American University

American University

American University or AU is a private United Methodist affiliated university in Washington, D.C., U.S. The university is a member of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area. It allows students to enroll in courses offered by other member institutions and students at other member institutions to enroll in courses at AU.

AU is ranked 83rd among "national universities" by US News & World Report's college and university rankings guide. It is also hailed as one of the 270 universities that house a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest honor society.

American University comprises six divisions, referred to as colleges or schools, which house its academic programs. They are:

  • College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)
  • Kogod School of Business (KSB)
  • School of Communication (SOC)
  • School of International Service (SIS)
  • School of Public Affairs (SPA)
  • Washington College of Law (WCL)

The sports teams of AU are known as the 'Eagles.'

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American University
4400 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington , DC 20016-8001
General Phone: (202) 885-1000

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American University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts1,359American studies, European studies, Latin American studies, Near/Middle east studies, Russian studies, French studies, German studies, women's studies, minority and gender studies, ...
Law668law, US law, international law
Business and Management402business management, accounting, human resources, MIS, taxation
Media263communication studies, journalism, animation and special effects
Education and Teaching232education, educational administration, comparative education, education of learning disabled, elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, math teaching, ESL instruction
Family and Social Work144public administration, public policy analysis, social service professions
Therapy and Counseling85psychology, clinical psychology, cognitive psychology, experimental psychology, personality psychology
Photography and Commercial Art81film studies, cinematography, multimedia, printmaking
Science58biology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics, acoustics
Security and Law Enforcement49criminal justice and administration
Religion and Philosophy38philosophy, ethics
Fine Arts30fine arts, art history and criticism, painting, sculpture
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy22health and physical education, sports and fitness management
Mathematics19mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics, statistics courses
Conservation and Resource Management15environmental studies, environmental science
Art Studies14arts management
Computer Science and Engineering8computer science
Music7music, music history and theory
Drama and Performing Arts6dance, dance courses, drama
Design6graphic design

Number of programs and degrees for American University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree1,48351
Master's degree1,38752
Award of less than 1 academic year658
Postbaccalaureate certificate4722
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship5814
Doctor's degree - professional practice4751
Associate's degree01

American University Student Body

In 2007-2008, American University had a total enrollment of 11,449 students (9,079 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 38%
Women 62%
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 52%
Graduate 48%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 52%
Black 7%
Hispanic 5%
Asian 5%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 22%
(Foreign Students) 9%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 24%
20-21 22%
22-24 21%
25-29 19%
30-34 6%
35-39 3%
40-49 2%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

American University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 86 %

American University Room and Board (2007)

American University offers campus housing for 3,460 of its 9,079 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Washington, District of Columbia for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other District of Columbia Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

American University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal580700
SAT Math570670
SAT Writing580680
ACT Verbal2531
ACT Math2429
ACT Composite2530

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT87%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT50%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

American University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 33,283
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 33,283
Room and board $ 12,418
Room charge $ 8,258
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,160
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 1,300

Financial Aid:
American University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 143400)

American University Faculty

American University has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year101$141,11636$148,021
Associate professoracademic year66$95,81469$89,517
Assistant professoracademic year96$66,296109$68,840
Instructoracademic year25$50,98232$46,477
No academic rankacademic year27$89,26927$77,906
All faculty totalacademic year315$97,224273$82,783

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

American University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Patriot League
Track Patriot League

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports4566111

American University Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Arts Management

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
Management Information Systems, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies

Graphic Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Dance, Other
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Education, General
Education/Teaching Individuals - Specific Learning Disabilities
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
International and Comparative Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Teaching English as Second/Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor

Family And Social Work
Public Administration
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other
Public Policy Analysis

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

American/US Law/Legal Studies/Jurisprudence (LLM, MCJ, JSD/SJD)
International Law and Legal Studies (LLM, JSD/SJD)
Law (LLB, JD)

Liberal Arts
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Applied Economics
Creative Writing
Economics, General
Economics, Other
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other
European Studies/Civilization
French Language and Literature
French Studies
German Studies
History, General
International Economics
International Relations and Affairs
Language Interpretation and Translation
Latin American Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Near and Middle Eastern Studies
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
Political Science and Government, General
Political Science and Government, Other
Russian Language and Literature
Russian Studies
Social Sciences, General
Social Sciences, Other
Spanish Language and Literature
Women's Studies

Applied Mathematics
Mathematics, General
Statistics, General
Statistics, Other

Animation, Interactive Tech, Video Graphics and Special Effects
Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies

Music History, Literature, and Theory
Music, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Photography And Commercial Art
Cinematography and Film/Video Production
Film/Cinema Studies

Religion And Philosophy

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration

Therapy And Counseling
Clinical Psychology
Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics
Experimental Psychology
Personality Psychology
Psychology, General

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