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

Greetings Eagle Families!

The first six weeks of the semester are predictably challenging for many students (and their families). The excitement of new friends and a new city can contrast sharply with feelings of homesickness or initial grades. Families are adjusting as well - maybe there's one less picky eater at the table, but there's now an empty chair. We host Family Weekend as we reach this milestone together.

We hope you are looking forward to connecting with your student, whether in person during Family Weekend or in your own special ways. For families that cannot travel, encourage your student to check out our on-campus events while you make plans to join us for our live online events and recordings.

As we end these first six weeks, we are also wrapping up this Orientation Weekly and next week's edition will be our last. 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
  • Fall 2023 Room Change is open. Students can apply for a room change between now and November 14. Details are online.
  • 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.


Faces on scree

As we approach Family Weekend, join us online as Raymond Ou, our new Vice President of Student Affairs, gives a warm welcome to our families. As we also approach our sixth week of classes, we’ll discuss holistic wellbeing and balance, student engagement and reintroduce you to some of the essential resources that help support your student in their college transition.


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. We've shared a memo with students about options for them to obtain the new Covid vaccine this fall - you'll find those details below.




Housing Room changes

Anderson Hall

Housing and Residential Life offers students the opportunity to request a room change beginning the third week of each semester. Students can request a change to a specific building, a specific room, or a request to swap rooms with another student. The steps and key dates are outlined online at the link below. 



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