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New Student Orientation

A group of new students sit on the quad accompanied by an Orientation Leader.

Orientation, Transition & Retention Welcomes You to AU!

The people you meet and the activities you participate in during Eagle Summit and Welcome Week  will help to shape your AU experience.

Eagle Summit

New Student Orientation 2016

Eagle Summit, American University's new student orientation for first-year students, is designed to welcome new students and their families to American University. During the Summit, you will learn about academics and campus life at American University, while meeting other new students as well as current AU students who will help you acclimate to the university. In addition to meeting with your advisor and finalizing your course schedule you will learn your way around campus, spend a night in a residence hall, take necessary placement exams, receive your AU ID Card and much, much more. By the time you leave the Summit, you will be well on your way to success!

Orientation, Transition & Retention hosts several orientation programs throughout the summer for students entering American University in the fall semester. 

For Fall 2016 students:

We're so excited you've decided to become an Eagle!

You (the student) will receive detailed information about Eagle Summit in the mail, via USPS, after you submit your Enrollment Agreement and tuition deposit. Once you receive this information in the mail, you will have the information you need to register.

Eagle Summit Registration will open April 11th! Check back then for further updates about registration, and be on the lookout for additional communications from our office. 

Registration through the AU Portal

It just takes a moment to sign up for an experience you won’t want to miss:
1. Log on to the portal with your user ID and password.
2. Click on the Life@AU link on the top
3. Click on New Students
4. Click on New First-Year Student Checklist
5. Click on the link labeled "Click here to start your checklist"
6. Register for Eagle Summit.


of last year's incoming class attended orientation.

2016 Program Information

Session I June 20-21
Session II June 23-24
Session III June 27-28
Session IV June 30-July 1
Session V July 7-8
Session VI July 11-12

Check-in will be available from 7:15 a.m.- 8:45 a.m. on the first morning. The program will run until about 10:00 p.m. that evening. The second day will begin at 8:00 a.m. and will conclude around 4:30 p.m., depending on what you need to accomplish before leaving campus. 

A draft schedule is available here. We will provide a final copy upon your arrival at check-in, as locations may change. A draft of the parent and family schedule and information can be found on the Parent and Family page.

Program Fees

The student orientation fee covers residence hall accommodations for one night, four meals, program materials, and activities.

$160 per Student

$75 for Student Early Arrival

$85 per Family Member (over 12)

$40 per Family Member (under 12)

$75 for Family Member on-campus accommodations

Fee waivers based on financial need are available upon request. For more information and to request a fee wavier, please visit

Class Registration

During the first week of May, look for an email in your AU email inbox from the Office of Undergraduate Studies. It will introduce you to the process of learning about academic requirements, the system that students utilize for course registration, and will guide you through the process of planning your classes. You will interact with your academic advisor/counselor who will approve your course selections so that you are able to register for AU classes utilizing the AU course registration system. The goal is to register for classes prior to attending Eagle Summit Orientation.