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First Year (and beyond) Programs

Join a circle. Build a Foundation. Join a Small Community of Students & Faculty with Like Minds

Start college by joining a circle of students, faculty and mentors who share your goals and passions.


Learning Communities

Explore a topic outside the classroom and inside.

Students choose between linked courses that examine issues from different perspectives, or single classes that offer community-based research and learning opportunities. Join when you register for your first-year courses.

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University College

A place to call home.

This groundbreaking program combines seminar work with a residential setting and exciting opportunities for supervised learning activities in Washington, D.C. Reserve your place when you are admitted to AU.

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Honors 101

The Honors First-Year Experience.

Honors 101 begins the first-year experience for incoming freshmen accepted into to the University Honors Program.

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Who Will You Meet in First Year Programs?

AU’s Best Faculty

Dr. Acharya addresses the ISA Dr. Acharya addresses the ISA

SIS Professor and UNESCO Chair in Transnational Challenges and Governance Amitav Acharya argues that the hegemonic position of the American-led international order, as we have come to know it, is coming to an end.

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Student Innovation

Innovative Water Project Innovative Water Project

Students in Kiho Kim’s University College Sustainable Earth class and Vicky Kiechel’s Sustainable Design class, both of which were investigating opportunities for saving water on campus, discovered a way to reduce AU's water usage by 77%.

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Engaged Students

Zachary Kopin Zachary Kopin

Zachary Kopin is making the most of his time at AU—both on and off campus. He is a bachelor’s degree candidate in music, and a candidate for the combined BA/MA in history, with a resume full of high-level work experience, scholarly awards, publications, and community service.

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First Year Programs News

Man in diving gear filming underwater with another diver placing buoys.

Diving into Success

Alum David Ruck shares how he was able to land a job with NOAA doing exactly what he wants - make amazing films.

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Events Calendar RSS

Today's Events May 28

  1. Outdoor Track at NCAA East Regionals

Coming Soon

  1. Jumpstart-Summer Program Training

  2. CMS Operations Meeting

  3. ECON-899-001 (Floro/Kuehn)

  4. Jumpstart- Summer Program Training

Full Calendar