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Tuition & Fees

$42,633

$42,633

not including room and board

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Selective

43%

acceptance rate

Accepted 7,565
Declined + 9,980
Total Received 17,545
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undergraduateRatios

39%

61%

male

female

1  :  12

teacher

students

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Most Popular Majors

  1. International Studies
  2. Business Administration
  3. Political Science
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School Facts

American University, founded in 1893, is a private, coeducational institution affiliated with the Methodist Church. 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. The 84-acre main campus is located in northwest Washington.

Public/private Private (nonprofit)
Campus Enrollment 12,819
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)
•  MSCHE (Middle States Commission on Higher Education)
•  NASM (National Association of Schools of Music)
•  NASPAA (National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration)
•  NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education)

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Codes

SAT 5007
ACT 0648

Social Networks

Private (nonprofit)

7,341

undergraduate students

5,478

graduate students

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
24%
600-699
50%
500-599
23%
400-499
3%
300-399
0
200-299
0
700-800
12%
600-699
51%
500-599
33%
400-499
4%
300-399
0
200-299
0
700-800
17%
600-699
53%
500-599
27%
400-499
3%
300-399
0
200-299
0
30-36
34%
24-29
58%
18-23
8%
12-17
0
6-11
0
Below 6
0
30-36
45%
24-29
43%
18-23
11%
12-17
1%
6-11
0
Below 6
0
30-36
18%
24-29
63%
18-23
17%
12-17
2%
6-11
0
Below 6
0
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84-acre, suburban campus in northwest Washington, DC (population: 632,323); branch campuses in Spring Valley (law school) and Tenleytown (Washington Semester program). Served by air, bus, and train. School operates transportation to major academic buildings, off-campus housing, and subway. Public transportation serves campus.

American University
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016

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Campus Life

yes
Housing available

Greek Life

 
16 fraternities 21% of male students
 
12 sororities 19% of female students

% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
47%
Top 1/4
78%
Top 1/2
96%
Bottom 1/2
4%
Bottom 1/4
0%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
24%
600-699
50%
500-599
23%
400-499
3%
300-399
0
200-299
0
700-800
12%
600-699
51%
500-599
33%
400-499
4%
300-399
0
200-299
0
700-800
17%
600-699
53%
500-599
27%
400-499
3%
300-399
0
200-299
0
30-36
34%
24-29
58%
18-23
8%
12-17
0
6-11
0
Below 6
0
30-36
45%
24-29
43%
18-23
11%
12-17
1%
6-11
0
Below 6
0
30-36
18%
24-29
63%
18-23
17%
12-17
2%
6-11
0
Below 6
0

Admissions Facts

Application fee $70
Common application accepted yes
Application deadline January 15
School has early decision program yes
Early decision program application deadline November 15
School has early action program no
Admissions interview
(required or recommended)
Required/GED accepted
SAT/ACT requirements SAT Subject Tests Recommended
SAT or ACT Required

Selective

43%

acceptance rate

Accepted 7,565
Declined + 9,980
Total Received 17,545

Admissions Factors

Very Important

Secondary school record

Important

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

Considered

Alumni/ae relationship
Geographical residence
Minority affiliation
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 $41,316
Room $9,608
Board $4,800
Additional fees $517
Books & supplies $800
Total $57,041
Average Financial Aid - $27,414
Total with Avg. Aid $29,627

Financial Aid

69%

Of students' needs
were fully met

$27,414

Average financial aid

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Scholarships & Grants

Need-based

Federal $5,592,515
State $160,715
Institutional $49,446,130
Other external $601,754
Total $55,801,114

Non-need-based

Federal $0
State $0
Institutional $29,488,219
Other external $0
Total $29,488,219

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
Arabic Studies
Art History
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
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/Society
Language/Culture Studies
Law
Law/Government
Law/Society
Liberal Studies
Literature
Mathematics
Mathematics/Economics
Media Entrepreneurship
Music
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
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 to Speakers of Other Languages
Women's/Gender/Sexuality Studies
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Undergraduate

57%

7,341
students

Female
61%
4,455

Male
39%
2,886

Graduate

43%

5,478
students

Female
61%
3,322

Male
39%
2,156

undergraduateFull-time

95%

6,986
students

Female
62%
4,271

Male
38%
2,715

undergraduatePart-time

5%

355
students

Female
52%
184

Male
48%
171

Student Break-down

6%
Nonresident aliens
6%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
6%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
9%
Hispanic/Latino
53%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
8%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
5%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Admissions

59%

Transfer applicants accepted

25%

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 114
Countries most often represented China
India
Japan
Saudi Arabia
South Korea
The United Arab Emirates
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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