A
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
35%
Application Deadline
January 10
SAT Range
1150-1340
ACT Range
26-30
Application Fee
$70
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes
Will You Get In?

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Cost

Net Price
$34,812/ year
National
$15,403
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $27,341/ year
  • $30-48k
    $25,337/ year
  • $49-75k
    $29,622/ year
  • $76-110k
    $32,477/ year
  • $110k+
    $45,529/ year

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.130 responses
58%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.130 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
7,540Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
20%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 84 responses
Report
  • Passionate.
    33%
  • Motivated
    27%
  • Wonks
    27%
  • Pretentious
    7%
  • Boring Squares
    5%

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.169 responses
Poll
57%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.206 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 87 responses
Report
  • Politically active
    49%
  • Driven
    18%
  • Opinionated
    13%
  • Environmental friendly
    10%
  • House of Cards
    6%
  • Boring
    2%
  • Hypocritical
    1%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$55,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
81%
National
48%
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

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So far, I am having a pretty good college experience. The atmosphere at American University is amazing. There are so many students who are dedicated and really passionate about their areas of interests. American also provides excellent resources in helping you to be the most prepared that you can be in order to succeed. However, I wish they had more on campus events to promote more school spirit. And like any school they could improve their food. But overall, I am having a great experience so far!
Overall, I'm in love AU and everything about it here. This place is great with a dynamic school climate, featuring well-acknowledged and helpful professors, superb location and plentiful of job and internship opportunities for students to find. You'll be able to pursue what you want and not what others feel you should do, and it's fairly easy to switch majors as you're accepted to all of the schools (The earlier the better). They're remodeling dorms: my dorm was recently renovated and the lounge area is a great place to bond and enjoy time with your floormates. Finally, the students here are really cool, and I'm comfortable with being myself and not putting up a facade. This is a great place to be. If you're on the cusp of deciding between here or GW/GU, you're not going to find a school that's a community. Both schools are known for feeling being elitist, but AU is more about working together and creating an inclusive environment for all.
I'm going to be a sophomore this year and my freshman year at AU has been the best! I've met so many great people and learned more new things in just one semester than I have ever learned in my top 50 high school. Many of my general education classes have fundamentally changed the way I think and see the world and I am excited to see what my major classes are going to be like. The whole campus is beautiful and there are so many spots to study or hang out. I must recommend the quad on sunny days because it feels like the whole campus is outside and enjoying the sun. The people are motivated and driven, however most people are just as willing to have a good time when they are not studying or interning. The general motto is "work hard play harder" and if you prefer to live like that, I would recommend attending AU. However, if you want to party like a state school frat bro, I would not recommend AU as kids here put academics first. Coming here will honestly allow you to have so many once in a lifetime experiences that you can't get anywhere else in the country. For example, as a freshman, I interned on Capitol Hill, got to walk in the House of Representatives voting chamber, saw the pope, attended balls at various embassies, and met various ambassadors and the president of the EU. I'm excited to see what the next year brings and I recommend high schoolers to come to the school if they feel like they belong.