The mission of The American University in Cairo Common Reading Program is to provide a common, academic-based experience for all new first-year students -- an experience that sets high academic expectations for students from the onset of their undergraduate careers.

The Common Reading Program is a collaboration between the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Studies, First-Year Experience (FYE) and other campus and community partners.



  • Provide a common first-year experience for all freshmen students
  • Establish intellectual standards of excellence for students
  • Connect students to faculty, administrators, staff and the AUC community.
  • Connect students to their peers.
  • Foster involvement in campus activities by linking programs and events to the common reading.
  • Enhance student success by emphasizing reading as an intellectual skill central to student achievement.
  • Enhance student success by setting high academic expectations and modeling academic behaviors.


At the end of the common reading experience, student should:

  • Share a common intellectual experience with other students.
  • Understand the expectations for reading and utilizing the book.
  • Have engaged in discussions about the book (FYE orientation, Convocation).
  • Become acclimated to the level of academic rigor associated with AUC as a result of reading the common reading book.
  • Participate in at least one conversation about the common reading book outside of FYE orientation.