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Sharon M. Alston
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Enrollment

Office of Enrollment 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20016-8001 United States

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Welcome to American University!

Newly Admitted Transfer Students

Before you begin your first term at AU, there are some things you need to do:

Also, take a look at these helpful checklists to keep you on track. They list things you can do before and after transferring to help streamline the transfer process.

Provide information to Office of Admissions

  • Accept your Offer of Admission
    • Information about how to accept your offer of admission will be included in the letter of acceptance
  • Submit official Transcripts: Official transcript(s) or mark sheets enclosed in a sealed envelope from all colleges or universities attended should be sent to AU. Make sure that your full legal name and Social Security number (or date of birth) are on the transcripts.
    • Note: you will not be able to register for a second semester at AU until all final official transcripts have been received.
  • Submit Official Exam Scores: All exam scores must be received by the American University Office of Admissions no later than the end of the second enrolled term. Exam scores more than six years old will not be accepted for credit.
    • Review Credit by Exam information on the Office of Admissions website for more details.

Prepare for the Transition to AU

  • Pre-Orientation Advising: Each school at AU assigns advisors to students differently. Click on your schoolbelow to learn who is your assigned advisor.
  • Orientation: Orientation is not required for transfer students, however, it can be extremely beneficial. Even if you have been a college student for several years, please consider attending orientation so you can learn more about the culture at American University, academics, activities, etc. Learn more about Orientation at AU.
  • Transfer Success Series: American University is pleased to offer transfer students the opportunity to engage in a program designed specifically to assist transfer students in their adjustment to AU. The highly successful Transfer Success Series program offers workshops in careers and internships, utilizing campus resources, time management, and more.

Academic Preparation for Your First Term at AU

  • Discover AU Academics: Review the University Catalog to familiarize yourself with the various majors and minors offered at AU. Review the requirements for the program(s) of interest, and visit the Schedule of Classes to start planning your next semester.
  • General Education Program: learn about the five foundational areas in our General Education Program.
  • Academic Rules and Regulations: Familiarize yourself with the Undergraduate Academic Rules and Regulations.
  • Academic Standing Requirements: Familiarize yourself with the Requirements for Satisfactory Academic Progress (necessary if you receive financial aid).
  • Academic Calendar: Review the University Academic Calendar.
  • Academic Support and Access Center : this office provides a wide range of resources for all students including assistance with note taking, effective writing, textbook reading, critical thinking, and test taking, and peer tutoring services. The ASAC offers individual counseling as well as workshops for academic success. Every incoming student should visit the ASAC website and take advantage of their extensive offerings.
  • Complete the Online Math Placement Exam: this timed online exam is required for all incoming students, regardless of whether or not the math requirement has been satisfied through exam or transfer credit. Should you wish to continue with math courses at AU, this exam will help to ensure you are placed in the appropriate level. Once you have submitted your deposit, you will receive an email with information about how to take the exam. Note: you will not be able to register for classes until you take the exam. Accommodations can be made for students who wish to take the exam in person, need additional time, etc. The notification email will include information for requesting accommodations.
  • Register for Classes: You will register for classes online. Your academic advisor will contact you with further information about the registration process.