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First Things First

Your 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 involves a few key components.

Students register for orientation through Engage - your one-stop shop for the student involvement experience. Engage allows students to find student clubs and organizations and discover events happening on campus. We use it for orientation so you can start learning how to use it this summer.

You'll want to be in Engage to get orientation updates, to connect with Orientation Leaders, and to RSVP for events this summer throughout your time at AU.

To get started, simply sign into Engage using your myAU username and password.

Families - we'll use your email address to invite you to orientation programs and to share updates, campus announcements and invitations to family events throughout the year.

This self-paced pre-orientation introduces you to AU: academics, life on campus, financing your education, safety and support services. It take about 45 minutes to complete the entire pre-orientation. 

Students login with your AU credentials.
Families and friends can create a "guest" account.

  • You must complete each module in order. A module is complete when you view the last slide in the section.

  • Click the "i" icon as you go to collect your personal reference list of your "Items of Interest" and handy links to learn more.

  • Once you've completed your pre-orientation, you can login to revisit slides anytime! Use the menu to find the slide you're looking for.

Captioning available: All videos are available with closed captioning. Just click the "CC" icon on the video player.

We bring together all of our New Eagle Essentials into one live, online session. In large and small group sessions, we'll prepare students and families for the transition ahead. Students register through Engage and we'll send families an invitation to register separately in June. Three dates to choose from - mark your calendar now!

  • Tuesday, June 28: 6pm - 9pm ET 
  • Wednesday, July 13: noon - 3pm ET
  • Saturday, July 23: 9am - noon ET

If these options don't work, just let us know (in Engage) and we'll work with you to make sure you are able to get your New Eagle Essentials covered.

Choose from a variety of optional social and informational Zoom meetings throughout July and early August. Connect with Eagles everywhere as you learn how to navigate your first-year here at American University. Explore shared interests, identies and curiosities with orientation leaders, other new students and even alumni!

Session details will be regularly shared and available in Engage
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Earn your wings as you participate in Eagle Summit. Your team completes a series of activities and challenges that get you ready to take flight this fall!

All-American Welcome, for new and returning students, offers fun, in-person events to you connect with classmates, learn your way around campus and explore DC. 

We plan around your move-in date so you won't miss out on signature events and traditions! Later this summer, we'll post more details in Engage.

Families should plan to say good-byes on move-in day. Don't worry, we'll supply the tissues.

Your orientation leaders are here to help answer your questions all summer long! Watch for emails from your OL in June and join us for our live drop-in help hours or a variety of online social programs throughout the summer.