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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 Draft 2021 Campus Plan.  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 Draft 2021 Campus Plan.

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 Draft 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 Draft 2021 Campus Plan proposes 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 Draft 2021 Campus Plan and provide your feedback and comments using the Community Input Portal.  In addition, please explore the various Campus Plan resources on this page and check back frequently for updates and new information. Questions and comments are welcome at any time throughout the upcoming review and approval process. Feedback received by October 15, 2020 will be reviewed and considered by the university prior to finalization of the 2021 Campus Plan document and anticipated filing of the 2021 Campus Plan with the Zoning Commission later this fall.

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Frequently asked questions about the 2021 Campus Plan process. 


2021 Campus Plan Overview

2021 Campus Plan goals. 

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Draft 2021 Campus Plan

On September 8, 2020, AU released the Draft 2021 Campus Plan.

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2021 Campus Plan Framework Drafts

Draft versions of the campus plan framework. 

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