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Center for Diversity & Inclusion

Welcome to STEP!

STEP 2017 is Sunday, June 25 - Friday, August 18

STEP Enrollment Includes:

  • Tuition for summer classes including a Pre-College Writing Seminar (mandatory for all STEP participants, regardless of AP credit) and an additional course (either SISU-140 Cross Cultural Communications or MATH-151 Finite Math)
  • Textbooks
  • Housing (on-campus housing is mandatory for all STEP participants)
  • Free meal plan for the summer and Eagle Bucks which can be used at various and off campus locations
  • Registration fee for Eagle Summit Session (visit Orientation, Transition and Retention for more information). STEP students will be automatically registered for Eagle Summit session III on June 26th and June 27th.
    • Parents or Family Members of STEP students who want to attend Eagle Summit on June 26th and 27th will need to register starting May 8th by emailing There is a fee for parents of family members.
  • On-campus tutoring and referrals to other campus academic support services
  • Workshops and university-sponsored extracurricular activities
  • Use of AU's academic, athletic, and recreational facilities

(Students will be responsible for some meals, transportation, and
personal expenses while attending STEP)

STEP Student Testimonial: Leayrohn King

Credit: Seyi Famuyiwa

Housing & Dining Information

Students are required to live in the university’s residence halls during STEP (weekend visits home are allowed). Undergraduate STEP Assistants also live in the halls to assist students in their transition to AU and to create a living and learning environment comparable to what students will encounter during the academic year. Roommates are paired based on interests, hobbies, sleeping habits, and extracurricular activities, which students share on the STEP Registration Form. You will receive your roommate assignment by early June, along with your room assignment and other important check-in information.

Frequently Asked Questions (non-course related)

  • How are students selected for STEP?
    • Participation in STEP is determined solely by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. The admissions staff recommends students for STEP based on the assessment that the students' overall application credentials indicate strong potential for success at AU. They require that these students undergo focused supplemental instruction and preparation for the high school to college transition as a condition of their admission to AU.
  • Can I work a part-time job during STEP?
    • No. The academic schedule will be rigorous, and managing other commitments in addition to that tends to be challenging for students. During the summer, we will provide opportunities for students to connect with potential employers for on-campus jobs for the academic year.
  • What do I need to take care of prior to arrival?
    • If you plan to attend STEP and AU, please complete your Enrollment Agreement form through Admissions by May 1st.
    • Complete the STEP Registration Form by completing our Online Form.
    • All health insurance and immunization forms should be submitted to the Student Health Center prior to arriving to campus for STEP. You may either enroll in the AU Student Health Insurance Plan or use a plan of your choice. Students with non-AU insurance should bring a copy of their insurance card. Learn more about the student insurance requirements and contact the Student Health Center with any questions or concerns.
    • Make sure to bring your personal items, such as an alarm clock, a desk lamp, hangers, an iron, linens, pillows, a radio, toiletries, towels, and shower shoes.
    • Family Members who are attending Eagle Summit will need to register by emailing STEP students will be automatically registered for Eagle Summit Session VI (July 11th - 12th).
    • Review your email account regularly and communicate any questions and/or concerns you may have to the Center for Diversity and Inclusion at 202-885-3651 or

More Questions

If you have any questions about your class schedule, please visit the Course Information page.