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How to Meet With Your Academic Advisor

Appointments: Made online with our 24-hour Online Appointment Scheduler and scheduled to last 30 minutes. Appointments are recommended for:

  • Registration planning/ clearance
  • Choice of major(s)
  • Academic program planning; planning for graduation
  • Study abroad, internship, or independent studies
  • Probation
  • Taking a leave of absence/ returning after an absence
  • Academic success
  • References/recommendation

Make an Appointment

For Dean's Signature

Students needing the Dean's signature should contact their Academic Advisor (who has authority as Dean's designee) for fastest processing. In most cases, the Academic Advisor has the authority and responsibility as the Dean's designee to sign forms, Dean's reports, etc. In cases where a higher level of approval as is necessary, the Academic Advisor will ensure required signature is obtained. For further info:

Drop-In Advising

Each advisor holds weekly drop-in hours and they are handled on a first come/first served basis. Drop-in advising only focuses on one issue and are limited to 15 minutes. Drop-in advising is appropriate for:

  • Emergency affecting academic progress
  • Withdrawal from AU
  • Late actions concerning registration deadlines
  • Signatures on forms
  • Registration stops
  • Degree audit issues/ graduation clearance
  • Sharing positive academic news

Student Confidentiality

Students at American University are protected by the Federal Education Rights Privacy Act (FERPA), 1974. No information about a student's academic performance will be disclosed to anyone outside of the university without written permission from the student.

Academic Advising Team | Caseload Breakdown

Academic Advisor


Contact Information

Benjamin Berg

Art History, Audio Technology/Production, Dance, Education, Graphic Design, Music, Musical Theatre, Studio Art, Theatre, Undecided T-Z

Jorge Maldonado

Anthropology, Economics, Sociology, World Languages & Cultures


Julia Marrone

Computer Science, Mathematics, Math & Econ (joint program), Physics, Psychology, Statistics

Darian Mitchell

Biology, Chemistry/Biochemistry, Environmental Science/Studies, Neuroscience

Laura Nitzberg-
On leave for fall 2017. Please make appointment with any available academic advisor.

African American and African Diaspora, American Studies, Arab World Studies, Asian Studies, History, Jewish Studies, Philosophy, Religion, Women's, Gender, Sexuality Studies, Undecided A-S

Valerie Rauenzahn

Health Promotion, Literature, Public Health

Emily Jones-Green


Tyler Atkins-Mose

Assistant Director