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First Things First

The AU journey starts with Orientation. We’ve designed a virtual 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!  

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. 

Pre-Orientation Modules 

We encourage you to complete the pre-orientation modules early to help ensure you have a smooth transition to AU and you are prepared for life as an Eagle. Sections include: Academics, Support Services, Life at AU, Financing Your Education, and Policies & Safety. The orientation should take you 45 minutes to complete and can be done over smaller segments. These modules available for you to refer back to at any time.  

Fall 2021 Students – Complete your modules by May 15th.

Spring 2022 Students - Your modules will be available November 2021

New AU family members or prospective students and families must create a “Guest” account to view the online orientation. 

About Pre-Orientation Modules 

  • Your pre-orientation modules are made of modules accessible through the main menu items and the menu icon on your home screen. 

  • Each module is made up of a series of slides. To complete each module, click through the slides using the next and previous buttons.  

  • Some slides include an 'i' button and a statement that begins with "I would like to learn more about..." If you want to save this information to review later, click the 'i' button. You'll find a link to more information about the topic on your "Items of Interest" page when you complete your pre-orientation.  

  • A module is complete when you view the last slide. 

  • You must complete each module in order. 

  • When you complete this pre-orientation, all of the modules will be unblocked and available for you to use as a reference.  

NOTE: All videos are available with closed captioning, just make sure to turn it on. You can do this by clicking on the CC icon on the video player and choosing "English CC." Once you turn it on for one video, it will stay on for all of the videos.  

Communications Over the Summer 

Various offices will reach out detailing—among other things—their department’s resources, how to get in touch with them, and documentation that needs to be completed prior to your arrival for the fall semester. There are many pieces of information that will be communicated from now through August, so it is important to check your AU-sponsored Gmail account consistently.