First Year (and beyond) Programs

Join a circle. Build a Foundation. Join a Small Community of Students & Faculty with Like Minds


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    Bass, Scott A.

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Start college by joining a circle of students, faculty and mentors who share your goals and passions.


Learning Communities

Explore a topic outside the classroom and inside.

Students choose between linked courses that examine issues from different perspectives, or single classes that offer community-based research and learning opportunities. Join when you register for your first-year courses.

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University College

A place to call home.

This groundbreaking program combines seminar work with a residential setting and exciting opportunities for supervised learning activities in Washington, D.C. Reserve your place when you are admitted to AU.

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Honors 101

The Honors First-Year Experience.

Honors 101 begins the first-year experience for incoming freshmen accepted into to the University Honors Program.

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Who Will You Meet in First Year Programs?

AU’s Best Faculty

Albert Cheh

Albert Cheh has a way of inspiring students about science—even lit majors whose palms get sweaty at the thought of donning a lab coat.

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Peer Mentors

Frankie Martin in Deoband India

Frankie Martin's journey began with an honors class—and a brilliant teacher. Akbar Ahmed, Islamic scholar and Pakistan’s former ambassador to Great Britain.

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Engaged Students

Chip Corbett with monkey

Location is what drew Chip Corbett to American University. Four years later, it's all about philosophy—and his foray into the experiential world of the University College.

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