Tuition & Fees

$48,459

$48,459

not including room and board

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
22%
600-699
60%
500-599
17%
400-499
1%
700-800
11%
600-699
50%
500-599
36%
400-499
3%
700-800
15%
600-699
49%
500-599
33%
400-499
3%
30-36
51%
24-29
39%
18-23
10%
30-36
16%
24-29
64%
18-23
18%
12-17
2%
30-36
34%
24-29
57%
18-23
9%
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undergraduateRatios

38%

male

62%

female

1

teacher

11

students

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Very Selective

29%

acceptance rate

Accepted 5,498
Declined + 13,201
Total Received 18,699
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Private (nonprofit)

8,123

undergraduate students

5,735

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 13,858
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)

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Washington, DC

84-acre, suburban campus in northwest Washington, DC (population: 681,170), 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

Campus Life

yes
Housing available
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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
22%
600-699
60%
500-599
17%
400-499
1%
700-800
11%
600-699
50%
500-599
36%
400-499
3%
700-800
15%
600-699
49%
500-599
33%
400-499
3%
30-36
51%
24-29
39%
18-23
10%
30-36
16%
24-29
64%
18-23
18%
12-17
2%
30-36
34%
24-29
57%
18-23
9%

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)
Neither
SAT/ACT requirements SAT Subject Tests Not used
SAT or ACT Considered if submitted

Very Selective

29%

acceptance rate

Accepted 5,498
Declined + 13,201
Total Received 18,699

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

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

Financial Aid

72%

Of students' needs
were fully met

$33,279

Average financial aid

Cost

Tuition $47,640
Room $9,996
Board $4,884
Additional fees $819
Books & supplies $800
Total $64,139
Average Financial Aid - $33,279
Total with Avg. Aid $30,860

Scholarships & Grants

Need-based

Federal $6,056,723
State $88,519
Institutional $82,204,922
Other external $9,738,569
Total $98,088,733

Non-need-based

Federal
State
Institutional $19,385,199
Other external
Total $19,385,199
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Financial Aid Deadline

FAFSA
January 15

Required Financial Aid Forms

FAFSA

CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE

Financial Aid Office

P: 202 885-6500
F: 202 885-1025
facounselor@american.edu

Financial Aid Officer

Brian Lee-Sang
Assistant Vice Provost for Financial Aid
facounselor@american.edu

Varsity Sports

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

Club Sports - Men's

Crew, Cricket, Cycling, Equestrian Sports, Field Hockey, Gymnastics, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Rugby, Sailing, Soccer, Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee

Club Sports - Women's

Crew, Cricket, Cycling, Equestrian Sports, Field Hockey, Gymnastics, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Rugby, Sailing, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball

Intramural/Recreational Sports

Basketball, Flag Football, Soccer (indoor/outdoor), Softball, Tennis, Volleyball

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Athletic Directors

Billy Walker (men's)
Director Of Athletics
email

Athena Argyropoulos (women's)
Associate Director Of Athletics/swa
email

Athletic Facts

Athletic conference memberships
Patriot League
Mascot
Clawed
School colors
red, white, and blue

Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
Accounting
Advocacy
African American/African Diaspora Studies
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
Biostatistics
Business Administration
Business Analytics
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
Data Sciences
Development Management
Economics
Education Policy/Leadership
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
German Studies
Global Environmental Policy
Graphic Design
Health Promotion
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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Most Popular Majors

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

Programs Offered

  • Accelerated study
  • Certificate programs
  • Distance Learning
  • Double majors
  • External degree program
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Pass/fail grading option
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Self-designed majors

Pre-professional Programs

  • Pre-law
  • Pre-medicine

13,858

total students

18%

in-state

82%

out-of-state

Undergraduate

Graduate

59%

8,123
students

Female
62%
5,029

Male
38%
3,094

41%

5,735
students

Female
61%
3,520

Male
39%
2,215

undergraduateFull-time

undergraduatePart-time

95%

7,764
students

Female
63%
4,836

Male
37%
2,928

5%

359
students

Female
54%
193

Male
46%
166

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Student Break-down

7%
Nonresident aliens
7%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
7%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
12%
Hispanic/Latino
52%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
3%
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

59%

Transfer applicants accepted

20%

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: May 1

Spring: 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

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
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International Students

Number of foreign countries represented by degree-seeking undergraduate non-resident aliens 97
Countries most often represented Brazil
China
India
Panama
Saudi Arabia
The Domican Republic
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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