American University Admissions

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

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American University is a selective school, and in 2016 the acceptance rate was just 26 percent. Applicants can use the Common Application or the Coalition Application. The admissions process is holistic, and along with a high school transcript and SAT/ACT scores, all applicants must submit extracurricular information, essays, and letters of recommendation.

Admissions Data (2016)

  • Percent of Applicants Admitted: 26 percent

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 (2015 - 16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 82 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 69 percent
    • Loans: 57 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $26,732
    • Loans: $7,929

Academic Programs

Retention and Graduation Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 90 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 76 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 81 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

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