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OPE ID: 00143400
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American University
4400 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20016-8001
General information:  (202) 885-1000
Type:  4-year, Private not-for-profit
Awards offered:  Less than one year certificate
One but less than two years certificate
Associate's degree
Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Doctor's degree - professional practice
Campus setting:  City: Large
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  13,061 (7,706 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  12 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Doctoral/Research Universities
Religious Affiliation
United Methodist
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
For more information on AU's disability support services please visit:
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Army, Air Force)
Teacher certification
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
Study abroad
Weekend/evening college
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
On-campus day care for students' children
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2014Full timePart time
Total faculty792610
Research and public service70
Total graduate assistants-698
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2011-20122012-20132013-20142014-2015% change 2013-2014 to 2014-2015
Tuition and fees$38,071$39,499$40,649$41,8332.9%
Books and supplies$800$800$800$8000.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$13,648$13,920$14,180$15,3088.0%
Off Campus
Room and board$13,648$13,920$14,180$15,3088.0%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2011-20122012-20132013-20142014-2015% change 2013-2014 to 2014-2015
On Campus$53,653$55,353$56,808$59,1204.1%
Off Campus$53,653$55,353$56,808$59,1204.1%
Off Campus with Family$40,705$42,133$43,328$44,5122.7%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2014-2015
  • For more details on tuition, mandatory fees, and full list of room and board cost options at American University please visit:
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition planX
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
  • For more information on payment plans please visit:
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2013-2014
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid11,33482%————
Grant or scholarship aid1,15071%$26,282,414$22,854
Federal grants29818%$1,423,380$4,776
Pell grants29818%$1,285,380$4,313
Other federal grants694%$138,000$2,000
State/local government grant or scholarships473%$33,331$709
Institutional grants or scholarships1,13270%$24,825,703$21,931
Student loan aid1,04865%$7,168,780$6,840
Federal student loans1,04865%$5,153,660$4,918
Other student loans1117%$2,015,120$18,154
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid14,48561%$98,473,061$21,956
Pell grants1,22317%$5,250,164$4,293
Federal student loans3,82652%$22,650,224$5,920
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$32,688$32,548$33,778
  • For more on American University's Net Price please see American University is committed to using all of its resources to help motivated students attain their educational goals. We’ve deve
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2011-20122012-20132013-2014
$0 – $30,000$21,789$24,281$28,524
$30,001 – $48,000$23,799$25,574$27,005
$48,001 – $75,000$25,168$28,174$30,227
$75,001 – $110,000$30,068$30,920$31,693
$110,001 and more$41,250$41,908$44,567
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2014
Total enrollment13,061
Undergraduate enrollment7,706
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment287
Graduate enrollment5,355
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 96%
Part-time: 4%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 38%
Female: 62%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 6%
Black or African American: 6%
Hispanic/Latino: 10%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 55%
Two or more races: 5%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 6%
Non-resident alien: 10%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 97%
25 and over: 3%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 1%
Out-of-state: 93%
Foreign countries: 4%
Unknown: 2%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2013.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 58%
Part-time: 42%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 0%
Enrolled in some distance education: 4%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 95%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 4%
Enrolled in some distance education: 2%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 94%
Undergraduate application fee (2014-2015): $70
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2014
Number of applicants15,1195,6179,502
Percent admitted46%41%49%
Percent admitted who enrolled26%27%25%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
Formal demonstration of competenciesX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2014 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Critical Reading590680
SAT Math560660
SAT Writing580670
ACT Composite2630
ACT English2532
ACT Math2429
ACT Writing810
  • American University (AU) is continuing its test-optional pilot plan for the 2015 Fall semester. This plan is available to all applicants (Early Decision and Regular Decision) for Fall 2015 within the United States who do not wish to submit standardized test scores as a part of their application. AU does not evaluate SAT or ACT scores for students (including U.S. citizens) graduating from secondary schools outside the United States.
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 89%
Part-time students: 67%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2013 and Returned in Fall 2014
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 82 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2014.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 82%
(*) Transfer-out rate:
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • (*) Not all institutions report transfer-out rates.
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2006]
4-year: 73%
6-year: 77%
8-year: 77%
[Began in Fall 2008]
4-year: 76%
6-year: 82%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2006 or Fall 2008
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 80%
Female: 83%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 100%
Asian: 79%
Black or African American: 76%
Hispanic/Latino: 80%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 100%
White: 82%
Two or more races: 81%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 81%
Non-resident alien: 83%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2013-2014
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramAssociateBachelorMasterDoctorUndergraduate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
American/United States Studies/Civilization-2----
French Studies-3----
German Studies-2----
Latin American Studies-67--1
Russian Studies-3----
Women's Studies-7---1
Category total-237--2
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General-210---
Category total-2923--
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General-23071--0
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other-2----
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other-----0
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies-----0
Finance, General-1470--0
International Business/Trade/Commerce-----0
Marketing/Marketing Management, General-----0
Real Estate--14--1
Category total-281214--1
Communication Technologies/Technicians and Support Services
Recording Arts Technology/Technician-175---
Category total-175---
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Communication and Media Studies, Other--10---
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia-----4d
International and Intercultural Communication--16---
Mass Communication/Media Studies-9362---
Political Communication--22---
Speech Communication and Rhetoric-27-1--
Category total-1741441-4d
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, General-91---
Category total-91---
Curriculum and Instruction--46--0
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities--26---
Elementary Education and Teaching-1132--0
International and Comparative Education--9---
Secondary Education and Teaching-025--3
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor--13-00
Category total-11151-03
English Language and Literature/Letters
Creative Writing--7---
General Literature-208---
Category total-2015---
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General-----1
Category total-----1
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Arabic Language and Literature-4----
French Language and Literature-00---
German Language and Literature-0----
Language Interpretation and Translation----2011
Russian Language and Literature-0----
Spanish Language and Literature-6----
Category total-100-2011
Health Professions and Related Programs
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies-----1
Public Health Education and Promotion-1518---
Public Health, General-26----
Category total-4118--1
History, General-30266--
Category total-30266--
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies-32345--
Category total-32345--
Legal Professions and Studies
American/U.S. Law/Legal Studies/Jurisprudence--537--
International Law and Legal Studies--99---
Legal Professions and Studies, Other--6---
Legal Studies, General-42----
Category total-42158467--
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies05----
Category total05----
Mathematics and Statistics
Applied Mathematics, General-0----
Mathematics, General-146---
Statistics, General-36---
Statistics, Other-0----
Category total-1712---
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other-660---
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution--57--2
Category total-6657--2
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science-65--1
Environmental Studies-1712---
Category total-2317--1
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Applied and Professional Ethics----10
Jewish/Judaic Studies-2----
Religion/Religious Studies-2----
Category total-2030-10
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General-15---
Physics, General-6----
Category total-75---
Clinical Psychology---5--
Psychology, General-5238---
Category total-52385--
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Public Administration--995-1
Public Policy Analysis, General--56--0
Category total--1555-1
Social Sciences
Development Economics and International Development-----1
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics-9----
Economics, General-62267--
Economics, Other-----0
International Economics-----1
International Relations and Affairs-451347900
Political Science and Government, General-15420525-
Political Science and Government, Other----110
Category total-70740728362
Visual and Performing Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation-87---
Arts, Entertainment, and Media Management, Other-----0
Arts, Entertainment,and Media Management, General--17---
Cinematography and Film/Video Production-5142---
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General-9----
Film/Cinema/Video Studies--18---
Fine/Studio Arts, General-213---
Graphic Design-10----
Music History, Literature, and Theory-6----
Music, General-11----
Category total-9797--0
Grand total01,7131,5935205729
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Recognized student veteran organization
Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges
  • American University accepts transfer credit for military courses. For details please visit
Educational Benefits, 2013-2014
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 121
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 144
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 3
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 2
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution (*)
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $11,266
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $9,457
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: $3,250
  • (*) One or more average amounts of benefits/assistance are withheld to preserve the privacy of individuals.
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
2013-2014 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division I-AAA MenWomen
All Track Combined4442
Field Hockey23
Swimming and Diving2222
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Middle States Commission on Higher Education1/1/1928 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
Law (LAW) - Professional schools1/1/1940 -  Accredited
American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs3/1/1972 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1965 -  Accredited
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools1/1/1965 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2013 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201120122013
Illegal weapons possession001
Drug law violations020
Liquor law violations001
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201120122013
Illegal weapons possession001
Drug law violations000
Liquor law violations000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201120122013
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible278
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault307
Motor vehicle theft400
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201120122013
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible145
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault202
Motor vehicle theft000
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201220112010
Default rate2.1%3.3%4.6%
Number in default5984109
Number in repayment2,7092,5082,369
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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