New Student Orientation

Orientation, Transition & Retention - New  Student Orientation - Welcome to AU!

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 2015

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 2015 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 become available April 1st, 2015! You can register through the New Student Checklist or visit

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.

2015 Eagle Summit First-Year Brochure

Review the Brochure

2015 Program Information

Session I June 18-19
Session II June 22-23
Session III June 25-26
Session IV June 29-30
Session V July 6-7
Session VI July 9-10

Check-in will be available from 7:15 a.m.- 9:00 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. 

Please review the draft schedule for more details. We will provide a final copy upon your arrival at check-in, as locations may change. 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

Class Registration

In mid-May your advisor will send a link that provides information about registering for classes and completing other important academic tasks using the online Pre-Registration Planner.