All-American Welcome

Get Ready for All-American Welcome

All-American Welcome is a time to meet new friends, build community, explore involvement opportunities, and enjoy events and activities as you are welcomed (or welcomed back) to AU. With more than 70 events and activities each fall, you'll find a variety of fun in-person events to you connect with classmates, learn your way around campus and explore DC. There's something for everyone!

Schedule Highlights

We're still building our full schedule, but we are listing just a few of our signature events here!

Families and guests will be able to view events in Engage later this summer, but many are for students only. There are no All-American Welcome events that require parents, siblings or guests to RSVP or register. 

8/21 - 8/23: Explore DC! (new students only, advance registration required)
8/22- 8/23: First Year Assisted Move-in Days. Each student's assigned date/time is posted in their student housing portal.

Join in the Move-in Days festivities, including:

  • Campus Resource Fair (all students, families and guests)
  • Optional family programs include:
    • complimentary coffee, tea, and tissues with administrators
    • open houses with select offices, tours, and family meet-ups

8/23 & 8/24: Eagle Summit, in-person orientation (required, all first year and new transfer students). Students will participate on either 8/23 OR 8/24 based on move-in date. Students should plan on being in attendance for a full day (breakfast through dinner).

Tuesday, August 22
8:30 p.m. Moonlight Movie (students)

Wednesday, August 23
9 p.m. Late Night at the Rec games and activities with RecFit (students)

Thursday, August 24
8:30 p.m. Late Night Breakfast (students)

Friday, August 25
8:45 - 11 a.m. Opening Convocation. New undergraduates assemble on the Quad for an event rich with AU traditions! (new students only - a recording will be made available for families to view after the event)

11 a.m. School and College welcomes for new students 

9 p.m. Jazz in the Gardens

Saturday, August 26
12 p.m. Taste of Home & Welcome Back BBQ

5 p.m. SUBJam (Welcome Back Concert) 

Sunday, August 27
12 p.m. Culturefest 

4 p.m. Bender Blue Out

Monday, August 28 
First day of classes

2 p.m. Celebrate AU! Join President Burwell for snacks and fun on the Quad to mark the start of the semester.

Tuesday, August 29
9 p.m. Drag Bingo (all students)

Wednesday, August 30
6 p.m. Wanna Go Greek

Thursday, August 31
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Student Involvement Fair. Discover some of AU's many student clubs and organizations. 

One Card/AUID and UPass pick-up will be available as early as 8/20 in Mary Graydon Center. Stay tuned for details.


Tag your photos with #AUWelcome to join the celebration. Your pictures may even be featured during All-American Welcome events!

All-American Welcome 2023 on the Corq app

All-American Welcome is in Engage

We're still building our schedule. Come back to view the schedule in August. Students can search, filter and build a custom schedule.

Explore in Engage


All-American Welcome Campus Store Hours

Order your spirit gear now! Check out promo deals online. Later this summer, you can come back to place textbook orders. 

Shop the Campus Store

Dining hours

Dining Hours

Watch this space for details about which dining options are open when during All-American Welcome before our regular fall hours start.