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New Student Orientation

Students mingle on the quad during Welcome Week.

Welcome Week 2017: Saturday, August 19 - Sunday, August 27

Welcome Week 2017

More information about Welcome Week 2017 coming soon! Check back in late May for more details!

What is Welcome Week?

Welcome Week is a long standing AU tradition at American University.  For students who participate in Eagle Summit it’s a “welcome back” to campus and to Washington, DC as we begin the academic year.  For others, it’s the first taste of all that AU has to offer.

In addition to AU Welcome Week traditions like the bagpipes leading the new class to the President’s Opening Convocation and the All-American BBQ on the main quad, new AU students can choose to participate in a wide array of programs that range from service to sustainability, civic engagement to athletic engagement all highlighting AU’s connections to Washington, DC as an extension of campus.  By pairing days of exploration and service with evening programs that highlight community leaders and policy makers, you will have the chance to bring your experiences in DC into the context of the city’s challenges and celebrations.  Spend a little time reading through your options.  We look forward to hearing what choice you make!

What You Need to Know

Welcome Week will begin in Saturday, August 19th, on the first day students can move into their residence halls, and will come to a close on Monday, August 28th, with Celebrate AU. During this week before classes begin, most first-year students participate in AU’s hallmark welcome programs. For 2017, American University is crafting an even more innovative and fun Explore DC program. More information and registration details can be found in the box on the right hand side of this page. Many students also partake in August Eagle Summit, our make-up Orientation program for students who were unable to attend a summer Eagle Summit. Information regarding that can be found on the left hand side of the page under "August Eagle Summit".

Questions? For more information on any of our Welcome Week activities, email us at or call us at 202-885-3303.

Explore DC

Explore DC students pose for a photo during the 2012 program. Billie Case, CAS ’16 is 9th from the left, wearing pink.

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Welcome Week 2016

NSP - DC Tour

See an overview of what Welcome Week has looked like in the past!

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