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Founder Dr. Lloyd A. DeLamater signs the ACP charter on March 27, 1962, inaugurating the American College in Paris as the first American institution of higher learning in the City of Light.
Marie DeLamater and Walter J. Brennan establish the Cultural Program, designed to act as an introduction to European culture and global perspectives. Students attend trips to museums, performances and cultural sites across France, and study trips even go as far afield as Italy, China and the Soviet Union.
A CBS News report on American students in Paris immortalizes the University’s early days, exploring students’ perspectives on French culture, language and daily life. You can view archive footage of the news report online.
ACP receives accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, a status which it has held continuously since 1973. The latest reaccreditation certification was achieved in 2020.
The American College in Paris is accredited as a four-year, degree-granting college, offering a variety of liberal arts majors and minors to students wishing to study in Paris.
Long-running student newsletter The Planet started life as a bulletin in the Office of Communications, which published its first issue on September 27, 1977. Two years later, and The Planet took its place as a student-run publication, replacing the existing paper Sans Culottes. It would continue publishing until its final issue in October 2011.
Student-run literary and creative arts journal Paris/Atlantic publishes its first issue in Fall semester 1982. The journal is still active today, making it the longest-running student publication currently in production.
Then Dean of Students Steve Plummer and Director of Computer Services Jamie Gilroy help develop Service Calvados, France’s first major online service, which allowed users to run several programming languages, send electronic messages, and distribute commercial software. Calvados, named in honor of its target audience of Apple computer users running disk operating system (DOS) version 3.3, introduced a cohort of French digital pioneers to cyberspace.
The Alumni Association of the American College in Paris was formally established in the Fall semester, open to all who had studied at the college since 1962.
The American College in Paris officially becomes The American University of Paris, reflecting the evolving nature of its rigorous liberal arts degree offering. The change from “in” to “of” represented the intrinsic nature of an international education to the AUP experience. Paris was more than a geographic location; it was part of the curriculum itself.
Students and faculty protest the proposal to move the AMEX to the St. Dominique building, ultimately leading to the café keeping its home in Bosquet.
AUP’s campus expands with a new building at 6, rue du Colonel Combes. The building would be officially purchased in 2009.
The Academic Resource Center opened its doors in the 2002–03 academic year, offering peer-tutoring programs such as the Writing Lab, as well as support for 21st-century learning technologies. The ARC remains a valuable source of academic support at AUP today.
The American International Consortium of Academic Libraries (AMICAL) works to advance learning, teaching and research by working collaboratively among library and information services at American international institutions. It was founded at AUP in 2004.
The MA in International Affairs, Conflict Resolution and International Solidarity, a joint master’s with the Institut Catholique de Paris, is the first graduate program offered. Today, the University offers six graduate programs and hosts over 100 graduate students.
Located in the lobby of the Combes Student Life Center, the AUP Fine Arts Gallery has now hosted exhibitions by artists and AUP faculty and students for over 15 years. Professor Ralph Petty was the gallery’s first curator, a role today continued by Professor Jonathan Shimony.
The Student Government Association is restructured to included master’s student representatives as part of its executive branch.
The Center for Writers & Translators, known as CWT, is founded in the Department of Comparative Literature and English in Spring semester 2007. Four other research centers will be created in the following years: The Joy and Edward Frieman Environmental Science Center (Spring 2014), the Center for Critical Democracy Studies (Fall 2015), the George and Irina Schaeffer Center for the Study of Genocide, Human Rights and Conflict Prevention (Fall 2016) and the Civic Media Lab (Fall 2017).
Then-student Ford Leland ’13 launches Peacock Media with a guerilla marketing campaign during the University’s Thanksgiving dinner, thus changing the face of AUP Student Media in the coming decade.
AUP’s Leadership Team develops the term “global explorer” to describe the kind of internationally minded student that the University seeks to attract.
AUP Ascending focuses primarily on the renovation of AUP’s campus into a consolidated hub of engaged scholarship in Paris’s 7th arrondissement, as well as the recruitment of students in the model of the global explorer. The plan also includes the University’s first-ever capital campaign, also called AUP Ascending.
The GPS Program is a co-curricular initiative that encourages students to make deliberate decisions about their personal and professional pathways through higher education. It provides a holistic approach to a student’s time at university and integrates staff and faculty advising throughout.
The Center for Critical Democracy Studies (CCDS) cohosts, along with the Belfer Center at Harvard Kennedy School, the Paris Centennial Conference, marking 100 years since the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. It is the largest academic convocation in AUP’s history.
Following the success of the AUP Ascending Campaign, a new Strategic Plan, Navigating 21st-Century Pathways 2020–2023, is developed, focusing primarily on the evolution of the AUP curriculum and navigating the challenges of the global pandemic.
Campus reopens in time for AUP to celebrate 60 years of its diverse, international community of dedicated scholars and researchers in Paris. A new logo, developed in collaboration with the AUP community, is unveiled.