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New Student Orientation

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Orientation, Transition & Retention Welcomes You to AU!

The people you meet and the activities you participate in during Eagle Summit and Welcome Week  will help to shape your AU experience.

Eagle Summit

New Student Orientation 2017

Eagle Summit, American University's new student orientation for first-year students, is designed to welcome new students and their families to American University. During the Summit, you will learn about academics and campus life at American University, while meeting other new students, as well as current AU students who will help you acclimate to the university. In addition to meeting with your advisor and finalizing your course schedule, you will learn your way around campus, spend a night in a residence hall, take necessary placement exams, receive your AU ID Card and much, much more. By the time you leave the Summit, you will be well on your way to success!

Orientation, Transition & Retention hosts several orientation programs throughout the summer for students entering American University in the fall semester.

Eagle Summit Sessions

Click here for Eagle Summit at a glance!

Eagle Summit Session 1: June 19-20
Eagle Summit Session 2: June 22-23
Eagle Summit Session 3: June 26-27
Eagle Summit Session 4: June 29-30
Eagle Summit Session 5: July 6-7
Eagle Summit Session 6: July 10-11

August Eagle Summit: August 21-22

Check-in will be available from 7:15 a.m.- 9:00 a.m. on the first morning. The student program will run until about 10:00 p.m. that evening. The second day will begin at 8:00 a.m. and will conclude around 4:30 p.m., depending on what you need to accomplish before leaving campus. We offer residence hall check in the day prior to your session as needed.

Students will be staying in south campus in a traditional residence hall with other new students, orientation staff, and residence life staff. Students are required to stay on campus the first night of Eagle Summit. We offer an option for students (and parents) to check into their residence halls the night before Eagle Summit, but the night before - called "early arrival" - is not required.

For Fall 2017 Students

We can't wait to see you at one of our Summer or Welcome Week Orientation programs!

Students will receive detailed information about Eagle Summit in the mail, via USPS, after you submit your Enrollment Agreement and tuition deposit. Once you receive this information in the mail, you will have the information you need to register.

Eagle Summit orientation registration is currently open. Eagle Summit sessions will be held in mid-June through mid-July, and we'll host a session in August prior to the start of classes. Check back for updates, and be on the lookout for additional communications from our office.

Eagle Summit Presentations

Below are presentations from various campus partners:

AU Campus Store

AU Central

Campus Technology

Career Center

Challenging Yourself: Inclusive Practices - Center for Diversity & Inclusion

Dean of Students

Health & Wellness

Housing and Residence Life - Parents & Guests

Housing and Residence Life - Students


Navigating Critical Issues

Taking Flight: Transitions into College

Title IX - Student

University Police - Parents & Guests

University Police - Students

Your Health at AU - Student Health Center and Counseling Center


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Orientation FAQ

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 Click here for answers to frequently asked questions regarding orientation!

Orientation FAQ