American University

School Overview: Acceptance Rate, Tuition, and More

Washington, DC

$51,361

Avg tuition

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About American University

School Type: Private

Status: Non-profit

Accreditation: Regional

Religious Affiliation: Christian, United Methodist  While the student experience is largely unaffected at most schools with religious affiliations, some schools place more of an emphasis on religion. Learn how religious affiliations may impact students' experience.

Military Friendly: YesMilitary-friendly schools are Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges, offer the Yellow Ribbon Program, and have a dedicated point of contact to support veterans, military service members, and their families. Explore our college guide for service members and veterans to learn more.

American University, also known as AU, is a medium-sized private, nonprofit university located in Washington, D.C. AU was founded in 1893 by John Fletcher Hurst and is now home to around 14,000 students. The university has a strong focus on student-centered research, with nearly 250 programs that include Educational Leadership and Game & Media Design. AU has a total undergraduate enrollment of 8,463. Admissions are highly competitive, with an acceptance rate of 36%. The university offers 80 Bachelor’s Degrees, has an average graduation rate of 79% and a student faculty ratio of 11:1. AU’s average tuition and fees for students is $49,889. American University is consistently ranked as the #1 Doctorate program in Mass Communication and Media studies.

Admissions Breakdown

Acceptance Rate Insight

This school has a competitive acceptance rate.

This school is a little more selective about its students. Competitive acceptance schools welcome 15-50% of all applicants.

39% of students were accepted during the 2020-2021 school year. Sometimes schools with midrange acceptance rates have higher standards of entry but are still accessible to many students who apply.

Retention Rate Insight

85% of full-time students stayed to continue their studies the following academic year. These students started in Fall 2019 and returned in Fall 2020.

Graduation Rate Insight

79% of students graduated out of all full-time, first-time students who began their studies in Fall 2014. Keep in mind many students who enroll are not typically first-time students, as most are adult learners. Therefore, the number of first-time students is traditionally low.

Test scores Considered (not required)

High school rank Not required or recommended

High school GPA Required

Completion of college prep program Required

High school transcript Required

Letter of recommendation Required

Open admission No

Test of English as a foreign language (TOEFL) Required

SAT & ACT

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

While test scores can be an important aspect of college applications, schools determine admission based on several factors, and these test scores are only a suggested range.

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ACT 25th-75th Percentile 27-32

SAT 25th-75th Percentile 1220-1390

Learning Environment

Student Body Stats

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

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14k

Students enrolled

33%

Online student enrollment

11:1

Student to faculty ratio

Ways Students Can Learn

Online Check Bold
On-campus Check Bold
Hybrid The program is a combination of on-campus and online learning and varies per program. Check Bold
International Online classes are available for students around the world. Check Bold

Demographics

White

48%

Non-U.S. Citizen

13%

Hispanic

11%

Black

10%

Unknown

7%

Asian

6%

Two or more races

5%

American Indian/Alaska Native

0%

Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

0%

Female student population

62%

Socio-economic diversity

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

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Online Programs

Offers Online Programs

Yes

Online Programs

13

Total Online Enrollment

4,609

Student Location Breakout

33% 67%

Percent of Programs Online

93% On-campus

7% Online

Types of Online Programs Offered

Certificates Check Bold 10% online

Associate X Bold Not offered

Bachelor's X Bold Not offered

Graduate Certificate Check Bold 10% online

Master's Check Bold 10% online

Doctorate Check Bold 6% online

Financial Breakdown

Students Receiving Aid

Federal Grant Aid

15%

State Grant Aid

2%

Institution Grant Aid

53%

Pell Grant

15%

Average Aid Awarded

Federal Grant Aid $4,927
State Grant Aid $611
Institution Grant Aid $29,819
Pell Grant Aid $4,065

Financial Outlook

$24k

Average student debt after graduation

$47k

Average salary 6 years after starting school

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Data collected from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), [2020-2021]. 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.