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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?

7,764 Full-Time Undergraduates
$34,617 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.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest one a student can attain at The American University.
  • 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.

American University Rankings

The American University landed the #164 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. Out of the 9 colleges in District of Columbia, it is ranked at #3.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that The American University has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for The American University

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges for International Students 98
Best Colleges for Diversity 123
Best Colleges 164
Best Colleges for Veterans 212
Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 501
Best Colleges for the Money 1,023

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?

$34,617 Net Price
56% Take Out Loans
1.8% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of The American University is $34,617. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for The American University

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$21,371 $20,960 $26,574 $32,751 $45,685

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

7,764 Full-Time Undergraduates
62% Women
31% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 8,123 undergraduate students at The American University, with 7,764 being full-time and 359 being part-time.

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

There are also 5,735 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 7,764 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 542
Black or African American 519
Hispanic or Latino 1,013
White 4,228
International Students 848
Other Races/Ethnicities 614

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 Majors

In 2017-2018, American University awarded 3,904 undergraduate degrees and 4,740 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Accounting 0 24 62 0
Anthropology 0 14 9 2
Applied Mathematics 0 3 0 0
Area Studies 0 22 0 0
Arts & Media Management 0 0 16 0
Audiovisual Communications 0 24 13 0
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 5 0 0
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 0 1 0
Biotechnology 0 0 5 0
Business Administration & Management 0 213 191 0
Chemistry 0 1 2 0
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 3
Communication & Media Studies 0 28 86 3
Computer Science 0 17 0 0
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 67 15 0
Dance 0 5 0 0
Design & Applied Arts 0 9 6 0
Drama & Theater Arts 0 22 0 0
Economics 0 95 58 16
Educational Administration 0 0 48 0
Ethnic Studies 0 21 0 0
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 53 44 0
Finance & Financial Management 0 50 51 0
Fine & Studio Arts 0 17 20 0
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 0 0 40 0
General Biology 0 16 9 0
General Psychology 0 59 25 0
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 9 0
Health & Physical Education 0 0 14 0
History 0 36 21 6
Homeland Security 0 0 35 0
Human Resource Management 0 0 1 0
International Education 0 0 25 0
International Relations & National Security 0 448 353 3
Journalism 0 72 34 0
Law 0 0 0 407
Legal Professions (Other) 0 0 2 0
Legal Research 0 0 89 6
Literature 0 25 6 0
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 0 96 0
Marketing 0 0 20 0
Mathematics 0 10 0 0
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 0 4 0 0
Music 0 8 0 0
Natural Resources Conservation 0 25 29 0
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 15 0 4
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 0 29 0 0
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 100 0 0
Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution 0 0 37 0
Philosophy 0 13 25 0
Physics 0 6 0 0
Political Science & Government 0 151 19 1
Public Administration 0 0 206 4
Public Health 0 85 15 0
Public Policy 0 0 51 0
Public Relations & Advertising 0 109 35 0
Real Estate 0 0 6 0
Religious Studies 0 5 0 0
Romance Languages 0 4 0 0
Sociology 0 19 5 0
Special Education 0 0 15 0
Statistics 0 5 10 0
Taxation 0 0 16 0
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 18 22 0
Teaching English or French 0 0 7 0
Writing Studies 0 0 11 0
Total 0 3,904 3,830 910

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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