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American University

Washington, DC

At A Glance

Main Address

4400 Massachusetts Ave NW

Washington, DC 20016-8002

www.american.edu

Admission Office

4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20016-8001

(202) 885-6000

Fax : (202) 885-1025

admissions@american.edu

Contact : Andrea Felder

Assistant Vice Provost, Undergraduate Admissions

Type of School

Medium

Private

university

4-year school

Coed

Regionally Accredited

Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools

College Board Member

United Methodist Church

College Board Code: 5007

Quick Facts

Regular Application Deadline : January 15

Percentage of students graduating within 6 years : 79.0%

Total undergraduates : 8,527

First-time degree-seeking freshmen : 1,754

Percentage of financial need met (average) : 87.0%

Average financial aid package : $38,820.00

In-State Tuition : $51,335.00

Out-of-State Tuition : $51,335.00

School Calendar

Semester

Degrees Available

Certificate

Associate

Bachelor's

Master's

Doctoral

Setting

Very Large City (>500k)

Suburban

Residential campus

Deadlines

Admission

Regular application due: Jan 15

Priority application due : --

College will notify student of admission : Apr 1

Student must reply to acceptance by : May 1 (or within 4 week(s) if notified after May 1st)

Housing deposit due : May 1

Early Decision And Action

Early decision application due : Nov 15

College will notify student of early decision by : Dec 31

Other early decision deadline : Jan 15

College will notify student of other early decision by : Feb 15

Tests

SAT Reasoning/ACT Score report due : Jan 20

SAT subject score report due : Jun 20

Financial Aid

Financial Aid Application due : Jan 15

Financial Aid Priority Application due : Nov 15

College will notify student : Apr 1

Student must reply : May 1

Transfer Students

Transfer Application closing date : May 1

College will notify student of transfer decision by : --

Transfer priority application date : --

Transfer student must reply : --

Transfer deadline for filing financial aid forms : May 1

Transfer priority financial aid deadline : May 1

College will notify student of financial aid decisions on or about : --

Student must reply to financial aid decision by : --

Major and Learning Environment

Learning Environment

Calendar type : Semester

Student-faculty ratio : 9 to 1

Degrees Offered in : Certificate, Associate, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral degrees

Graduating in 6 years : 79.0%

Returning for sophomore year : 87.0%

Accreditation and Associations

Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools

Regionally Accredited

College Board Member

Most Popular Majors

Bachelor's
Social Sciences : 38.0%
Business/Marketing : 16.0%
Communications/Journalism : 11.0%
Health Professions : 5.0%
Interdisciplinary Studies : 5.0%
Visual and Performing Arts : 5.0%

All Majors

Levels at which colleges offer undergraduate majors are designated by these letters :

A = Associate degree, B = Bachelor's degree, C = Certificate degree, D = Doctor degree, M = Master degree

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies
African-American/Black Studies A
American/United States Studies/Civilization B
Asian Studies/Civilization B C
European Studies/Civilization C
French Studies B
German Studies B
Latin American Studies B M
Near and Middle Eastern Studies B
Russian Studies B
Women's Studies B C

Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Biochemistry B
Biology/Biological Sciences, General B M
Biostatistics M
Biotechnology M
Neuroscience C D

Business, Management, Marketing, & Related Support
Accounting B M
Business Administration and Management, General B M
Finance, General B M
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General M
Management Information Systems, General B M
Management Science M
Marketing/Marketing Management, General M
Project Management M
Real Estate M
Taxation M

Communication, Journalism & Related Programs
International and Intercultural Communication M
Journalism B M
Mass Communication/Media Studies B D
Political Communication M
Public Relations/Image Management B

Communications Technologies & Support Services
Recording Arts Technology/Technician B M

Computer & Information Sciences, Support Services
Computer Science B M
Computer and Information Sciences, General B
Information Science/Studies M

Education
Bilingual and Multilingual Education M
Curriculum and Instruction M
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities M
Educational Leadership and Administration, General D M
Elementary Education and Teaching B M
International and Comparative Education M
Learning Sciences M
Secondary Education and Teaching B M
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels M
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor C M

English Language, Literature & Letters
Creative Writing M
General Literature B M

Family, Consumer & Human Sciences
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General M

Foreign Language, Literatures & Linguistics
Arabic Language and Literature B
French Language and Literature B
German Language and Literature B
Language Interpretation and Translation C
Russian Language and Literature B
Spanish Language and Literature B M

Health Professions & Related Clinical Sciences
Health/Health Care Administration/Management M
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies C
Public Health Education and Promotion B M
Public Health, General B M

History
History, General B D M

Legal Professions & Studies
Legal Studies B D M

Liberal Arts & Sciences, Gen Studies & Humanities
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies A B

Mathematics & Statistics
Analysis and Functional Analysis M
Applied Mathematics B
Computational Mathematics B
Financial Mathematics B
Mathematics, General B M
Statistics, General B M

Multi & Interdisciplinary Studies
Biological and Physical Sciences B M
Computational Science B
International/Globalization Studies B M
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution M

Natural Resources & Conservation
Environmental Science B M
Environmental Studies B M

Parks, Recreation & Fitness Studies
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management M

Philosophy & Religious Studies
Applied and Professional Ethics C
Ethics M
Jewish/Judaic Studies B
Philosophy B M
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General B M
Physics, General B

Psychology
Clinical Psychology D
Psychology, General B M

Public Administration & Social Services
Public Administration D M
Public Policy Analysis M

Security & Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies B D M
Homeland Security M

Social Sciences
Anthropology B C D M
Development Economics and International Development M
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics B
Economics, General B D M
International Economics M
International Relations and Affairs B C D M
Medical Anthropology C
Political Science and Government, General B C D M
Sociology B M

Visual & Performing Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation B M
Art/Art Studies, General B
Arts, Entertainment, and Media Management, General M
Cinematography and Film/Video Production B M
Design and Visual Communications, General B
Drama and Dramatics/Theater Arts, General B
Drawing M
Film/Cinema/Media Studies B M
Fine/Studio Arts, General B M
Game and Interactive Media Design M
Graphic Design B
Intermedia/Multimedia B
Music History, Literature, and Theory B
Music Performance, General B
Music Theory and Composition B
Music, General B
Musical Theatre B
Painting M
Printmaking M
Sculpture M
Theatre Literature, History and Criticism B
Visual and Performing Arts, General B

Learning outside the classroom

Many colleges offer special programs like the opportunity to study abroad or participate in internships to get on-the-job training. Nearly all colleges provide extra academic help or tutoring to students who need it.

Special Study Options

Accelerated Program

Double Major

Honors Program

Independent Study

Internships

Student-Designed Major

Teacher Certification

Liberal Arts/Career Combination

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Dual Enrollment of High School Students

External Degree Program

Off-Campus Study Options

Study Abroad

Washington Semester

Extended Class Availability

Extensive evening or early morning classes

Distance Learning

Computer Services

700 Public computers, available in: Computer Center, Dorms, Libraries, Student Center

Dorms wired for access to campus-wide network

Dorms wired for high speed internet connections

Computer repair service available on campus

Student web hosting available

Wireless network available

Campus Life

Campus General Information

Size : Medium-sized

Unique Facilities : arts cmuseum, spiritual life center, national arboretum, National Public Radio (NPR) station, game lab, community garden, farmer's market, student-run food pantry, student-run coffee shop, beekeeping society

Very Large City

Suburban

Residential Campus

Total undergraduates : 8,527

First-time degree-seeking freshmen : 1,754

Degree-seeking undergrads : 7,659

Graduate enrollment : 5,791

Student General Information

All students average age : 20

Full time students average age : 20

In state students : 20.0%

Out of state students : 80.0%

Part Time students : 3.0%

Percentage of males : 38.0%

Percentage of females : 62.0%

Race/Ethnicity

Two or more races : 5.0%

Black African American : 7.0%

Asian : 6.0%

Hispanic/Latino : 13.0%

Race Ethnicity Unknown : 4.0%

White : 55.0%

Non-Resident Alien : 10.0%

Other Activities & Organizations

Student Newspaper : The Eagle

Student Newspaper URL : www.theeagleonline.com

Housing Policies

Housing Options

Theme Housing

Coed Housing

Additional Housing Options

Housing deposit : $200.00

Housing deposit due : May 1

Housing deposit is not refunded if student does not enroll.

Car is not allowed for freshman

Pet is not allowed in the Dorm

General Athletics

Team Name : Eagles

Sport Member : NCAA

Sport's Levels Available

Intercollegiate

Intramural

Club

Scholarship

NCAA Division I

Counseling And Wellness

Alcohol/substance abuse counseling

Chaplain/spiritual director

Career counseling

Employment services for undergraduates

Financial aid counseling

Health services

Minority students services

On-campus daycare

Personal counseling

Placement services for graduates

Women's services

Veteran's counselor

Additional Programs for Students with Disabilities

Wheelchair Accessibility

Comprehensive services for students with learning disabilities

Services and/or facilities for hearing impaired

Services and/or facilities for visually impaired

Academic Support Programs

Learning center

Pre-admission summer program

Reduced course load

Study skills assistance

Tutoring

Writing center

Remedial instruction

Activities

Y indicates available and N indicates not available

Activity Name

Available on Campus

Campus Ministries

Y

Choral Groups

Y

Concert Band

Y

Dance Activity

Y

Drama/Theater

Y

Film Society

Y

Fraternities

Y

Government or Political Activity

Y

International Student Organization

Y

Jazz Band

Y

Literary Magazine

Y

Marching Band

N

Model United Nations

Y

Music Ensembles

Y

Musical Theater

Y

Opera

Y

Pep Band

Y

Radio Station

Y

Sororities

Y

Student Newspaper

Y

Symphony Orchestra

Y

Television Station

Y

Yearbook

Y

Sports

Sport Name

Levels Available

Baseball

Men's Club

Basketball

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Men's Scholarship

Women's Scholarship

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Men's NCAA Division I

Women's NCAA Division I

Cricket

Men's Club

Women's Club

Cross-Country

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Men's Scholarship

Women's Scholarship

Men's NCAA Division I

Women's NCAA Division I

Diving

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Equestrian

Men's Club

Women's Club

Field Hockey

Women's Intercollegiate

Women's Scholarship

Men's Club

Women's Club

Women's NCAA Division I

Golf

Men's Club

Women's Club

Gymnastics

Men's Club

Women's Club

Ice Hockey

Men's Club

Women's Club

Lacrosse

Women's Intercollegiate

Women's Scholarship

Men's Club

Women's Club

Women's NCAA Division I

Rowing (Crew)

Men's Club

Women's Club

Rugby

Men's Club

Women's Club

Sailing

Men's Club

Women's Club

Soccer

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Men's Scholarship

Women's Scholarship

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Men's Club

Women's Club

Men's NCAA Division I

Women's NCAA Division I

Softball

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Women's Club

Swimming

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Men's NCAA Division I

Women's NCAA Division I

Tennis

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Men's Club

Women's Club

Track and Field

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Men's Scholarship

Women's Scholarship

Track: Indoor

Men's NCAA Division I

Women's NCAA Division I

Track: Outdoor

Men's NCAA Division I

Women's NCAA Division I

Ultimate Frisbee

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Men's Club

Women's Club

Volleyball

Women's Intercollegiate

Women's Scholarship

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Men's Club

Women's Club

Women's NCAA Division I

Weightlifting

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Wrestling

Men's Intercollegiate

Men's Scholarship

Men's NCAA Division I

Applying

General Applying Information

Application Fee: $75.00

Application fee notes: Paper/Online

Application Fee Waiver Available: Yes

Total applicants : 18,545

Admitted : 6,691

Enrolled : 1,756

Very selective 36.0% of applicants admitted

Applied early admission : 983

Admitted early admission : 833

Applied early action : --

Admitted early action : --

Plan Available for early admission : Early decision

Offered place on waitlist : 4,686

Number accepting place : 961

Accepted from list : 137



Admission stats are based on first-time, degree seeking freshmen from Fall 2016 and Fall 2017.

Very Important

Academic GPA

Level of Applicant's Interest

Rigor of secondary school record

Important

Application Essay

Character/Personal Qualities

Extracurricular Activities

Recommendations

Talent/Ability

Volunteer Work

Considered

Alumni Relation

First generation college student

Geographical Residence

Racial/Ethnic Status

Standardized Test Scores

Work Experience

Test Policies for Admission Decisions

Test Policies for placement

AP

Institution's own exam

SAT score use policy

Highest Section Scores Across Test Dates

Additional requirements for home-schooled students

Special requirements for home-schooled applicants:

(in addition to any polices listed)

Statement describing home school structure and mission

Transcript/record of courses and grades

Other Test Policies

Information not supplied by college

A note from the college

High school record, high school GPA, writing sample, two letters of recommendation, rigor of secondary school record very important. Standardized test scores optional but considered if submitted. Extracurricular activities and leadership roles considered.

SAT Evidence Based Reading & Writing

700 - 800 : 31.0%

600 - 699 : 56.0%

500 - 599 : 13.0%

For the SAT, we don't yet have information on the percent of freshmen in each score range. We'll post that information when it's available in spring 2017.

SAT Math

700 - 800 : 22.0%

600 - 699 : 50.0%

500 - 599 : 26.0%

400 - 499 : 2.0%

For the SAT, we don't yet have information on the percent of freshmen in each score range. We'll post that information when it's available in spring 2017.

ACT Composite

30 - 36 : 45.0%

24 - 29 : 48.0%

18 - 23 : 7.0%

ACT Math

30 - 36 : 18.0%

24 - 29 : 63.0%

18 - 23 : 17.0%

12 - 17 : 2.0%

ACT English

30 - 36 : 59.0%

24 - 29 : 32.0%

18 - 23 : 9.0%

Advanced Placement Program (AP) Information

Offers credit for AP Exams : Yes

Offers placement into higher-level courses for AP Exams : Yes

Offers sophomore standing for qualifying AP scores : Yes

AP credit policy depends on student’s major, school, or program : Yes

From the college: All Advanced Placement (AP) exam scores must be received by the American University Office of Admissions no later than the end of the second enrolled term. American University will accept a maximum of 30 credit hours from one or a combination of AP or other AU approved exam credit. Exam scores more than six years old will not be accepted for credit. AP exam credits may be applied toward the major or minor, or as elective credit. AP exam credits may not be used to satisfy AU Core requirements. Eligibility to receive advanced credit for specific exams as well as course equivalencies are determined by American University faculty.

High school Coursework

High School diploma required, GED accepted

Course Name

Required

Recommended

English

4

0

Math

3

4

Science

3

4

Science Lab

2

0

Social Studies

2

4

Foreign Language

2

3

Academic Electives

3

4

TEST Scores

Percent who submitted SAT scores : 53.0% and Percent who submitted ACT scores : 31.0%

Test Subjects

Middle 50% of First-Year Students

SAT Math

590 - 690

SAT Evidence Based Reading & Writing

620 - 700

ACT Composite

27 - 31


AP & Admission Policy

From the college: Rigorous college-prep course of study that includes AP courses is important. The Admissions Committee uses a holistic evaluation process that addresses depth and rigor of a student's academic program. The Committee looks for indications that the student has taken advantage of the resources available within the high school to challenge himself or herself as much as possible.

Exam

Min Score Required

Number of Credits (By semester credits)

Equivalent Course(s)

Applicable Program

2-D Art and Design

4

3

--

All

3-D Art and Design

4

3

--

All

Art History

4

6

ARTH 105, ARTH 1**

All

Biology

4

8

BIO 110, BIO 210

All

Calculus AB

4

4

MATH 221

All

Calculus BC

4

8

MATH-221 and MATH-222

All

Calculus BC: AB Subscore

4

4

MATH 221

All

Chemistry

4

8

CHEM 110, CHEM 210

Other

Chinese Language and Culture

5

5

--

All

Comparative Government and Politics

4

3

GOVT 130

All

Computer Science A

4

4

CSC-280

All

Computer Science Principles

4

4

--

All

Drawing

4

3

ARTS 205

All

English Language and Composition

4

3

--

All

English Literature and Composition

4

6

LIT-1**, LIT-125

All

Environmental Science

4

3

ENVS 250

All

European History

4

6

HIST 110, HIST 1**

All

French Language and Culture

5

4

--

All

German Language and Culture

5

4

--

All

Human Geography

4

3

SISU-1**

All

Italian Language and Culture

5

4

--

All

Japanese Language and Culture

5

5

--

All

Latin

4

3

--

All

Macroeconomics

4

3

ECON-100

All

Microeconomics

4

3

ECON 200

All

Music Theory

5

6

PERF 124, PERF 126

Art

Physics 1

4

4

PHYS-105

All

Physics 2

4

4

PHYS-205

All

Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism

4

4

PHYS 210

All

Physics C: Mechanics

4

4

PHYS-1**

All

Psychology

4

3

PSYC-100

All

Research

4

3

WRTG-AP

All

Seminar

4

3

WRTG-AP

All

Spanish Language and Culture

5

4

--

All

Spanish Literature and Culture

5

3

--

All

Statistics

4

4

STAT 202

All

United States Government and Politics

4

3

GOVT-110

All

United States History

4

6

HIST 205, HIST 206

Other

World History: Modern

4

6

HIST 120, HIST 1**

All

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Exam

Minimum Grade for Credit

Credit Hours Awarded

American Government

60

3

American Literature

60

3

Analyzing and Interpreting Literature

60

3

Biology

60

8

Calculus with Elementary Functions

60

3

Chemistry

60

8

English Literature

60

3

French II

60

3

German II

60

3

Human Growth and Development

60

3

Information Systems and Computer Applications

60

3

Introduction to Educational Psychology

60

3

Introductory Psychology

60

3

Introductory Sociology

60

3

Principles of Macroeconomics

60

3

Principles of Management

60

3

Principles of Marketing

60

3

Principles of Microeconomics

60

3

Spanish II

60

3

Paying

Financial Aid Distribution & Stats

% of scholarship / grants : 83.0%

% of loans / jobs : 17.0%

% of freshmen with need who received financial aid : 98.0%

% Applied for need-based aid : 60.0%

% Judged to have need : 77.0%

% that were offered aid : 75.0%

% that had need fully met : 16.0%

% of need met : 87.0%

Average 1st year financial aid package : $38,820.00

Avg non need-based aid : $12,899.00

Avg need-based scholarship or grant award : $28,681.00

Avg need-based loan : $3,369.00

Financial Aid Deadlines

Financial Aid Priority Deadline : Nov 15

Regular Financial Aid Deadline : Jan 15

Financial Aid Notification Date : Apr 1

Respond By Date : May 1

Contact Information

Financial aid contact name : Brian Lee Sang

Financial aid office phone : (202) 885-6500

Financial Aid Forms

Domestic first-year financial aid applicants must submit the following forms, if applicable:

FAFSA

CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE

Part-Time Costs

Cost per credit hour (in-state): $1,684.00

Cost per credit hour (out-of-state): --

Note: These costs are tuition fees only. In some cases, fees and other expenses can be additional.

Financial Aid Policies

This school practices need-blind admissions.

Need-based financial aid determined by

Academics

Leadership

Non need-based financial aid determined by

Academics

Alumni Affiliation

Athletics

Leadership

Minority Status

Music/Drama

Religious Affiliation

State/District Residency

Tuition payment plans

Deferred payment

Installment payment

Prepayment Discount

Annual College Costs

Cost Category

On Campus

Off Campus

At Home

In-state tuition and fees:

$51,335.00

$51,335.00

$51,335.00

Out-of-state tuition and fees:

$51,335.00

$51,335.00

$51,335.00

Room and board:

$14,980.00

$14,980.00

$4,884.00

Books and supplies:

$800.00

$800.00

$800.00

Estimated personal expenses:

$481.00

$481.00

$481.00

Transportation expenses:

$428.00

$428.00

$1,128.00

Estimated Total In-state:

$68,024.00

$68,024.00

$58,628.00

Estimated Total Out-of-state:

$68,024.00

$68,024.00

$58,628.00

The prices listed above are probably not what you and your family will pay. Most college students receive financial aid, which reduces the amount the family actually pays. For U.S. colleges, use the college's net price calculator to get the best estimate of what your family will pay.


Athletic Scholarship Opportunities

Sport

Male

Female

Basketball

Available

Available

Cross-Country

Available

Available

Field Hockey

Available

Lacrosse

Available

Soccer

Available

Available

Track and Field

Available

Available

Volleyball

Available

Wrestling

Available

For Transfer Students

Credit Information

Minimum number of credits: --

Minimum college GPA (on a 4.0 scale): 2

Lowest grade earned for course that may be transferred for credit (on a 4.0 scale): 2

Maximum credits/courses from a 2-year institution: 60

Maximum credits/courses from a 4-year institution: 60

Minimum credits transfers must complete to earn bachelor's degree: 45

Admission Requirements (Required)

College Transcript(s)

Essay or Personal Statement

Students who applied for transfer

Total students who applied for transfer: 1,490

Transfers admitted percentage: 71.0%

Transfers admitted: 1,067

Transfers enrolled percentage: 14.0%

Transfers enrolled: 217

Terms in which transfer students may enroll

Fall

Spring

Summer

Transfers accepted as

1st semester freshman

2nd semester freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Services for students transferring IN from another school

Orientation

Pre-admission transcript evaluation (determination of what courses will transfer)

Advisor

Re-entry advisor

Services for students transferring OUT of this school

College fairs/transfer recruitment on campus

Special Requirements

Applicants with fewer than 24 credit hours must also submit high school transcript.

For International Students

Admission for International Students

Application fee: $75.00

Annual College Costs

Tuition and Fees: $51,335.00

Room & Board(on-campus): $14,980.00

Room & Board(off-campus): $14,980.00

Additional estimated expenses: --

Costs per credit hour: $1,684.00

Financial Aid

International students eligible for non-need based aid

Non-resident aliens must submit the following financial aid forms:

Foreign Student Certification of Finances

Tests for International Students

TOEFL Required of non-resident alien applicants

TOEFL (internet-based test) average score: --

TOEFL (internet-based test) minimum score: 80

TOEFL (paper) average score: --

TOEFL (paper) minimum score: --

Services for International Students

Special International Student Orientation Program

International Student Adviser

English as a Second Language Program On Campus for International Students