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We welcome prospective and newly admitted graduate students to visit the School of Public Affairs (SPA) on the beautiful American University campus in Washington, D.C.

We invite you to…

  • Explore our range of academic offerings
  • Experience the expertise of our faculty—both scholars and practitioners in the field.
  • Engage with our current students and staff representatives

Please note the preferred days of the week and time frames for campus visit requests below:

  • Mondays 2:00pm-4:00pm (EST)
  • Thursdays 11:00am-1:00pm (EST)
  • Fridays 10:00am-12:00noon (EST)

Note: Please let us know if you need special consideration for an alternative day/time. We will do all we can to accommodate your request.

Note: If you are unable to honor a requested visit date, please notify us at least 48 hours in advance.

Our visit schedules normally consist of individual or small group session(s) with a faculty member, current student, and graduate admissions staff representative. If you are unable to travel to campus, we are happy to arrange a phone or Skype appointment.

To help us customize your itinerary, please register here for your campus visit.

Note: If multiple prospective students will be attending the visit, please register each student separately, and use separate email addresses.

Graduate Student Visit Days

Spring Engagement Day(s) for Admitted Students

School of Public Affairs: Spring Engagement Day (All Master's Programs)
Start: 3/10/2017 9:00 AM
End: 3/10/2017 5:00 PM
Registration Close Date: 3/6/2017

The School of Public Affairs (SPA) will host our Spring Engagement Day that will begin with optional activities on Thursday evening to be followed by a full day on campus on Friday, March 10, 2017; 10:00am-5:00pm (EST) with a reception to follow. SPA's Spring Engagement Day offers Fall 2017 admitted master's students an opportunity to explore academic fit, engage with faculty and their future peer network, as well as experience the beautiful American University (AU) campus and the excitement of Washington, D.C. The experience is sure to enable students the privilege to envision themselves as part of the vibrant AU and SPA community.

The SPA Spring Engagement agenda will begin with an optional class visit and dinner with current students on Thursday, March 9. The experience continues on Friday, March 10 with a robust agenda that will include faculty current issue talks, departmental meetings with Chairs and Program Directors, a career service professional outcomes and networking presentation, alumni panel, as well as a session devoted to financial/merit aid. The Engagment Day will culminate with an early evening reception in downtown D.C.

All Fall 2017 admitted graduate students in SPA are invited to attend. Make your travel plans now to join us! More details including a detailed itinerary will be offered to registered participants closer to the event.

Questions: spagrad@american.edu.

Prospective Ph.D. students only
Full day orientation. Learn about the program and meet current doctoral students on AU's campus with evening reception
Location TBD
9:00 am-5:30 pm | 6:00 pm reception
Details forthcoming

To RSVP and/or provide questions regarding this event, please email spa_gradevents@american.edu.

School of Public Affairs: Spring Engagement Day (MPA & MPP Programs Only)
Start: 3/31/2017 9:00 AM
End: 3/31/2017 5:00 PM
Registration Close Date: 3/27/2017

The School of Public Affairs (SPA) will host our Spring Engagement Day that will begin with optional activities on Thursday evening to be followed by a full day on campus on Friday, March 10, 2017; 10:00am-5:00pm (EST) and reception to follow. SPA's Spring Engagement Day offers Fall 2017 admitted master's students an opportunity to explore academic fit, engage with faculty and their future peer network, as well as experience the beautiful American University (AU) campus and the excitement of Washington, D.C. The experience is sure to enable students the privilege to envision themselves as part of the vibrant AU and SPA community.

The SPA Spring Engagement agenda will begin with an optional class visit and dinner with current students on Thursday, March 30. The experience continues on Friday, March 31 with a robust agenda that will include faculty current issue talks, departmental meetings with Chairs and Program Directors, a career service professional outcomes and networking presentation, alumni panel, as well as a session devoted to financial/merit aid. The Engagment Day will culminate with an early evening reception in downtown D.C.

All Fall 2017 admitted graduate students in the MPA and MPP programs in SPA are invited to attend. Make your travel plans now to join us! More details including a detailed itinerary will be offered to registered participants closer to the event.

Questions: spagrad@american.edu.