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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 in the process of preparing its 2021 Campus Plan. The new Campus Plan will purposefully align 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 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 AU Neighborhood Partnership plays a key role in the University’s ongoing planning process. The Partnership is a collaboration between neighborhood residents and AU staff who work together through a consensus-based approach to address issues of shared interest, including the key components included in the Campus Plan.

In addition to proposing new high quality, leading-edge academic facilities to further the university’s academic and research missions, the Plan will focus 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, as well as repurposing existing and developing new space to accommodate integrated student wellness programs, including those focused on supporting students’ mental health.

Informed by input gathered over the past two years from the AU Neighborhood Partnership and a wide range of university and community stakeholders, the university released its Preliminary 2021 Campus Plan Framework in March 2020 for public review and comment. Following months of collaborative and focused effort, on June 1, 2020 the university released an updated Campus Plan Framework which reflects the consensus of the AU Neighborhood Partnership and the university on all key planning components that will form the basis of the 2021 Campus Plan. The revised Framework includes several significant changes made in response to community feedback, including a lower proposed enrollment cap, modifications to proposed development sites and prioritization of student housing sites, and updates to AU’s commitments with respect to addressing neighborhood quality of life issues. Community members and other interested stakeholders are encouraged to review the updated Campus Plan Framework and continue to provide feedback through the Community Input Portal.

The 2021 Campus Plan is currently in development and is expected to be released later this year.  We encourage you to explore the Campus Plan resources on this page and check back frequently for updates and new information.


Frequently asked questions about the 2021 Campus Plan process. 


2021 Campus Plan Overview

2021 Campus Plan goals. 

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2021 Campus Plan Framework Drafts

Draft versions of the campus plan framework. 

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