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All-American Welcome 2019 FAQs

Q: What is All-American Welcome?

A: Formerly known as Welcome Week, All-American Welcome is designated as the official period to welcome American University's new students to campus. This transition period provides a valuable opportunity to build upon the AU community by bringing together new students on campus. It is a time to encourage student involvement, boost school spirit, and create life-long memories. The weeks are packed with plenty of fun events from convocation, to Explore DC, to bingo, to free movies, and outdoor activities. There's something for everyone!

Q: Is All-American Welcome mandatory?

A: All-American Welcome is not mandatory, but it is highly encouraged to attend. It’s a great way to meet other students and explore all that AU and DC have to offer.

Q: Where can I find the full schedule of events?

A: The full schedule of events can be found online at our website, as well as on the Corq app or the Campus Labs Engage portal.

Q: I’m an incoming transfer student/graduate student. Can I still attend All-American events?

A: YES! All new AU students, as well as returning AU students are welcome to attend All-American Welcome programming.

Q: When do meal plans start? Will there be food provided during Welcome Week?

A: Fall 2019 Meal Plans begin on Sunday, August 19th. There are also many dining options in Tenleytown that are easily accessible by the free AU shuttle for meals. Many of the programs during All-American Welcome will have light refreshments at their events. Some events, like the All-American BBQ, will provide full meals.

Q: When and where can I pick up my U-Pass?

A: Students can pick up their U-Pass at the following times and locations: Mary Graydon Center (MGC), 1st Floor, Tuesday, August 20 - 9:00am - 5:00pm and Wednesday, August 21 - 8:00am - 5:00pm. More information including additional pick up times and locations can be found on the U-Pass website

Q: I am the family member of an incoming student. Can I come to Convocation?

A: Space is limited at Convocation, so we are unable to accommodate non-AU students, faculty, and staff However, we are hosting a livestream of Convocation so you can view it on Friday, August 23th at 11 A.M. EST from any computer or mobile device at the All-American Welcome page

Q: I am a parent who is accompanying my student for move in. What events can I come to?

A: While families are welcome at all Move-in events, the following events are geared more towards families:


  • 5pm-6:30pm. Catholic Mass. Kay Chapel

Tuesday, August 20

  • 8am-11am. Move-in day Coffee & Donuts at the Library. Bender Library.
  • 8pm-9:30pm. Hillel New Student & Family Welcome Reception. Don Myers 219 & 221
  • 9am-6pm. AU Honors & CBRS Welcome Scholars Welcome Reception. MGC 200