American University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Tuition, Graduation Rate, and More

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American University is a selective school, only accepting 35 percent of students who apply. Applicants can use the common application, which may save some time and effort if they apply to other schools that also use it. Students are required to submit ACT or SAT scores; there is no real advantage to submitting one over the other, however. Since applicants submit using the common application, they will have to write an essay as part of that process.

Admissions Data (2015)

Test Scores: 25th / 75th Percentile

American University Description

Located on 84 park-like acres in the northwest quadrant of Washington, D.C., American University has made a name for itself as one of the most internationally-engaged universities in the country. The university was chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1893, and it now boasts of a student body that comes from over 150 countries.

Programs in International Relations, Political Science and Government are particularly strong, but the university's general strengths in the arts and sciences have earned it a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

The law and business schools also place well in most national rankings.

On the athletic front, the American University Eagles compete in the NCAA Division I Patriot League. The university also has the advantage of being near many other colleges and universities in the Washington D.C. area.

Enrollment (2015)

  • Total Enrollment: 13,198 (7,909 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 38 percent Male / 62 percent Female
  • 95 percent Full-time, 5 percent Part-time

Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $44,853 (increased 4.1 percent from previous year)
  • Books: $800
  • Room and Board: $15,698
  • Other Expenses: $921
  • Total Cost: $62,272 (up 2.8 percent from previous year)

American University Financial Aid (2014 - 15)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 86 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 75 percent
    • Loans: 58 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $24,156
    • Loans: $7,879

Academic Programs

Retention and Graduation Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 88 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 76 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 82 percent

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Basketball, Track and Field, Soccer, Swimming, Cross Country, Wrestling
  • Women's Sports: Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Track and Field, Cross Country, Swimming, Volleyball, Basketball

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

    American and the Common Application

    American University uses the Common Application. These articles can help guide you: