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American University Acceptance Rate, Requirements & Admissions Information

Washington, DC

Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Very Difficult: More than 50% of freshmen were in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT I or over 26 on the ACT; about 60% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English 4  
Mathematics 3 4
Science 3 4
Foreign Language 2 3
Social Studies 2 4
History    
Academic Electives 3 4

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Considered if submitted January 1
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only Not used if submitted
SAT Essay Component Policy Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
Use of SAT/ACT Essay SAT: Not used
ACT: Not used

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
City, State, Zip
Washington, DC 20016-8001
Phone
 
Fax
(202) 885-6014
E-mail
admissions@american.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
January 15
Application Fee
$75
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
Not reported
Accept Offer of Admission
By May 1 or within 4 weeks if notified after May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
Yes
Early Decision Deadline
November 15, January 15
Early Decision Notification
December 31, February 15
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
 
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted, supplemental forms required
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
2 recommended for all freshmen
Other
 
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
32% of 18,545 applicants were admitted
Women
37% of 11,951 applicants were admitted
Men
34% of 6,594 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
1,966 (29%) of 6,691 admitted students enrolled
Women
1,266 (29%) of 4,442 admitted students enrolled
Men
700 (31%) of 2,249 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
81% of 974 applicants were admitted
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
4,598
Students Accepting Wait List Position
760
Students Admitted From Wait List
188

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
Not reported
3.75 and Above
43%
3.50 - 3.74
23%
3.25 - 3.49
18%
3.00 - 3.24
11%
2.50 - 2.99
5%
2.00 - 2.49
 

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
590-690 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
22.09%
Score of 600 - 700
49.63%
Score of 500 - 600
26.36%
Score of 400 - 500
1.92%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
620-700 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
30.95%
Score of 600 - 700
55.82%
Score of 500 - 600
12.91%
Score of 400 - 500
.32%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
27-31 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
44.69%
Score of 24 - 29
47.99%
Score of 18 - 23
6.96%
Score of 12 - 17
.37%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
 
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

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