American University Alumni Relations Events and Resources for New Eagle Families
Orientation 2023

Greetings Eagle Families!

Our newest Eagles spent their move-in week meeting their orientation groups, getting to know their roommates and new neighbors, trying dining options, and exploring DC. Our #AUWelcome continues with more activities for our new and returning students this week. Drag Bingo fills Bender Arena and Celebrate AU brings everyone out to the Quad. Involvement fairs feature clubs, student organizations and volunteer opportunities to help students preview all that is still to come. Check out our #AUWelcome wall for highlights and add your own by using #AUWelcome or #AU2027 on your social media posts.

As your student settles into life on campus and in Washington, DC, remind them that their Orientation Leaders, RAs and AUx peer assistants are all great resources. We know you and your student will have lots of questions - just ask!

Over the coming weeks, we will be finalizing dates for our family webinar series and sharing a preview of Family Weekend activities - stay tuned!

Here's a question you asked, and how we answered it:

Q: What is the add/drop period and what does it mean?
A: Today is the first day of the add/drop period – the first two weeks of classes where students add or drop classes without penalty. If your Eagle is thinking of dropping a class, they should make sure they remain a full-time student (at least 12 credits). Students considering adding a class should do so as soon as possible to stay on top of the coursework. The later they add, the more work they do to catch up! Students can consult their advisor if they have questions.

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


Dates and Deadlines

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

  • Textbooks can be ordered through the Campus Store. Many students wait until they review the syllabus (in Canvas or in class) before purchasing materials.
  • Celebrate AU is August 28 from 2 - 4 p.m. on the Quad
  • The Non-Profit Networking Fair is August 30 from 12 - 2 p.m. in the Mary Graydon Center (MGC) Marketplace
  • The Student Involvement Fair is August 31 from 11 - 2 p.m. on the Quad
  • Consider whether tuition insurance is right for your family, the deadline is September 11.
  • Save the date: Family Weekend is October 13-15.
  • Schedule change on November 21; on this day, Friday classes meet instead of Tuesday classes
  • Thanksgiving Holiday November 22 - 26; no classes, halls remain open


Flock Talk: Advice from Current Eagle Familes to New Eagle Families

Flock Talk is a section where our current Eagle Families share advice just for you! Check out this week's advice:

"Encourage students to meet with their professors if they have questions" - David Davila, P ‘25

Now is a great time for Eagles to reach out with any questions they have. Students are receiving their syllabi this week and learning when their professors will be holding office hours this semester. Remember that office hours are times faculty are expected to dedicate themselves to being available to engage with students and answer any questions/concerns. It can seem daunting, but it’s much better for students to reach out early and often and builds a strong foundation between the student and professor.

All-American Welcome

All-American Welcome 2023
All-American Welcome is a time for your student to meet new friends, build community, explore involvement opportunities, and enjoy events and activities as we welcome our new and returning students to campus. With more than 70 events and activities each fall, there’s a great variety of fun in-person events to help our Eagles meet each other, learn their way around campus and explore DC. 

AU Sponsored Health Insurance: Waive or Enroll

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If your student chooses to participate in the AU sponsored health insurance plan, the charge will remain on your student's account. The next step is to create an account with Aetna at Academic HeatlhPlans ( Once your student has created their account, they will have access to their insurance cards within 1-2 business days. The Aetna plan covers students from August 1, 2023 – July 31, 2024.

If you are requesting to waive the AU sponsored health insurance and have the charge removed from your student’s account, please help your student to follow the instructions online before the deadline of September 11, 2023.

If no action is taken to waive or enroll, students that are charged will be automatically enrolled after the September 11, 2023 waiver deadline.

Is Tuition Insurance Right for Your Family?

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American University has partnered with GradGuard(TM) by Allianz Global Assistance to provide Tuition Insurance for students. Allianz Global Assistance is a private insurance program offering tuition insurance that acts as an extension to American University's published refund policy. Tuition Insurance helps minimize financial losses should a student suffer serious illness or an accident that results in withdrawal from the university before the end of the semester. Enroll by September 11 for fall semester coverage.



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