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American University

Washington, District Of Columbia

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Student Population
American University overview
Location Washington, District Of Columbia
Online american.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large City
Religious Affiliation United Methodist
American University overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate

Located in Washington, District Of Columbia, American University is a mid-size four year private college offering both undergrad and graduate programs.   The school has a religious affiliation with the United Methodist faith. In the most recent statistical year 20,036 prospective students applied, and 7,744 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 1,607 enrolled in the school.  10,396 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 3,605 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2020/2021, excluding room and board, is $50,542 plus fees of $819. AU is ranked 71 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2022 U.S. Colleges Ranking.

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AU is rated within the top 18% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 9 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated

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Admission Standards
Very High
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SAT 1220/1390
ACT 27/32
Estimated GPA 3.7
Applications Accepted
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Applications Due Jan 15, 2023
Applicant Competition High
Application Fee $75

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Annual Cost to Attend

Costs for American University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$800
Other Fees$819
Room and Board $16,196
Budget for Other Expenses$1,009
Total One Year Cost$69,366

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Average Salary After 10 Years
$64,800 per year
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate
77% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by American University students
Subject Percent of Class
Social Sciences 43%
Business 14%
Communication 8%
Visual and Performing Arts 6%
Psychology 3%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=131159 IPEDS survey data for American University.

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