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, to outdoor activities, and classroom tours. There's something for everyone during this incredible week! Check back here in mid-June for an updated Welcome Week 2018 schedule! 

Welcome Week 2017 Programs

Take a look at the Welcome Week 2017 calendar to see what events happened last 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!

Sign up for Fall 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.

Sign up for 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.

Sign up for International Student Orientation!

We offer two different orientation program types for our transfer student population, designed with you in mind. Information about both programs will be mailed out starting in May to all deposit paid transfer students and will continue on a rolling basis though mid-August.

Learn more about the One and Two-Day programs!

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!

Friday, August 25, 2017 

 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 2021 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 2019 and 2020 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 first Opening Convocation as we open the academic year and formally welcome the Class of 2021 and incoming transfer students. Highlights of the event include remarks by President Burwell, Student Government president Taylor Dumpson, and Scholar-Teacher of the Year Lisa Leff. 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.