American UniversitySchool Overview: Acceptance Rate, Tuition, and More

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Washington, District of Columbia Private Nonprofit regional Accreditation

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$49,889

Avg tuition

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About American University

American University is a private, nonprofit university located in Washington, D.C. The school enrolls more than 14,000 students annually. It features an admission rate of 36% and a graduation rate of 79%. AU students have access to nearly 250 programs, including undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificates. Learners at AU can choose from many student clubs and organizations, activist groups, and athletics teams. Current and aspiring researchers can take advantage of the school's 50-plus research centers and institutes.

Admissions Breakdown

Acceptance Rate Insight

36% of students were accepted during the 2019-2020 school year. Sometimes schools with midrange acceptance rates have higher standards of entry but are still accessible to many students who apply.

Acceptance Rate 36%

Retention Rate 87%

Graduation Rate 79%

SAT & ACT

Students who attend this school typically have higher standardized test scores than students at other schools.

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SAT 25th-75th Percentile 1210-1390

ACT 25th-75th Percentile 27-31

Ways to Learn

Hybrid The program is a combination of on-campus and online learning and varies per program.

Learning Environment

This school has a student body of between 5,000 and 15,000 students.

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62%

Female Student Population

11:1

Student to Faculty Ratio

14k

Students Enrolled

Demographics

White

48%

Non-U.S. Citizen

15%

Hispanic

10%

Black

9%

Unknown

8%

Asian

6%

Two or more races

4%

American Indian/Alaska Native

0%

Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

0%

Socio-Economic Diversity

15% of students received an income-based federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.

Financial Aid Breakdown

Students Receiving Aid

Federal Grant Aid

15%

State Grant Aid

3%

Institution Grant Aid

56%

Pell Grant

15%

Average Aid Awarded
Federal Grant Aid $4,666
State Grant Aid $908
Institution Grant Aid $25,355
Pell Grant Aid $4,466
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Understanding Grants & Scholarships

Data collected from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), [2019-2020]. In the absence of IPED data, information was collected directly from the school and is accurate as of the date of collection. Contact the school directly for the most current and complete information.