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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 2021 took place virtually on Wednesday, January 6 and Thursday, January 7, 2021. All event recording information and other resources was shared to your AU student email, but let us know if you have any questions.   

Winter Orientation Schedule at a Glance 

Day 1 

Orientation Group Meetings 

Description: Small group meetings 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.   

Creating Community with the Center for Diversity & Inclusion  

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. Families are invited to attend as well. 

Campus Resource Meet and Greets   

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

The offices participating in this meet and greet are:   

  • Kay Spiritual Life Center   

  • Center for Community Engagement and Service   

  • Career Center   

  • Health Promotion & Advocacy Center   

  • Center for Diversity and Inclusion  

Day 2  

Welcome to AU: An Introduction to American University   

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.    

Taking Flight: The Academic Transition to AU    

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.    

Academic Advising Session  

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

Campus Resource Meet and Greets   

Description: Stop by and meet some folks from various offices across campus. During this session, you will have the opportunity to ask these offices any questions about their services.    

The offices participating in this meet and greet are:   

  • AU Central  

  • Financial Aid   

  • Veteran Services   

  • Disability Resources   

Winter Orientation 2021

Virtual Winter Orientation 2021!

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