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Campus Plan

A 10-Year Roadmap

American University’s 2021 Campus Plan will support our strategic priorities and further our educational and research missions through a thoughtful and measured approach to campus growth that reflects our commitment to the communities of which we are a part.

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American University is pleased to release the Proposed 2021 Campus Plan, which was filed with the DC Zoning Commission on December 14, 2020.  For over two years, AU has worked collaboratively with neighborhood residents and community stakeholder groups, including the AU Neighborhood Partnership and the Community Liaison Committee, to address major Campus Plan components including student enrollment, campus development, on-campus life, off-campus neighborhood quality-of-life issues, and parking and transportation. As a result of this dedicated and focused effort, the AU Neighborhood Partnership has affirmed its consensus support for this Proposed 2021 Campus Plan, and both ANC3D and ANC3E have voted to endorse the Plan and support its approval.

The development of the 2021 Campus Plan purposefully aligns with two other key University planning efforts – specifically the implementation of AU’s five-year strategic plan, Changemakers for a Changing World, and an ambitious fundraising campaign that will capitalize on AU’s momentum as an emerging global university to support the study and scholarship of American University students and faculty for generations to come. 

The fundamental components of the Proposed 2021 Campus Plan have been envisioned and fully developed in partnership with university and community stakeholders, to ensure that the campus will adapt to and meet the changing needs of AU students, faculty, and staff while at the same time respecting and enhancing the quality of life for those who live within the neighborhoods surrounding campus. It is AU’s fundamental goal that the 2021 Campus Plan successfully accomplish both of these objectives.

The Proposed 2021 Campus Plan outlines new high quality, leading-edge academic facilities to further the university’s academic and research missions and additional student housing to encourage students to remain on campus during their time at AU. In addition, the Plan focuses on reinvigorating Mary Graydon Center as a campus hub for a myriad of student-focused activities and creating additional opportunities to enhance on-campus student life, including repurposing existing and developing new space to accommodate integrated student wellness programs, including those focused on supporting students’ mental health.

We look forward to continued participation of all interested stakeholders throughout the Campus Plan review and approval process. Specifically, we encourage you to review the Proposed 2021 Campus Plan and invite you to submit any questions about the Plan through the Community Input Portal.  In addition, please explore the various Campus Plan resources on this page and check back frequently for new information.

Public hearings on the Proposed 2021 Campus Plan before the DC Zoning Commission are anticipated in Spring 2021.

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Frequently asked questions about the 2021 Campus Plan process. 


2021 Campus Plan Overview

2021 Campus Plan goals and objectives. 

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2021 Campus Plan

On December 14, 2020, AU filed its 2021 Campus Plan with the DC Zoning Commission.

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2021 Campus Plan Drafts and Framework

Draft versions of the 2021 Campus Plan documents. 

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