From the School

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.

Overview

Applicants
17,545
Acceptance Rate
43%

Test Scores

SAT Reading
590 - 690
SAT Math
570 - 660
ACT Composite
26 - 30

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 15

Early Decision II
January 15

Regular
January 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Non-Academic

Level of applicant's interest

Overall

From The School

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.

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.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
12:1
Total Faculty
1,382
with Terminal Degree
714

794
Men
588
Women
209
Minority
53
International

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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
95%
Graduate in 5 years
99%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Barry Levinson
Film Director/ producer

Ken Duberstein
Former chief of staff to President Reagan

Kathy Reich
Author

Keith Mitchell
Prime Minister, Grenada

Kenneth Merten
U.S. Ambassor to Haiti

David Gregory
Moderator, Meet the Press

Dean Factor
Co-Founder SmashBox Cosmetics

Overview

From The School

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.

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
82
Application Deadlines
Feb 15
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$23,092

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$21,080

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,061

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$41,316
Required Fees
$517
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$800

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$4,800
Transportation for Commuters
$1,400

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Institutional

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

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)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

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.

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.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
7,341
Out of State
81%

International
9%
Foreign Countries Represented
137

Demographics

6.83%
Asian
6.98%
African-American
10.84%
Hispanic
61.10%
Caucasian
8.52%
Unknown
8.85%
International

61% female
39% male
81% are out of state
95% are full time
5% are part time

Overview

From The School

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.

Students Say

“The greatest strength of AU is the activity level both politically and in the community,” students tell us, noting that the most recent election the campus “was a proxy holy war…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 November 4 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 studentrun 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.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
87
First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating
74

Housing Options

Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Other
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Learning Services Program

Type of Program
For LD/ADD Only

Director
Kathy Schwartz

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

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
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
230
Number of Honor Societies
15

Number of Social Sororities
12
Number of Religious Organizations
17

21% join a fraternity
19% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

4% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Eagles)
8 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Soccer
Swimming
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Eagles)
10 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Field Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
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

Sustainability

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

Green Rating
99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
27%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

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

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

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

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

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: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

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: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

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

Campus Visits Contact

Phone
202-885-6000

Email
admissions@american.edu

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; Saturday
9am-5pm; 9am-1:30pm
202-885-6000

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
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
admissions@american.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Visiting Center

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Transportation

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).

Local Accommodations
You can find a list of hotels near American University at http://www.american.edu/admissions/parking.cfm.
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Key Stats

17,545
Applicants
7,341
Size
43%
Acceptance Rate
1260
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists