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Cornelius M. Kerwin, President

Welcome to American University. Our award-winning website is one of the many ways to learn about the university and engage with members of the AU family. Visit our schools and colleges, take a virtual tour, apply for admission, meet our engaged students, distinguished faculty and involved alumni, and look at how our scholars are creatively probing new academic frontiers. You will also find a vibrant AU presence on social media.

American University is moving forward with confidence and purpose. Our strategic plan—American University in the Next Decade: Leadership for a Changing World—soon entering its ninth year, defines our goals and aspirations. We’ve invested more than $100 million to meet these goals, and our progress in relation to targets is updated annually. Highlights to date include a diverse and engaged student body, a larger and more distinguished faculty, strong financial management and performance, more engaged alumni, and heightened recognition.

Our ambitious campus plan, approved in 2012, outlines projected facilities growth and campus enhancements for the coming decade. We have transformed the campus with new residence halls, a new home for the Washington College of Law at Tenleytown metro, and are constructing the East Campus on Nebraska Avenue.

It is an exciting time to be a part of the AU family. I invite you to explore and remain engaged with us, online and in person.



Neil Kerwin, SPA/BA '71


Memo: Call for Strategic Plan Objectives, Yrs 9-10

Read the President's memo inviting feedback and suggestions for objectives for the last two years of AU's strategic plan (Years 9 & 10). The memo also links to a progress report for Years 7 & 8 (myAU login required).

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Read the Strategic Plan

Update: Diversity & Inclusion

Read the President's memo about recent events and learn more about the President's Council on Diversity and Inclusion, which will help to build and maintain a community were all can pursue learning, work, and service in an environment that allows us all to thrive.

Diversity & Inclusion Council

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NEXT: Agility & Innovation

AU's efforts to put students first, conduct high-impact research, and support faculty

A new brochure provides an overview about AU's efforts to put students first, focus on high-impact research, and provide support to faculty.

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