American University of Beirut

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Riad El Solh, Beirut,

Students
6,572
enrolled
50%
male /
50%
female

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Summary

American University of Beirut is a private institution. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,572 and its setting is urban. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Mission: The American University of Beirut (AUB) is an institution of higher learning founded to provide excellence in education, to participate in the advancement of knowledge through research, and to serve the peoples of the Middle East and beyond. Chartered in New York State in 1863, the university bases its educational philosophy, standards, and practices on the American liberal arts model of higher education. The university believes deeply in and encourages freedom of thought and expression and seeks to foster tolerance and respect for diversity and dialogue. Graduates will be individuals committed to creative and critical thinking, life-long learning, personal integrity, civic responsibility, and leadership.

History: In 1862 American missionaries in Lebanon and Syria, under the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, asked Dr. Daniel Bliss to withdraw from the evangelical work of the mission in Lebanon to found a college of higher learning that would include medical training. It was felt that this college should have an American educational character, should be administered independently from the mission, and should be maintained by its own funds. On April 24, 1863, the State of New York granted a charter under the name of the Syrian Protestant College. The college opened with its first class of 16 students on December 3, 1866. At this ceremony President Daniel Bliss expressed
the guiding principle of the college in these words: "This college is for all conditions and classes of men without regard to color, nationality, race, or
religion. A man, white, black, or yellow, Christian, Jew, Mohammedan, or heathen, may enter and enjoy all the advantages of this institution for three, four, or eight years; and go out believing in one God, in many gods, or in no God. But it will be impossible for anyone to continue with us long without knowing what we believe to be the truth and our reasons for that belief."

Campus: Located in Ras Beirut, AUB's main campus has a total of 64 buildings. The 60.9 acre (246,459 square meter) campus overlooking the Mediterranean Sea includes athletic fields, private beach, bird sanctuary, and a repository of native and non-native trees and shrubs. Beirut is a student-friendly city, where street crime is practically nil in comparison with major Western cities. Even with sporadic political tensions that take place, our AUB community have not been deterred or intimidated, in carrying out their normal everyday lives. AUB students are encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities such as the arts (drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, theater, music), the student newspaper, the AUB Choir, athletics, student government, student clubs - and much more.

Accreditation: The University, which was granted institutional accreditation in June 2004 by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools in the United States and reaffirmed in June 2009, includes six faculties: Agricultural and Food Sciences, Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Architecture, Health Sciences, Medicine (which includes the Rafic Hariri School of Nursing), and the Suliman S. Olayan School of Business. AUB currently offers more than 120 programs leading to the bachelor's, master's, MD, and PhD degrees. The University became coeducational in 1922; its student body is 50 percent male and 50 percent female. The language of instruction is English (except for courses in the Arabic Department and other language courses).

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School type private, coed college
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Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
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Interested in applying to American University of Beirut? Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due December 12. The application fee at American University of Beirut is $75. It has an an early acceptance rate of 100 percent.

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at American University of Beirut is 11:1, and the school has 37.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 11:1
4-year graduation rate 69%
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Student Life

American University of Beirut has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,572, with a gender distribution of 50.3 percent male students and 49.7 percent female students. At this school, 16 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 84 percent of students live off campus.

Total enrollment 8,171
Student gender distribution
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Health insurance offered No

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