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. We’ve designed a virtual orientation to ensure that when your classes kick off in August, you’ll already feel at home, be ready to succeed, and will know a lot of fellow Eagles, too!
What to Expect
March 15 - May 15: Visit our Getting Started webpage and complete the pre-orientation modules to help get you acclimated to life at AU! This orientation should take you 45 minutes and is a resource you can revisit for more information.
May 3-May 24: Join Orientation’s New Eagle Connect site to learn all about the orientation program, life at AU and to meet other students. You will receive a custom link, sent to your AU email, to join the site.
Week of May 24: Connect with your Orientation Leader one on one! Your Orientation Leader will reach out to schedule a time to chat and to get to know you before orientation starts.
May 31-June 4: Attend your first Orientation Small Group Meeting. Orientation small groups meetings will take place throughout the month of June at various dates and time. Your Orientation Leader will contact you with information about your group’s meeting.
June – July: Attend the summer orientation sessions and webinars. Throughout June, July and the first week of August be sure to attend the orientation sessions to learn about AU, prepare for the start of your semester and meet new students. (The full schedule will be made available in May on our website and New Eagle Connect-more information to come)
August: Attend All-American Welcome! More information on All-American Welcome program and events will be coming soon.
Summer Orientation Sessions
View and register for our 2021 summer orientation virtual sessions!
All-American Welcome is the official period to welcome American University's new students to campus.
Meet the 2021 Orientation Team
Orientation Leaders (OLs) are here as your guides and peer mentors. They assist the Orientation, Transition & Retention (OTR) staff with orientation programs all summer for new AU undergraduates and families. They're knowledgeable Eagles and they're here to help!