Parent Advancement


  • Office of Parent Advancement

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Student with her parents at All American Weekend.

Since the first students were enrolled in 1914, parents have played an important role in making American University a place that stands for excellence. Today, more than ever, parents at AU are offering their time, resources, and talents to make a difference in the lives of current and future generations.

If you are interested in any of the opportunities below, or have comments or suggestions, please contact Parent Advancement at 202-885-5905 or

Apply to Join the Parents Leadership Council

Members of the PLC serve as ambassadors of the university, interacting with deans, alumni and other staff to help further AU's mission. All members take a leadership role at AU by making a personal contribution. Some members help with fundraising by asking other parents to give, while others host small events in their homes or attend AU events in their area.

Make a Gift to the Campus Priority that Means the Most to You

As a private institution, AU relies on the generosity and support of parents, alumni, and friends like you to make up the difference between tuition and the actual cost of an AU education. You can choose which campus priorities to support, whether it's the library, a particular school or college, athletics, the AU Fund for Excellence, or another area of interest to you and your student. Please consider making your gift green by giving online.

Host a Summer Send–off for new AU students

Volunteer to host or attend regional "Summer Send-Offs" with local alumni to welcome freshman students and their parents and ease the transition into college.

Talk to Prospective Students

Assist in recruiting prospective AU students by volunteering with the Office of Admissions and attending college fairs in your area to share reasons why your student chose AU.

Share Career Advice

You can provide invaluable support to AU students simply by offering your contact information to the Career Center. Answering a few questions about your experiences can make a huge to difference to a student who is just beginning to consider his or her career options. Some parents offer internships, mentorships, and job opportunities to AU students, or speak on panels at AU job fairs and career center events.

Sign Up to Receive our e-newsletters for parents

AU's quarterly parent newsletter provides campus news, important dates and deadlines, and information about upcoming AU events across the country to parents and family members. To sign up, email Parent Advancement.

Eagle News is a special e-newsletter for first-year AU parents that includes helpful tips on the transition from high school to college, housing and financial aid information, and sources of support for you and your student. Send an email to the Dean of Students Office to sign up.

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Success Story

Stewart and Christina Bartley

Close to Home, AU Strikes a Chord with the Bartleys

AU parents and Alexandria residents Stewart and Christina Bartley share their children's student experiences, and their introduction to the Parents Leadership Council.

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