American University Profile


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.


Entrance Difficulty: Very difficult
Overall Admission Rate: 44% of 17,039 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered: No
Early Decision Offered: Yes
Regular Admission Deadline: January 15

Factors Considered for Selection of Students

Academic GPA: Very Important
Standardized Tests: Important
Essay: Important
Extracurricular: Important

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA: 3.74
SAT Math: 570-670 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading: 590-690 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing: 580-680 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite: 26-30 range of middle 50%


Cost of Attendance: $53,419
Tuition and Fees: $39,499
Room and Board: $13,920
Average Percent of Need Met: 82%
Average Freshman Award: $31,771
Average Indebtedness of 2011 Graduates: $37,674


Academic Calendar System: Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum:  Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates: 712
Regular Class Size: 2-9 students: 2-9 students: 4% of classes
10-19 students: 39% of classes
20-29 students: 31% of classes
30-39 students: 19% of classes
40-49 students: 4% of classes
50-59 students: 2% of classes
Over 100 students: 1% of classes

Financial Aid Office Contacts

Web Site: Financial Aid Web Site

Financial Aid Application Process

Application Deadline: February 15
Award Notification: On or about April 1
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid: Institutional Methodology
Forms Required: Cost to File
FAFSA Code is 001434: Free

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