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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 January, 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.

Join AU Orientation on Engage: your one-stop shop for the student involvement experience. You'll want to be in Engage to get Orientation updates and to RSVP for New Eagle Essentials and Eagle Summit. You can explore Engage on your phone via the Corq app. 

Complete your Online Orientation in Canvas: this self-paced program introduces you to AU: academics, life on campus, financing your education, safety, and support services, all while learning to use Canvas, the learning platform for all of your courses here at AU. Completing the modules takes around 1 hour, and you will be able to revisit the course at any time. You’re already enrolled in your American University Online Orientation course, all you need to do is log into Canvas to see your course and get started.

Attend New Eagle Essentials: register now for our Live-online Orientation, New Eagle Essentials will take place on January 6th from 1 – 4pm. You will get an introduction to a range of offices in large and small group sessions as we prepare students and families for the transitions ahead. Students register through Engage; families will receive a separate invitation via email to register.

Connect with Orientation Leaders: choose from a variety of social and informational Zoom meetings throughout December and early January. With everything from Ask-Me-Anything Drop-in Hours to Mastering the Metro, to Getting Social with the OLs. These sessions will give you the opportunities to make connections as you learn what it means to be an Eagle. All event details can be found in Engage!

Join us in-person this January for Eagle Summit and Winter Welcome Week: Earn your wings when you work with your small group in-person on either Wednesday January 11th or Thursday January 12th to complete Eagle Summit, an orientation experience that connects New Eagles to their campus through exciting activities, challenges, and fun prizes! But that’s not all – in collaboration with the Center for Student Involvement we’re so excited to invite you to Winter Welcome Week a jam-packed celebration filled with fun activities, events, and more – held during the week of January 17th – 20th. All details and RSVP options listed in Engage!