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First Things First

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!  

Orientation at American University is a three part program comprised of the following components:  

  1. Self-Paced Online Orientation Modules 

  1. Live Virtual Summer Sessions  

  2. In-Person Welcome Events

Self-Paced Online Orientation Modules 

We encourage you to complete the self-paced modules early to help ensure you have a smooth transition to AU and you are prepared for life as an Eagle. Sections include: Academics, Support Services, Life at AU, Financing Your Education, and Policies & Safety. The entire orientation should take you 45 minutes to complete and can be completed one section at a time. These modules are available for you to revisit any time.

Fall 2022 Students – Your self-paced online orinetation modules will be available in mid-March 2022

Spring 2022 Students - Your modules will be available November 2021

New AU family members or prospective students and families must create a “Guest” account to view the online orientation. 

About Self-Paced Online Orientation Modules

  • Your self-paced online orientation modules are made of modules accessible through the main menu items and the menu icon on your home screen. 

  • Each module is made up of a series of slides. To complete each module, click through the slides using the next and previous buttons.  

  • Some slides include an 'i' button and a statement that begins with "I would like to learn more about..." If you want to save this information to review later, click the 'i' button. You'll find a link to more information about the topic on your "Items of Interest" page when you complete your pre-orientation.  

  • A module is complete when you view the last slide. 

  • You must complete each module in order. 

  • When you complete this self-paced online orientation, all of the modules will be unblocked and available for you to use as a reference.  

NOTE: All videos are available with closed captioning, just make sure to turn it on. You can do this by clicking on the CC icon on the video player and choosing "English CC." Once you turn it on for one video, it will stay on for all of the videos.  

Live Virtual Summer Sessions  

The live virtual summer sessions will provide you with opportunities to engage with members of the AU community.  During these live virtual sessions, you will be introduced to campus resources and get to know other incoming AU students. All incoming students will be assigned an experienced Orientation Leader to help you navigate your transition to AU.  We will host sessions designed for first-year students and sessions designed for transfer students.  More information about the live virtual summer sessions and your orientation leader will be available in the coming weeks. Stay tuned and check back soon!  

In-person welcome events  

In August and September, you can expect to participate in a range of in-person welcome events designed to help you navigate campus, meet other AU students, and prepare for the start of classes. There will be events for first-year students and transfer students. More details will be coming in Spring 2022.   

Communications Over the Summer 

Various offices will reach out detailing—among other things—their department’s resources, how to get in touch with them, and documentation that needs to be completed prior to your arrival for the fall semester. There are many pieces of information that will be communicated from now through August, so it is important to check your AU-sponsored Gmail account consistently.