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Washington, District Of Columbia

American University Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into American University

American University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
31.5%
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 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 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 29% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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American University SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1220-1380
Applicants Submitting SAT
52%
SAT Scores for American University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 630
SAT Math 25th 590
SAT Composite 25th 1220
SAT Scores for American University
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.

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Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

American University admission chances by SAT score
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%
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American University ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
27-31 
Applicants Submitting ACT
36%
ACT Scores for American University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 27
ACT Math 25th 24
ACT Composite 25th 27
ACT Scores for American University
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 American University?

Admission data indicates that American University 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.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

American University admission chances by ACT score
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%
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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.

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Admission Statistics

American University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 12,231 6,753 18,984
Accepted 4,030 1,958 5,988
Acceptance Rate 33% 29% 32%
Enrolled 1,133 624 1,757
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 28% 32% 29%

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

52% of students submit their SAT scores to American University. 36% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

32% of those who apply are granted admission to American University. 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.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 27 and 31. 36% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.