU has to offer. » more
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Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost?

The $115 fee for Welcome Week includes dinner on Tuesday, breakfasts on Wednesday and Thursday, and admission to evening events. It also covers supplies, materials, transportation to and from sites (and, in some cases, a SmarTrip card for Metro rides), staff costs, and a program T-shirt. Please plan to bring about $15 per day for lunches and personal expenses.

Can Transfer students attend?

Participate in any of the programs listed. If you choose either the Freshman Service Experience or Discover DC you will be grouped with other transfer students. All other Welcome Week programs will be a mix of transfer and first-year students. Registering for the August 21 orientation? Then take part in a one-day Transfer Service Experience or Discover DC. Be sure to register when you sign up for your orientation.

I don't want to register for Eagle Summit using the portal. Is there another way I can register?

It's very important that all new students activate their portal account and use it to register for the Summit and Welcome Weeks programs. You will receive official information from AU at your AU e-mail address, and you'll use the portal to view your student accounts, pay tuition, add money to your EagleBuck$ account, and in the future, even register for classes. The only way to get used to using the portal is to use it!

If you're having trouble activating your account or logging on to the portal, call the AU Help Desk at 202-885-2550. The Help Desk can also assist you if you've forgotten your password. If you don't have access to the Internet, please contact our office and we'll be happy assist you over the phone.

What if I want to make changes to my Eagle Summit or Welcome Week registration?

You can make changes to your registration by sending an e-mail with your request to Once we have processed the change to your registration, we will send an e-mail confirmation to your AU e-mail address along with information about payment adjustments. Any changes must be received at least 5 business days before the program for which you've been confirmed.

Can Washington Mentorship students attend Welcome Week?

Yes, Washington Mentorship students can register for and attend an Eagle Summit session over summer and Welcome Week activities in August.

How do I register?

Log on to the portal with your user ID and password, and click on the links as follows: Life@AU, then New Students, then New First-Year Student Checklist, then Register for a Welcome Week Program.

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