American University took on the challenge of creating a first-year experience that empowers students to learn, grow, and become leaders in our changing world. We introduced a new curriculum in five years with bedrock courses like Complex Problems and American University Experience. We infused inclusive excellence into our teaching, student services, curriculum, and more. We prioritized community building, from living-learning communities to first-generation student support—all in service to Eagles’ belonging, well-being, and success.
Resources for First Year Students
HOW WE MEET
Get to the Core of AU’s New First-Year Experience
Equipping students for success in and out of class.
Finding Their Voices Through Complex Problems
Part of AU’s new core curriculum along with American University Experience, the Complex Problems courses facilitate difficult conversations and moves students into an inquiry-based model.