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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.

Institution TypePrivate
Undergraduate Students7,901
   Women4,948 (62.6%)
   Men2,953 (37.4%)
Graduate Students5,446


Entrance DifficultyVery difficult
Overall Admission Rate26% of 19,325 applicants were admitted
Early Action OfferedNo
Early Decision OfferedYes
Regular Admission DeadlineJanuary 15
Selection of Students
FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPANot reported
SAT Math607 average
560-650 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading638 average
590-690 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing622 average
570-670 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite28 average
26-31 range of middle 50%


Cost of Attendance$61,360
Tuition and Fees
Room and Board
Average Percent of Need Met90%
Average Freshman Award$36,320
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
Not reported


Academic Calendar SystemSemester
General Education/
Core Curriculum
Full-Time Faculty
Teaching Undergraduates
Not reported
Regular Class Size2-9 students: 4% of classes
10-19 students: 44% of classes
20-29 students: 29% of classes
30-39 students: 18% of classes
40-49 students: 3% of classes
50-99 students: 1% of classes
Over 100 students: 0% of classes


Washington Population632,323
Nearest Metropolitan AreaWashington, DC
Freshman Housing GuaranteeFreshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 
Athletic ConferencesNCAA Division I
MascotEagle (Clawed)


Ethnicity of Students from U.S.0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
7.0% Asian
7.6% Black/African-American
13.7% Hispanic/Latino
5.0% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
63.2% White
3.4% Unknown
International Students6.6% from 98 countries
First-Year Students Returning89.8%
Students Graduating
Within 4 Years
Graduates Offered Full-Time
Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing
Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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Average 3.65 4.03 646 665 30
Low 2.60 2.60 440 510 20
High 4.00 4.87 790 760 36
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• The Kennedy Political Union, AU's speakers' bureau, has presented lectures by the world's major leaders and celebrities.

• University clubs and organizations can use university-provided vans for their events within 50 miles of AU.

• The land on which AU is located was the site of the Union's Fort Gaines during the Civil War.

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