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American University Overview

American University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Washington, District of Columbia. The location of The American University is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

What Is American University Known For?

2,056 Undergraduate Awards
$52,778 Avg Cost After Aid
29% Acceptance Rate
  • The 2% student loan default rate at The American University is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • The highest award offered at The American University is the doctor's degree.
  • In 2017-2018, 56% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, The American University bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $61,000 a year. That's about 50% more than their peers at other schools.
  • The average The American University student graduates in 4.1 years. That's better than the national average of 4.4 years.

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American University Rankings

The American University is ranked #322 out of 2,320 schools in the nation for overall quality on our 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

The American University has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#93 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#115 Best Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#125 Most Popular Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#283 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at The American University.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best International Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Dance Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Visual & Performing Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Design & Applied Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#13 Best Educational Administration Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#15 Best Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#15 Best Music Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#20 Best Special Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#23 Best History Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards The American University has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#2 Best Colleges for Legal Professions College Factual
#9 Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism College Factual
#9 Best Colleges for Criminal Justice & Corrections College Factual
#14 Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting College Factual
#31 Best Colleges for Social Sciences College Factual
#38 Best Teaching Schools Teaching Degree Search

Where Is American University?

Location of American University

Contact details for The American University are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 4400 Massachusetts Ave Nw, Washington, DC 20016-8001
Phone: 202-885-1000
Website: WWW.AMERICAN.EDU
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AmericanUniversity
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/AmericanU

How Do I Get Into The American University?

You can apply to The American University online at: www.american.edu/admissions/apply/index.cfm

Admission Requirements for The American University

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores considered but not required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into The American University?

29% Acceptance Rate
65% Of Accepted Are Women
49% Submit SAT Scores
If you plan to apply to The American University, make sure you don't wait until the last minute to fill out your application. The school is one of the most selective in the United States and has a low acceptance rate of 29%. If you are admitted, that's something to brag about!

Approximately 35% of accepted students are men and 65% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 28%, and the acceptance rate for women is 30%.

Average Test Scores

About 49% of students accepted to The American University submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 610 and 690. Math scores were between 570 and 660.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for American University  ( 610 to 690 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for American University  ( 570 to 660 )
200
800
The American University received ACT scores from 39% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 26 and 33. Math scores were between 24 and 28. Composite scores were between 26 and 30.

ACT English Scores for American University  ( 26 to 33 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for American University  ( 24 to 28 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for American University  ( 26 to 30 )
1
36

Can I Afford American University?

$52,778 Net Price
56% Take Out Loans
1.8% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of The American University is $52,778. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At The American University, approximately 56% of students took out student loans averaging $7,801 a year. That adds up to $31,204 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at The American University is 1.8%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

American University Undergraduate Student Diversity

8,207 Full-Time Undergraduates
62% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 8,527 undergraduate students at The American University, with 8,207 being full-time and 320 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  The American University

There are also 5,791 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 8,207 full-time undergraduates at The American University, 38% are male and 62% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  The American University

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of American University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of The American University Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 513
Black or African American 537
Hispanic or Latino 944
White 4,214
International Students 1,327
Other Races/Ethnicities 672

Geographic Diversity

District of Columbia students aren't the only ones who study at American University. At this time, 47 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 134 countries are represented at The American University. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Saudi Arabia, and India.

Online Learning at American University

478 Took All Classes Online
1,027 Took At Least One Class Online
53.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 1,027 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at The American University has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 3rd most popular in District of Columbia for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of The American University

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at American University was 53.0%. This is the #485 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at The American University regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of The American University majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Business Administration & Management 14%
Business, Management & Marketing 22%
Economics 14%
Education 27%
Educational Administration 62%
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 8%
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 8%
Health & Physical Education 93%
Health Professions 15%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 18%
International Relations & National Security 6%
Legal Professions 3%
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 47%
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies 93%
Public Administration 22%
Public Administration & Social Service 22%
Social Sciences 5%
Teacher Education Grade Specific 2%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at The American University ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at The American University.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Economics #1
Anthropology #1
Food, Nutrition & Related Services #2
International Relations & National Security #2
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods #5
Public Administration #6
Teaching English or French #7
Communication & Media Studies #8
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences #14
Social Sciences #17
Communication & Journalism #18
Public Administration & Social Service #23
Educational Administration #31
Education #83
Business Administration & Management #121
Business, Management & Marketing #156

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

American University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Undergraduate Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
International Relations & National Security 0 0 448 1 353 3 805
Law 0 0 0 0 0 407 407
Business Administration & Management 0 0 213 1 191 0 405
Public Administration 0 0 0 6 206 4 216
Political Science & Government 37 0 151 0 19 1 208
Economics 0 0 95 2 58 16 171
Public Relations & Advertising 0 0 109 0 35 0 144
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 27 0 100 0 0 0 127
Communication & Media Studies 0 0 28 0 86 3 117
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 0 0 11 96 0 107
Journalism 0 0 72 0 34 0 106
Accounting 0 0 24 15 62 0 101
Finance & Financial Management 0 0 50 0 51 0 101
Public Health 0 0 85 0 15 0 100
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 0 53 0 44 0 97
Legal Research 0 0 0 0 89 6 95
General Psychology 0 0 59 0 25 0 84
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 0 67 0 15 0 82
History 0 0 36 0 21 6 63
Natural Resources Conservation 0 0 25 0 29 0 54
Public Policy 0 0 0 1 51 0 52
Educational Administration 0 0 0 0 48 0 48
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 1 18 0 22 0 41
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 0 0 0 0 40 0 40
Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution 0 0 0 2 37 0 39
Philosophy 0 0 13 0 25 0 38
Audiovisual Communications 0 0 24 0 13 0 37
Fine & Studio Arts 0 0 17 0 20 0 37
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 33 0 0 2 0 0 35
Homeland Security 0 0 0 0 35 0 35
Literature 0 0 25 0 6 0 31
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 0 0 29 0 0 0 29
Anthropology 1 0 14 0 9 2 26
General Biology 0 0 16 0 9 0 25
International Education 0 0 0 0 25 0 25
Sociology 0 0 19 1 5 0 25
Area Studies 2 0 22 0 0 0 24
Ethnic Studies 0 0 21 2 0 0 23
Drama & Theater Arts 0 0 22 0 0 0 22
Marketing 0 0 0 0 20 0 20
Arts & Media Management 0 0 0 4 16 0 20
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 0 15 0 0 4 19
Statistics 1 0 5 2 10 0 18
Computer Science 0 0 17 0 0 0 17
Taxation 0 0 0 0 16 0 16
Design & Applied Arts 0 0 9 1 6 0 16
Special Education 0 0 0 0 15 0 15
Health & Physical Education 0 0 0 0 14 0 14
Writing Studies 0 0 0 0 11 0 11
Mathematics 0 0 10 0 0 0 10
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 0 0 9 0 9
Teaching English or French 0 0 0 1 7 0 8
Music 0 0 8 0 0 0 8
Real Estate 0 0 0 0 6 0 6
Physics 0 0 6 0 0 0 6
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 0 5 0 0 0 5
Biotechnology 0 0 0 0 5 0 5
International Business 0 0 0 5 0 0 5
Other Statistics 0 0 0 5 0 0 5
Religious Studies 0 0 5 0 0 0 5
Dance 0 0 5 0 0 0 5
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 0 0 4 0 0 0 4
Romance Languages 0 0 4 0 0 0 4
Applied Mathematics 0 0 3 0 0 0 3
Chemistry 0 0 1 0 2 0 3
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 0 0 3 3
Educational Assessment 0 0 0 2 0 0 2
Legal Professions (Other) 0 0 0 0 2 0 2
International Studies 2 0 0 0 0 0 2
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Human Resource Management 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Other Public Administration 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Communication & Journalism (Other) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Health/Medical Prep Programs 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Computational Science 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Social Sciences 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 103 1 1,952 66 1,915 455 4,492

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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