Before you begin your first term at AU, there are some things you need to do:
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 your transition
New student checklist: 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.
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.
Meet with your academic advisor
Each school at AU assigns advisors to students after they have submitted their enrollment deposit. Click on your school below to learn who is your assigned advisor.
Kogod School of Business
College of Arts and Sciences
School of International Service
School of Communication
School of Public Affairs
School of Education
Explore 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.
For more questions from transfer students click here.
All new transfer students are automatically assigned an academic advisor after paying their enrollment deposit. Your school will contact you after you’ve submitted your deposit to start the registration process.
Click on your school below to learn who is your assigned advisor.
All new students are pre-registered for orientation, but you need to confirm your participation. Beginning in mid-April students who have confirmed their spot will receive an e-mail to your AU email account with your Orientation Leader group information. A full schedule of summer events will be released in early May. We will be offering an interactive and engaging virtual orientation experience beginning in early July and continuing through early-August. Your orientation will conclude with in-person programming in August during All-American Welcome. This complete orientation experience is designed to help get you connected with current students, new transfer students, and campus resources.
Transfer students are defined as those who have been directly admitted to an undergraduate degree program at American University and have previously attended another postsecondary institution. The housing status will be parallel to how the Office of Admissions has classified an incoming student.
The housing application priority deadline for incoming transfer students is Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at noon. The application allows students to submit room type preferences and neighbor/suitemate requests.
- Application opens for 2020-2021: June 16, 2020 at 3 p.m.
- Priority deadline: June 23, 2020 at noon.
All final transcripts should be directed to AU’s Office of Admissions. Please mall all final college transcripts to the following address:
Office of Admissions
4400 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20016
The Center for Student Involvement (CSI) houses a range of opportunities for students to get involved on campus including Student Clubs, Student Government, Student Media, and Fraternity and Sorority Life. Students can get involved by connecting with organizations on Engage, your one-stop shop for the student activity experience. Engage is an online platform that allows students to find student organizations and discover events happening on campus. To get started, use your AU ID credentials to sign into Engage, and search through the student organizations and events! Click here to check out Engage website and discover unique opportunities at AU.
The credit articulation process begins when students apply to AU and have submitted all materials to complete their application for admission. Once the application is complete, credits are entered onto the student record which highlights the courses that do not yet have an articulation in the Transfer Articulation Database. Once admitted, the courses needing articulation are forwarded to AU faculty for review where they provide an equivalency based on scope, content, learning outcomes, rigor, and number of credit hours. The articulation is then added to the database as well as the student record where it can be used for many purposes such as satisfying some major/minor/AU Core requirements and potentially waiving students out of Habits of Mind.
In some cases, AU faculty will require additional information to determine an equivalency, such as a course syllabus. Students will receive email outreach from the transfer articulation team requesting any additional information needed for the course to be reviewed. Any questions or concerns can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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