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The AU Fund for Excellence enhances the American University experience by providing vital support for our students in all aspects of their education. Here are just a few examples of how your gift can make an impact:

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Students enjoying the Quad in Spring

Financial Aid

The AU Fund for Excellence helps keep an AU degree affordable for all. Nearly 80 percent of admitted freshmen receive some aid assistance from the university.

Graduate students confer during class

Faculty Development

The AU Fund for Excellence serves as a resource to help AU attract and retain the best and most-inspiring professors for our students.

Students using the University Library's large format printer

New Technology

The AU Fund for Excellence allows AU to remain on the cutting edge of innovative technology; enhancements and upgrades shape the learning experience.

Students partake in the Freshman Service Experience

Student Life

The AU Fund for Excellence enhances AU students' intellectual, cultural, physical, spiritual, and social development through varsity athletics, clubs, activities, intramural sports, and Greek organizations.

Aerial view of Bender Library and McKinley building

Campus Operations and Beautification

The Fund for Excellence helps the AU campus look and operate at its best, from heating and cooling the dorms to wiring the classrooms to maintaining the 84 acres designated as a national arboretum.

American University student perusing the shelves at Bender Library

Library Acquisitions

The AU Fund for Excellence supports the purchase of books, periodicals, and an ever-growing number of online resources essential for student learning.