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Explore DC, American University's Welcome Week program that runs from August 23rd through the 25th.

Explore DC, American University's Welcome Week program that runs from August 23rd through the 25th.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register?

Follow this link to the registration site:

Need help? Contact Orientation at e-mail ( or phone (202-885-3303).

Can I still participate in Explore DC Service if I do not attend an orientation session?

Yes! If you are unable to attend orientation during the summer, you can still participate in Explore DC. We would also encourage you to register for one of the orientation programs that occurs during Welcome Week. Welcome Week Orientation (First Year Fundamentals or Transfer Transitions) doesn't interfere with Explore DC, as you can participate in both.

When will I find out about my Explore DC
Service site assignment?

When you check in for Explore DC in Bender Atrium  between 10am and 5 pm on Tuesday, August 23rd. To get a preview of the places we've gone to in the past, check out our community partner page.

When should I plan to arrive?

The residence halls open at 9 am on Saturday, August 20th for those participating in Explore DC. Participants must check-in for Explore DC between 10 am and 5 pm in Bender Atrium on  Tuesday, August 23rd. Our opening ceremony is on Tuesday, August 23rd at 5 pm. Requests for earlier arrival dates should go through Housing and Dining Programs, 202-885-3370 or

Will I move into my fall housing assignment?

Yes! You should report to your residence hall when you arrive for Explore DC. You can check your housing assignment through your portal. Questions about your housing assignment should be
directed to Housing and Dining Programs, 202-885-3370 or

What should I wear?

Be ready to wear comfortable clothes. Please note that closed-toed shoes are often required at sites. Ask your group leader about what is appropriate to wear to your site. You should also keep in mind that in DC
summers tend to be extremely hot and humid, so plan accordingly. You will be provided with an Explore DC t-shirt to wear.

What should I bring?

Plan to bring sunscreen, bug spray, and a reusable water bottle to be prepared for the day. Some of you will be inside oing office work, but better to come prepared (plus, you will need all of that
throughout the year as well).

How much spending money will I need?

You'll probably want to plan for $10-$15 a day for lunch on site, Wednesday and Thursday. Dinner is provided on Tuesday night and breakfast is provided Wednesday and Thursday mornings. Your meal plans will cover all other dinners during Explore DC.

Is there any free time?

You will be with your Explore DC Service group starting around 8am in the morning until 9pm when evening programs conclude on Wednesday and Thursday. This will give you plenty of time to orient yourself to campus, you new great Explore DC friends and DC.

Why is Explore DC a worthwhile experience?

Doing community service is a great way to get to learn about DC issues as well as give back to the city that will be your home for the next few years. Plus, you'll be doing service with a group of
other freshmen, so you have the opportunity to make some new friends. Explore DC is a great way to get involved and meet new people.

How many students participate in Explore DC

There will be 500 students in the 2016 Explore DC Service group, spread out over the eight social justice issues.

Where does my money go?

The $100 participation fee is used to pay for:
supplies for nonprofit service sites, t-shirts, evening entertainment, exciting
speakers, Tuesday's and Thursday's dinner, and breakfast for all two days of service. If for
some reason you are unable to pay the fee but still would like to participate
in FSE, please request a waiver at

Can I participate if I have medical restrictions or physical disabilities?

Of course! Just let ASAC, and our staff know in advance so that we can attempt to make accommodations.


Feel free to e-mail us at and/or, or call us at 202-885-1553 with any other questions!