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Your chances of getting into American University

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for American University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Exceptional 
Applicant Competition Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at AU is 64.1%.  Its admission rate is the 6th lowest in District Of Columbia.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into AU and can you get accepted?

AU is a moderately competitive school to get into. You have a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the criteria. Last year, 12,594 out of the 19,650 who applied were admitted.

The school has extremely high admission requirements, generally admitting students who can score in the top 12 percent on standardized admission tests. American University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.7. 19% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into AU?

64% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to American University you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.7 or better
  • Earn A- grades in high school
  • Score 1360 on the SAT
  • Score 31 on the ACT
  • Submit letters of recommendation from your teachers


GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 


Typical High School Grades 


What GPA do you need to get into American University?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into AU are to have around a 3.7 high school GPA. You are required to have very good grades in high school.

If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as AU accepts 64% of students who apply.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at AU is 3.7 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn A- letter grades and regularly score around 90-92 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #3 in District Of Columbia for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since AU is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.7 GPA range.

*This school has not published high school GPA data for its incoming freshman class. In these cases, CollegeSimply uses an algorithm to predict GPA based on this school's test scores and a large sample of college GPA data. 3.7 is a prediction of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.

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AU SAT Scores

Test Optional

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. 28% of students submitted SAT scores and 18% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 


Applicants Submitting SAT 

SAT Scores for American University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 660
Math 25th Percentile 620
Composite 25th Percentile 1280
SAT Scores for American University
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 730
Math 75th Percentile 710
Composite 75th Percentile 1440
Average SAT Score 1360

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to American University?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at AU is 1360 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1280-1440. Students who get into American University score in the top 14 percent of all SAT test takers..  AU ranks #3 in District Of Columbia and #102 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1360 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. AU regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1280 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1280, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 1200, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

American University is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "considered but not required".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1360 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1360, you have around a 64% chance of being admitted. A 1440 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 77% chance of getting in.

American University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1440 and Above Good >77%
1360 to 1440 Avg + 64%-77%
1280 to 1360 Avg - 48%-64%
1200 to 1280 Reach 33%-48%
Less than 1200 Low <33%
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AU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 


Applicants Submitting ACT 

ACT Scores for American University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 29
Math 25th Percentile 26
Composite 25th Percentile 29
ACT Scores for American University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 35
Math 75th Percentile 31
Composite 75th Percentile 33
Average ACT Score 31

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into AU?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to AU is 31, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 29 and 33.  The school ranks #3 in District Of Columbia and #78 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 31. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 29 and score in the score in the top 9 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 27.

18 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to American University.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as American University is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "considered but not required".

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into AU for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 31 score has around 64% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 77% with a 33 ACT score.

American University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
33 and Above Good >77%
31 to 33 Avg + 64%-77%
29 to 31 Avg - 48%-64%
27 to 29 Reach 33%-48%
Less than 27 Low <33%
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Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

American University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 12,799 6,851 19,650
Accepted 8,406 4,188 12,594
Acceptance Rate 66% 61% 64%
Enrolled 1,559 813 2,372
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 19% 19% 19%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Jan 15, 2024

Days left to Apply


Applicants have 116 days left until the Fall 2024 term applications are due on Jan 15, 2024.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to American University is $75.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to American University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

American University Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at American University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Admission Requirements Summary

Because AU is moderately competitive, you have a strong chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.7 GPA, you have a very good likelihood of getting in. A 1360 on the SAT and 31 on the ACT will further lock in your application.

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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.


Does American University prefer SAT or ACT?

28% of students submit their SAT scores to AU. 18% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into American University?

64% of those who apply are granted admission to AU. Admission competition is low and the college has exceptional admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for American University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1280 and 1440. The average SAT score is 1360. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for American University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 29 and 33. The average ACT score is 31. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.