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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! 

Be sure to check out the Orientation YouTube channel for a special playlist for our Winter Orientation. We have provided a variety of welcome videos from offices across campus to provide you with important information as you get ready to start your semester.  

Program Information

Winter Orientation is made up 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 on Wednesday, January 6 and Thursday, January 7, 2021 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm Eastern Time.

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.

Preparing for Orientation  

As you are preparing for Winter Orientation and the start of the semester, we encourage you to participate in our Pre-Orientation Online Modules. This is a great resource that will provide you with information on a variety of campus resources and offices. The pre-orientation modules will take approximately 45 minutes and can be done over smaller segments.   

Online orientation modules 

View online orientation 

New AU family members or prospective students and families must create a “Guest” account to view the online orientation.  

We also encourage you to check out our YouTube channel. We have a special playlist for Winter Orientation with welcome and introduction videos from offices across campus. 

Winter Orientation Schedule at a Glance 

Wednesday January 6th 

Session 1: Orientation Group Meeting #1 1-1:45pm 

Description: This small group meeting led by your orientation leader will be a great introduction to American University. This is your opportunity to meet other incoming students. First year students will be in groups with other first year students and transfer students will be in sessions together.   

First Year Students with last name A-M: Register Here  

First Year Students with last name N-Z: Register Here 

Transfer Students: Register Here 

If you would like to request disability-related accommodations or for further accessibility information please contact orientation@american.edu by December 21st. Every reasonable effort will be made to fulfill requests. 

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Session 2: Orientation Group Meeting #2 2-2:45pm 

Description: This small group meeting led by your orientation leader will be a great introduction to American University. This is your opportunity to meet other incoming students. First year students will be in groups with other first year students and transfer students will be in sessions together.  

First Year Students with last name A-M: Register Here 

First Year Students with last name N-Z: Register Here 

Transfer Students: Register Here 

If you would like to request disability-related accommodations or for further accessibility information please contact orientation@american.edu by December 21st. Every reasonable effort will be made to fulfill requests. 

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Session 3: Creating Community with the Center for Diversity & Inclusion 3-4pm  

Description: Explore the supportive resources, programs, and advocacy the Center for Diversity Inclusion provides. Connect with the staff and enjoy the panel of engaging students answering your pressing questions related to diversity & inclusion at AU. This panel is offered to all new first-year and transfer students starting in January 2021. Families are invited to attend as well.   

Register here 

Live closed captioning will be available for this event.  

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Session 4: Campus Resource Meet and Greets  4-5pm 

Description: Stop by and meet some folks from various offices across campus. More information on the specific offices participating will be announced at a later date.    

The offices participating in this meet and greet are:  

  • Kay Spiritual Life Center  

  • Center for Diversity & Inclusion

  • Center for Community Engagement and Service  

  • Career Center  

  • Health Promotion & Advocacy Center  

During this session, you will have the opportunity to ask these offices any questions and get information on their services and how you can get involved.   

Register here 

If you would like to request disability-related accommodations or for further accessibility information please contact orientation@american.edu by December 21st. Every reasonable effort will be made to fulfill requests. 

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Thursday January 7th  

Session 1: Welcome to AU: An Introduction to American University  1-1:45pm  

Description: This moderated panel discussion will help get you connected with the various resources across campus and learn about what it means to be a student at American University. This panel is offered to all new first-year and transfer students starting in January 2021. Families are invited to attend as well.   

Register here

Live closed captioning will be available for this event.

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Session 2: Taking Flight: The Academic Transition to AU  2-2:45pm  

Description: This session is designed to help you feel prepared to start your academic journey at American University. This session is for all new first-year and transfer students starting in January 2021.   

Register here

Live closed captioning will be available for this event.

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Session 3: Academic Advising Session  3-4pm 

Description: Students will have the opportunity to meet with their academic advisor or a representative from their school or college.  

First Year students: Register Here  

Transfer students: Register Here  

If you would like to request disability-related accommodations or for further accessibility information please contact orientation@american.edu by December 21st. Every reasonable effort will be made to fulfill requests. 

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Session 4: Campus Resource Meet and Greets  4-5pm 

Description: Stop by and meet some folks from various offices across campus.   

The offices participating in this meet and greet are:  

  • AU Central 

  • Financial Aid  

  • Veteran Services  

  • Disability Resources  

During this session, you will have the opportunity to ask these offices any questions about their services.   

Register here 

If you would like to request disability-related accommodations or for further accessibility information please contact orientation@american.edu by December 21st. Every reasonable effort will be made to fulfill requests. 

Winter Orientation 2021

Virtual Winter Orientation 2021!

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