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Orientation 2021

Once an Eagle, Always an Eagle

Welcome to American University

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! 

Virtual Sessions


Find answers on our Frequently Asked Questions page

Orientation FAQ

COVID-19 Resources

The health and safety of the AU community are our top priority. Visit our COVID-19 Resource page for information about AU's comprehensive response. 


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!

Meet the team

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.)

Connect to Engage

Newly admitted transfer students

Welcome New Transfer Students

We're excited that you're joining our community! Read about the steps to take before you start your semester. 

Transfer First Steps

parents with their child


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

Family Resources