From the School

American University's curriculum combines serious theoretical study with meaningful real-world learning experiences. Academically distinctive students benefit from the countless resources and opportunities available from AU's Washington, D.C. location.

Founded in 1893, American University's 84-acre campus is located in the residential "Embassy Row" neighborhood in the northwest quadrant of Washington, D.C. Nestled among embassies and ambassadorial residences, AU's campus offers a safe, suburban environment with easy access via the Metrorail subway system to Washington's countless cultural destinations.

A global center of government, Washington, D.C. stands unmatched in academic, professional and cultural resources. Building on the strength of our location, AU's faculty include scholars, journalists, artists, diplomats, authors and scientists. Combining a liberal arts core curriculum with in-depth professional programs, academics at AU provide the necessary balance between theoretical study and hands-on experience. Our nationally recognized Career Center, ranked 19th in the country by the Princeton Review, will work with you to enhance this experience with access to unique internship and career opportunities available only in Washington, D.C. Combine this with our diverse national and international student body and our nationally recognized study abroad program, and American University can open up a world of possibilities.


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Students can apply using either the AU online application or the Common Application.

Signing up on the AU Prospective Student Portal allows students to apply online, check application status, register for events and interviews and change contact information.

All applications require a $60.00 application fee for processing.

U.S. Freshman Admissions Application Deadlines:
Fall Semester Early Decision: November 15
Fall Semester Regular Decision: January 15

U.S. Transfer Student Admission Application Deadlines:
Fall Semester: March 1 to be considered for scholarships/financial aid
Fall Semester: July 1
Spring Semester: November 1
Summer Semester: April 1

International Freshman Admission Application Deadlines:
Fall Semester Early Decision Freshmen: November 15 Fall Semester Regular Decision: January 15
Spring Semester: September 1

International Transfer Admission Application Deadlines:
Fall Semester: May 1
Spring Semester: September 1


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
590 - 690
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
560 - 650
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
570 - 670
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
26 - 30

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with Writing required

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted


Early Decision
November 10

Early Decision II
January 10

January 10

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Level of applicant's interest

Selectivity Rating


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Academic Programs

College of Arts and Sciences
The College of Arts and Sciences offers numerous majors and minors in the arts, education, humanities, sciences and social sciences as well as premedical and prelaw programs. This liberal arts curriculum is designed not only to impart knowledge, but to build the intellectual skills necessary to be successful in any field.

Kogod School of Business
The Kogod School of Business offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) with the option to specialize in one of several business disciplines: Accounting, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Finance, Information Systems and Technology (IST), International Business, International Finance, International Management, International Marketing, Management, Marketing and Real Estate. Kogod also offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Language and Culture Studies for those students whose passion for language rivals their passion for business. Kogod's Business and Music (BAM) degree prepares students for a career in the for-profit music sector.

School of Communication
The School of Communication offers five majors: Communication Studies (BA), Journalism (BA), Public Communication (BA), Film and Media Arts (BA) and Foreign Language and Communication Media (BA).

School of International Service
The School of International Service (SIS) offers a major in International Studies (BA) and interdisciplinary degrees in Language and Area Studies (BA). SIS majors combine idealism and pragmatism with a strong sense of community. The school's distinguished faculty is noted for its academic diversity and professional experience in the United States and abroad.

School of Public Affairs
The School of Public Affairs (SPA) offers majors in Justice (BA), Law and Society (BA) and Political Science (BA). The school also offers the interdisciplinary CLEG major, consisting of Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics and Government (BA). There is one consistent theme in these programs: academic study combined with practical experience and a focus on internships and opportunities to participate in special programs. You will work and study with others involved in campus organizations, student government, neighborhood outreach projects and political campaigns.

University Honors Program
The University Honors Program invites the top 15 percent of admitted freshmen and selected transfers to participate each year. The program is characterized by small seminars, individual attention from faculty, unique access to the resources of Washington, D.C., individualized Honors advising, preparation and support for national scholarship competitions, an opportunity to live on an Honors floor in a residence hall and the special atmosphere of a community of committed faculty and students.

Majors and Degrees Offered

Degrees offered at American University:
Certificate, Associate, Bachelor's, Postbachelor's certificate, Master's, Doctoral, First-Professional and Combined Bachelors/Masters Degrees

You may earn both a bachelor's and a master's degree in a planned program of study that begins during your junior or senior year. Each AU school or college has its own specific requirements for admission to a combined degree program.

Undergraduate Majors:
American Studies (BA)
Anthropology (BA)
Art History (BA)
Audio Production (BS)
Audio Technology (BS)
Biochemistry (BS)
Biology (BS)
Business Administration (BSBA)
Business Administration and Language and Cultural Studies (BS)
Business and Music (BS)
Chemistry (BS)
Communication Studies (BA)
Journalism (BA)
Public Communication (BA)
Film and Media Arts (BA)
Computer Science (BS)
Economics (BA, BS)
Elementary Education (BA)
Environmental Studies (BA)
Fine Arts (BFA)
Foreign Language and Communication Media (BA)
French Studies (BA)
German Studies (BA)
Graphic Design (BA)
Health Promotion (BS)
History (BA)
Interdisciplinary Studies (BA, BS)
Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics and Government (BA)
International Studies (BA)
Jewish Studies (BA)
Justice (BA)
Language and Area Studies:
French/Europe (BA)
German/Europe (BA)
Russian/Area Studies (BA)
Spanish/Latin America (BA)
Law and Society (BA)
Liberal Studies (BA)
Literature (BA)
Marine Science (BS)
Mathematics (BS)
Mathematics, Applied (BS)
Multimedia (BA)
Music (BA)
Musical Theatre (BA)
Theatre (BA)
Philosophy (BA)
Physics (BS)
Political Science (BA)
Psychology (BA)
Russian Studies (BA)
Secondary Education (secondary major only)
Sociology (BA)
Spanish Studies (BA)
Statistics (BS)
Studio Art (BA)
Women's and Gender Studies (BA)

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • French Studies
  • German Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Russian Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Neuroscience

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Business/Managerial Economics
  • Finance, General
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Real Estate
  • Taxation

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Journalism
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies

  • Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services

  • Recording Arts Technology/Technician

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General

  • Education

  • Education/Teaching of Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General
  • General Literature

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Arabic Language and Literature
  • Comparative Literature
  • French Language and Literature
  • Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Language Interpretation and Translation
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Pre-Dentistry Studies
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
  • Pre-Nursing Studies
  • Pre-Pharmacy Studies
  • Pre-Veterinary Studies
  • Public Health
  • Public Health Education and Promotion
  • Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)

  • History

  • American History (United States)
  • European History
  • History, General

  • Legal Professions and Studies

  • Law (LL.B.,J.D.)
  • Pre-Law Studies

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Mathematics, General
  • Statistics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Computational Science
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Ethics
  • Jewish/Judaic Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Public Administration
  • Public Policy Analysis

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

  • Social Sciences

  • American Government and Politics (United States)
  • Anthropology
  • Development Economics and International Development
  • Econometrics and Quantitative Economics
  • Economics, General
  • International Economics
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Cinematography and Film/Video Production
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Graphic Design
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory
  • Music, General
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General

Students Say

American University exploits its Washington, D.C., location—that facilitates a strong faculty, prestigious guest lecturers, and "a wealth of internship opportunities"—to offer "incredibly strong programs" in political science and international relations. "The poli-sci kids are all going to be president one day, and the international studies ones are all going to save the world," a student insists. The school of communication also excels, and the school works hard to accommodate "interdisciplinary majors and the opportunities associated with studying them," which include "taking advantage of the resources of the city. The school values learning out of the classroom as much as learning in the classroom." As you might expect from a school with a strong international relations program, "AU's study abroad program is one of the best." Although AU "does not have the automatically recognizable prestige of nearby Georgetown," that's not necessarily a drawback; on the contrary, "the administration and professors go out of their way to ensure a great academic experience," in part because the school is trying to "climb in the rankings and gain recognition as one of the nation's top universities." However, some concede, "The university could improve programs in other fields, aside from its specialties in international studies, public affairs, business, and communication."


Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

Patricia Aufderheide
Professor, School of Communication

Akbar Ahmed
Professor, College of Arts and Sciences

William LeoGrande
Dean, Professor, School of Public Affairs

Sonya Grier
Professor, Kogod School of Business

Philip Brenner
Professor, School of International Service

Prominent Alumni

Barry Levinson
Film Director/ producer

Ken Duberstein
Former chief of staff to President Reagan

Kathy Reich

Keith Mitchell
Prime Minister, Grenada

Kenneth Merten
U.S. Ambassor to Croatia

Dean Factor
Co-Founder SmashBox Cosmetics

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Colleges that Create Futures


From The School

Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

2010-2011 Costs for Full-time Undergraduates:
Tuition: $36,180
Fees: $517
Average Room and Board: $13,468

The per-credit cost for undergraduate courses is $1,205.

Room and board for non-resident undergraduates living with relatives or off-campus will vary.

For those who would like to stretch out yearly payments, AU offers the American Installment Plan. Admitted students are sent information about the plan with their admit packet.

Financial Aid

Applicants must file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) with the federal processor to be eligible for federal government grants and the CSS Financial Aid Profile form with the College Board by the appropriate deadlines to be eligible for American University grants.


Application Deadlines
Jan 10
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

Forms CSSProfile

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

Scholarships and Grants


Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG

Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


From The School

AU students have more than 200 undergraduate organizations to choose from. Learn more about clubs and organizations ranging from social and political activity groups to religious and media organizations to student government and performing groups.

One of AU's largest student organizations, the award-winning, student-run Kennedy Political Union brings a diverse group of speakers to AU students. Past speakers include former president Bill Clinton, the Dalai Lama, Madeleine Albright, Rev. Jesse Jackson and Norman Mineta. AU's commencement ceremony offers another opportunity to hear prominent speakers each year.

In addition, the Student Union Board brings concerts and comedians to campus on a regular basis and welcomes volunteer help with production tasks. Previous performers include Jon Stewart, Chris Rock, Green Day and Weezer.

The Student Government represents the interests of undergraduate students at American University. Its objectives are met by sponsoring clubs and organizations that meet the diversified needs of the undergraduate student body and by standing as the voice of the undergraduate student body.

The AU Ambassador Program works with the admissions office to recruit prospective freshman and transfer students to American University. Ambassadors share experiences with prospective students during Showcase AU and Freshman Day, conduct daily tours and day visits, participate in online chats and respond to student e-mails. International students can become an AU Ambassador or participate in the similar AU Diplomat program.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



62% female
38% male
81% are out of state
95% are full time
5% are part time

Students Say

AU attracts a crowd that "tends to be very ideologically driven." "Liberals run the show," most here agree, although they add that "Plenty of students don't fit this mold, and I've never seen anyone rejected for what they believe." The campus "is very friendly to those with alternative lifestyles (GLBT, vegetarian, green-living, etc.)," but students with more socially conservative inclinations note that "while AU boasts about the many religious groups on campus, there is still a general antipathy toward piety." The perception that some departments outshine others is reflected in the way students perceive each other; one says, "You have the political studies know-it-alls, the international studies student who thinks he is going to save the world, the artsy film/communication students, and the rest [who] are unhappy students who couldn't get into George Washington or Georgetown."


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On campus, a majority of undergraduates live in one of seven recently renovated residence halls, all with laundry and cooking facilities on each floor. Dining options include AU's Terrace Dining Room, Subway, Einstein Bros. Bagels, McDonalds and many others. AU's completely wireless campus means that you can take your laptop, PDA or smart phone and work from anywhere. With NCAA Division I Patriot League championship teams, club and intramural sports and a state-of-the-art fitness center, staying active is easy. The over 200 clubs and organizations on AU's campus ensure that you can connect with a group that shares your interests and ideals.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

AU students have access to a 50,000-watt broadcast center, a state-of-the-art language resource center, multimedia design and development labs, science and computer science laboratories and well-equipped buildings for art and performing arts.

The Katzen Arts Center provides academic space for AU students studying the arts: music, dance, theatre, music theatre, studio art, sculpture, art history, multimedia and graphic design. The center also has a 30,000 square-foot museum that features art and performance installations by local, national and internationally known artists. The Greenberg Theatre hosts quality theatre, music and dance performances by the AU arts programs and professional companies for the AU and Washington, D.C. communities.

Computing resources are delivered via a fiber optic network as well as a wireless network. Wireless access for laptop computers and other devices is available everywhere on campus. A HelpDesk for assistance is available via telephone, Web and e-mail.

The Bender Library and Learning Resources Center serves campus information needs with over one million volumes and close to 50,000 sound recordings, videos and other media materials. Its electronic collections include nearly 15,000 electronic journals in all subjects. The library is part of the eight-member Washington Research Library Consortium with a shared online catalog.

Students enjoy our state-of-the-arts fitness center, sports center with indoor and outdoor tracks, soccer and intramural fields and pool. Reeves Field, which is used as a soccer and lacrosse competition site, is recognized as one of the finest fields in the nation.

Our Kay Spiritual Life Center is an interdenominational religious center for over 30 faiths. The center also sponsors a monthly Table Talk series, alternative Spring Break service opportunities and an Interfaith Council.

Off-Campus Opportunities

Going to school in Washington, D.C. opens up a world of possibilities. You have access to internship and career opportunities found no where else in the world. You can visit monuments and sights with national and international significance. With scores of libraries, museums and theatres, culture and knowledge is only ever a few minutes away. Add to that the city's world-renowned restaurants and entertainment venues, and it's clear you'll never be at a loss for something to do. The free shuttle service connecting AU's campus to the Tenleytown/AU Metro station ensures that all of Washington, D.C. is easily and safely accessible.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Theme Housing

Students Say

"The greatest strength of AU is the activity level both politically and in the community," students tell us. "Whether it was signs in windows, talk in the class or in the hallways, t-shirts, or canvassing in Metro-accessible Virginia, students on both sides took [the 2014 midterm election] religiously." As one student explains, "Let's put it this way: A politician who comes to campus is likely to draw about 90 percent of the student population [and] an AU basketball game, about 9 [percent]." Students get involved in the community through "campus outreach by student-run organizations," which many see as "the school's greatest asset." The typical undergrad is "incredibly engaged and active…Students seek internships in every line of work, becoming actively involved in a field of interest before graduation." When it's time to relax, "Washington, D.C., offers limitless opportunities to explore." Many "enjoy partying and hanging out off-campus and on campus (even though AU is a 'dry campus')," but there are also "a lot of people who don't drink and have a very good time just using what D.C. has to offer: museums, restaurants, parks, cinemas, theaters, and shops." As one student sums it up: "The city is the school's greatest resource. You will never run out of things to do in Washington."

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Learning Services Program

Type of Program
For LD/ADD Only

Kathy Schwartz

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Documentation Requred for LD
Recent psychoeducational evaluation including a test of aptitude such as the WAIS and a test of achievement such as the Woodcock-Johnson, Tests of Achievement.

Documentation Requred for ADHD
A complete psychoeducational report is preferred. If ADHD has been diagnosed by a medical doctor, a report or letter must meet published guidelines.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams

Dictionary allowed in exams

Computer allowed in exams

Spellchecker allowed in exams

Extended test time



Oral exams


Distraction-free environment

Accommodation for students with ADHD

Reading machine

Other assistive technology

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

6% join a fraternity
9% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division I

3% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Eagles)
8 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Eagles)
10 Sports

Cross Country
Field Hockey
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

Day Care
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Georgetown University
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Howard University


American University knows that “the American Dream is Green”—and is taking serious steps to bring that dream to campus. AU is taking a series of practical steps to make sure that its students are green-equipped all the way from the classroom to Congress. A signatory of both ACUPCC and the Talloires Declaration, and a STARS Charter Participant, the university has established a Green Teaching Certification Program to reward professors for incorporating sustainability content into the curriculum and has a climate plan that targets neutrality by 2020. Three full-time and twenty part-time sustainability staff oversee efforts to integrate sustainability across all campus activities, including the implementation of zero-waste, sustainable purchasing, and green building policies. More than twenty-five buildings on campus are participating in a LEED Volume Existing Building certification project. These twenty-five buildings are part AU’s Office of Sustainability’s more impressive goal: to get the majority of existing campus buildings LEED-certified. As part of that effort, AU installed more than 2,150 solar photovoltaic panels on six American University buildings resulting in the largest solar power system in the District of Columbia. In addition, 174 solar thermal energy panels were added to four campus buildings, providing hot showers to more than 2,000 students living on campus and hot water to the university’s largest dining hall. In the past year AU also started composting paper towels, an act estimated to divert about 13 percent of the total campus waste from the landfill. AU has an “incredibly active and successful” environmental group called Eco-Sense that has been in place for ten years. Eco-Sense works hand-in-hand with departments across campus to implement sustainability initiatives

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee

Sustainability-focused degree available

School employs a sustainability officer

Public GHG inventory plan

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share

Car Sharing Program

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program

Cash-Out Parking

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling

School Developed Bicycle Plan

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Mary Graydon Center (student activties hub and dining venues)
Sports Center Complex and Jacobs Fitness
Katzen Arts Center
The Quad
Davenport Lounge (student-operated coffee shop and lounge)

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Smithsonian Museums and the Mall
National Zoo
Kennedy Center for Performing Arts
Verizon Center
U.S. Capitol

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday; Select Saturdays
9am-5pm; 9am-2:00pm

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Weekdays 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays 10:30 a.m. and 12 p.m.
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Visiting Center

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Washington's Metrorail opens at 5:00 a.m. on weekdays and at 7:00 a.m. on weekends. It closes at midnight Sunday through Thursday. On Friday and Saturday, it stays open until 3:00 a.m. The closest Metro stop to American University is Tenleytown/AU on the Red Line. Metro buses run regularly from Tenley Circle to American's campus, less than a mile away. A free AU shuttle bus is also available to take you from the Tenleytown/AU metro stop to AU's campus. Located 10 miles away, Reagan National Airport is the closest airport to the university.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From northeast of Washington (New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore), follow Interstate 95 south to Interstate 495 west toward Silver Spring. See from Interstate 495 (Capital Beltway). From south or west of Washington (Norfolk, Richmond, Charlottsville) follow interstate 95 north or Interstate 66 east to Interstate 495, the Capital Beltway. Follow Interstate 495 north. See from Interstate 495 (Capital Beltway). From northwest of Washington (western Pennsylvania, western Maryland), follow Interstate 270 south. Where Interstate 270 divides, follow the right-hand branch toward norther Virginia (not towards Washington). Merge with Interstate 495, the Capital Beltway, and soon afterwards take exit 39, River Road. See from Interstate 495 (Capital Beltway). From Interstate 495 (Capital Beltway), take exit 39 and carefully follow the signs for River Road (Maryland Route 190) east toward Washington. Continue east on River Road to the fifth traffic light. Turn right onto Goldsboro Road (Maryland Route 614). At the first traffic light, turn left onto Massachusetts Avenue (Maryland Route 396). Continue on Massachusetts Avenue for about two miles, through the first traffic circle (Westmoreland Circle).

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