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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    A-
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    C+
American University is ...
Private not-for-profit, Methodist
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I (without football)
Athletic Conference
Patriot League
Address
4400 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016

American University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
26%
Application Deadline
January 10
SAT Range
1150-1340
ACT Range
26-31
Application Fee
$70
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$31,758/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $22,681/ year
  • $30-48k
    $22,447/ year
  • $49-75k
    $26,394/ year
  • $76-110k
    $31,632/ year
  • $110k+
    $46,282/ year
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Academics

Professors
A-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
12:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
78%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.126 responses
58%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.135 responses
59%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.135 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
7,544Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
20%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 89 responses
Report
  • Passionate.
    34%
  • Wonks
    28%
  • Motivated
    26%
  • Pretentious
    8%
  • Boring Squares
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
99%
Poll
62%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.174 responses
Poll
56%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.211 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 92 responses
Report
  • Politically active
    48%
  • Driven
    18%
  • Opinionated
    12%
  • Environmental friendly
    11%
  • House of Cards
    7%
  • Boring
    2%
  • Hypocritical
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$59,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
81%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
91%
National
83%
81%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.91 responses
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American University Reviews

2,233 reviews
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I enjoy the fact that I was able to take major classes as a first year to understand whether my major was the right fit for me, and it was! I am fully satisfied with the International Studies program and with the School of International Service. However, some of my professors could have definitely been more engaging and others were simply not worth AU's high price tag. Dorms are lacking in sanitation. Tenleytown, AU's location, is subpar as it is uneventful in comparison to the location of George Washington University or Georgetown.
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Best decision of my life. The student population is not too big and not too small, with hundreds of student organizations or volunteer groups to join. The professors are top notch and genuinely care about your education and future career goals. In addition, the career center is huge and efficient, offering advising on everything from internships and graduate/law school searches to interviewing for jobs at any point in your career. Once an Eagle, always an Eagle!
My experience in the School of Education has been wonderful. It's hands-on and supportive. I've been able to go into classrooms and assist students during my first semester! They helped narrow down what I want to do in education! Housing on campus could be better and cleaner. Currently, AU is under a lot of construction so the campus isn't as pretty as it usually is due to all of the work being done.