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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    C+
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    A-
  9. Dorms
    C
  10. Campus Food
    C
  11. Student Life
    B
  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 $45,600.
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

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.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$29,412/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
79%

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
Part-Time Undergrads
359
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.
    33%
  • Wonks
    26%
  • Motivated
    24%
  • 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
$61,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
79%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
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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American University has a community that is extremely appealing to me. For starters, the blooming diversity is something that catches my eye immediately. As a black person who was born in America with Caribbean parents, meeting people from different countries and cultures is something that has always been important to me. Moreover, I can tell that AU cares about its students. During my dual enrollment program, this school has always made me feel welcome and that I have a place here.

Additionally, the School of International Service can propel me to where I need to be. With me wanting to be a diplomat, the SIS will give me the foundation and experience to work anywhere that I want. Having said that, I know American University is the place where I want to spend the next four years of my life.‍‍‍‍
American University offers courses with incredible professors more often than not. It's well known for its political science, communications, and international service programs, but the classes can be a bit of a toss-up.
AU doesn't just cater to just those majors even though they dominate much of the student population. I have good friends that have spoken highly of their individualized CAS majors if that is something you are also interested in.
The school spirit on campus is low if not non-existent, and in that void Greek life tries to create some sort of social community. Sports are also not very popular here. You will find a good number of your friends on your floor or in your classes. I've met some of the best people through clubs, classes, and Greek life.
The campus food is subpar but it's edible. DC as a whole is a great place for food, sightseeing, and going out and that is probably where you will live your life outside of school.