A
Washington, District Of Columbia

American University Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into American University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
29.4%
Admission Difficulty for American University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsVery High
Applicant CompetitionHigh

How hard is it to get into American University and can I get accepted? The school has a 29% acceptance rate ranking it #2 in District Of Columbia for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 5,498 out of 18,699 applicants were admitted making American University 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 32% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

Sponsored by Cappex

Find out which students are getting accepted at American University, which are not, and how your GPA, SAT, or ACT scores compare.

Calculate My Chances

American University SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1250-1410
Applicants Submitting SAT
49%
SAT Scores for American University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 660
SAT Math 25th 590
SAT Composite 25th 1250
SAT Scores for American University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 720
SAT Math 75th 690
SAT Composite 75th 1410
Average SAT Score 1330

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 18 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1250 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 1170. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1330 out of 1600. The school ranks #3 in District Of Columbia for highest average SAT composite score. 49 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.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

American University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1410 and Above Good >41%
1330 to 1410 Avg + 29%-41%
1250 to 1330 Avg - 19%-29%
1170 to 1250 Reach 12%-19%
Less than 1170 Low <12%
Calculate My Chances Ad

American University ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
26-30 
Applicants Submitting ACT
39%
ACT Scores for American University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 26
ACT Math 25th 24
ACT Composite 25th 26
ACT Scores for American University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 33
ACT Math 75th 28
ACT Composite 75th 30
Average ACT Score 28

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into American University?

Admission data indicates that American University regularly accepts students with ACT's of 26 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 18 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 24 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 28 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 30 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #3 in District Of Columbia for highest average ACT composite score. 39 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to American University.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

American University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
30 and Above Good >41%
28 to 30 Avg + 29%-41%
26 to 28 Avg - 19%-29%
24 to 26 Reach 12%-19%
Less than 24 Low <12%
Calculate My Chances Ad

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.7*
Typical High School Grades
A-

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 American University will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted American University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 51% Good
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

High School Class Rank

78% of American University freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted American University students
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%

Admission Statistics

American University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 11,767 6,932 18,699
Accepted 3,582 1,916 5,498
Acceptance Rate 30% 28% 29%
Enrolled 1,134 651 1,785
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 32% 34% 32%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jan 15, 2020
Days left to Apply
60

Applicants have 60 days left until the Fall 2020 term applications are due on Jan 15, 2020.

Seniors, these are the SAT and ACT test dates you can still sit for a test and send your results to American University before the Jan 15 application deadline.

SAT Test Date Scores Available
Dec 7 Dec 20
ACT Test Date Scores Available
Dec 14 Dec 24

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to American University and what considerations affect admission decisions?

American University Admission Requirements
Test Scores 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

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