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FAQ for Newly Admitted Graduate Students


  • Graduate Admissions
    McKinley, Room 111

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Newly Admitted Graduates

Welcome to SOC

You are beginning one of the most memorable periods in your life, and we at the School of Communication are honored to be a part of it.

Congratulations on your admission to American University's

School of Communication!

This page provides answers to the most frequently asked questions by our newly admitted graduate students. As the fall semester approaches this page will be updated frequently so check back often to ensure that you have the latest information regarding your transition to American University's School of Communication.

Summer Events for Newly Admitted Students

April 5, 2014: Admitted Students Day, American University main campus.

10:30 AM - Registration and breakfast

11:00 AM - Welcome to SOC

11:15 AM - Intersections at SOC with Professor John Watson

12:00 PM - Lunch with SOC faculty

2:00 PM - Current Student and Alumni Panel

3:30 PM - Getting Involved with SOC

3:45 PM - Closing Remarks 

4:00 PM - Coffee with Admissions Staff

June 4, 2014: Happy hour, Public Bar in Tenleytown at 5:30 pm

July 8, 2014: Trivia, Clydes in Friendship Heights/Chevy Chase at 6:30 pm

August 5, 2014: National vs Mets game, Nationals Park at 6:00 pm

August 10, 2014: Indoor "picnic",American University main campus at 5:00 pm

Please RSVP to gradcomm@american.edu. Students are welcome to bring a guest. We look forward to seeing you!

Important Dates and Info:

  • Orientation for all weekday program students is Friday, August 22, 2014.
  • From this point on, all correspondence to you from the University will be sent to your american.edu email account. It is critical that you check your AU email regularly. You are responsible for information sent to that account, including wait list notifications.
  • Your myau.american.edu portal contains a wealth of information – fees, registration and waitlist status, course schedules, etc.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at the SOC Graduate Office with any questions at 202-885-2040 or via email at gradcomm@american.edu.

Follow this link for more helpful information to ease your transition to SOC.

What are Current Students Saying About SOC?

"The professors are active in the industry. I am getting an education based on real-world experience."

"The faculty are phenomenal!"

"You learn a lot in class and gain real-world experience."

"I feel as if I've learned more in one semester than I did in all of undergad!"

"I love the public comm graduate program at AU!"