Congratulations on your commitment to pursue an advanced skill set that will position you as a leader
with purpose for our next generation and, moreover, prepare you to confront the most pressing public challenges of our time.
SPA students enrolled for Fall 2017 should be sure to join
MySPA. Important announcements and information is posted now! For information on how to enroll, email
Admitted Student Checklists*
✓ Celebrate your academic and professional achievements that led to your admission to one of the country's premier Public Affairs schools!
✓ After rendering your deposit, schedule an in-person or telephone meeting with your Graduate Advisor! It is time to begin developing your academic plan that translates into your advanced skill set.
✓ Submit official transcript(s) showing successful completion of bachelor’s degree before the first day of the term. If your transcripts are in a language other than English, certified English language translations must be provided. Mail to SPA Graduate Admissions, Office of Enrollment, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016-8081, USA or email official e-transcripts to GraduateAdmissionsDocuments@american.edu.
✓ Connect and follow us on social media
✓ After submitting your deposit, you will be invited to join the 2017-2018 Facebook Group. (This offers a forum for you to get to know your new peers while engaging with our current Graduate Student Council (GSC) on issues like housing, internships, student life. The group is only open to students who have an American.edu email address.)
✓ Join us for a Virtual Topical Information Session. Topical forums include Financial Aid, International Students, MySPA, and SPA Jumpstart. (See the listing and dates under the heading "Virtual Information Sessions)
✓ If you work/reside in the area, join us at a regional coffee chat.
✓ Visit American University’s Off-Campus Housing site that offers access to living options in the area. The site also offers the opportunity to develop a student profile in an effort to identify potential roommates. Questions may be directed to email@example.com or via telephone 202.885.2645.
*Students who complete the Required checklist and choose to participate in the Recommended options as part of their transition to current student status at SPA will receive a “surprise” gift at mandatory New Student Orientation. With this, we encourage you to actively engage with us in the coming months…remember a special surprise awaits!
Jumpstart your new, exciting academic and professional career at AU & in DC!
SPA Jumpstart offers a robust two-day agenda for our new Fall 2017 cohort…sessions will include: TEDxAmerican University, CareerStart Presentation; Housing Bus Tour; Book Talk & Reception; Metropolitan Policy Panel Discussion; Campus Resource Fair…and more! Jump in early and get ready for the future that awaits!
Orientation is your opportunity to prepare for your new academic career, and have the opportunity to be introduced to the SPA faculty, student, and staff community. This event should be considered mandatory for all new SPA students. Additional details regarding New Graduate Student Orientation are forthcoming.
International Graduate Student Orientation covers important immigration, employment, and cross cultural sessions, as well as academic information specifically of interest to all international students beginning in Fall 2017 at American University.