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

Greetings Eagle Families!

We have been gearing up for Family Weekend - lining up speakers, tours, receptions, and other fun activities for students and their guests. But really, this weekend is for you and your student. Ask your student what they want to do during your visit and make memories together. Whether your Eagle Family includes parents, siblings and relatives, or it's a chosen family of friends and supporters - all are welcome.

We know that many families aren't able to join us in person. We'll share more ways that you can connect with us virtually. We are finalizing the details to live-stream our featured Family Weekend panel, Reimagining the American Dream: A conversation moderated by Jen Psaki as well as a special Fall Welcome webinar with Raymond Ou, our new Vice President of Student Affairs. Whether we get to greet you in person or online - we look forward to staying connected through our Family Update newsletters and our Family Webinar Series. As always, you are welcome to reach out to us any time at [email protected].

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

AU gate
  • Our Fall Job and Internship Fair is September 27 from 1 - 4 p.m. While first year students cannot yet intern for credit, this is a great opportunity to explore! The Career Center also hosts a series of prep events the week of the fair, including workshops on resumes, elevator pitches and preparing for the fair. Students login to Handshake for details and to register.
  • October 4 is our next on-campus Flu Shot clinic, encourage your student to book their appointment now. 
  • Family Weekend is October 13-15.
  • Schedule change on November 21: on this day, Friday classes meet instead of Tuesday classes. We always advise that you consult with your student about their class, co-curricular, and employment commitments before making nonrefundable travel plans.
  • Thanksgiving Holiday November 22 - 26: no classes, halls remain open. 
  • Fall Final Examinations are December 11 - 16. Consult with your student before arranging travel.
  • Residence Halls close at noon on December 17. Students returning to the same room in the spring semester do not need to move.
  • January 16, 2024 is the first day of spring classes.


Family Weekend October 13-15, 2023

We have been adding new events and activities to our preview schedule daily. Your registration helps to inform our planning and ensures that you get all the key details for your visit (not to mention your free family perks).


We're entering cold and flu season and this may be the first time your student is trying to tend to their health needs without your support. Embrace the opportunity to coach your young adult to assess their symptoms and seek appropriate care. Resist the urge to do this work for them - privacy laws and policies will restrict what you can do for them. Instead, help them explore their resources, rehearse their phone calls and craft their emails. Familiarize yourself with the services, appointment opportunities and policies of our Student Health Center so you're ready when your student calls you for support.



Career Center resources for your first year student

Students and recruiters at the job and internship fair

It's never too early to start exploring all the great resources that the Career Center can offer! First year students can't yet earn credit for internships, but they can certainly start to research their opportunities and build the networking and prep skills that will prepare them for their future search. Our Fall Job and Internship Fair is this Wednesday, September 27. We offer lots of pre-fair support to help students prepare and get the most out of this opportunity. Other resources help students to explore career guides by major, try some self-assessment and career exploration tools or sign up for resume reviews. 

Did you know? All of our undergraduate students get a weekly email from the Career Center filled with opportunities to meet with recruiters, network or further their career exploration. 



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