4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20016 202-885-6000
http://www.american.edu admissions@american.edu
About American University
  • Year of Foundation 1893
  • Size of Campus 84 acres
  • Type of Instituition Private institution
  • Religious Orientation United Methodist
  • Degrees Bachelor's , Master's, Post-Bachelor's
  • Calendar Type Semester
  • Undergraduate Population 5,921
  • Women % / Men % / Out of state 62%, 38%, 84%
  • App. Deadlines FAFSA
  • Tuition Costs In / Out - State $34,456
  • Room and Board $12,930
  • Nonfall Registration Accepted
  • Selectivity of the Intuition More selective
  • Application Fee $60
  • Enrollment No. 6,028
A global outlook, practical idealism, a passion for public service: They’re part of American University today, and they were in the air in 1893, when AU was chartered by Congress. George Washington had dreamed of a “national university” in the nation’s capital. But it took John Fletcher Hurst to found a university that, in many ways, embodies that dream. Today’s students would find a kindred spirit in Hurst, who studied abroad in the 1850s and later ventured through the Middle East and South Asia, even writing a cultural history of Sri Lanka. By the time ground was broken in 1896, he was the respected Methodist bishop of Washington, D.C., with a vision of a university that would train public servants for the future. The land Bishop Hurst chose for AU was on the rural fringe of the nation’s capital, but it was already rich with Washington history. Abraham Lincoln had visited troops at Fort Gaines, which perched on the high ground now held by Ward Circle and the Katzen Arts Center. Presidential footsteps would continue to echo through AU history. In 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt laid the cornerstone of a building, named for Hurst’s friend, President William McKinley. When the Methodist-affiliated university opened in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson gave the dedication.
Social Life And Activities
  • Percent students who are frat sororities 16%
  • Number of on-campus international organizations (Appears as submitted by school) Black Student Alliance; Muslim Student Association; Latino and American Student Organization; African, Arab, Asian, Caribbean Student Association, Chinese, Taiwanese, South Asian, Philippine, Persian, and Korean Intercultur
  • Alcohol Policies No
  • Setting Urban
  • Number of frats 11
  • Other general policies class attendance policies set by individual instructors, hazing prohibited, other
  • Number of frat chapter houses 0
  • Popular Event and Social Activities on Campus Kennedy Political Union award-winning speaker series, Founders Day Ball, Campus Beautification Day, Homecoming weekend, Student Union Board (SUB)entertainment events, NCAA basketball and volleyball games
  • Percent students who are frat members 14%
  • Number of honor societies Alpha Kappa Psi, Alpha Lambda Delta, Alpha Phi Sigma, Beta Gamma Sigma, Epsilon Chi Omicron, Golden Key, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Alpha Delta, Pi Sigma Alpha, Sigma Iota Pho Alpha CHapter
  • Number of students in fraternities 11
  • Number of sororities 11
  • On-campus religious organizations (Appears as submitted by school) Bahai Club, Baptist Student Fellowship, Catholic Student Association, Episcopal Campus Ministries Association, Jewish Student Association, Falun Dafa Club, Korean Bible Study, ReJoyce in Jesus Campus Fellowship, Unitarian U
  • Other on-campus organizations N/A
  • Distance to nearest airport Arlington, VA (8), Herndon , VA (25)
  • Distance to nearest train Washington, D.C. (5)
  • Distance to nearest bus Washington, D.C. (5)
  • Public Transportation to the University Yes
  • Car Permitted On Campus No
Student Housing
  • Percentage of housing units owned by the college that are singles N/A
  • On and Off campus housing offered Yes
  • Percentage of housing units owned by the college that are undefined N/A
  • Number of students using college housing 75%
  • Type of housing provided for students coed dorms, apartments for married students, apartment for single students, special housing for disabled students, special housing for international students, other housing options
  • Percentage of housing units owned by the college that are doubles N/A
  • High speed or wireless internet in college housing 100%
  • College housing safety - Sprinkler system 100%
  • Percentage of housing units owned by the college that are apartments N/A
  • College housing safety - Fire alarms 100%
  • Number of housing and appartment units owned by the university 8
  • College campus housing availability Yes
  • Percentage of housing units owned by the college that are triples N/A
  • Off and remote campus housing assistance available Yes
Campus Services
  • Counseling Services minority student, career, personal, academic, psychological, religious
  • Number Of Wired Computers Available In Campus Labs(est) 100
  • Student Email Accounts Yes
  • Number of e-books 14,500
  • Student Allowed To Post A Web Page Yes
  • Library On Campus Yes
  • Number Of Wired Computers Available In The Other Locations 50
  • Internet Access Yes
  • Library Facilities Law Library, Music Library Collection, Artemas Ward rare mathematical text collection, Spinks Collection of Japanese artistic and historical works, records of the National Commission on the Public Service
  • Online Course Registration Available Yes
  • Number Of Books in Library 1,002,900
  • Wireless Network - Student wi-fi Yes
  • Location Of Available Computers computer center/labs, residence halls, library, student center
  • Museums Katzen Arts Center , Watkins Art Gallery, Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theater, Experimental Theater, Kay Spiritual Life, WAMU (media/radio)
  • Campus Safety 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc)
  • Number Of Subscriptions 65
  • Location Of Area With Wireless Support in all the libraries, in all classrooms, in computer labs, in administrative/faculty offices and work areas, in all college-owned, operated, or affiliated housing
  • Basic Services Provided nonremedial tutoring, day care, health service, health insurance
  • Number Of Wired Computers Available In The Library 50
  • Computer Courses No
  • Number Of Microforms 1,100,000
  • Estimated Capacity Of Wireless Network N/A
  • Tutoring and Remedial Help N/A
  • Number Of Wired Computers Available In Classrooms 600
  • Student Computer Availability No
  • Number of Audiovisuals-cds,videos,dvds 60,870
  • OS of Wifi Network Microsoft
Student Employment and Career
  • Navy ROTC on campus? Not offered
  • Top Companies Selecting Students For Jobs Deloitte and Touche LLP, US Department of Justice, Peace Corps, US Department of State, US Congress, National Institutes of Health, International Center for Research on Women, Teach for America
  • Number of undergraduates (only) with employment 7%
  • Career placment and training co-op education, on-campus job interviews, internships, resume assistance, career/job search classes, alumni network, interest inventory, interview training, other
  • Does the school discourage student employment No
  • Student Employment Fedral Work Study Program Available
  • The average earnings of employed undergrads N/A
  • Employed Students after 1 year N/A
  • Airforce ROTC on campus? Offered at cooperating institution (Howard University)
  • Employed Students after 6 Months 78%
  • Army ROTC on campus? Offered at cooperating institution (Georgetown University)
  • Employed Students after 2 years N/A
Loan, Scholarship, Fellowship, Grant Page Details
  • Specific Locations/Universities Metropolis