American University

401–500 th
World University Rankings 2021
101–200 th
Impact Rankings 2020
139 th
US College Rankings 2021
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, District of Columbia, 20016, United States

About American University

Situated within a residential neighbourhood of Washington, DC, the American University (AU) is a private, coeducational, doctoral institution with a liberal arts curriculum.

Its origins date back to the late 19th century, when the Methodist bishop John Fletcher Hurst bought 90 acres of farmland in order to build a non-sectarian national university.

American University was chartered by Congress in 1983 and by 1914, the AU was open for business and admitted its first class of 28 students – four of which were women.

Today, the university retains many of its original characteristics, including a ‘global outlook’, ‘practical idealism’ and ‘passion for public service’. AU’s students are considered to be among the country’s most politically active.

The university is home to eight schools and colleges: the College of Arts & Sciences, Kogod School of Business, School of Education, School of International Service, School of Communication, School of Professional and Extended Studies, School of Public Affairs and the Washington College of Law.

It offers 79 bachelor’s degrees, 98 master’s degrees, 11 doctoral degrees, 13 law degrees and more than 90 certificate programmes for both graduates and undergraduates, as well as over 100 study abroad programmes.

AU boasts of having plenty to offer students outside of the lecture theatre, such as campus events, student organisations and clubs, residential learning communities and internships. It is known for its flourishing athletics scene and, as a member of the Patriot League, competes using the team name ‘American Eagles’.

The university’s Office of Campus Life is made up of 17 different departments, each designed to support students in different areas, from spiritual life to their academic studies. Its aim is to establish an environment on campus that encourages learning, development and success.

It also houses an extensive collection of international, political and local art, including a public museum and sculpture garden that can be found within its Katzen Arts Centre, as well as performance art spaces and rotating exhibitions.

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Key statistics

  • $16,100
    On-campus Room and Board
    (1)
  • $48,459
    Out-of-state Tuition and Fees
    (1)
  • $58,700
    Salary after 10 years
    (1)
  • 13.5
    No. of students per staff
    (2)
  • 13%
    Percentage of International Students
    (2)
  • 63 : 37
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
    (2)
  • 12,460
    Number of FTE Students
    (2)
Based on data collected for the (1) 2021 US Rankings and (2) 2021 World University Rankings

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