American University Alumni Relations Events and Resources for New Eagle Families

This week for new families

Greetings Eagle Families,

Last week, you should have recieved our Family Update newsletter. We send the Update regularly (monthly during the summer, alternate weeks during the fall and spring semesters) to share upcoming dates, deadlines and reminders along with a selection of brief articles to our AU Changemakers in action. You can find all of our Updates on our website for families.

At this point, your student should have their fall housing assignment, roommate and move-in slot. They've probably also just finished registering for fall classes. So now, we can really dive into New Eagle Essentials - our online orientation. If you didn't get to join us for our first session in June, we hope you will join us for this introduction to AU. Your student can register through Engage. Families and friends can register for one of the two remaining sessions as listed below:

New Eagle Essentials is offered on Zoom. Families can use this form to register for one of these two remaining times: 
Note: If possible, we encourage students and families to attend using separate devices so that you can attend breakout sessions separately.

  • Wednesday, July 13 from noon – 3 p.m. ET

  • Saturday, July 23 from 9 a.m. –  noon ET

NEW! Meet with our Orientation Leaders for a Family Zoom Room. Got questions about your student's journey? Stop by to talk with Orientation Leaders about academics, clubs and life as an Eagle.

  • Thursday, July 21 from 7 - 9 p.m. ET (join here)

We are also offering a second live session of our Parent and Family Transitions webinar with Fanta Aw, Vice President for Undergraduate Enrollment, Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence. We'll have a heart-to-heart as we talk through what you can expect as your Eagle adjusts to campus life this fall. 

Our orientation sessions are recorded and will be available shortly on our Orientation 2022 playlist on YouTube.  As always, feel free to reach out to us at [email protected] with any question, any time.

Once an Eagle, Always an Eagle!
The New Student and Family Programs Team

Family Resources

Did you know we have a website with curated content just for our AU parents and families? You'll find quick links to campus services and offices, a planning calendar with key dates and deadlines, travel tips and a listing of our favorite hotels, a collection of our recorded webinars and so much more! Visit us at


New Student Checklist: Dates and Deadlines

AU gate

You can help your student keep track of deadlines and tasks like these:

  • Upload a photo for the AUID (One Card) by July 15 to avoid long lines at move-in.
  • Students must upload immunization records by July 15 (proof of Covid-19 vaccine and booster by August 1).
  • Consider whether tuition insurance is right for your family. 
  • Start thinking about finding local ATMs, banks, pharmacies and specialized medical providers as needed. Use the "20016" zip code to search the internet for services closest to campus.
  • Save the date: Family Weekend is October 7-9.

Last minute financial aid questions? Every AU student has an assigned financial aid counselor available to assist.

Immunizations due 7/15

Clawed getting immunized

As the deadlines to submit proof of immunizations (including Covid-19 vaccination and booster) approach, we want to make sure your student knows how to upload their documentation. All AU students who will participate in classes or other activities on campus must be vaccinated against Covid-19 unless they have received a university-authorized exemption. We recently sent a reminder to all new students, you'll find a copy here to review with your Eagle.

Students need to upload their own documents themselves into their health portal. Immunization records are due by 7/15, Covid-19 records are due by 8/1. You can find the details and instructions to help your student at our link below.

Virtual Student socials - all summer!

Orientation Leaders online

There are so many ways for your student to connect with other Eagles this summer! Our Orientation Leaders have already created a full schedule of zoom events to help students get to know each other as they get the scoop on what to expect this fall. Our alumni association, the university college program and many of our offices are also on the schedule. Your student can register through their Engage account. Families can view the schedule by following the link below.

Online Self-paced orientation

This self-paced pre-orientation introduces you to AU: academics, life on campus, financing your education, safety and support services. It take about 45 minutes to complete the entire pre-orientation and you can return to finish or revisit content at any time! Students login with their AU credentials. Families and friends can create a "guest" account.

fall Move-in

Move-in day families unloading cars

Your student should have recieved their move-in timeslot on Thursday, June 30 through their housing portal. Visit our move-in website to prepare for your big day!

Explore our website for:

  • tips on what to bring (and what NOT to bring)
  • ordering a microfridge or other optional room amenities
  • floor plans and furniture measurements

Save the date: Move-in Webinar, August 2, 7 - 8 p.m. ET. (register here

Student Billing

Sunset on Kogod School of Business

Your student's bill is posted in their Eagle Services account. We sent an email notice to all students and their proxies on July 5 for the bill due August 1. In order for families and other sponsors to view or pay the bill, your student must set up proxy access (instructions are here). You'l find a simple list of tuition and fees, instructions to view an itemized version of the student bill and payment options on the student accounts website.




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