The acceptance rate at AU is 39%. It ranks #3 in District Of Columbia and #145 in the nation for lowest rate of acceptance. AU is a highly competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants. Last year, 7,744 out of 20,036 applicants were admitted.
The school has very high admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 18 percent (SAT 1220/1390 ACT 27/32). American University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.7. 21% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.
The AU application fee is $75 and applications are due by Jan 15.
Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to American University. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 52% of students submitted SAT scores and 36% submitted ACT scores for admission for the 2021/2022 academic year..
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||630|
|SAT Math 25th||590|
|SAT Composite 25th||1220|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||710|
|SAT Math 75th||680|
|SAT Composite 75th||1390|
|Average SAT Score||1310
What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to American University?
American University typically prefers applicants to be in the top 22 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1220 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1130. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1310 out of 1600. AU ranks #3 in District Of Columbia and #117 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. 52 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.
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|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||28|
|ACT Math 25th||24|
|ACT Composite 25th||27|
|ACT Test||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 75th||34|
|ACT Math 75th||29|
|ACT Composite 75th||32|
|Average ACT Score||29
What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into AU?
Admission data indicates that AU regularly accepts students with ACT's of 27 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 15 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 24 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 30 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 32 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #3 in District Of Columbia and #107 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score. 36 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to American University.
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What GPA do you need to get into American University?
Applicants require very good grades in high school to get into AU. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at American University was 3.7 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #3 in District Of Columbia for highest average GPA. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to AU will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.
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*This school has not released high school GPA data for its incoming freshmen. In these cases, CollegeSimply employs an artificial intelligence (AI) process to predict GPA based on this school's test scores and a large sample of other colleges' data. 3.7 is an estimate of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||21%||21%||21%|
Applicants have 108 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Jan 15, 2023.
The cost for prospective students to apply to American University is $75.
What are the requirements for admission to American University and what student information is used for admission decisions?
|Test Scores||Considered but not required|
|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Class Rank||Neither required nor recommended|
|Completion of College Preparatory Program||Required|
|Demonstration of Competencies||Recommended|
|Credit for Life Experiences||No|
Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=131159 IPEDS survey data for American University.
52% of students submit their SAT scores to AU. 36% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.
39% of those who apply are granted admission to AU. Admission competition is high and the college has very high admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.
The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1220 and 1390. 52% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.
The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 27 and 32. 36% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.