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American University Admissions Information

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American University is located in the political hub of the United States, allowing the campus to share the cultural and political resources (speakers, protests, elections, and other events) that the Capitol attracts every year. For those seeking a different experience, the University has over 200 different student groups and activities with which undergrads may become involved throughout their four years. Academically, American University has a plethora of majors and departments to suit any student’s interests. Five different undergraduate colleges, and an honors program, allow exploration of both scholastic and career-driven concentrations, and the best instruction within each individually. The Kogod School of Business offers a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration, Language and Culture Studies, and Business and Music. American University also has a School of Communication, of International Service, and of Public Affairs. Additionally, a completely wireless campus allows access to the internet at any campus location, so students may study wherever they please, inside or out.

Though technically a “dry” campus, there is plenty to do for nighttime entertainment at the University. Located a mere 2 mile shuttle ride outside of the nation’s capitol, AU students have full access to one of the busiest, most vibrant and exciting cities in the country. The city’s parks, museums, shopping, fine dining, clubs and bars invite students to explore outside of the campus and take part in the greater Capitol community. Washington D.C. houses 15 colleges, making it a lively, young environment filled with college students.


Basic Info

Main Address: 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016-8001
Phone Number: (202) 885-1000  
Website: www.american.edu  


Type of school: Private, Coed  
Type of school: United Methodist Church affiliated  
Setting: Suburban, located within very urban region  
Athletics: Division I, Intercollegiate, Intramural, Club, Scholarship  
Degrees offered: Certificate, Associate, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral/Research, Doctoral/Professional, Post-Bachelor's Certificate  
Size of undergraduate student body: 8,287  
Percent out-of-state: 83%  
Percent international: 13%  
Female to Male ratio: 63:37  

Academic Life

Student to Professor ratio: 12:1  
Most popular majors: Social Sciences
Interdisciplinary Studies
Visual and Performing Arts
Health Professions
Special study programs: Accelerated
Cross Registration
Double Major
Exchange Student
Honors Program
Independent Study
Online Courses
Student Designed Major
Study Abroad
Teacher Certification
Weekend College
Army & Air Force ROTC offered at cooperating institutions (Georgetown University, and Howard University, respectively)

Campus Life

Housing options:
Coed housing
Special housing for disabled students
Theme Housing
Campus Ministries
Concert Band
Glee Club
International Student Clubs
Literary Magazine
Music Ensembles
Political Discussion Groups
Religious Groups
Social Services Group
Speakers Forum
Student Government
Symphony Orchestra
Pep Band
Television Station
Chamber Orchestra
Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Groups
Improv Comedy Groups
Jazz Band
Minority Student Groups
Radio Station
Singing Groups
Student Film Society
Student Union
Musical Theatre
Student Newspaper

Fun Facts

  • Ranked #1, Most Politically Active Students
  • Ranked #13, Best Quality of Life
  • Best Northeastern Colleges
  • #77 Best National University
  • #7 Most Undergraduates Studying Abroad among top 40 doctoral institutions
  • Top-20 Best of the Best by Advocate College Guide for Students (2006)
  • 11% of Undergraduates receiving Pell grants
  • Ranked #5, College City Gets High Marks
  • Ranked #13, Best Career Services
  • #58 Best College (2009)
  • #3 Most Peace Corps Volunteers (Medium-Sized Colleges, 2009)
  • 4-times named by Corporation for National and Community Service to President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
  • #3 Most-listened-to public radio station (WAMU 88.5, American University Radio)

Admissions Information

American University requires the submission of either the SAT or ACT; if submitting the ACT, the writing section is required. SAT Subject Tests are also recommended for admission as well as for gauging course placement if accepted.

The school places great importance on the rigor of an applicant's secondary school record, GPA, and expression of interest in the University; extracurricular activities, recommendations, standardized test scores, and the application essay are all strongly evaluated during the admissions process. Personality and uniqueness of the applicant is important, as is volunteer work and his or her demonstrated character. American University also considers an applicant's alumni relation, geographical residence, racial/ethnic status, talent/ability, work experience, and/or being a first generation college student.

Admissions address: 4400 Massachusetts Ave.
Washington, DC 20016-8001
Phone number: (202) 885-6000  
Fax number: (202) 885-1044  
Admissions Website: www.american.edu/admissions/  
Email: admissions@american.edu  
Number of first-year applications received: 18,984  
Percent of applicants admitted: 32%  

Application Information

Regular application deadline: January 15  
Early decision/action deadline: November 15  
Accepts the Common Application? Yes  
Admission requirements: Recommendations

Application Information

Standardized test scores required? SAT and/or ACT Scores (if not Test-Optional)  
Policy regarding SAT score-use: Highest Section Scores Across Test Dates  
Middle 50% Scores



% Who Submitted Scores
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing 
SAT Math
SAT Total
ACT Composite

College Board code: 5007  
ACT code: 0648  
Learn more about other Top Mid-Atlantic schools:
George Washington   William and Mary   Georgetown  

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