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The Office of Orientation, Transition and Retention (OTR) is responsible for ensuring that all new students have a smooth transition to AU. We know that your student's successful transition is important to you as a family member or supporter and that you'll have your own questions and concerns. The Orientation team has been working diligently over the past two months to put together an exciting and engaging virtual orientation experience. We can't wait to bring AU to you! 

Your student will be receiving important updates to their AU e-mail account from their assigned Orientation Leader throughout the summer regarding different orientation sessions and small group caucus meetings. Our goal is to help your students get connected with AU. While there are some orientation sessions just for students, we will also be offering some webinars hosted by various campus partners for AU parents and family members. The webinars will be offered live every Monday and some Tuesdays. We will be recording all of our webinars and sharing them on our Orientation YouTube channel for you to view at your convenience. 

Our webinar series begins Monday, June 1. You will be able to submit questions for the presenters when you register as well as ask questions during the webinar presentation. 

To access the links to register for all the summer orientation webinars, to view the full schedule, and to watch the recordings, be sure to check out the virtual sessions website

We know that parents and families are important partners on a student's academic journey. To help you on this journey, we provide a single point of contact for parents and families. If you need assistance navigating AU's many offices, please reach out to our Parent and Family Engagement team at auparent@american.edu or visit our new online family resources

Virtual Orientation Sessions

Learn about academics and campus life at American University. View the schedule and register today. Sessions begin June 1 and run through August 3rd.

Virtual Sessions