American University (AU)

Washington, DC

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American University

American University Student Essentials

American University Student Essentials
Region: Mid-Atlantic
Setting: Large City Setting
Type: Private
Affiliation: United Methodist
Size: Large (5,000 to 10,000 Undergrad)
Mascot: Eagles
Nickname: AU
Website: www.american.edu
On-Campus Housing Available: Yes
Selectivity: Highly Selective
In-State Tuition: $37,554
Out-of-State Tuition: $37,554
Retention Rate: 91%
Enrollment: 12,036
Year Established: 1893

About AU

A global center of study and service, American University features some of the most proficient scholars and offers a wealth of opportunities both locally and abroad.

American University students have a reputation for being some of the most politically active students of any school in the nation. Considering that AU is located in Washington, D.C., it is certainly surrounded by many opportunities for such activity.

However, the University itself also offers a wealth of centers, institutes and programs, such as the Center for Global Peace, the Center for Community Engagement and Service and the Women and Politics Institute, among many others.

American University students pursue degrees in various academic areas. Offering more than 55 bachelor’s degrees, over 50 master’s degrees, a number of doctoral degrees and a J.D. program, AU offers students choices in six major schools or colleges. These include the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, and the School of Public Affairs.

Active throughout the community and the world, many AU students undertake internships. Also, AU Abroad, American University’s international study program, gives AU students the chance to study overseas. Through AU’s world-renowned Washington semester program, students from other states and countries frequently come to AU to study as well.

With more than 140 countries and all 50 states represented by its student body, AU has no shortage of diversity.

Faculty at AU are top performers in their fields. Many are policy makers, journalists, diplomats and leaders in the fields of science, business and the arts.

Financial aid opportunities are extensive and include both forms of aid that need to be repaid such as loans and such sources as grants, scholarships and fellowships which do not. These awards are available to eligible students, and can be discussed with one of AU’s counselors.

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AU Ratings & Reviews

Overall School Rating:

Rated 4 of 5 Stars 1 Review

100% of students gave American University 4 stars overall.

Student Ratings

Overall Rating

The American University if a competitive study environment where each student is pushed to challenge themselves into becoming better productive elements of their community. The curriculum is very pressured and life on campus is very diverse and multicultural.


AU Map & Location

American University
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016


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Getting Around AU

Walkability

Very good walkability. We recommend walking in this area.

8/10
walk

Transit

Good transit. This area has adequate public transportation.

7/10
rail

Weather

Seasonal average temperatures for Washington, DC

Winter
Dec
46
29
Jan
43
25
Feb
47
28
Spring
Mar
56
35
Apr
68
44
May
77
54
Summer
Jun
85
63
Jul
89
68
Aug
87
67
Fall
Sep
80
60
Oct
69
47
Nov
58
38

AU Students

Full-Time Undergrad Students 6,311
Freshman Class 1,502
Total Students (Undergrads & Graduate Students) 12,036

Ethnic Diversity:

  • Latino: 6%
  • African American: 8%
  • Caucasian: 59%
  • American Indian or Alaska native: 1%
  • Asian: 6%
  • Unknown and Other: 20%
Latino 6%
African American 8%
Caucasian 59%
American Indian or Alaska native 1%
Asian 6%
Unknown and Other 20%

Undergraduate 52%
Graduate 48%
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%
Women 63%
Men 37%
International 8%
Domestic 92%

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