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Parent & Family Orientation

Welcome to the AU Community! The Office of Orientation, Transition and Retention is responsible for ensuring that all new students make a smooth transition to the university. We know that your student's successful transition is important to you and that you'll have your own questions and concerns. To meet your needs and help you better support your student, we offer two types of parent and family orientation programs, depending on your student's admit status. Registration instructions will be sent to your student.


Eagle Summit is American University's orientation program for first-year students. During Eagle Summit we host a concurrent Eagle Summit Guest program, and we invite you to attend! You'll have the opportunity to meet with university administrators, learn about the many services offered at American, and learn about AU's academic programs. As one parent put it, "Orientation was first class! Thanks for making us feel welcome. AU is definitely the place to be." 

Program Details

Eagle Summit is a two-day program that occurs in June and July. We do not offer on campus family or guest housing for any of our orientation sessions. Please visit our local hotel page for more information on options including AU and Eagle Summit rates. Please visit the Eagle Summit website for more information. 

Current program fees

Fees for Eagle Summit will be set prior to registration opening. 

Parents and family members of transfer students are invited to attend Transfer Transitions with their student. Transfer Transitions is a one-day orientation program, specifically crafted for students who are transferring to AU for the fall semester.

Program Details

The Transfer Transitions schedule will be posted in late summer. However, in past years, check-in was available from 8:00 a.m.- 9:00 a.m. and the program concluded around 6:00 p.m. Please visit the Transfer Transitions website for more information about this program.

current Program Fees

Transfer Transitions fees will be set prior to registration opening.

January Orientation is American University's orientation program for first-year and transfer students beginning at the university in the spring semester. We also host a concurrent January Orientation guest program and invite you to attend! 

Program details

January Orientation is a one-day program and typically occurs from 8:00am-5:00pm for parents and families. The program will be hosted on Thursday, January 9, 2020 for all transfer and first-year students who are starting at AU in Spring 2020. Please visit the January Orientation website for more details about the program. 

Program fees

January Orientation fees will be set prior to registration opening.

Orientation FAQ

Our most frequently asked questions regarding orientation programs for new AU students.

Orientation FAQ

Six family members standing in front of the American University Eagle statue at All-American Weekend.

All American Weekend 2020

October 2-4, 2020

Check back here in late summer 2020 for more details about All-American Weekend, AU's family and alumni celebration weekend!

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