American University is a test optional school meaning you are not required to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the school is "considered but not required". If you do elect to submit your SAT scores, the following information is helpful to understand how you compare with other applicants.
The average composite SAT score for admitted American University freshman is 1305 out of 1600. AU students have the 117th highest average SAT score in the United States. For perspective, a 1305 is in the 89th percentile of all SAT test takers.
The middle fifty percent of incoming students have SAT composite scores ranging from 1220 to 1390. The 75th percentile score is 1390 while the 25th percentile score is 1220.
The lowest SAT score accepted is not reported by AU but we estimate it to be around a 1130 total composite SAT score.
The average score for AU students on the math portion of the SAT is 635 out of 800. The 25th percentile of students score a 590 and the 75th percentile score 680.
The 25th and 75th percentile range for SAT reading scores range from 630 to 710 and the average score for American University students is 670.
Below are estimated chances of being accepted at American University based on SAT score ranges and the overall admission rate of 38.7%. These chances assume you have an average GPA for the school, around 3.7.
An SAT score of 1390 or higher is very competitive at AU and is a better score than three quarters of students who are accepted. You have an above average chance of acceptance, around 55% or higher.
Scores between 1310 to 1380 are above average giving you an advantage over most applicants. While scores in this range are higher than many who apply, admission is very competitive. The estimated chance of getting in is around 40% to 53%.
SAT scores between 1220 to 1300 are still in the middle range of accepted students a but a little lower than the average. You can get in and have about a 25% to 38% percent chance of being admitted.
SAT scores from 1130 to 1210 are on the very low end of the range where students are accepted. Scores in this range are not competitive with most other applicants but you still have a chance. We estimate scores in this range have less than a 24% chance of admission to AU. SAT scores below 1130 likely fall out of the range where students are regularly accepted.Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class
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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.