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Summer 2021 Virtual Sessions

Welcome to Orientation at American University! We have a packed summer of sessions and events for you to check out. On this page Orientation sessions will take place Mondays-Fridays at varying times (12pm, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm). All times listed are in Eastern Standard Time.   

All sessions on the schedule will be live and recorded. We will post the recording to our the Orientation YouTube Channel. Sessions will be posted on YouTube 24-48 hours after the session has ended to allow time for closed captioning transcription and uploading.    

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Summer Orientation 2021 Virtual Sessions
Date Time Session Name Session Link Audience Office Information Session Description
August 2, 2:00 - 2:45pm Center for Student Involvement Registration Link All audiences CSI
August 3, 2:00 - 2:45pm Center for Community Engagement and Service Registration Link All audiences CCES
August 4, 2:00 - 3:00pm Kay Spiritual Life Center Registration Link All audiences Kay Spiritual Life Center
August 5, 2:00 - 2:45pm Study Abroad Registration Link All audiences Study Abroad
August 6, 2:00 - 2:45pm AU Rec Fit Registration Link All audiences
June 1, 4:00 - 5:00pm Parent and Family Transitions Watch Here First-Year Families Orientation & Parent & Family Engagement Learn about the parent and family college transition and discover strategies for successfully navigating the experience.
June 3, 2:00 - 2:45pm Taking Flight: Academic and Social Transition Watch Here First-Year Students First-Year Advising, Dean of Students, & Undergraduate Education Learn strategies that will help you meet your academic goals and assist with your transition to AU.
June 4, 7:00 - 8:00pm Fast Friends Link found in New Eagle Connect First-Year Students Orientation If you’re looking for a chance to make connections with other incoming students, join this orientation leader hosted event! This meeting will put students one on one with each other so they have the opportunity to get to know several of their new classmates and make new friends!
June 7, 6:00 - 7:00pm Family Zoom Room: Ask the OL Watch Here First-Year and Transfer Families Parent & Family Engagement Calling our first-year and transfer student families! Come join us on Zoom for a conversation with our Orientation Leader staff. This is a great way to learn more about AU and get connected with other families.
June 8, 6:00 - 7:00pm Ask the OL Link found in New Eagle Connect First-Year and Transfer Students Orientation Got questions? We’ve got answers! Students can join this orientation leader panel to ask all of their pressing questions about the student experience at American!
June 9, 5:00 - 6:00pm OL Event: Hang Out Link found in New Eagle Connect First Year Students Orientation Come hang with our orientation leader team! Stop by our casual event to chat with other incoming students and make connections with your new classmates.
June 9, 6:00 - 6:45pm AU Central Overview Watch Here All audiences AU Central AU Central is the one stop student service center. In this session, you will learn about the student billing statement, payment options, the monthly payment plan, health insurance waiver, and tuition refund insurance
June 10, 2:00 - 2:45pm Disability Resources at AU Watch Here All Audiences ASAC This session will describe how to request disability-related accommodations as well as describe some supports our students with disabilities typically benefit from using.
June 10, 4:00 - 4:45pm Financial Aid Overview Watch Here All Audiences Financial Aid This session will provide an overview of options to finance your education
June 12, 8:00 - 9:00pm OL Game Night: Treasure Hunt Link found in New Eagle Connect First Year and Transfer Students Orientation This orientation leader hosted game night will place students on teams pitted against each other in a race to find the most creative and exciting items, all from home! Join our zoom for a fun and simple game and a chance to play along with your peers!
June 14, 12:00 - 12:45pm SOE Welcome Watch Here All Audiences School of Education We want to welcome all intended education majors to AU and the School of Education. In this webinar session, Dr. Corbin Campbell, Associate Dean of the SOE, and Dr. Traci Dennis, Director of Undergraduate Teacher Education, will offer their advice to first-year students. We will provide recommendations for courses to take your first year to launch you on your path toward a degree in education. Finally, an alumni panel will be on-hand to answer your questions and provide some tips for a successful first year at AU.
June 14, 2:00 - 2:45pm SPA Welcome Watch Here All Audiences School of Public Affairs Join Dean Vicky Wilkins and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education Saul Newman as they provide advice on starting your college career. They will share a four year overview of what to expect during your time at AU and SPA highlighting all the opportunities we offer and how to fit them in before graduating.
June 14, 4:00 - 4:45pm CAS Welcome Watch Here All Audiences College of Arts & Sciences Join us for a welcome to the College of Arts & Sciences! Hear from Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Nuria Vilanova, to learn more about the "Top 10 Things to Know" and look forward to during your time in the College.
June 15, 12:00 - 12:45pm SOC Welcome Watch Here All Audiences School of Communication Overview of the programs we offer, spend time on opportunities outside the classroom, faculty highlights and advice from current students.
June 15, 2:00 - 2:45pm SIS Welcome Watch Here All Audiences School of International Service Assistant Dean Dr. Rose Shinko will welcome our incoming class and their families, provide an overview of what to expect as an SIS student, and highlight some of the distinctive features of our program and cocurricular opportunities.
June 15, 4:00 - 4:45pm KOGOD Welcome Watch Here All Audiences KOGOD School of Business
June 16, 2:00 - 2:45pm FYA Welcome Watch Here All Audiences First-Year Advising
June 16, 4:00 - 4:45pm Career Center Watch Here All Audiences The Career Center Speak with career services staff and learn how they work with students from their first year onward- coaching students on developing their professional path and career skills - topics include internships, networking, job search strategies, and career events and programming that bring students, alumni, and employers together.
June 17, 12:00 - 12:45pm SOE Social All Audiences School of Education
June 17, 2:00 - 2:45pm Virtual Drop-Ins with SPA All Audiences School of Public Affairs This is an opportunity to log in, ask questions, and get to know key faculty and staff, etc. Students are welcome to hang out or leave based on their schedule and availability.
June 17, 4:00 - 4:45pm CAS Social All Audiences College of Arts & Sciences
June 17, 7:00 - 8:00pm Fast Friends First Year Students Orientation If you’re looking for a chance to make connections with other incoming students, join this orientation leader hosted event! This meeting will put students one on one with each other so they have the opportunity to get to know several of their new classmates and make new friends!
June 18, 12:00 - 12:45pm SOC Social All Audiences School of Communications
June 18, 4:00 - 4:45pm KOGOD Social All Audiences KOGOD School of Business
June 21, 6:00 - 7:00pm Family Zoom Room: Getting Involved First Year and Transfer Families Parent & Family Engagement Calling our first-year and transfer student families! Come join us on Zoom for a conversation about getting involved at AU with our Orientation Leader staff. This is a great way to learn more about AU and get connected with other families.
June 21, 7:00 - 8:00pm Ask the OL Link found in New Eagle Connect First Year and Transfer Students Orientation Got questions? We’ve got answers! Students can join this orientation leader panel to ask all of their pressing questions about the student experience at American!
June 22, 4:00 - 4:45pm Living on Campus Watch Here First Year Families Housing & Residence Life This session is designed to highlight the experience students will have living on campus. Participants will learn about residence life and housing, resources and support available to assist students making their transition to campus and living on campus.
June 23, 2:00 - 2:45 pm Building Your Nest Watch Here First Year Students Housing & Residence Life This session is designed to highlight the experience students will have living on campus. Participants will learn about the Housing & Residence Life department as well as resources and support available to our residential students.
June 24, 5:00 - 6:00pm Mastering the Metro Link found in New Eagle Connect First Year and Transfer Students Orientation Join our orientation leaders as they share their experiences exploring the city by public transport. Learn more about the metro and all of the great things DC has to offer just a short ride away from campus!
June 24, 6:00 - 6:45pm Auxilliary Services at AU: Dining, One Card and Campus Store Watch Here All Audiences Dining Auxiliary Services supports the University’s academic mission by providing high-quality services to students, the AU community and guests, in a sustainable and fiscally responsible manner.
June 26, 7:30 - 8:30pm OL Game NIght: AU Trivia Link found in New Eagle Connect First Year and Transfer Students Orientation Join this orientation leader hosted event to learn more about the university and have fun with your peers at the same time! This casual trivia night will test your knowledge of American in a fun and friendly environment.
June 30, 2:00 - 2:45pm UC Kick Off session First Year Students University College This session serves as a welcome and overview for the University College (UC) living-learning community. Students will get the opportunity to meet the staff working with UC and hear an introduction of what they can expect out of their UC experience. This is a general conversation between staff and the full UC community. There will be additional cohort-based conversations throughout the remainder of the summer.
July 1, 12:00 - 1:00pm OL Event: Hang Out Link found in New Eagle Connect Orientation Come hang with our orientation leader team! Stop by our casual event to chat with other incoming students and make connections with your new classmates.
July 1, 2:00 - 2:45pm AU Honors Welcome First Year Students AU Honors Program This session serves as a welcome to the AU Honors program.
July 1, 4:00 - 4:45pm CBRS Welcome First Year Students Community Based Research Scholars program This session serves as a welcome to the CBRS program.
July 2, 5:30 - 6:30pm OL Event: Ask the OL First Year and Transfer Students Orientation Got questions? We’ve got answers! Students can join this orientation leader panel to ask all of their pressing questions about the student experience at American!
July 6-9, various times Transfer OL 1:1 Chats Transfer Students Orientation
July 6, 7:00 - 8:00pm OL Event: Free in DC First Year and Transfer Students Orientation For AU students, involvement can mean so much more than campus activity. This orientation leader hosted event will highlight some of the parks, gardens, monuments, and other amazing and totally free attractions that DC has to offer.
July 7, 4:00 - 5:00pm Transfer Parent and Family Transitions Watch Here Transfer Families Orientation & Parent & Family Engagement
July 8, 10:00 - 10:45am International Student & Scholar Services Overview Watch Here All audiences ISSS
July 8, 2:00 - 2:45pm Veteran Services Watch Here All audiences Veteran Services
July 8, 4:00 - 4:45pm Safety and Security Watch Here First Year and Transfer Families AUPD
July 8, 5:30 - 6:30pm Move In First Year and Returning Families All audiences Housing & Residence Life
July 9, 2:00 - 2:45pm Transfer How To Transfer Students and Families Orientation
July 9, 6:00 - 7:00pm Decorating Your Nest First Year and Transfer Students Orientation This orientation leader hosted event will outline the student residence hall experience! Our team will answer questions about residence hall decorating and living while also highlighting tips and tricks from our team!
July 12, 2:00 - 2:45pm Creating Community with the Center for Diversity and Inclusion First Year and Transfer Students Center for Diversity & Inclusion
July 12, 6:00 - 7:00pm Family Zoom Room: Academics/Internships Transfer Students and Families Orientation & Parent & Family Engagement Calling our first-year and transfer student families! Come join us on Zoom for a conversation about academic life and internships with our Orientation Leader staff. This is a great way to learn more about AU and get connected with other families.
July 13-16, various times Center for Diversity & Inclusion Dialogue on the Underpinnings of Racism First Year and Transfer Students Orientation This interactive small group dialogue is a space for you to reflect on issues related to racism and the culture that maintains it and keeps it in place. Explore your personal experiences in relation to societal issues. This dialogue is open to people of all races to examine what keeps racism going and identify strategies to disrupt its patterns.
July 13, 2:00 - 3:30pm Taking Flight/Academic Meetings Transfer students First-Year Advising, Dean of Students, & Undergraduate Education
July 14, 12:00 - 1:00pm Decorating Your Nest First Year and Transfer Students Orientation This orientation leader hosted event will outline the student residence hall experience! Our team will answer questions about residence hall decorating and living while also highlighting tips and tricks from our team!
July 14, 2:00 - 2:45pm Real Talk: A discussion on real life college experiences First Year and Transfer Students Orientation & Dean of Students This panel discussion moderated by the Dean of Students Office will explore different issues experienced by college students, told through the experiences of the orientation leaders. A range of topics will be disucssed, inlcuding mental health and making friends.
July 16, 7:00 - 8:00pm Mastering the Metro Link found in New Eagle Connect First Year and Transfer Students Orientation Join our orientation leaders as they share their experiences exploring the city by public transport. Learn more about the metro and all of the great things DC has to offer just a short ride away from campus!
July 19, 2:00 - 2:45pm Health Promotion and Advocacy Center Watch Here First Year and Transfer Students HPAC
July 19, 7:00 - 8:00pm OL Game Night: AU Trivia Link found in New Eagle Connect First Year and Transfer Students Orientation Join this orientation leader hosted event to learn more about the university and have fun with your peers at the same time! This casual trivia night will test your knowledge of American in a fun and friendly environment.
July 20, 4:00 - 4:45pm Title IX and Equity presentation Watch Here All audiences Office of Equity & Title IX
July 21, 4:00 - 5:00pm Critical Conversations: Preparing Family Members for the College First Year and Transfer Families Orientation This session will outline multiple topics surrounding wellness, accountability and student support to discuss with your student to best prepare them for college life at AU.
July 21, 7:00 - 8:00pm OL Event: Hang Out Link found in New Eagle Connect First Year and Transfer Students Dean of Students Come hang with our orientation leader team! Stop by our casual event to chat with other incoming students and make connections with your new classmates.
July 19-23, various times DEI Dialogue Sessions Link found in New Eagle Connect First Year and Transfer Students Orientation
July 20-23, various times EmpowerAU Link found in New Eagle Connect First Year and Transfer Students Orientation
July 22, 2:00 - 2:45pm Health Center Registration Link All audiences Student Health Center
July 24, 7:00 - 8:00pm OL Game Night: Treasure Hunt Link found in New Eagle Connect First Year and Transfer Students Orientation This orientation leader hosted game night will place students on teams pitted against each other in a race to find the most creative and exciting items, all from home! Join our zoom for a fun and simple game and a chance to play along with your peers!
July 26-30, various times EmpowerAU Link found in New Eagle Connect First Year and Transfer Students Orientation
July 26, 6:00 - 7:00pm Family Zoom Room: Life at AU First Year and Transfer Families Orientation & Parent & Family Engagement Calling our first-year and transfer student families! Come join us on Zoom for a conversation with our Orientation Leader staff. This is a great way to learn more about AU and get connected with other families.
July 26-30, various times EmpowerAU Link found in New Eagle Connect First Year and Transfer Students Orientation
July 27, 2:00 - 2:45pm Counseling Center All audiences Counseling Center
July 27, 7:00 - 8:00pm OL Event: Fast Friends Link found in New Eagle Connect First Year and Transfer Students Orientation If you’re looking for a chance to make connections with other incoming students, join this orientation leader hosted event! This meeting will put students one on one with each other so they have the opportunity to get to know several of their new classmates and make new friends!
July 28, 2:00 - 2:45pm Saftey at AU First Year and Transfer Students AUPD
July 29, 12:00 - 12:45pm AU Central Office Hours All audiences AU Central
July 29, 2:00 - 2:45pm Financial Aid Overview All audiences Financial Aid This session will provide an overview of options to finance your education
July 29, 7:00 - 8:00pm Mastering the Metro Link found in New Eagle Connect First Year and Transfer Students Orientation Join our orientation leaders as they share their experiences exploring the city by public transport. Learn more about the metro and all of the great things DC has to offer just a short ride away from campus!
July 31, 7:00 - 8:00pm OL Game Night: AU Trivia Link found in New Eagle Connect First Year and Transfer Students Orientation Join this orientation leader hosted event to learn more about the university and have fun with your peers at the same time! This casual trivia night will test your knowledge of American in a fun and friendly environment.