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Welcome Week 2018

Learn more about Welcome Week!

What is Welcome Week?

Welcome Week is designated as the official period to welcome American University's new students to campus. This transition period provides a valuable opportunity to build upon the AU community by bringing together new students on campus. It is a time to encourage student involvement, boost school spirit, and create life-long memories. The week is packed with plenty of fun events from convocation, to Explore DC, to bingo, to free movies, and outdoor activities. There's something for everyone during this incredible week! Check out the full Welcome Week 2018 schedule and follow us on social media for updates throughout the summer!

Welcome Week 2018 Programs

Take a look at the Welcome Week 2018 calendar to see what events are coming up later this year!

August Eagle Summit, American University's new student orientation held during Welcome Week, is designed to welcome new families and students to American University. During the program, you will learn more about academics and campus life at AU, while meeting other new students as well as current AU student leaders who will help you acclimate to the campus. In addition to meeting with your academic school and advisor, you will learn your way around campus and our community so that you are prepared for the rest of Welcome Week and the school year!

Learn more about August Eagle Summit!

Explore DC (EDC) is a two-day program for incoming first-year and transfer students at American University. It’s part of AU’s Welcome Week programming, co-sponsored by the Center for Community Engagement & Service and the Office of Orientation, Transition, and Retention. Explore DC gives new students a chance to acclimate to their new city through logistical issues like transportation and food, to learn a bit about the city works by exploring the burning issues faced by community members, and to be exposed to some of the cultural and historical resources that exist.

Learn more about Explore DC!

American University has one of the most diverse student populations in the United States. You will be joining a community of over 1,000 international students and scholars from over 140 countries, and students from every state in the United States of America. On behalf of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS), and the larger University community, we look forward to meeting you at orientation and helping you throughout your studies at American University.

Learn more about International Student Orientation!

We offer an orientation program specifically designed with you in mind. Information about the program was emailed out starting in May, to all deposit paid transfer students, and will continue on a rolling basis though mid-August.

Learn more about the Transfer Transition Orientation program!

Welcome Week Traditions

Welcome Week is full of many fun traditions and events! These events are free and open to all first year students!

The All-American BBQ is a long standing Welcome Week tradition. Hosted on Friday, August 24th, it is a time for students to come together on the quad after a week of getting to know one another! This fun (and food) filled event is definitely one you won't want to miss! First-year students receive free admission when wearing their Class of 2022 shirts.

Friday, August 24, 2018

First Year Students Assemble 

10:00 a.m. Friedheim Quad (rain or shine) 

Enjoy refreshments provided by the American University Alumni Association and get your "official" Class of 2022 T-shirt to wear for the convocation processional. Bagpipers will lead your class from the quad to Bender Arena at approximately 10:30 am. Your AU academic journey begins as you pass through Glover Gate, rub the talons on the eagle statue, and enter Bender Arena to the cheers from faculty and staff. 

Incoming Transfer Students Assemble 

10:00 a.m. Battelle-Tompkins Atrium 

Transfer students will gather for refreshments and an opportunity to meet other transfer students. A limited number of Class of 2020 and 2021 T-shirts will be available to wear. Join the procession from the quad to Bender Arena at approximately 10:30 a.m. 

Opening Convocation 

11:00 a.m. (faculty, staff, and returning students gather at 10:30 a.m.) 

Bender Arena Join President Sylvia Burwell for her second Opening Convocation as we open the academic year and formally welcome the Class of 2022 and incoming transfer students. Highlights of the event include remarks by President Burwell, Student Government president Valentina Fernandez, and Scholar-Teacher of the Year. Faculty, staff, and returning students will gather on the roadway and in the Bender lobby at 10:30 a.m. to greet the students as they enter the arena.