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American University is a private institution that was founded in 1893. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 7,212, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 84 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. American University's ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 77. Its tuition and fees are $39,499 (2012-13).
Students at American University benefit from the school’s location in the political hub of the nation. Washington, D.C., is a playground for the politically and socially oriented with its countless museums, restaurants, clubs, and year-round events. The university, located in a suburban pocket of northwest Washington, is close to a stop on the D.C.-area Metrorail transit system. Rides downtown take about 15 minutes. Students at American have been rated among the most politically active in the nation, and there are more than 300 student clubs and organizations on campus. The school also has a sizeable Greek system, with about 30 fraternities and sororities. The American University Eagles sports teams compete in the NCAA Division I Patriot League, and the school’s mascot is, accordingly, an eagle. Catching a professional sports contest, such as a Redskins football game or a Nationals baseball game, is a quick trip from campus, too. Freshmen do not have to live on campus, though most choose to do so. The university is affiliated with the Methodist church, but its Kay Spiritual Life Center houses 25 groups of different faiths. The confluence of opportunities on and off campus clearly works for most students: American University boasts a notably high freshmen retention rate close to 90 percent.
American University has six unique schools, including the well-regarded Washington College of Law. All students can take advantage of the school’s cultural hubs, such as the Katzen Arts Center and Greenberg Theatre. For time away from the nation’s capital, American University has the largest school of international affairs in the country, and more than half of undergraduates study abroad. Dozens of politicians are alumni of American University, including U.S. Representatives Loretta Sanchez, Donald Manzullo, Betsy Markey, and Bill Shuster. Mike Panetta, the elected shadow representative for Washington, D.C., is also an American University graduate.
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At American University (AU) in Washington, D.C., students learn from award-winning scholars and researchers, policy makers, authors, artists, filmmakers, lawyers, scientists, and journalists. AU's faculty are both thought leaders and committed teachers, 94 percent of whom hold the highest degree in their field. Balancing theory and practice, they take full advantage of the university's location in the nation's capital, a remarkable laboratory for applying knowledge. Faculty and students are deeply connected through research partnerships and networking with pinnacle organizations in government, business, and the nonprofit worlds. Active and engaged, AU students strive to serve the world around them, learning how to create change and address major issues from health care to human rights and global economics to the environment through internships, as well as hands-on community and volunteer service and study abroad, in more than 145 locations in 44 countries on 6 continents. AU's award-winning Career Center helps students land unique internships and careers. American University offers five schools for undergraduate study: the School of Public Affairs, one of the nation's oldest and finest; the School of International Service, the world's largest of its kind; Kogod School of Business, ranked among the top U.S. business schools by Forbes and Bloomberg Businessweek in 2009; the School of Communication, which has gained prominence for innovating new models of investigative journalism and news media and excels in campaign communication and documentary film; and the College of Arts and Sciences, the university's liberal arts core and home to distinguished artists and writers, scientists, and presidential and judicial historians. Students may elect to double major, pursue an interdisciplinary program, or custom design an interdepartmental or interschool major. Beyond its excellent academics, the AU community boasts more than 200 student organizations for every interest, quite literally offering something for everyone. Since 2006 the Princeton Review has ranked AU students the nation's most politically active for three out of five years. Located in the heart of one of the world's most influential cities, AU's beautiful 84-acre campus itself an arboretum provides an attractive collegiate setting, characterized by federal-style architecture and the striking, contemporary Katzen Arts Center, a state-of-the-art exhibition and performance space that serves both the AU and greater DC communities. In 2010 the School of International Service moved to its new home, a LEED Gold Certified building, further enhancing the opportunities for one of the world's most renowned international programs.
|School type||private, coed college|
|Religious affiliation||United Methodist|
When applying to American University, it's important to note the application deadline is January 15, and the early decision deadline is November 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due January 15. The application fee at American University is $65. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 41.6 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2011 acceptance rate||41.6%|
|Application deadline||January 15|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||January 15|
The student-faculty ratio at American University is 12:1, and the school has 44.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at American University include: International Relations and Affairs; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Political Science and Government, General; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; and Economics, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 89.8 percent.
American University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 7,212, with a gender distribution of 40.9 percent male students and 59.1 percent female students. American University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA I|
Campus Info & Services
American University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, day care, health service, and health insurance. American University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at American University.
|Students who have cars on campus||N/A|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
|Students required to own/lease a computer||No|
Paying for School
At American University, 49.2 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $17,893.
Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.
|Tuition and fees||$39,499 (2012-13)|
|Room and board||$13,920 (2012-13)|
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* Overview details based on 2011 data