American University
Washington, DC 20016-8001


Type 4 year
Control Private
Business model Not for Profit
Campus size Medium
Campus locale City
Degrees offered Undergrad & Graduate
Calendar system Semester
Total enrollment 13,346
Religious affiliation United Methodist
Students with disability 9%
Student to faculty ratio 12:1
Campus housing
Dormitory capacity 4,092 students
Freshmen are required
to live on campus
Types of Programs Offered
Postbaccalaureate Recreational or avocational education
Adult basic remedial or high school equivalent
High school education
Medical Degree
Special Learning Opportunities
Weekend/evening classes
Study abroad
Teacher certification
ROTC - Army
ROTC - Navy
ROTC - Air Force
Student Services Offered
On-campus day care for students' children
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling services
Employment services for students
Placement services for graduates


Acceptance Rate
(Fall 2016)

American University is very selective in its admission process. In Fall 2016, it received 19,325 applications and only 5,008 students were granted admission. American University is at the #24 spot (in a scale of 1 to 100) in terms of admission difficulty out of 1,781 4 year colleges in the U.S.

In Fall 2016, 37% of the enrollees submitted ACT scores and 50% submitted SAT scores.

Test Scores

Students admitted and enrolled in Fall 2016 have test scores in the following ranges.
SAT1150 to 1340
ACT26 to 31

Application Fee

Undergrad students
Graduate students
Learn more about admission requirments

Tuition & Fees

In 2016-2017 academic year, American University's tuition was $44,046 for all students regardless of residency (64.4% more expensive than the national average tuition of a typical 4-year private institution)

Follow the link below to learn more about additional cost components such as books and supplies, room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price
National Average = $22,127
In State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
Out of State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
Learn more about tuition & fees

Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 82% of American University's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 20% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $4,308 (which is 2.1% below the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at American University in 2016-2017, was 1,002, which is 56% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $5,525 (which is 6.3% below the national average.)

Pell Grant
National Average = $4,400
Federal Loan
National Average = $5,895
Financial aid
National Average = 92%
Learn more about financial aid

Student Body

In Fall 2016, American University has enrolled a total of 13,346 students (10,657 students full-time and 2,689 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 13,346 students, 199 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 38% men and 62% women and 7,900 students were enrolled for undergraduate programs and 5,446 for graduates studies.

The institution also enrolled 879 students for distance studies.

Total Enrollment

Student Diversity

White: 52%

Hispanic: 11%

Non-resident alien: 10%

Black/African American: 9%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 8%

Asian: 6%

Two or more races: 4%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%


Listed below are the 10 largest majors offered at American University.

Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
Study Areas Percent Total Graduates Online
Social Sciences 18% 589 0
Legal Professions And Studies 18% 580
Public Administration And Social Service Professions 17% 552
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 8% 266
Education 7% 225 0
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs 6% 190 160
Visual And Performing Arts 4% 119
Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics 3% 93
Multi/interdisciplinary Studies 3% 91
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies 2% 79

Graduation & Dropout Rates

Graduation rate
national average: 55%

Graduation rate is a key indicator of an institution's education quality and the level of academic and financial support provided to students.

The following section details graduation and dropout rates of American University full-time students who started class in 2010 and graduated or dropped out prior to August 31, 2016.

Still enrolled
Dropout rate
Transfered out

The above graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. For a 4 year degree program, 150% of 4 years is 6 years and for a 2-year program 150% is 3 years.

Earnings After College

Median Annual Income
national average: $33,604

The typical median income of American University graduates 6 years after enrollment is $43,800. Last year, out of the total 1,587 graduates who entered the institution 6 years ago, 1,444 were reported to have been employed. On the same note, out of 1,790 graduates, who enrolled 10 years ago, 1,593 were employed.

6 years after enrollment 10 years after enrollment
Annual Income $43,800 $59,200
Employment Rate 91% 89%
Total Graduates 1,587 1,790

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