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Advisors & Appointments

Battelle Building

Advising Appointments

Make 30-minute appointments through our 24-hour scheduler for

  • Registration planning/clearance or references/recommendations
  • Choice of major(s), study abroad, internship, or independent studies
  • Academic program planning; planning for graduation
  • Probation or taking a leave of absence/ returning after an absence

Make an Appointment

9:00 to 5:00, Monday through Friday, except on university holidays.

Please view the Hybrid Schedule for Academic Advisors below.

Please note:

  • All Wednesday appointments are virtual.
Advisor Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Hadiya Alexander
(8 am-4 pm)
Remote Remote On Campus On Campus On Campus
Fara Amiri
(9 am-5 pm)
Remote On Campus On Campus Remote On Campus
Ben Berg
(9 am-5 pm)
Remote On Campus On Campus On Campus Remote
Josh Keilholtz
(9 am-5 pm)
Remote On Campus On Campus On Campus Remote
Darian Mitchell
(8 am-4 pm)
Remote On Campus Remote  On Campus On Campus 
Val Rauenzahn
(9:30 am-5:30 pm)
On Campus On Campus On Campus Remote Remote
Erica Lesto
(9 am-5 pm)
On Campus Remote On Campus On Campus Remote
Tara Pylate
(9 am-5 pm)
On Campus Remote On Campus On Campus Remote
Tyler Atkins-Mose
(9 am-5 pm)
On Campus On Campus On Campus Remote Remote
Lynne Arneson
(9am-6pm)
On Campus On Campus Remote Remote
(9am-5pm & 6-8pm)
On Campus

At American University, undergraduate academic advising is a collaborative and purposeful partnership between advisors, the AU community, and students. Approached from a holistic perspective, this process considers and respects students' diverse backgrounds, interests, and abilities. Academic advisors facilitate the identification and achievement of the student's educational and professional goals.

Our mission is to provide thorough and accurate academic advising to the students enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences, to assist them in the selection of a relevant, stimulating and challenging course of study and guide them toward choices that will make them better students and better citizens.

Undergraduate Academic Advising at American University models best practices for professionalism, collaboratively supports student development, and fosters an environment of student accountability and engagement.

For the first two weeks of every semester, we hold drop-in advising appointments. After the first two weeks, each advisor holds weekly drop-in hours and they are handled on a first come/first served basis. Drop-in advising only focuses on one issue and are limited to 15 minutes. Drop-in advising is appropriate for:

  • Emergency affecting academic progress
  • Withdrawal from AU
  • Late actions concerning registration deadlines
  • Signatures on forms
  • Registration stops
  • Degree audit issues/ graduation clearance
  • Sharing positive academic news

Students needing the Dean's signature should contact their Academic Advisor for fastest processing.

Get in Touch

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Battelle Memorial Building, home to CAS Advising.

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Student Resources

Student group performingCAS Student Clubs

Please find student clubs below.

For more information please visit the AU Student Clubs page or contact studentinvolvement@american.edu.

Please note that (CAS-GSC) indicates a graduate student group.

  • CAS:
    College of Arts & Sciences Undergraduate Student Council (CAS-GSC)
  • Art:
    Art Club at American University
    CAS Art Graduate Students
    Emerging Arts Leaders (GSC-CAS)
  • Anthropology:
    Anthropology Graduate Students (GSC-CAS)
  • Asian Studies:
    SEANET
  • Biology
    Bio Club @ AU
    Office of Sustainability
  • Computer Science:
    CAS Computer Science
  • Economics:
    CAS Grad Economics (CAS-GSC)
  • Environmental Science:
    Environmental Plant Science Society
  • Health & Public Health:
    Public Health Association at AU
    HOSA: Future Health Professionals at AU
  • History:
    CAS History Graduate Students (GSC-CAS)
  • Literature:
    CAS Literature Graduate Students (GSC-CAS)
    Creative Writing Club
    Mythology & Folklore Club
  • Neuroscience:
    BRAIN (Bringing Research & Interest in Neuroscience)
  • Performing Arts:
    AU Agni Dance Team
    CAS Performing Arts Graduate Students (GSC-CAS)
    Emerging Arts Leaders (GSC-CAS)
    Les Coeurs D'Afrique (AU African Dance Team)
    Mu Beta Psi National Honorary Musical Fraternity (ΜΒΨ)
    On A Sensual Note
    Pitches Be Trippin' A Cappella
    Women In Audio
  • Philosophy & Religion:
    Philosophy & Religion Graduate Students (GSC-CAS)
  • Psychology:
    Psychology Graduate Students (GSC-CAS)
  • Sciences:
    Women in Science
  • Sociology:
    CAS Sociology Graduate Students (GSC-CAS)
  • World Languages & Cultures:
    French Club at American University
    German Language & Culture Club
    Student Association for Slavic Studies
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