AU Admission RequirementsWashington, District Of Columbia
Chances of getting into American University
|Admission Standards||Very High|
How hard is it to get into AU and can I get accepted? The school has a 32% acceptance rate ranking it #3 in District Of Columbia for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 5,988 out of 18,984 applicants were admitted making AU a highly competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants. Academically, it has very high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 18 percent. American University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 29% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.
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AU SAT Scores
Applicants Submitting SAT52%
|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||700|
|SAT Math 75th||680|
|SAT Composite 75th||1380|
|Average SAT Score||1300|
SAT Scores you need to get in
What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to American University?
American University typically requires 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 1140. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1300 out of 1600. The school ranks #3 in District Of Columbia for highest average SAT composite score. 52 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.
|SAT Score (1600 scale)||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|1380 and Above||Good||>44%|
|1300 to 1380||Avg +||32%-44%|
|1220 to 1300||Avg -||22%-32%|
|1140 to 1220||Reach||14%-22%|
|Less than 1140||Low||<14%|
AU ACT Scores
Applicants Submitting ACT36%
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||27|
|ACT Math 25th||24|
|ACT Composite 25th||27|
|ACT Test||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 75th||34|
|ACT Math 75th||29|
|ACT Composite 75th||31|
|Average ACT Score||29|
ACT Scores needed to get accepted
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 25 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 29 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 31 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #3 in District Of Columbia for highest average ACT composite score. 36 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to American University.
|ACT Score||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|31 and Above||Good||>44%|
|29 to 31||Avg +||32%-44%|
|27 to 29||Avg -||22%-32%|
|25 to 27||Reach||14%-22%|
|Less than 25||Low||<14%|
Avg. High School GPA3.7*
Typical High School GradesA-
You will need very good grades in high school to get into American University. 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.
|High School GPA||Freshmen Within Range||Competitiveness|
|3.50 to 3.75||21%||Avg -|
|3.25 to 3.50||14%||Avg -|
|3.00 to 3.25||10%||Reach|
|2.75 to 3.00||4%||Reach|
|2.50 to 2.75||N/A%||Low|
|2.25 to 2.50||N/A%||Low|
|2.00 to 2.25||N/A%||Low|
78% of American University freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.
|High School Class Rank||Freshmen Within Range|
|Top 10% of class||47%|
|Top 25% of class||78%|
|Top 50% of class||96%|
|Bottom 50% of class||4%|
|Bottom 25% of class||0%|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||28%||32%||29%|
Applications were DueJan 15, 2020
Days left to ApplyNone
The application deadline for Fall 2020 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 15, 2020.
What are the requirements for admission to American University and what considerations affect admission decisions?
|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.
Frequently Asked Questions
52% of students submit their SAT scores to AU. 36% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.
32% 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 1380. 52% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.