American University School Overview: Acceptance Rate, Tuition, and More

Washington, DC

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$49,889

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 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

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.

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.

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.

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SAT 25th-75th Percentile 1210-1390

ACT 25th-75th Percentile 27-31

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

20%

Online Student Enrollment

11:1

Student to Faculty Ratio

Ways Students Can Learn

On-campus

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%

Female student population

62%

Socio-economic diversity

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

Online Programs

Offers Online Programs

Yes

Online Programs

22

Total Online Enrollment

2,815

Student Location Breakout

20% 80%

Percent of Programs Online

89% On-campus

11% Online

Types of Online Programs Offered

Certificates 6% online

Associate Not offered

Bachelor's Not offered

Graduate Certificate 11% online

Master's 23% online

Doctorate 8% online

Financial 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

Financial Outlook

$47k

Average salary 6 years after starting school

$24k

Average student debt after graduation

Resource

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.