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Next Steps for STEP Students

If you have questions, we have answers!

Click here to learn more about the STEP Program, including cost, housing, programs, and other frequently asked questions!

Below are a few dates and information for you to know now about STEP:

(1) If you plan to attend STEP and AU, please complete your Enrollment Agreement form through Admissions by May 1st.

(2) Complete the STEP Registration Form by completing our Online Form

(3) Registration for Eagle Summit:

  • STEP students will be automatically registered for Eagle Summit session III on June 26th and June 27th. You do not need to do anything further and your registration fee is covered as part of STEP.
  • Parents or Family Members of STEP students who want to attend Eagle Summit (June 26th and June 27th) will need to register starting May 8th by emailing There is a fee for parents of family members. Please see the New Student Orientation site for more information.

Have questions? View our STEP FAQ and/or contact the Center for Diversity & Inclusion at 202-885-3651 or

About STEP

STEP (Summer Transition Enrichment Program) is an invitation
only program at American University that provides incoming freshmen with the tools and resources they need for a head start as an Eagle. Preparation for academic success is the primary goal of the STEP program. This intensive seven-week residential program is designed to support the transition from high school to college so that students gain an academic and social edge, while familiarizing themselves with Washington D.C. and AU's campus resources. The program, while academic in nature, encourages students to form lasting bonds of friendships through regular social and extracurricular activities. STEP 2017 will be held Sunday, June 25-Friday, August 18, 2017.

STEP Program

Our goal at CDI is support students in the STEP program and unify the various resources—both programs and people— available to help students succeed once they are on campus. The key is making sure those resources are connected with each other to support students holistically. When we see students struggling academically or if they are challenged with finding an internship or summer opportunity, or looking for ways to engage on campus, we are able to connect the dots and address students’ needs.

STEP Impact

Established over twenty years ago, STEP has a long and impressive record of building student success. STEP has taken shape in many ways over the years but has consistently attracted students who go on to earn national merit awards including the Boren Scholarship, White House Internships, Hispanic Congressional Caucus Fellowship, Rangel Summer Internship Scholarships, and many other AU awards and honors. 

STEP participants also experience extraordinary high retention rates. While the program lasts for seven weeks over the summer, our commitment to the STEP students last for their entire college career at American University.

Important Dates for STEP 2017

Start: Sunday, June 25, 207

End: Friday, August 18, 2017

Other important dates coming soon!

More Questions?

If you have any questions regarding any of this information, please contact the Center for Diversity & Inclusion at 202-885-3651 or We look forward to welcoming you to campus and getting to know you this summer. Congratulations once again on your admission to American University!


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If you have questions, we have answers. Click here to learn more about the STEP Program, including cost, housing, programs, and other frequently asked questions!

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