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

Greetings Eagle Families!

We are so excited to see many of you on campus soon for Family Weekend! We hope you have fun and take in all that our campus and Washington, DC have to offer. After all the excitement and fanfare, the resume of classes and midterms may be stressful, but there are plenty of resources your student can use in the weeks ahead. Encourage your student to take advantage of faculty office hours, teaching assistants, supplemental instruction, our writing center, and other academic support services. Our Center for Well-Being and Psychological Services offers self-help resources in addition to individual and group psychotherapy. We’ll offer a webinar, “Navigating Academics” later this month to share more about the resources we offer to help your student along their academic journey and will send you an invitation to register.

This is our last Orientation Weekly for our families. Your Eagles are flying now, and we thank you for your engagement during this transition. 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

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  • Fall 2023 Room Change is open. Students can apply for a room change between now and November 14. Details are online.
  • Family Weekend is October 13-15.
  • October 17 is our next on-campus Flu Shot/Covid-19 vaccine clinic, encourage your student to book their appointment now. 

  • 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.

fALL fAMILY wELCOME wEBINAR (10/10): Not too Late to Register!

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: REGISTration remains open

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).

10/14 - Fall Family Festival Featuring: Slick Aguilar & His All-Star Friends

Fall Family Festival. Food, drink, music, fun.

Join us for live music, food, family actvities, and fun! Live music will be provided by Slick Aguilar — former lead guitarist and music director of Jefferson Starship — and his band. His band members have played on stage or in the studio with Mick Jagger, Tina Turner, Hall & Oates, George Harrison, and John Fogerty, among others. From intimate venues to packed arenas, Slick and the band have been entertaining for decades, come hear for yourself!

Saturday, October 14 from noon - 2:00 p.m on the Quad. The band will play as long as you'll listen (until 4:00 p.m.)
Rainsite: Mary Graydon Center





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