American University.
College

American University

Washington, DC4 year degree
$46,615
Tuition
29%
Acceptance rate

About American University

The American University (AU or American) is a private research university in Washington, D.C. Its main campus spans 90 acres (36 ha) on Ward Circle, in the Spring Valley neighborhood of Northwest D.C. AU was chartered by an Act of Congress in 1893 at the urging of Methodist bishop John Fletcher Hurst, who sought to create an institution that would promote public service, internationalism, and pragmatic idealism. AU broke ground in 1902, opened in 1914, and admitted its first undergraduates in 1925. Although affiliated with the United Methodist Church, religious affiliation is not a criterion for admission. American University has eight schools and colleges: the School of International Service, College of Arts and Sciences, Kogod School of Business, School of Communication, School of Professional and Extended Studies, School of Public Affairs, School of Education, and the Washington College of Law (WCL). It has over 160 programs, including 71 bachelor's degrees, 87 master's degrees, and 10 doctoral degrees, as well as JD, LLM, and SJD programs. AU's student body numbers over 13,000 and represents all 50 U.S. states and 141 countries; around a fifth of students are international. It is classified among "R2: Doctoral Universities – High research activity".American University's alumni, faculty, and staff have included two Pulitzer Prize winners, two Nobel Prize winners, one United States Senator, 25 United States Representatives, 18 Ambassadors of the United States, and several foreign heads of state. American University is one of the top five feeder schools to the U.S. Foreign Service, Congressional staff, and other governmental agencies.

Highlights

  • Offers certificate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and associate degrees
  • 7,433 students
  • 0.47 faculty staff per student
  • Campus housing available
  • WWW.AMERICAN.EDU

Notable programs at American University

Fine Arts
Most popular degree

The most popular degrees are Fine Arts, Environmental Science, Biology, Neuroscience, Accounting, Marketing, Finance, and International Business.

Acceptance Rates

29%
Acceptance Rate in 2017
1294
Avg SAT Scores in 2017

5,498 students out of 18,699 applicants were accepted into American University. They had an average SAT score of 1294. 49% of people submitted their SAT score along with their applications while 39% chose to submit their ACT score.

Tuition and costs

$46,615
Undergraduate tuition (2017)

In 2017, the cost of tuition at American University was $46,615. After taking into account the costs of books and supplies, room and board, and general living expenses, the average cost for students was $64,234.

Financial aid available at American University

55%
Of undergrads receive grants
46%
Of undergrads receive federal loans

55% of undergraduate students at American University received grants or loans in 2017.

The average award discount is the ratio between the average grant or scholarship value, and the cost, which is the sum of tuition, room, board, book, supplies, and other living expenses.

Average student living expenses at American University

$15,898
Room & board
$800
Books & supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at American University was of $15,898 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $800.

Diversity at American University

Ethnic Mix, 2017

Student Gender Mix, 2017