The School of Communication at American University is a national leader in communication education, professional innovation, and scholarship.

Our faculty, students, and alumni comprise a group of renowned innovators in journalism, public communication, and film and media arts, including winners of Pulitzer Prizes, Academy Awards®, Emmy® Awards, and PR News’ PR Agency Professional of the Year.

A new home will bring SOC to the same level of distinction as its campus peers—each of which has its own, dedicated building. Restoring McKinley for SOC will align its facilities with its nationally recognized academic and professional programs, faculty and staff, award-winning research centers and institutes, leading-edge technology, and high-profile industry events.

By design, the building will enable the convergence at the heart of an SOC education, and attract the best faculty and students who will help American University continue its rise in prominence and recognition.
American University’s leadership has responded to this need by defining and committing to an ambitious vision for SOC. Through a pairing of new construction and restoration of our campus icon, the McKinley Building, a $26 million investment will:

CONNECT and expand our academic spaces and “high-tech, high-touch” laboratories to attract the best students and recruit and retain world-class faculty.

CREATE attractive public spaces where students, faculty, alumni, and community members can convene and collaborate with industry leaders and partners.

HONOR the university’s commitment to its historic buildings by preserving McKinley’s façade while revitalizing its core for tomorrow’s educational needs, creating a point of pride for SOC students, faculty,
and alumni and acting as a magnet for all visitors.

ADVANCE the university’s standing as a national leader in environmental sustainability through innovative design, clean construction, and anticipated LEED Silver certification


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