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Congratulations on your admission to one of the nation’s top schools for Public Affairs! We are inspired by your commitment to a profession that is devoted to solving some of the greatest challenges facing this generation and generations to come. We invite you to take a moment to reflect on and celebrate all your efforts and achievements that have brought you to this next phase of your academic and professional journey. And we are so happy to welcome you to the SPA graduate student community!

Admitted Student Checklists

As you consider your SPA graduate admissions offer, please take the following steps:

Create your myAU portal account. You will need your AU ID number, which can be found on the top left side of your admission letter, under your address. Note: Creating this account does not mean that you accept the offer of admission. What it provides is additional information that will enable you to access helpful resources to assist you in making your decision to say YES2SPA!

Submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) if you wish to apply for Federal student Loans. American University's FAFSA code is 001434. The Office of Financial Aid (OFA) at American University will review this information and will notify you of your eligibility. Questions may be directed to financialaid@american.edu.

Engage in SPA’s upcoming virtual events (see sidebar for schedule and details).

Identify your Graduate Advisor so that you can collaborate on creating an academic plan that optimizes your interests and course of study.

Say YES2SPA by remitting your nonrefundable deposit of $250 US dollars. (Deposit is not required until the date specified in SPA’s admission letter and will be credited to your student account when you begin your graduate program.)

Email your official undergraduate e-transcript confirming your successful completion of a Bachelor's degree before the first day of the semester to GraduateAdmissionsDocuments@american.eduPlease refer to SPA's FAQ(s) 

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✓ Connect and follow us on social media. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

✓ Visit American University's Off-Campus Housing site, which offers access to living options in the area and helps you develop a student profile in an effort to identify potential roommates. Questions may be directed to offcampushousing@american.edu.

Important Reminders

  1. Stay in touch...we are here to support you!
    spagrad@american.edu
  2. Use your AU email account only and always! All correspondence will now only be sent to your "name@american.edu" account. Please regularly monitor your inbox.
  3. Explore the myAU.american.edu portal. It contains a wealth of information that will inform and support your student life on campus.

SPA’s Fall 2022 class is open and welcomes your YES2SPA! Please refer to the response dates on your admission letter for the deadline to respond. Please be mindful that merit aid decisions are made separately from admissions decisions. Merit aid notifications will begin March 1 and will continue until April 15, 2022.

In order to confirm:

  • Pay the non-refundable enrollment deposit. (The deposit holds your place in the incoming class, enables you to register for your courses, and will be applied to your student account).
  • Questions: spagrad@american.edu 

All SPA admitted students are strongly encouraged to register and attend a virtual SPA Post-Admission Workshop (PAW).* The monthly sessions are led by Jennifer Forney, Assistant Dean of Graduate Enrollment, who will explain next steps following the exciting news of your admission to one of our graduate programs.** Agenda items include: financial and merit aid; advising and course enrollment; and engagement opportunities like major events, campus visits, and topical, virtual sessions. Please don’t miss the chance to know what to expect in the important weeks ahead as you enter the decision-making stage of accepting your admissions offer and joining our community with a YES2SPA!

*Admitted students that cannot attend an upcoming PAW should consider scheduling a telephone conversation with the assistant dean. Please reach out to spagrad@american.edu to schedule.
**Post-Admission Workshops are intended for admitted students to SPA’s array of on-campus master’s degrees.

Register for the January 31st PAW.
Register for the February 14th PAW.
Register for the February 28th PAW.

The School of Public Affairs (SPA) is excited to host two Spring Engagement Day events. The event on March 25 will be in-person and the event on March 31 will be virtual. These events offer prospective students an opportunity to engage with SPA faculty, alumni, staff, current students, and future peers from their respective degree programs. The day’s schedule includes some exciting optional events that are sure to enhance the experience. 

SPA is committed to supporting our admitted students as they consider their decision to say YES2SPA and join our exceptional SPA graduate student community in Fall 2022!
 

Fall 2022 new student registration will begin in April 2022. Contact your Graduate Advisor to register for Fall classes.

The School of Public Affairs (SPA) will host SPA Jumpstart that will offer a robust agenda spanning two days on the beautiful American University (AU) campus. The agenda will be designed to cater to all of SPA's traditional, master's degrees and will "JumpStart" new students' academic, professional and social engagement in graduate student life. The agenda will offer career development panels and workshops, an academic component, campus resource fair, housing bus tour, current student/alumni panel as well as a culminating social reception. SPA's Jumpstart offers Fall 2022 enrolled master's students an opportunity to further engage with: SPA faculty, staff, and current as well as incoming students; campus and community resources; and their new Washington, D.C. home. The experience is sure to jumpstart the incoming cohort's pursuit of a profession of purpose!

All Fall 2022 enrolled SPA master's students are strongly encouraged to make plans to attend. More details including a detailed itinerary and logistics will be offered to registered students closer to the event.

This event is hosted by American University’s International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS). The date will be announced and an invitation with additional details will be extended during Summer 2022. Questions should be directed to ISSS@american.edu

Please mark your calendars for SPA’s new graduate student orientation. The event should be considered mandatory for all on-campus master’s and graduate certificate students as it offers important information about academic policies, support services, as well as the opportunity to meet your respective department and peer network. An official invitation with additional detail will be extended closer to the orientation date.

Your pursuit of an advanced skillset and profession with a Higher Purpose officially begins!