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Once an Eagle, Always an Eagle

Welcome to American University!

Welcome to life as an Eagle! At AU, we're changemakers. We’re all about building connections, strengthening community, and creating a better future. On campus or off campus, in DC or abroad, we rise to the challenges of our times – and we do it together.  

The AU journey starts with Orientation. Orientation at American University is a multi-part program, with virtual summer sessions and in-person welcome events offered at the start of the fall semester. We hope that after participating in orientation you’ll feel at home, be ready to succeed and have found a community with your fellow Eagles!

Eagle Summit!

To learn more about Eagle Summit, please login to your Canvas course – each student has been placed in an online course for Orientation, and there you will find information about your Orientation Leader and Eagle Summit!   

  • Your Orientation Leader will lead your through this required in-person Orientation
  • Eagle Summit is held on Wednesday 8/23 and Thursday 8/24 – students are only required to attend one date
  • The date of your Eagle Summit is assigned in advance and depends on a couple of factors including your move-in date if you’re living on campus and/or any special cohorts
  • It’s best to check in with your Orientation Leader for details regarding your specific Eagle Summit date
  • This is a full day event – breakfast through dinner – for students only!

We're so excited to meet you next week! 


Find answers on our Frequently Asked Questions page

Orientation FAQ

Engage Student Involvement platform


Engage is a platform to help you connect with student organizations and activities on campus. There is also a mobile app. (AU login is required.)

Connect to Engage

Newly admitted transfer students

Welcome New Transfer Students

We're excited that you're joining our community! Read about the steps to take before you start your semester. 

Transfer First Steps

parents with their child


Parents and families are important partners. Find out how to connect with us, find answers to questions, and support your student on this journey!

Family Resources