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American University Welcomes Class of 2012

WHAT: American University new student move-in

WHERE: American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue., NW, Washington, DC 20016

WHEN: Begins 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16

DETAILS: Media seeking b-roll and interviews with students and their families should come to the Letts-Anderson Quad (the courtyard between Letts and Anderson halls). Media should park in the Nebraska Parking Lot so that freshmen and their families can unload vehicles as close to the residence halls as possible.

MEDIA RSVP: Maggie Barrett, 202-885-5951 or
                  Maralee Csellar, 202-885-5952 or
                  Jon Hussey, 202-885-5935 or
WASHINGTON, D.C.--American University expects approximately 1,580 incoming freshmen to begin arriving on campus at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16. Freshmen will move into their residence halls throughout the day and will continue to move-in on Sunday, Aug. 17. In 2007, peak move-in time was between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., and nearly 60 percent of students living on campus had moved in by the end of opening weekend. 

Nearly all freshmen will live on campus. The largest residence halls, Anderson, Letts, and Leonard, will have the largest number of freshmen residents. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors will begin moving into residence halls at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20. Approximately 3,230 students will live on AU’s main campus for the 2008-2009 academic year. Classes begin Monday, Aug. 25.

Move-in marks the start of AU’s Welcome Weeks, during which the university welcomes new and current students to campus. Welcome Weeks, which continue through Wednesday, Sept. 3, culminate with Opening Convocation at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 22 in the Woods-Brown Amphitheatre on the university’s main campus (rain location: Bender Arena). During convocation, President Neil Kerwin will deliver an address. Other speakers are Scott Cutter, student government association president, and Dana Dreisbach, AU’s 2008 Scholar-Teacher of the Year. 

Beginning Monday, Aug. 18, freshmen will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of first-year student programs, including the Freshman Service Experience. Now in its 18th year, the four-day program teams groups of freshmen with junior and senior leaders to contribute more than 13,000 hours of community service at area nonprofit organizations, national parks, and schools. This year, approximately 590 freshmen will volunteer at more than 50 sites in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.

American University is a leader in global education, enrolling a diverse student body from throughout the United States and nearly 140 countries. Located in Washington, D.C., the university provides opportunities for academic excellence, public service, and internships in the nation’s capital and around the world.