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AU's Summer Transition Enrichment Program (STEP)

Each year, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions selects incoming multicultural and/or first-generation 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 (AU's 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 first-year courses.

By participating in STEP, you will be empowered through knowledge and self-discovery, develop the academic skills you'll need to succeed, build community with a group of your peers, and transition more easily from high school to college. Keep scrolling down to learn more about the program below!

Recent Correspondence sent to student participants about STEP:

As an incoming student, here are ten quick facts that you should know about STEP:

  1. Participants are selected for STEP by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions based on the assessment that a student's overall application credentials indicate strong potential to succeed at AU. They require that these students undergo focused supplemental instruction and preparation for the transition to college level coursework as a condition of their admission to AU.
  2. STEP begins at 3:00pm on Sunday, June 22 and ends at 2:00pm on Friday, August 8. Students will be able to move into their summer residence hall assignment starting on Saturday, June 21.
  3. 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 support (as needed).
  4. Students are required to live in the university-designated residence hall during the entire program. Weekend home visits and travel are allowed.
  5. All STEP students must register for Eagle Summit III (June 23 and 24, 2014). Eagle Summit is AU's new student orientation.
  6. A sample schedule for STEP can be viewed here. Students must fully participate in all classes, workshops, and seminars to successfully complete the program.
  7. If your housing assignment is available, you will be able to transition into your fall housing assignment once the program is over. Should your housing assignment not be available, students will transition to a temporary space (or can store their belongings with a friend) until their fall assignment is ready.
  8. Before you come to campus for STEP, you should submit the following: the STEP Registration Form (PDF | Online Form); the health insurance and immunization forms to the Student Health Center; and your housing and enrollment deposit to Housing and Dining Programs (information about this should be in your admissions packet).
  9. Once STEP ends, you will have a two-week break between the end of the program and the beginning of classes on Monday, August 25. Welcome Week for new students begins on campus on Saturday, August 16 and is a great time to meet other first-year students outside of the program.
  10. Students should not plan to 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 via phone at 202-885-3651 or via e-mail at

STEP Registration Form

Complete the STEP Registration Form by following the links below:

PDF | Online Form


January 15, 2014: Registration Form for Early Decision Students Due
May 1, 2014: Registration Form for Regular Decision Students Due
June 22, 2014: Summer Program Begins. Students should be moved into their residence hall room on campus by 3:00pm on this date.
August 8, 2014:
Summer Program Ends. Students may leave campus after 2:00pm on this date.

STEP Assistants in the news

STEP Assistants

The 2012 STEP Assistant Team discusses the importance of the program and its contribution to campus in this Campus Life feature article.

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Frequently Asked Questions

If you have questions, we have answers. Click here to learn more about the Summer Program, including cost, housing, programs, and other frequently asked questions!

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