American University

2,162 reviews
  1. Washington, DC
  2. 4 Year
A-
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A+
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    A-
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    A+
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    B-
American University is ...
Private not-for-profit, Methodist
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AAA
Athletic Conference
Patriot League
Address
4400 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016

American University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
46%
SAT Range
1150-1340
ACT Range
26-30
Application Fee
$70
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required

Cost

Net Price
$33,778/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $28,524/ year
  • $30-48k
    $27,005/ year
  • $49-75k
    $30,227/ year
  • $76-110k
    $31,693/ year
  • $110k+
    $44,567/ year

Academics

Professors
A-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
12:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
78%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.126 responses
57%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.128 responses
59%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.128 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
7,386Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
18%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 82 responses
Report
  • Passionate.
    32%
  • Motivated
    28%
  • Wonks
    28%
  • Pretentious
    7%
  • Boring Squares
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
98%
Poll
62%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.167 responses
Poll
56%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.204 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 85 responses
Report
  • Politically active
    48%
  • Driven
    19%
  • Opinionated
    13%
  • Environmental friendly
    11%
  • House of Cards
    6%
  • Boring
    2%
  • Hypocritical
    1%

After American University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$55,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
82%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
91%
National
83%
81%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.91 responses

Reviews

2,162 reviews
  • Excellent
    316
  • Very Good
    798
  • Average
    848
  • Poor
    141
  • Terrible
    59
The School of International Service is number 10 in the nation and rising! The undergraduate international studies degree an interdisciplinary program that forces you to look at aspects within international studies that go beyond your intended focus. At first this really bothered me, why do I have to take a class on X if I want to study Y? Although the more classes I have take the more advanced my perspective becomes. It is an effective system.

SIS is arguably the best school within the university. Most 2nd semester freshman are able to find internships through their amazing career center. The career advisors are realistic and show results.

Every professor I have had in SIS is an expert in their field, written books, and still conduct research for their studies. They teach classes that they are passionate about and this lingers with the students.

There can be a lot of work, it can be essay heavy. The first semester really challenged some people, but if this is truly your passion, you will make it through!
  • College Freshman
  • Jan 28 2015
I'm going to be a sophomore this year and my freshman year at AU has been the best! I've met so many great people and learned more new things in just one semester than I have ever learned in my top 50 high school. Many of my general education classes have fundamentally changed the way I think and see the world and I am excited to see what my major classes are going to be like. The whole campus is beautiful and there are so many spots to study or hang out. I must recommend the quad on sunny days because it feels like the whole campus is outside and enjoying the sun. The people are motivated and driven, however most people are just as willing to have a good time when they are not studying or interning. The general motto is "work hard play harder" and if you prefer to live like that, I would recommend attending AU. However, if you want to party like a state school frat bro, I would not recommend AU as kids here put academics first. Coming here will honestly allow you to have so many once in a lifetime experiences that you can't get anywhere else in the country. For example, as a freshman, I interned on Capitol Hill, got to walk in the House of Representatives voting chamber, saw the pope, attended balls at various embassies, and met various ambassadors and the president of the EU. I'm excited to see what the next year brings and I recommend high schoolers to come to the school if they feel like they belong.
  • College Sophomore
  • 4 months ago
American is a perfect fit for a wide array of students. The professors are real professionals who have relevant experience outside of teaching. Often, professors have unique networking opportunities for students because they are working professionals. Class sizes are small and engaging. There is very much an opportunity to graduate early, study abroad, or tack on multiple degrees all within the 4 year window at American. Going to school in D.C. opens up an entire world of internships and job opportunities!
  • College Senior
  • 3 months ago