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First Things First

Your 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!  

Orientation at American University involves a few key components.

Students register for orientation through Engage - your one-stop shop for the student involvement experience. Engage allows students to find student clubs and organizations and discover events happening on campus. We use it for orientation so you can start learning how to use it this summer.

You'll want to be in Engage to get orientation updates, to connect with Orientation Leaders, and to RSVP for events this summer throughout your time at AU.

To get started, simply sign into Engage using your myAU username and password.

Families - we'll use your email address to invite you to orientation programs and to share updates, campus announcements and invitations to family events throughout the year.

The Self-Paced Pre-Orientation introduces you to AU: academics, life on campus, financing your education, safety and support services. This online orientation will be available through your AU Canvas account starting in December 2022. More details about how to log into your account are coming soon! 

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We bring together all of our New Eagle Essentials into one live, online session. In large and small group sessions, we'll prepare students and families for the transition ahead. Students register through Engage and we'll send families an invitation to register separately in December 2022.

Our Spring 2023 New Eagle Essentials will take place on Friday, January 6th - mark your calendar now!

If this options don't work, just let us know (in Engage) and we'll work with you to make sure you are able to get your New Eagle Essentials covered.

Spring 2023 Information Coming Soon!

Choose from a variety of optional social and informational Zoom meetings to connect with Eagles everywhere as you learn how to navigate your first semester here at American University. Explore shared interests, identities and curiosities with orientation leaders and other new students!

Session details will be regularly shared and available in Engage
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Earn your wings as you participate in Eagle Summit, an in-person Orientation to  AU Resources and Community. Your team completes a series of activities and challenges that get you ready to take flight the spring semester!

Your orientation leaders are here to help answer your questions! Watch for emails from your OL in December and join us for our live drop-in help hours or a variety of online social programs throughout the months of December and January.