Start college by joining a circle of students, faculty and mentors who share your goals and passions.
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.Learn more
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.Learn more
Who Will You Meet in First Year Programs?
AU’s Best Faculty
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.
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%.
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.
First Year Programs News
Model UN at SIS Gains Accolades
American University’s Model United Nations team are competing at some of the nation’s top universities.