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New Student Orientation

Get to know New Student Orientation!

Welcome to American University!

Orientation is here to help you transition into the AU community. Learn more about orientation for all incoming students below! 

Flight Ready!

Embark on Your AU Adventure with Flight Ready! Prepare to soar as an AU Eagle with our online pre-orientation program! From June to July, dive into campus life, uncover AU's rich history, connect with peers, and seize incredible opportunities to shape your journey and leave your mark!
Flight Ready! on Canvas

Flight Ready! Is AU’s online pre-orientation program that allows incoming students to get the support and the resources they need to navigate life as an AU Eagle. From June to July, Flight Ready! connects students to campus offices, the storied history of the University, their peers, and opportunities to get involved and make a difference.

Students may access Flight Ready! from Monday, June 3, 2024 to Friday, August 2, 2024. This dynamic program will take place on Canvas, AU’s user-friendly student learning platform. Dive into each module at your convenience, as they're designed to be completed asynchronously and entirely online, allowing you to navigate at your own speed. 

Students can access Canvas through the AU Libarary's website. Students log in using their AU credentials. Support for Canvas through the Help Desk, with articles and resources to help you navigate the platform.

Flight Ready! is free for all incoming AU students.

Yes, all students must still participate in New Student Orientation in person. Flight Ready! introduces students to AU resources virtually, and New Student Orientation will build on that foundation with in-person activities.

In-Person Orientation

Our in-person orientation experience starts in August, after new students move in and spans through Welcome Week during the first week of classes. We can't wait to see you then!

New Student Orientation

Welcome to life as an Eagle! At AU, we're changemakers. We’re all about building connections, strengthening community, and creating a better future. On campus or off campus, in DC or abroad, we rise to the challenges of our times – and we do it together.

The AU journey starts with Orientation. Orientation at American University is a multi-part program, with virtual summer webinars and in-person New Student Orientation offered at the start of the fall semester. We hope that after participating in orientation you’ll feel at home, be ready to succeed and have found a community with your fellow Eagles!

We're excited to join you on your journey as a New Eagle with our New Student Orientation program this summer! Newly admitted students entering the university in August 2024 will have the opportunity to participate in online orientation programming during the summer months in addition to attending our required in-person New Student Orientation program the week before classes begin, concluding with Welcome Week during the first week of classes. Be sure to activate and keep an eye on your AU email for details of regarding what's next!

Engage Student Involvement platform

Engage is a platform to help you connect with student organizations and activities on campus. There is also a mobile app. (AU login is required.)

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Parents and families are important partners. Find out how to connect with us, find answers to questions, and support your student on this journey!


Have more questions? Find answers on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Transfer Student Orientation

We know you're not new to college, but you are probably new to our campus and the Eagle family. Our orientation programs are designed for all of our New Eagle undergraduate students - we recommend them for our transfer students as well. In December, we will email transfer students with details about Orientation, including more ways to connect with each other and with our campus.

Once you officially deposit to American University, you will begin receiving information from your AU school or college with information regarding class registration and other important tasks. If you do not receive information, please contact the advising office of the school or college that houses your intended major. We recommend responding to your advisor as timely as possible so that you can effectively create your class schedule.

Given the number and complexity of requirements in many majors, it is important to create an academic plan with your advisor. They will help you develop your interests and goals, review the transfer credits you have been awarded, and register you for your first semester classes. 

Note that you won't register for classes during orientation. Your advisor will review your proposed course selection for your fall classes, and-if appropriate-clear you to register. You'll then sign up for your courses using the online AU Registration System.

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Transfer Student Resources

Next steps, resources and FAQs to help New Transfer Students prepare for success at AU.

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Transfer Credit Process

Have questions about the process of transferring in credits? Learn more about transferring your credit to AU.

Personalized Transfer Checklist

Want to track your progress as you prepare for AU? Check out your personalized checklist to make sure you're ready.

International Student Orientation

International Student Orientation covers important immigration, employment, and cross cultural sessions, as well as academic information specifically of interest to all international students beginning at American University. International Student Orientation is hosted by International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS). Learn more about what to expect on ISSS's page:
International Student Orientation  

Students and families moving into Anderson-Centennial Hall at AU.

Housing & Residence Life

Find your home on campus! Learn more about the residence halls and residence life for incoming students.

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