AU, American

American University

4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington DC, United States
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  • Total Documents
    968
  • Class Notes
    620
  • Textbook Notes
    227
  • Study Guides
    120
  • Currently Enrolled
    1,374
  • Previously Enrolled
    3,375

Overview of American University (AU, American)

About this school

American University, founded in 1893, is a church-affiliated, comprehensive institution. It is the only university in the country that expressly incorporates policy-making theory and experience into classes and curriculum in all majors. The school is located at the top of Embassy Row in one of Washington's most beautiful and secure neighborhoods, just 15 minutes from Capitol Hill. It is the premiere institution for educating students who want to exert influence in their chosen field of study. Programs are offered through the College of Arts and Sciences; the Schools of Business, Communication, International Service, and Public Affairs; and the Washington College of Law. The 84-acre main campus is located in northwest Washington, DC.
  • Institution Type


    Private

  • Undergraduate Students


    • Undergraduate Students:8,123
    • Men:3,094 Men (38.1%)
    • Women:5,029 Women (61.9%)

Location

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Admission Information (AU, American)

Freshman Admission Requirements

Difficulty of Admission


Admission to American University is very difficult: more than 50% of freshmen were in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT I or over 26 on the ACT; about 60% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation


  • High School Graduation:

    High school diploma required and GED is accepted

  • High School Program:

    College preparatory program is recommended

Required Or Recomended High School Units


SubjectRequired UnitsRecommended Units
English
4
-
Mathematics
3
4
Science
3
4
Foreign Language
2
3
Social Studies
2
4
History
-
-
Academic Electives
3
4

Examinations Required


ExamRequiredScores Due Date
SAT or ACT
Considered if submitted
January 10
SAT Only
-
-
ACT Only
-
-
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT
-
-
SAT Subject Tests Only
Not used if submitted
-
Essay/TestStatusScores Due Date
SAT Essay Component Policy
Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy
Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy
SAT: Not used ACT: Not used

Admission Details

Admissions Office


Address
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
City, State, Zip
Washington, DC 20016-8001
Phone
(202) 885-6000
Fax
(202) 885-6014
Email

Application Dates And Fees


Regular Admission Deadline
January 15
Application Fee
$70
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
April 1
Accept Offer Of Admission
By May 1 or within 4 weeks if notified after May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission


Early Decision Offered
Yes
Early Decision Deadline
November 15, January 15
Early Decision Notification
December 31, February 15
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
-
Early Action Notification
-

Application Form


Common Application
Accepted, supplemental forms required
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application

Other Application Requirements


Interview
Not Required
Essay Or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters Of Recommendation
2 recommended for all freshmen
Other
-
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students

Factors involed in acceptance process.
4 star = most important, 1 star = least important.

FactorImportance
Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Tests
Class Rank
Recommendations
Essay
Interview
Level of Applicant's Interest
Extracurricular Activities
Volunteer Work
Particular Talent/Ability
Character/Personal Qualities
First Generation to Attend College
State Residency
Geographic Residence
Relation with Alumnus
Religious Affiliation/Commitment
Ethnicity
Work Experience

Profile of Fall Admission

Overall Admission Rate


Overall Admission Rate
29% of 18,699 applicants were admitted
Women
30% of 11,767 applicants were admitted
Men
28% of 6,932 applicants were admitted

Students Enrolled


Students Enrolled
1,960 (36%) of 5,498 admitted students enrolled
Women
1,223 (34%) of 3,582 admitted students enrolled
Men
737 (38%) of 1,916 admitted students enrolled

Grade Point Average of Enrolled First-Year Students


Average GPA
3.64
375 And Above
43%
3.50 - 3.74
23%
3.25 - 3.49
18%
3.00 - 3.24
11%
2.50 - 2.99
5%
2.00 - 2.49
-

SAT Score of Enrolled First-Year Students


Sat Math
614 average |570-660 range of middle 50%
• Score 700 - 800
11%
• Score 600 - 700
49%
• Score 500 - 600
36%
• Score 400 - 500
3%
• Score 300 - 400
0%
• Score 200 - 300
0%
• Score 700 - 800
22%
• Score 600 - 700
59%
• Score 500 - 600
17%
• Score 400 - 500
1%
• Score 300 - 400
0%
• Score 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled First-Year Students


Act Composite
28 average |26-31 range of middle 50%
• Score 30 - 36
34%
• Score 24 - 29
57%
• Score 18 - 23
9%
• Score 12 - 17
0%
• Score 6 - 11
0%
• Score 5 Or Below
0%

Tuition & Financial Aid (AU, American)

Tuition & Expenses

Cost of Attendance


  • Books & Supplies: - $48,459 (74.5%)
  • Room & Board: - $14,880 (22.88%)
  • Other Expenses: - $800 (1.23%)
  • Tuition & Fees: - $909 (1.4%)
Books & Supplies
Room & Board
Other Expenses
Tuition & Fees

Payment Plans


American University accepts prepayment plan, installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office


Email
Website
Net Price Calculator Url

Application Process


Application Deadline
January 15
Award Notification Date
On or about April 1
Methodology For Awarding Institutional Aid
Institutional Methodology

Forms Required


Forms RequiredFiling Cost
FAFSA| Code is 001434
Free
CSS/Financial Aid Profile
$25 for first college, $16 each additional

Profile of 2017-18 Financial Aid

First-Year Student


Financial Aid Applicants
1,395 (78.2%) of freshmen
Found To Have Financial Need
1,000 (71.7%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
978 (97.8%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
453 (46.3%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
91%
Average Award
$38,374
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 926 (94.7%) of aid recipients, average amount $32,002
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 896 (91.6%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,161
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 252 (25.8%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
165 (9.2%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $14,637

All Undergraduates


Financial Aid Applicants
4,583 (63.9%) of undergraduates
Found To Have Financial Need
3,868 (84.4%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
3,787 (97.9%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
716 (18.9%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
72%
Average Award
$33,279
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 3,470 (91.6%) of aid recipients, average amount $26,625
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 3,436 (90.7%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,970
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 1,043 (27.5%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
604 (8.4%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $14,165

Borrowing


2016 Graduates with Loans
Not reported
Average Indebtedness Of 2016 Graduates
Not reported
Parents Of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents Of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs

Scholarchips And Grants


Need Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non Need Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards


Academic Interest/Achievement
Not reported
Creative Arts/Performance
Not reported
Special Achievements/Activities
Leadership, Memberships
Special Characteristics
Ethnic Background, Members of Minorities, Relatives of Clergy

Employment


Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$1,530

Academics & Instruction (AU, American)

Academics Overview

Academic Calendar System


Semester

Summer Session


Offered

Graduation Requirements

General Education/Core Cirriculum


Required

Computer


Students not required to own/lease a computer

Foreign Language


Not required

Math/Science


Required for all students

Faculty & Instruction

Full-Time Faculty


793

Part-Time Faculty


673

Full-Time Faculty With Ph.D./Terminal Degree


51%

Regular Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 5% of classes
  • 10-19 students: - 47% of classes
  • 20-29 students: - 26% of classes
  • 30-39 students: - 17% of classes
  • 40-49 students: - 4% of classes
  • 50-99 students: - 1% of classes
  • Over 100 students: - 1% of classes
% of Classes
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-99
Over 100 students
# of Students

Discussion Section/Lab Class Size


  • Not reported

Advanced Placement

International Baccalaureate


Accepted

Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations


Accepted for placement and credit

Sophomore Standing


Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources

Libraries


Library Available On Campus
Yes
Holdings
1,646,150
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available On Campus
700
Internet E Mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services

Remedial Instruction


Tutoring


Available

Services for Students Requiring Accommodations


Available

Services for Students with Accessibility Needs


American University provides hearing impaired services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Undergraduate Retention & Graduation

Returning First-Year Students


89.8%

Students Graduating Within 4 Years


75.7%

Students Graduating Within 5 Years


78.5%

Students Graduating Within 6 Years


79.2%

Programs & Majors (AU, American)

Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Majors (65)


  • Accounting
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Mathematics, General
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
  • Chemistry, General
  • Cinematography and Film/Video Production
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
  • Design and Visual Communications, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Economics, General
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other
  • Finance, General
  • Financial Mathematics
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • French Studies
  • General Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • German Studies
  • Graphic Design
  • History, General
  • International Public Health/International Health
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Jewish/Judaic Studies
  • Journalism
  • Latin American Studies
  • Legal Studies, General
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies
  • Mathematics, General
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory
  • Music Technology
  • Music, General
  • Musical Theatre
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Pre-Dentistry Studies
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
  • Pre-Veterinary Studies
  • Psychology, General
  • Public Health Education and Promotion
  • Public Health, General
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Russian Studies
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Statistics, General
  • Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor
  • Women's Studies

Most Popular Disciplines


Offered

Professional Degree Programs


Some online degree programs

Special Programs


Accelerated program, Cooperative work study program, Student-designed major, Distance learning, Double major, English as a second language, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session

Study Abroad


Social sciences, Business/marketing, Communication/journalism

Online Degrees


Engineering

Graduate and Professional Education

Master's Degrees Offered


Doctor of Philosophy, Juris Doctor, Doctor of Juridical Sciences

Master's Programs of Study (76)


  • Accounting
  • American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Social Research
  • Applied Statistics
  • Art History
  • Arts Administration
  • Biopsychology
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Cognitive Sciences
  • Communication--General
  • Comparative Literature
  • Conflict Resolution and Mediation/Peace Studies
  • Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Economics
  • Education--General
  • Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Educational Policy
  • English as a Second Language
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Management and Policy
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Ethics
  • Exercise and Sports Science
  • Film, Television, and Video Production
  • Finance and Banking
  • French
  • Game Design and Development
  • Gender Studies
  • Health Education
  • Health Promotion
  • History
  • Homeland Security
  • International Affairs
  • International Development
  • International Economics
  • International and Comparative Education
  • Journalism
  • Latin American Studies
  • Law
  • Legal and Justice Studies
  • Management Information Systems
  • Management Strategy and Policy
  • Marketing
  • Mass Communication
  • Mathematics
  • Media Studies
  • Multilingual and Multicultural Education
  • Music
  • Natural Resources
  • Neuroscience
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Nutrition
  • Organizational Management
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Project Management
  • Psychology--General
  • Public Administration
  • Public Affairs
  • Public Policy
  • Real Estate
  • Russian
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Special Education
  • Statistics
  • Sustainability Management
  • Sustainable Development
  • Taxation
  • Western European Studies
  • Writing

Campus Life (AU, American)

Location & Geography

Population


632,323

Nearest Metropolitan Area


Washington, DC

Campus Size


84 acres

Weather


Temperature
26.8 average low in January, 84.7 average high in September
Rain
118 rainy days per year

Available Transportation


Nearest Bus Station
10 mile(s) from campus in Washington, D.C.
Nearest Train Station
10 mile(s) from campus in Washington, D.C.

Housing

College Housing


College offers housing to students

Types of Housing


Coed housing, disabled student housing

Students of College Housing


Housing Restrictions


Freshman Housing Guarantee


Freshmen are guaranteed housing

Students Living Off Campus/Commuting


Security

24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices


Available

24-Hour Security Patrols


Available

Late-Night Transport/Escort Services


Available

Electronically Operated Housing Entrances


Available

Personal Support Services

Health Service


Offered

Personal Counseling


Offered

Child Care


Offered

Sports & Recreation

School Athletics


Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Eagle (Clawed)
School Colors
Red and blue

Intercollegiate Athletics (Women)


FactorOfferedScholarships Given
Basketball
Cross-Country Running
Field Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming And Diving
Track And Field
Volleyball
Wrestling

Intercollegiate Athletics (Men)


SportOfferedScholarships Given
Basketball
Cross-Country Running
Field Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming And Diving
Track And Field
Volleyball
Wrestling

Recreational Sports


Intramural Sports
basketball, football, soccer, table tennis, tennis, track and field, volleyball, water polo, weight lifting

Student Activities

Activities And Organizations


American University offers choral groups, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, national fraternities, national sororities, kennedy political union, habitat for humanity, student government, amnesty international, multiple ethnic and religious organizations

Sororities


Fraternities


ROTC


Army ROTC is offered off campus, Air Force ROTC offered off campus

Student Body

Co-educational


Yes

Number of Full-Time Undergraduates


7,764

Undergraduates


All Undergraduates
8,123
Women
5,029
Men
3,094

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.


  • 0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
  • 7.8% Asian
  • 7.7% Black/African-American
  • 14.8% Hispanic/Latino
  • 4.8% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
  • 0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
  • 61.5% White
  • 3.2% Unknown

International Students


7.2% from 97 countries

Average Age


20

Number of Graduate Students


5,735

Student Resources (AU, American)

Study resources