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  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 7,952 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the American acceptance rate is 32%. Popular majors include International Relations, Business, and Political Science and Government. Graduating 80% of students, American alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $45,600.
4400 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I (without football)
Athletic Conference
Patriot League

American University Rankings

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

AU Admissions

Acceptance Rate
32%
Application Deadline
January 15
SAT Range
1220-1380
ACT Range
27-31
Application Fee
$70
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$33,034/ 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
$31,053/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
76%

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
60%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.145 responses
58%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.145 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
1
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
1
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    4%
  • On Campus
    96%
  • Online
    0%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
7,952Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
335
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 96 responses
  • Passionate.
    34%
  • Wonks
    27%
  • Motivated
    25%
  • Pretentious
    8%
  • Boring Squares
    4%
  • Outgoing
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
99%
Poll
61%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.184 responses
Poll
56%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.221 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 102 responses
  • Politically active
    50%
  • 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
80%
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 am glad I am getting my education at American University. They are known for having an excellent Political Science department, and they do! I am very fond of all my professors and they have very impressive resumes. They have been a wonderful tool in regards to learning and finding internships. I have also met some of my best friends at this school. I have a few issues with the administration though. They don't take racist incidents or mental health issues seriously. AUPD thinks their an actual police department and are very controlling as well as biased. The school has a real issue when it comes to helping students in general. Also, the overall culture of the school is toxic and concerning.
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American University is a unique experience at best. It is a University like no other, but not in a bad way. The professors are extremely invested in seeing their students do well and they stay in contact after the semester. Academics are challenging but not impossible. The party scene is not only through greek life but it explores the nightlife of Washington, DC. Always extremely crazy and fun though. Definitely not a sports school, not at all. Little school spirit, but there is a political and activist spirit. However, the sports spirit can be used for DC teams or going to nearby schools with more focus on athletics. I've thoroughly enjoyed all my time here at AU!
I took all 5 classes online.
I'm taking Arabic, which is a 5 credit course. There are so many language opportunities for tutoring and conversational practice. The language professors are great and know how to make online class very engaging!
There are topics that you can pick for your class (and requirement)- the topics are vast and very interesting. It's easy to really customize your education.