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Transfer Students

Congratulations and welcome to American University. We can’t wait for you to join our community of changemakers.

Getting Started as a New Transfer

Before you begin your first term at AU, there are some things you need to do:

  1. Provide information to Office of Admissions

    Accept your offer of admission: Information about how to accept your offer of admission will be included in the letter of acceptance.

    Submit final official transcripts: Official transcript(s) or mark sheets enclosed in a sealed envelope from all colleges or universities attended should be sent to AU. Make sure that your full legal name and Social Security number (or date of birth) are on the transcripts. Please note, transcripts should be the final official transcript with your final grades and/or notation of any earned degrees or certificates. 

    Note: you will not be able to register for a second semester at AU until all final official transcripts have been received. Please have your physical transcripts sent to the following address: 

    American University
    Office of Undergraduate Enrollment - Spring Valley Building
    4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
    Washington, DC 20016

    Electronic versions of your transcripts can be sent to
    admissionsdocuments@american.edu

    Submit Course Syllabi: Please submit course syllabi for all courses you plan to transfer to American University as soon as possible. Syllabi will be used to determine course equivalency through the transfer articulation process. Word Documents or PDF versions of your syllabi can be sent to Record_Services@american.edu.

    Submit official exam scores: All exam scores must be received by the American University Office of Admissions no later than the end of the second enrolled term. Exam scores more than six years old will not be accepted for credit. Review Credit by Exam information on the Office of Admissions website for more details.

    AU exam codes
    SAT I & SAT II: 5007
    ACT: 0648
    AP: 5007
    TOEFL: 5007

  2. Prepare for your transition

    New student checklist: For more information and next steps in preparing for your start at AU, be sure to check out your personalized checklist. Your checklist will show a variety of required and optional items to complete before starting your first semester at AU.

    Orientation: Orientation at AU is a great opportunity for you to get connected with fellow transfer students, learn about the campus resources and meet university administrators. Transitioning to a new university can be overwhelming so we want to ensure you feel prepared and ready to start your journey at AU. No matter where you are in your academic journey, orientation is a great way for you to learn more about your new campus. Orientation is not required but is strongly encouraged and recommended. For more information about orientation, visit the orientation website.


  3. Meet with your academic advisor

    Shortly after submitting your enrollment deposit, you can expect to receive a personalized message from your academic advising unit with instructions for preparing for course registration.  

    Meet with your academic advisor to review transfer credits and discuss upcoming semester registration. Each school at AU assigns advisors to students after they have submitted their enrollment deposit. Click on your school below to learn who is your assigned advisor and to schedule an appointment.

    Kogod School of Business
    College of Arts and Sciences
    School of International Service
    School of Communication
    School of Public Affairs
    School of Education

    Visit the Registrar's Office Website to find information about the new transfer registration dates.   


  4. Explore additional resources

    Discover AU Academics: Review the University Catalog to familiarize yourself with the various majors and minors offered at AU.
    AU Core: Learn about the AU Core Curriculum and explore how it works.
    Academic Rules and Regulations: Familiarize yourself with the Undergraduate Academic Rules and Regulations.
    Academic Standing Requirements: Familiarize yourself with the Requirements for Satisfactory Academic Progress (necessary if you receive financial aid).
    Academic Calendar: Review the University Academic Calendar.
    Transfer Articulations: Understand the transfer articulation process.

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Personalized Transfer Checklist

Begin preparing for your start at AU.

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Transfer Credit Process

Have questions about the process of transferring in credits?

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International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)

For international students and U.S. Global Nomads, see your next steps.

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Academic Support and Access Center (ASAC)

ASAC works with students with disabilities to provide equal access to university programs and services.

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AU Core Curriculum

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Frequently Asked Questions

For more questions from transfer students click here.

Once you’ve activated your student account and set up your AU e-mail, your next step is to explore your personalized new transfer student checklist. Your checklist can be found on your AU Portal or by clicking here.

To activate your student account, visit this website.

All new transfer students are automatically assigned an academic advisor after paying their enrollment deposit. Your school will contact you after you’ve submitted your deposit to start the registration process. 

Click on your school below to learn who is your assigned advisor.

For questions about living on campus, please contact housing@american.edu for more details.   

All final transcripts should be directed to AU’s Office of Admissions. Please mall all final college transcripts to the following address:

American University
Office of Undergraduate Enrollment - Spring Valley Building
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016

Electronic versions of your transcripts can be sent to admissionsdocuments@american.edu.  

The Center for Student Involvement (CSI) houses a range of opportunities for students to get involved on campus including Student Clubs, Student Government, Student Media, and Fraternity and Sorority Life. Students can get involved by connecting with organizations on Engage, your one-stop shop for the student activity experience. Engage is an online platform that allows students to find student organizations and discover events happening on campus. To get started, use your AU ID credentials to sign into Engage, and search through the student organizations and events! Click here to check out Engage website and discover unique opportunities at AU.

The credit articulation process begins when students apply to AU and have submitted all materials to complete their application for admission. Once the application is complete, credits are entered onto the student record which highlights the courses that do not yet have an articulation in the Transfer Articulation Database. Once admitted, the courses needing articulation are forwarded to AU faculty for review where they provide an equivalency based on scope, content, learning outcomes, rigor, and number of credit hours. The articulation is then added to the database as well as the student record where it can be used for many purposes such as satisfying some major/minor/AU Core requirements and potentially waiving students out of Habits of Mind. 

Any questions or concerns can be directed to transferarticulation@american.edu.


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