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Winter Orientation

Welcome to life as an Eagle! At AU, we're changemakers. We’re all about building connections, strengthening community, and creating a better future. On campus or off campus, in DC or abroad, we rise to the challenges of our times – and we do it together. 

Your AU journey starts with Orientation. We’ve designed a remote Orientation to ensure that when your classes kick off you’ll be ready to succeed, and will know some new fellow Eagles, too! 

Program Information

Winter Orientation is made us of two half days of live virtual sessions designed for first-year and transfer students joining the AU community in the spring semester. Winter Orientation 2021 will take place virtually in early January before classes begin, exact dates will be released in early November. 

Beginning in November new spring students will be contacted by our office to confirm your participation, share more program information and introduce you to your Orientation Leader. All of our communication will be via your AU student e-mail so be sure to get in the habit of checking it regularly.  

Attention Early Decision Students

Students who have been admitted for Fall 2021 should not participate in Winter Orientation. More information about summer orientation will be available in Spring 2021.

Winter Orientation Schedule at a Glance 

By December you will receive access to videos and modules from campus offices for you to review ahead of your live Winter Orientation sessions.  

Day 1 (3 hours)  

Session 1: Small Group meeting hosted by your Orientation Leader  

Session 2: Dialogue Session 

Session 3: Small Group meeting hosted by your Orientation Leader  

Day 2 (3 hours)   

Session 1: Welcome to AU: An interactive session with Q &A 

Session 2: Taking Flight: Academic and social transition to AU  

Session 3: Academic Advising 

Clawed Z. Eagle and Orientation Leaders

Some Orientation Leaders hanging with Clawed Z. Eagle!

Orientation Leaders at Terrace Dining Room

We love the Terrace Dining Room!