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Ashley Rozendaal
Director, Student Success and Student-Athlete Support

Office of Undergraduate Education and Academic Student Services 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20016 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

  • Academic Advising: Each school at AU assigns advisors to students differently. Click on your schoolbelow to learn who is your assigned advisor.
  • Orientation: Orientation at AU is a great opportunity for you to get connected with fellow transfer students, learn about the campus resources and meet university administrators. Transitioning to a new university can be overwhelming so we want to ensure you feel prepared and ready to start your journey at AU. No matter where you are in your academic journey, orientation is a great way for you to learn more about your new campus. Orientation is not required but is strongly encouraged and recommended. For more information about orientation, visit the orientation website.
  • Transfer Student Checklist section: For more information and next steps in preparing for your start at AU, be sure to check out your personalized checklist here. Your checklist will show a variety of required and optional items to complete before starting your first semester at AU.

Additional Resources

  • Discover AU Academics: Review the University Catalog to familiarize yourself with the various majors and minors offered at AU. 
  • AU Core: Learn about the AU Core Curriculum and explore how it works.
  • 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. ASAC also provides peer tutoring services should you need any assistance in a class. ASAC is committed to helping you succeed in all aspects of your academic career at AU and provides students with individual counseling as well as workshops for academic success. ASAC also provides students with disability related accommodations. Visit the ASAC website for information on how to access the services.