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Orientation 2021

Once an Eagle, Always an Eagle

Welcome to American University

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.  

The AU journey starts with Orientation. Orientation at American University is a multi-part program, with virtual summer sessions and in-person welcome events offered at the start of the fall semester. We hope that after participating in orientation you’ll feel at home, be ready to succeed and have found a community with your fellow Eagles!  

What to Expect

Information for Orientation 2022 will be made available in the coming weeks. If you have questions or would like to speak to someone from the New Student and Family Programs team, please email

Summer Orientation Sessions

View and register for our 2021 summer orientation virtual sessions! 

Virtual Sessions


Find answers on our Frequently Asked Questions page

Orientation FAQ

COVID-19 Resources

The health and safety of the AU community are our top priority. Visit our COVID-19 Resource page for information about AU's comprehensive response. 


Meet the Orientation Leader Team

Orientation Leaders (OLs) are here as your guides and peer mentors as you navigate the transition to college. They assist the New Student and Family Programs staff with orientation programs for new AU undergraduates and families. They’re knowledgeable Eagles and are here to help!

Engage Student Involvement platform


Engage is a platform to help you connect with student organizations and activities on campus. There is also a mobile app. (AU login is required.)

Connect to Engage

Newly admitted transfer students

Welcome New Transfer Students

We're excited that you're joining our community! Read about the steps to take before you start your semester. 

Transfer First Steps

parents with their child


Parents and families are important partners. Find out how to connect with us, find answers to questions, and support your student on this journey!

Family Resources