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Overall Niche Grade
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  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
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    B-
American is a highly rated private, Christian university located in Washington, D.C. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 7,764 undergraduate students. Admissions is competitive as the American acceptance rate is 29%. Popular majors include International Relations, Business, and Political Science and Government. Graduating 79% of students, American alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $43,800.
About American University...
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
29%
Application Deadline
January 10
SAT Range
1180-1350
ACT Range
26-30
Application Fee
$70
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$32,732/ 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
    $22,537/ year
  • $30-48k
    $22,651/ year
  • $49-75k
    $26,770/ year
  • $76-110k
    $33,355/ year
  • $110k+
    $47,453/ year
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Academics

Professors
A-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
11:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
78%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.126 responses
59%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.141 responses
58%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.141 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
7,764Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
19%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 95 responses
Report
  • Passionate.
    32%
  • Wonks
    26%
  • Motivated
    25%
  • Pretentious
    8%
  • Boring Squares
    4%
  • Diverse
    2%
  • Jewish at a Methodist university.
    1%

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.180 responses
Poll
56%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.217 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 98 responses
Report
  • Politically active
    49%
  • Driven
    17%
  • Opinionated
    11%
  • Environmental friendly
    10%
  • House of Cards
    6%
  • Hypocritical
    3%
  • Boring
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$59,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
79%
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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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!
Despite having a lot of friends at American and loving the DC club scene and supportive professors, I have never met a more pretentious, truly egotistical and unfriendly group of people than those at AU. People at AU lack social skills to the point where you could be at a party mid conversation and they’d blurt out “who do you know here?” before talking to you. The classes are fairly easy, although the professors are a bit overly involved and egotistical themselves, but overall the professors and internship opportunities at AU are amazing. However the high school catty-clique environment is something I never dealt with, having been an outgoing athlete in high school. Coming to DC, I was shocked to find out that every person at AU was wealthy and stuck up. Despite enjoying some of my time there and appreciating all DC has the offer, I was thoroughly disappointed by the sheer lack of genuine people at American and how self interested everyone is.