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
26%
Application Deadline
January 10
SAT Range
1150-1340
ACT Range
26-31
Application Fee
$70
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes
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Cost

Net Price
$31,758/ 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
    $22,681/ year
  • $30-48k
    $22,447/ year
  • $49-75k
    $26,394/ year
  • $76-110k
    $31,632/ year
  • $110k+
    $46,282/ 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
57%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.138 responses
60%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.138 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
7,544Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
20%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 92 responses
Report
  • Passionate.
    33%
  • Wonks
    26%
  • Motivated
    25%
  • Pretentious
    10%
  • Boring Squares
    4%
  • Frat Bro
    2%

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.177 responses
Poll
56%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.214 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 95 responses
Report
  • Politically active
    46%
  • Driven
    18%
  • Opinionated
    12%
  • Environmental friendly
    11%
  • House of Cards
    6%
  • Hypocritical
    4%
  • Boring
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$59,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
81%
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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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!
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Professors can be really amazing, particularly if you put in the effort and visit them during office hours. Students are very politically involved regardless of major, although the general opinion on campus is left-leaning. There tends to be to extremes of students, the ultra-rich and the low-income, with very few true middle class students in between, which causes tension on campus. There is also a history of racial incidents on campus. The administration can be very difficult and unhelpful, generally more interested in their own financial benefit than helping both students and professors.
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!