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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. We’ve designed a remote Orientation to ensure that when your classes kick off in August, you’ll already feel at home, be ready to succeed, and will know a lot of fellow Eagles, too! 

So let’s get started! 

First Things First

Undergraduates will hear from your Orientation Leader, a returning student who knows all about AU and will serve as your personal guide. You'll meet with them and other new students throughout the summer on Zoom. There will be many time slots to choose from and many opportunities for individual meetings to get your questions answered!

(Head's up: If you're a first-year student, you'll hear from your Orientation Leader in mid-May. If you're a transfer student, plan on early July. Grad students have a different process.)

As part of Orientation 2021, there's an Online Orientation full of useful information about life at AU and the shortest and easiest "quizzes" you'll ever ace. There's a lot to learn about your new home! Undergrads, you'll go through it along with your Orientation groups. If you're a grad student, it's self-paced and informative, so please review it and get ready for a strong start! 

And remember: All aspects of Orientation 2021 are free, in recognition of the challenges many are facing due to Covid-19. All summer orientation programming is virtual. In August, after move- in we have in person events planned as part of All-American Welcome. 

Virtual Orientation Sessions

Learn about academics and campus life at American University. Our Summer 2021 schedule and registration details will be up later this spring. 


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. 


What to Expect

We have a full and informative summer planned for all new AU Eagles, and it caps off with All-American Welcome in August. Find out about All American Welcome here!

Find Your Home

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

Meet the 2021 Orientation Team

Orientation Leaders (OLs)  are here as your guides and peer mentors. They assist the Orientation, Transition & Retention (OTR) staff with orientation programs all summer for new AU undergraduates and families. They're knowledgeable Eagles and they're here to help!

Meet the team