American is a highly rated private, Christian university located in Washington, D.C. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 7,544 undergraduate students. Admissions is competitive as the American acceptance rate is 26%. Popular majors include International Relations and National Security Studies, Business Administration and Management, and Political Science and Government. Graduating 81% of students, American alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $43,800.
NCAA Division I (without football)
American University Rankings
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- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.126 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.135 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.135 responses
Most Popular Majors
International Relations and National Security Studies433 Graduates
Business Administration and Management249 Graduates
Political Science and Government174 Graduates
Liberal Arts and Humanities105 Graduates
Public Health71 Graduates
Public Relations61 Graduates
Film and Video Studies58 Graduates
Undergrads Over 25
Freshmen Live On-Campus
- of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.174 responses
- of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.211 responses
Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.91 responses
American University Reviews
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.
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.