Tuition & Fees

$44,593

$44,593

not including room and board

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
20%
600-699
51%
500-599
25%
400-499
4%
300-399
0
200-299
0
700-800
9%
600-699
45%
500-599
39%
400-499
7%
300-399
0
200-299
0
700-800
18%
600-699
46%
500-599
32%
400-499
4%
300-399
0
200-299
0
30-36
48%
24-29
39%
18-23
12%
12-17
1%
6-11
0
Below 6
0
30-36
16%
24-29
60%
18-23
22%
12-17
2%
6-11
0
Below 6
0
30-36
32%
24-29
58%
18-23
10%
12-17
0
6-11
0
Below 6
0
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undergraduateRatios

38%

62%

male

female

1
12

teacher

students

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Very Selective

35%

acceptance rate

Accepted 5,860
Declined + 10,875
Total Received 16,735
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Private (nonprofit)

7,909

undergraduate students

5,291

graduate students

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Most Popular Majors

  1. International Studies
  2. Business Administration
  3. Political Science
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Codes

SAT 5007
ACT 0648

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School Facts

American University, founded in 1893, is a private doctoral institution. Programs are offered through the College of Arts & Sciences, the Kogod School of Business, the Schools of Communication, International Service, Public Affairs, Professional and Extended Studies, and the Washington College of Law. Its 84-acre main campus is located in northwest Washington.

Public/private Private (nonprofit)
Campus Enrollment 13,200
Established in 1893
Coeducational Coeducational College, Founded Coeducational College
Religious affiliation Methodist
Accredited by •  AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business)
•  ABA (American Bar Association)
•  ACEJMC (Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication)
•  APA (American Psychological Association)
•  CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation)
•  MSCHE (Middle States Commission on Higher Education)
•  NASM (National Association of Schools of Music)
•  NASPAA (National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration)

Washington, DC

84-acre, suburban campus in northwest Washington, DC (population: 658,893), American U Washington Coll of Law within walking distance from campus. Served by air, bus, and train. School operates transportation to major academic buildings and metro/subway station.

American University
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016

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Campus Life

yes
Housing available

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
20%
600-699
51%
500-599
25%
400-499
4%
300-399
0
200-299
0
700-800
9%
600-699
45%
500-599
39%
400-499
7%
300-399
0
200-299
0
700-800
18%
600-699
46%
500-599
32%
400-499
4%
300-399
0
200-299
0
30-36
48%
24-29
39%
18-23
12%
12-17
1%
6-11
0
Below 6
0
30-36
16%
24-29
60%
18-23
22%
12-17
2%
6-11
0
Below 6
0
30-36
32%
24-29
58%
18-23
10%
12-17
0
6-11
0
Below 6
0

Admissions Facts

Application fee $70
Common application accepted yes
Application deadline January 10
School has early decision program yes
Early decision program application deadline November 10
School has early action program no
Admissions interview
(required or recommended)
Neither
SAT/ACT requirements SAT Subject Tests Not used
SAT or ACT Considered if submitted

Very Selective

35%

acceptance rate

Accepted 5,860
Declined + 10,875
Total Received 16,735

Admissions Factors

Very Important

Secondary school record

Important

Character/ personal qualities
Essay
Extracurricular activities
Particular talent/ability
Recommendations
Volunteer Work

Considered

Alumni/ae relationship
Geographical residence
Minority affiliation
Standardized test scores
Work Experience

Not Considered

Class rank
Interview
Religious affiliation/commitment
State residency

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Admissions Contact

Gregory Grauman
Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Admissions
P: 202 885-6000
F: 202 885-1025
admissions@american.edu

Cost

Tuition $44,046
Room $9,800
Board $4,726
Additional fees $547
Books & supplies $800
Total $59,919
Average Financial Aid - $30,493
Total with Avg. Aid $29,426

Financial Aid

73%

Of students' needs
were fully met

$30,493

Average financial aid

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Scholarships & Grants

Need-based

Federal $5,936,664
State $166,662
Institutional $68,349,102
Other external $8,029,795
Total $82,482,223

Non-need-based

Federal $0
State $0
Institutional $24,598,415
Other external $0
Total $24,598,415

Varsity Sports

M W
basketball
cross-country
diving
field hockey
lacrosse
soccer
swimming
track and field (indoor)
track and field (outdoor)
volleyball
wrestling

Athletic Facts

Athletic conference memberships
Patriot League (Division I)
Mascot
Clawed
School colors
red, white, and blue
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Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
Accounting
Advocacy
American Studies
Anthropology
Applied Mathematics
Applied Science
Arab World Studies
Arabic Studies
Art History
Arts Management
Asian Studies
Audio Production
Audio Technology
Behavior/Cognition/Neuroscience
Biochemistry
Biology
Business Administration
Business/Entertainment
Business/Language/Culture Studies
Chemistry
Clinical Psychology
Communication
Communication Studies
Communication/Film/Media Arts
Communication/Journalism
Communication/Journalism/Public Affairs
Communication/Legal Institutions/Economics/Government
Communication/Producing Film for Video
Communication/Public Communication
Computer Science
Creative Writing
Curriculum/Instruction
Development Management
Economics
Elementary Education
Environmental Science
Environmental Sciences
Environmental Studies
Ethics/Peace/Global Affairs
Film/Electronic Media
Film/Video
Finance
Fine Arts
Foreign Language/Communication Media
French Studies
Game Design
General Studies
German Studies
Global Environmental Policy
Graphic Design
Health Promotion
Health Promotion Management
History
Interdisciplinary Studies
International Affairs
International Communication
International Development
International Legal Studies
International Media
International Peace/Conflict Resolution
International Relations
International Service
International Studies
International Training/Education
Jewish Studies
Juridical Science
Justice/Law
Justice/Law/Criminology
K-12 Education
Language/Culture Studies
Law
Law/Government
Law/Society
Liberal Studies
Literature
Mathematics
Mathematics/Economics
Media Entrepreneurship
Music
Neuroscience
Nutrition Education
Organization Development
Performing Arts Management
Performing Arts/Musical Theatre
Performing Arts/Theatre
Philosophy
Physics
Political Communication
Political Science
Professional Science/Biotechnology
Professional Science/Environmental Assessment
Professional Science/Quantitative Analysis
Psychology
Public Administration
Public Anthropology
Public Health
Public Policy
Public Relations/Strategic Communication
Real Estate
Religion Studies
Russian Studies
Secondary Education
Social Enterprise
Sociology
Spanish Studies
Spanish/Latin American Studies
Special Education/Learning Disabilities
Statistics
Strategic Communication
Studio Art
Studio Arts
Sustainability Management
Taxation
Teaching
Teaching English as a Foreign Language
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
Terrorism/Homeland Security
Women's/Gender/Sexuality Studies
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Undergraduate

60%

7,909
students

Female
62%
4,938

Male
38%
2,971

Graduate

40%

5,291
students

Female
62%
3,266

Male
38%
2,025

undergraduateFull-time

95%

7,540
students

Female
63%
4,744

Male
37%
2,796

undergraduatePart-time

5%

369
students

Female
53%
194

Male
47%
175

Student Break-down

7%
Nonresident aliens
6%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
6%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
11%
Hispanic/Latino
54%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
4%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
4%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Admissions

63%

Transfer applicants accepted

26%

Applicants accepted who enroll

Transfer Requirements

Minimum requirements College GPA: 2.50
High school transcript Required of Some
College transcript(s) Required of All
Statement of good standing from prior institution(s) Not Required/Recommended
Interview Not Required/Recommended
Standardized test scores Required of Some
Essay or personal statement Required of All

Transfer Application Deadlines

Fall: July 1

Summer: November 1

Transfer Credits

Maximum transfered

75

semester hours

Minimum transfers must complete

45

semester hours

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Counseling services

  • Academic
  • Career
  • Military
  • Minority student
  • Older student
  • Other
  • Personal
  • Psychological
  • Religious
  • Veteran student

Remedial services offered

  • Other

Career placement services

  • Alumni network
  • Career/job search classes
  • Co-op education
  • Interest inventory
  • Internships
  • Interview training
  • On-campus job interviews
  • Other
  • Resume assistance
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Percent of the campus accessible to physically disabled students

98%

Additional services

  • Day care
  • Health insurance
  • Health service
  • Nonremedial tutoring
  • Other

Special programs for physically disabled students

  • Adaptive equipment
  • Braille services
  • Interpreters for hearing-impaired
  • Note-taking services
  • Reader services
  • Special housing
  • Talking books
  • Tape recorders
  • Tutors

International Students

Number of foreign countries represented by degree-seeking undergraduate non-resident aliens 94
Countries most often represented Brazil
China
Japan
Panama
Saudi Arabia
South Korea
Special services offered for international applicants ESL program/classes
International student center
Other
Special counselors/advisors
Special orientation

International Student Contact

Evelyn Levinson
Director, International Student Admissions
202 885-6000
intadm@american.edu

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