American University: Ranking & Review

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Washington
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United States
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World
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3116264
Top 2%

American University Acceptance rate and Admissions statistics

TotalMenWomen
Acceptance Rate29%28%30%
Applicants18,6996,93211,767
Admissions5,4981,9163,582
Enrolled undergraduates1,7856511,134
Enrolled total (including graduate students)13,8585,3098,549

1,926 students enrolled in some distance education courses.

1,244 enrolled exclusively in distance education.

Male-Female Ratio

Enrollment by race or ethnicity

Typical SAT scores

Number of students submitting SAT scores881
Percent of students submitting SAT scores49%
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
650
Math
615

Typical ACT scores

Number of students submitting ACT scores693
Percent of students submitting ACT scores39%
ACT Composite
28
ACT English
29
ACT Math
26

Admission requirements

Application fee for undergraduates - $70. Application fee for graduates - $62.

Secondary school GPARequired
Secondary school rankNeither required nor recommended
Secondary school recordRequired
Completion of the college-preparatory programRequired
RecommendationsRequired
Formal demonstration of competenciesRecommended
Admission test scoresConsidered but not required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)Neither required nor recommended
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)Required

American University Tuition

Total cost for students livingIn-stateOut-of-state
On-campus$64,234$64,234
Off-campus$64,234$64,234
The total cost includes tuition and fees, books, supplies, on-campus room and board payment of $15,898 and other expenses per full academic year.

American University provides on-campus housing with total dormitory capacity of 4,283 students.

Average Tuition and fees for academic year programs
In-stateOut-of-state
Tuition for Full-time undergraduates$45,808$45,808
Fees for full-time undergraduates$807$807
Per credit hour charge for part-time undergraduates$1,526$1,526
Tuition for Full-time graduates$29,556$29,556
Fees for full-time graduates$690$690
Per credit hour charge for part-time graduates$1,642$1,642

Programs and Degrees

ProgramsAssociate's degreeBachelor'sMaster'sDoctoralTotal
Social Sciences35651428371,151
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services296206502
Legal Professions and Studies2495374493
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs1631644331
Visual and Performing Arts105109214
Public Administration and Social Service Professions1786184
Multi & Interdisciplinary Studies237947149
Education412113129
Health Professions and Related Programs7327100
Psychology6424694
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service4330780
History3818460
Biological and Biomedical Sciences3910554
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics41647
English Language and Literature & Letters231740
Philosophy and Religious Studies152439
Family and Consumer Sciences & Human Sciences3737
Communications Technologies & Technicians and Support Services201232
Mathematics and Statistics151732
Natural Resources and Conservation171229
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services2828
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies14418
Physical Sciences7310
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities22
Grand Total1031,7341,5754433,855

A total of 1,837 2-year associate's and 4-year bachelor's degrees conferred across undergraduate programs at American University.

At the master's and doctor's level 2,018 degrees were conferred in the graduate programs.

TotalMenWomen
Graduation rate79%77%80%
  • Full-time retention rate - 90%
  • Part-time retention rate - 0%

General info

Alternative namesAU
Founded1893
MottoPro Deo et Patria
For God and Country
Religious affiliationUnited Methodist
Colorsblue, red
Academic CalendarSemester
Total FTE staff2,836
Instructional FTE1,031
Research FTE24
Sector of institutionPrivate not-for-profit, 4-year or above
Control of institutionPrivate not-for-profit
Carnegie ClassificationDoctoral Universities: Higher Research Activity

Location and Contacts

Official Websitewww.american.edu
Address4400 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, District of Columbia, 20016-8001
United States
Urbanization levelCity: Large
City population706,000
Phone2028851000

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