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American University
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
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
Exam   Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Considered if submitted January 10
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
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 (202) 885-6000
Fax (202) 885-6014
E-mail admissions@american.edu
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 Dates and Fees
Regular Admission 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
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APPLYING FOR ADMISSION - continued
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
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  
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PROFILE OF FALL ADMISSION
Admission Rates
Overall Admission Rate 26% of 19,325 applicants were admitted
   Women 27% of 12,263 applicants were admitted
   Men 24% of 7,062 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled 1,883 (38%) of 5,008 admitted students enrolled
   Women 1,187 (36%) of 3,337 admitted students enrolled
   Men 696 (42%) of 1,671 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision
Admission Rate
85% of 907 applicants were admitted
Early Action
Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List 3,116
Students Accepting Wait List Position 501
Students Admitted From Wait List 0
SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen
SAT Math 607 average
560-650 range of middle 50%
  Score of 700 - 800 9%
  Score of 600 - 700 48%
  Score of 500 - 600 38%
  Score of 400 - 500 5%
  Score of 300 - 400 0%
  Score of 200 - 300 0%
SAT Critical Reading 638 average
590-690 range of middle 50%
  Score of 700 - 800 23%
  Score of 600 - 700 48%
  Score of 500 - 600 25%
  Score of 400 - 500 4%
  Score of 300 - 400 0%
  Score of 200 - 300 0%
SAT Writing 622 average
570-670 range of middle 50%
  Score of 700 - 800 15%
  Score of 600 - 700 49%
  Score of 500 - 600 33%
  Score of 400 - 500 3%
  Score of 300 - 400 0%
  Score of 200 - 300 0%
 
Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)
Average GPA Not reported
3.75 and Above 43%
3.50 - 3.74 24%
3.25 - 3.49 16%
3.00 - 3.24 12%
2.50 - 2.99 5%
2.00 - 2.49  
ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen
ACT Composite 28 average
26-31 range of middle 50%
  Score of 30 - 36 38%
  Score of 24 - 29 56%
  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 Gov. Officer Not reported