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How to Approve Your Students’ Applications for American University Programs

The new American University application system will require your students applying to an AU program to request a letter of recommendation from you. This letter of recommendation will be equivalent to your "approval" of your student's application to the AU program of their choice.

The letter of recommendation will require the following steps to process:

  1. The student will add your contact information (email address) as a recommender for them.
  2. You will receive an email from the system indicating that the student has requested a letter of recommendation with a due date (see example).

  1. Click the link in the email to "Accept the Recommendation"
  2. This link will take you to the student's recommendation form.
  3. You will then attach a letter of recommendation or comment in the box (see example below).

  1. Click the button "Submit Recommendation"

In addition, we have added a new optional letter of recommendation for students. This letter can be another academic or professional reference. Again, this is an optional requirement but will help us to better evaluate your student.

Based on your feedback, our new online application system will help us to serve your students better. We thank you in advance for your patience with us during this time of transition. We are happy to respond to any questions or concerns. Please reach out to us at spexsadmissions@american.edu. Most of all, we appreciate your partnership and want you to know we are committed to providing an outstanding educational experience for your students.

Please Also Note: Mailing Address Changes  

The mailing address for students in the U.S. to mail their documents via US MAIL (US Postal Service) has been updated to:  

SPExS - School of Professional & Extended Studies
Office of Enrollment
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016-8124

For applications and admissions-related correspondence sent from outside the United States by courier or overnight delivery (FEDEX-UPS-DHL, etc.), please use the following address:

SPExS - School of Professional & Extended Studies
Office of Enrollment
3201 New Mexico Avenue, NW STE - B1
Washington, DC 20016-8124