American University

country rank  104
world rank  201

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University Overview

Established in 1893, American University is a non-profit private higher-education institution located in the suburban setting of the large city of Washington (population range of 500,000-1,000,000 inhabitants), District of Columbia. Officially accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, American University (AU) is a large (uniRank enrollment range: 15,000-19,999 students) coeducational US higher education institution formally affiliated with the Christian-Methodist religion. American University (AU) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation), bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study matrix below for further details. This 127 years old US higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades. The admission rate range is 30-40% making this US higher education organization a very selective institution. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment. AU also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, housing, sports facilities, financial aids and/or scholarships, study abroad and exchange programs, online courses and distance learning opportunities, as well as administrative services.

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University Identity

Name
Acronym AU
Founded 1893
Motto Pro Deo et Patria
For God and Country
Colours Blue and red

University Location

Address 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington
20016-8001 District of Columbia
United States
Tel +1 (202) 885 1000
Fax +1

Study Areas and Degree Levels


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Yearly Tuition Range

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Undergraduate Postgraduate
Local
students
over 20,000 US$
(14,700 Euro)
over 20,000 US$
(14,700 Euro)
International
students
over 20,000 US$
(14,700 Euro)
over 20,000 US$
(14,700 Euro)

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University Admissions

Gender Men and Women (coed)
International Students Yes, international applicants are welcome to apply for admission
Selection Type Yes, based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades
New Admission Requirements - Secondary school GPA is required
- Secondary school rank is neither required nor recommended
- Secondary school record is required
- Completion of college-preparatory program is required
- Recommendations are required
- Formal demonstration of competencies is recommended
- Admission test scores are required
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required
- Other Tests (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) are neither required nor recommended
Admission Rate 30-40%
Admission Office 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington 20016-8001
(202) 885 6000

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Size and Profile

Student Enrollment 15,000-19,999
Academic Staff 1,500-1,999
Control Type Private
Entity Type Non-Profit
Academic Calendar Semesters
Campus Setting Suburban
Religious Affiliation Christian-Methodist Christian-Methodist United Methodist Church - www.gbhem.org

Carnegie Classification New

Basic Classification Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity
2000 Classification Doctoral/Research Universities--Extensive
Size & Setting Four-year, large, highly residential institution
Enrollment Profile Majority undergraduate
Undergraduate Profile Four-year, full-time, more selective, lower transfer-in institution
Undergraduate Instructional Program Arts & sciences plus professions, high graduate coexistence
Graduate Instructional Program Professions plus arts & sciences, no graduate coexistence

Facilities and Services

Library Yes Go to American University's Library
American University's library collection is comprised of both physical (i.e. books, medium etc.) and digital/electronic items. In 2018 the library has reported 798,418 physical volumes, 64,481 physical media, 115,610 digital/electronic medium and 591 licensed digital/electronic databases. American University's library has 1 branch.
Housing Yes
American University provides on-campus housing. The total dormitory capacity, whether on or off campus, was about 4,682 students in the 2018 academic year.
Sport Facilities Yes
Financial Aids Yes
Study Abroad Yes
Distance Learning Yes
Academic Counseling Yes
Career Services Yes
Institutional Hospital Not reported

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Accreditations

Institutional Accreditation

Middle States Commission on Higher Education


Year of first Accreditation

1928


Other Specialized or Programmatic Accreditations

  • American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
  • District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE)
  • National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC)
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International)
  • Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA)


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Memberships and Affiliations

  • National Association of Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC)
  • Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA)
  • Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM)
  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS)
  • Association of American Law Schools (AALS)
  • National Athletic Association (NAA)
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

Academic Structure


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Online Courses

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