Frequently Asked Questions

You will need to have your official score reports (e.g. AP and IB scores) and transcripts sent to our Undergraduate Admissions Office at:

American University
Office of Admissions
4400 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20016

We encourage all students to attend Eagle Summit. In the event you can't attend, you should follow the necessary steps in the "New Student Checklist" including the online orientation. At AU we don’t register students for classes at Eagle Summit, so make sure to stay in contact with your first-year advisor.

Although the official dates for registration for incoming students have not yet posted, the dates have historically been in the month of June. Sometime in May, you will receive an email from your First Year Advisor inviting you to complete an online registration tutorial. This registration tutorial will walk you through the steps to register for your classes including taking placement tests, learning about the AU Core, and looking at a suggested schedule for your first semester based on your major. Your advisor will be giving you feedback throughout this process, and at the end will approve your schedule and clear you to register for your courses. 

In general, students should average 15 credits per semester. Students will work directly with their first-year advisor to determine the best course plan for their individual needs.

No. You will stay with your first-year advisor regardless of intended major and regardless if you change your intended major throughout the entirety of your first year.

You will declare your major (and any second major or minor) your 2nd year with your unit-based advisor

Yes! You can change your intended major over the summer and throughout your first semester by working with your first-year advisor. After your first semester, you will be able to change your intended major as long as you meet the minimum GPA for your new intended major.

Yes. Depending on your interests, you should work with your advisor to see if a double major is possible.

The University Math requirement, also known as your Q1, needs to be completed at AU or through dual enrollment / transfer credit before starting AU. AP credits will not count towards your Q1.

AU will accept up to 30 credits earned from exams. Depending on the course, the credit would count towards your major, minor, part of your writing requirement, or elective credit. More info at:


The common book is mandatory for all students who will be enrolling in WRTG 100. It will be woven into the curriculum for their College Writing courses.

If you wish to take courses for transfer credit before your first semester at AU, they would need to be pre-approved for the appropriate equivalency. The vast majority of your AU Core courses will need to be taken at AU as they are specific to our curriculum and course offerings. Work with your first-year advisor to discuss courses that would work best for your major.

You can view the Transfer Articulation Database to see all courses that have already been approved with course equivalencies. If you decide to take a course that hasn’t yet been articulated, please work with your first-year advisor to complete the necessary steps to get those courses articulated.

The university does not allow first year students to do an internship for credit. We want students to prioritize their transition (both socially and academically) to the university. 

Most students that study aboard for credit do so in their 3rd year. There are programmatic exceptions that allow for studying abroad earlier. Please work with your advisor to plan for your abroad semester. For more information on study abroad opportunities, please visit AU Abroad.