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Overview

AU
Location Washington, DC
Setting Large City
Enrollment 14,001
Type Private 4 Year
National Ranking #71
Religious Affiliation United Methodist
Status Non-profit
Website american.edu
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Costs

AU
Tuition (In State) $50,542
Tuition (Out of State) $50,542
Room & Board $16,196
Avg Net Price $37,319
Avg Grant Aid $29,117
% Receiving Grant Aid 66%

Admission

AU
Applied 20,036
Admitted 7,744
Acceptance Rate 38.7%
Enrolled % 20.8%
Avg High School GPA 3.7
Typical High School Grades A-
Admissions Standards Very High
Applicant Competition High
ACT Range 27/32
SAT Range 1220/1390
Submit Test Scores Considered but not required
Application Deadline Jan 15, 2023

Academics

AU
Student to Faculty Ratio 11:1
Popular Majors
  • Social Sciences (43%)
  • Business (14%)
  • Communication (8%)
  • Visual and Performing Arts (6%)
  • Psychology (3%)

Outcomes

AU
Graduation Rate 77%
Median Earnings (After 10 years) $64,800
Making Student Loan Payments 80%
Median Student Loan Debt $24,250
Median Loan Payment $250

Diversity

AU
% Men 38%
% Women 62%
Racial Diversity High
HBCU No
% White 58%
% Black 7%
% Hispanic 12%
% Native American 0%
% Pacific Islander 0%
% Two or More Races 5%
% International 7%
% Unknown Race 4%

Students

AU
% In-State 2%
% Out-of-State 93%

Campus

AU
Campus Housing Yes
Freshman Dorm Required No
Meal Plan Yes
Weekend/Evening Classes Yes
Daycare Facility Yes
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Sources: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov IPEDS and College Scorecard https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/