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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 register themselves for Eagle Summit session III which occurs on June 26th and June 27th. The Eagle Summit Registration can be found on the New Student Orientation site. 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 as well. If having issues registering you can get assistance by emailing There is a fee for parents or 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 invite only program at American University that provides incoming freshman with the tools and resources they need for a head start as an Eagle. The primary goal of STEP is to help students succeed in the classroom. This intensive seven-week residential program is built to support the transition to college. It provides students with an academic and social edge, while familiarizing them with Washington D.C. and AU' s campus resources. The program's primary focus is academic success, however we also encourage students to form lasting friendships through regular social and extracurricular activities. STEP 2017 will be held Sunday, June 25-Friday, August 18, 2017

Important Dates for STEP 2017

Start: Sunday, June 25, 207

End: Friday, August 18, 2017

Other important dates coming soon!

Connect with Shannon

Shannon Smith - CDI

Have questions about STEP? Stop by the Center for Diversity & Inclusion in Mary Graydon Center Room 201/202 to meet our staff and get to know Shannon, CDI's Assistant Director of Student Success and Transition.

Connect with Shannon

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 Assistant

Click here to find out more about becoming a STEP Assistant!

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STEP Impact

For over twenty years, STEP has built a sterling record of student success. STEP has taken many forms over the years but has a consistent record of attracting students who earn national merit awards including the BOREN Scholarship, White House Internships, Hispanic Congressional Caucus Fellowship, Rangel Summer Internships, and many other AU awards and honors.

STEP participants also complete their education at very high rates. The program lasts for seven weeks during the summer, however our commitment to STEP students lasts for their entire career at American University.

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!


Group of 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!

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