Each year, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions selects incoming students to participate in AU's Summer Transition Enrichment Program (STEP). This influential introduction to the AU community takes place for seven weeks during the summer. Along with attending Eagle Summit (New Student Orientation), participants take classes (one can earn up to four credits towards graduation, in consultation with their academic advisor) and attend seminars that prepare you for freshmen courses.
By participating in STEP, you will be empowered through knowledge and self-discovery, develop academic skills you'll need to succeed, and transition more easily from high school to college.
As an incoming student, here are ten quick facts that you should know about the program:
- Students are selected for STEP by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
- STEP begins at 3:00pm on Sunday, June 23 and ends at 2:00pm on Friday, August 9.
- The programs covers most expenses, including tuition for summer classes, textbooks, housing, most meals, registration for Eagle Summit III, access to university facilities, and tutoring.
- Students are required to live in the university-designated residence hall during the entire program. Weekend home visits and travel are allowed.
- All STEP students should register for Eagle Summit III (June 24 and 25, 2013). Eagle Summit is AU's new student orientation.
- A mock schedule for STEP can be viewed here. Students must fully participate in all classes, workshops, and seminars to successfully complete the program.
- If your housing assignment is available, you will be able to transition into your fall housing assignment once the program is over.
- Before you come to campus for STEP, you should submit your STEP Enrollment Form to our Center, health insurance and immunization forms to Student Health, and your housing deposit to Housing and Dining Programs.
- Once STEP ends, you will have a two-week break between the end of the program and the beginning of classes on Monday, August 26. Welcome Week for new students begins on campus on Saturday, August 17 and is a great time to meet other new students outside of the program.
- We do not suggest that students work during STEP, as the rigorous demands of coursework, seminars, and city exploration often conflict with work hours.
Have more questions about STEP? Please visit our "Frequently Asked Questions" page or contact us directly.