American University

Washington, DC

American University, founded in 1893, is a church-affiliated, comprehensive institution. It is the only university in the country that expressly incorporates policy-making theory and experience into classes and curriculum in all majors. The school is located at the top of Embassy Row in one of Washington's most beautiful and secure neighborhoods, just 15 minutes from Capitol Hill. It is the premiere institution for educating students who want to exert influence in their chosen field of study. Programs are offered through the College of Arts and Sciences; the Schools of Business, Communication, International Service, and Public Affairs; and the Washington College of Law. The 84-acre main campus is located in northwest Washington, DC.

Website: www.american.edu/

Private
Co-ed
8,287
Undergraduate
Students
(61.5%) 5,098 Women
(38.5%) 3,189 Men
6,024
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Very difficult
Overall Admission Rate
32% of 18,984 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
Yes
Regular Admission Deadline
January 15

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.65
SAT Math
590-680 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
661 average
630-700 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
29 average
27-31 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$65,569
Tuition and Fees
$49,889
Room and Board
$14,880
Average Percent of Need Met
87%
Average Freshman Award
$35,229
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$35,122
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
818
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 5% of classes
10-19 students: 47% of classes
20-29 students: 26% of classes
30-39 students: 17% of classes
40-49 students: 4% of classes
50-99 students: 1% of classes
Over 100 students: 1% of classes
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Campus Life

Washington Population
632,323
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Washington, DC
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
 
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Eagle (Clawed)
Sororities
11% of women participate
Fraternities
9% of men participate
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
7.6% Asian
7.7% Black/African-American
14.3% Hispanic/Latino
4.7% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
60.6% White
4.9% Unknown
International Students
12.9% from 123 countries
First-Year Students Returning
87.8%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
75.0%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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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 Accepted with or without essay component
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: Not used
ACT: Not used

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
City, State, Zip
Washington, DC 20016-8001
Phone
(202) 885-6000
Fax
(202) 885-6014
E-mail
admissions@american.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
January 15
Application Fee
$70
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
April 1
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
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 18,984 applicants were admitted
Women
33% of 12,231 applicants were admitted
Men
29% of 6,753 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
1,960 (33%) of 5,986 admitted students enrolled
Women
1,288 (32%) of 4,030 admitted students enrolled
Men
766 (39%) of 1,956 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
3.65
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
590-680 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
17%
Score of 600 - 700
53%
Score of 500 - 600
29%
Score of 400 - 500
1%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
661 average
630-700 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
29%
Score of 600 - 700
59%
Score of 500 - 600
11%
Score of 400 - 500
1%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
29 average
27-31 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
43%
Score of 24 - 29
50%
Score of 18 - 23
6%
Score of 12 - 17
0%
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

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$65,569
Tuition and Fees
$49,889
Room and Board
$14,880
Books and Supplies
$800
Other Expenses
Not reported
Payment Plans
Prepayment plan

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
facounselor@american.edu
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
January 15
Award Notification
On or about April 1
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Institutional Methodology
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 001434
Free
CSS/Financial Aid Profile $25 for first college, $16 each additional

Profile of 2018 - 19 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
1,242 (78.2%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
761 (71.7%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
753 (97.8%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
151 (46.3%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
87%
Average Award
$35,229
Need-Based Gift
Received by 706 (94.7%) of aid recipients, average amount $29,188
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 680 (91.6%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,267
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 180 (25.8%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
254 (9.2%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $13,347

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
4,517 (63.9%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
3,655 (80.9%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
3,598 (97.9%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
422 (18.9%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
71%
Average Award
$33,952
Need-Based Gift
Received by 3,279 (91.6%) of aid recipients, average amount $27,651
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 3,281 (90.7%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,940
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 938 (27.5%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
594 (8.4%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $14,410

Borrowing

2018 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
63%
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$35,122
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
11.0%
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
1.0%

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans
State Loans
 
Other Loans
College/university loans

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Leadership, Memberships
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Ethnic Background, Members of Minorities, Relatives of Clergy
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Accounting
  • African-American/Black Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Mathematics, General
  • Arabic Language and Literature
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
  • Chemistry, General
  • Cinematography and Film/Video Production
  • Computational Science
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
  • Dance, General
  • Design and Visual Communications, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Econometrics and Quantitative Economics
  • Economics, General
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other
  • Finance, General
  • Financial Mathematics
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • French Studies
  • General Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • German Studies
  • Graphic Design
  • History, General
  • International Public Health/International Health
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Jewish/Judaic Studies
  • Journalism
  • Latin American Studies
  • Legal Studies, General
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies
  • Mathematics, General
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory
  • Music Technology
  • Music, General
  • Musical Theatre
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Neuroscience
  • Philosophy
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Pre-Dentistry Studies
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
  • Pre-Veterinary Studies
  • Psychology, General
  • Public Health Education and Promotion
  • Public Health, General
  • Recording Arts Technology/Technician
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Russian Studies
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Statistics, General
  • Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor
  • Women's Studies
Most Popular Disciplines
Social sciences, Business/marketing, Communication/journalism
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
Engineering
Special Programs
Accelerated program, Cooperative work study program, Student-designed major, Distance learning, Double major, English as a second language, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
Some online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Not required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
818
Part-Time Faculty
699
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
51%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 5% of classes
10-19 students: 47% of classes
20-29 students: 26% of classes
30-39 students: 17% of classes
40-49 students: 4% of classes
50-99 students: 1% of classes
Over 100 students: 1% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
Not reported

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
1,646,150
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
700
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
 
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Master of Laws, Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Public Administration and Policy, Master of Science, Master of Public Policy, Master of Public Administration, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Science in Organizational Development

Master's Programs of Study

  • Anthropology
  • Art History
  • Arts Administration
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Biopsychology
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Cognitive Sciences
  • Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • Economics
  • Ethics
  • Gender Studies
  • History
  • International Economics
  • Law
  • Marketing
  • Music
  • Neuroscience
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Organizational Management
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology--General
  • Public Administration
  • Public Policy

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Juris Doctor, Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Juridical Sciences

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Anthropology
  • Biopsychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Cognitive Sciences
  • Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • Economics
  • Gender Studies
  • History
  • International Economics
  • Law
  • Neuroscience
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Organizational Management
  • Political Science
  • Psychology--General
  • Public Administration
  • Public Policy

Location and Setting


Washington Population
632,323
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Washington, DC
Campus Size
84 acres

Weather

Temperature
26.8 average low in January, 84.7 average high in September
Rain
118 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
10 mile(s) from campus in Washington, D.C.
Nearest Train Station
10 mile(s) from campus in Washington, D.C.

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Coed housing, disabled student housing
Students in College Housing
 
Housing Requirements
 
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
 
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
 

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
 

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Eagle (Clawed)
School Colors
Red and blue

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Basketball x x x x
Cross-Country Running x x x x
Field Hockey x x    
Lacrosse x x    
Soccer x x x x
Swimming And Diving x   x  
Track And Field x x x x
Volleyball x x    
Wrestling     x x
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Basketball x x
Cross-Country Running x x
Field Hockey x x
Lacrosse x x
Soccer x x
Swimming And Diving x  
Track And Field x x
Volleyball x x
Wrestling    
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Basketball x x
Cross-Country Running x x
Field Hockey    
Lacrosse    
Soccer x x
Swimming And Diving x  
Track And Field x x
Volleyball    
Wrestling x x
Women's Club Sports
 
Men's Club Sports
 

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
basketball, football, soccer, table tennis, tennis, track and field, volleyball, water polo, weight lifting

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, national fraternities, national sororities, kennedy political union, habitat for humanity, student government, amnesty international, multiple ethnic and religious organizations
Sororities
11% of women participate
Fraternities
9% of men participate
ROTC
Army ROTC is offered off campus, Air Force ROTC offered off campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
8,287
Women
5,098 (61.5%)
Men
3,189 (38.5%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
7,952
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
7.6% Asian
7.7% Black/African-American
14.3% Hispanic/Latino
4.7% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
60.6% White
4.9% Unknown
International Students.
12.9% from 123 countries
Average Age
20
All Graduate Students
6,024

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
87.8%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
75.0%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
79.4%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
79.2%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Average Starting Salary
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
Disciplines Pursued
Not reported

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