American University

2,154 reviews
  1. Washington, DC
  2. 4 Year
A-
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    C
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    B
  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

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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
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
12:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
84%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.85 responses
62%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.87 responses
66%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.87 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 48 responses
Report
  • Motivated
    33%
  • Passionate.
    29%
  • Wonks
    21%
  • Boring Squares
    8%
  • Pretentious
    8%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
98%
Poll
61%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.134 responses
Poll
60%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.167 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 40 responses
Report
  • Politically active
    40%
  • Environmental friendly
    20%
  • Opinionated
    20%
  • Driven
    8%
  • Boring
    5%
  • House of Cards
    5%
  • Hypocritical
    3%

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%
77%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.44 responses

Reviews

2,154 reviews
  • Excellent
    312
  • Very Good
    783
  • Average
    840
  • Poor
    137
  • Terrible
    59
American University is a fantastic school for those interested in politics, whether domestic or local. The academics are quite challenging, and the campus is absolutely beautiful. AU is not a huge party school, nor is the student engagement in Greek life or athletics particularly high, which is great for people of a more reserved nature. Though there are also plenty of opportunities for those interested in Greek life or partying as well. It's location is amazing, as it is in DC, and is close to a metro stop. The school bureaucracy can be a bit much at times. While the school isn't perfect, no school is. I am very happy with my choice of attending American University, and the opportunities it has given me, such as valuable internships, dozens of options for studying abroad, and contact with prominent officials.
  • Junior
  • 3 days ago
The professors are absolutely incredible. They are so passionate about their studies, and that passion and love for education translates onto the students. They give each student special attention, and help with any questions or problems they may have. The only negative comment I have are the social scenes. At times, at American University I find myself surrounded by students who do not care for their studies and do not take advantage of the resources offered.
  • Junior
  • 17 days ago
I love the professors who are always eager to teach and talk about things that is related or not related to the class: they are very approachable for conversations and questions. My favorite experience that I had was in my musicianship class. It was the final exam and I had to sight sing music pieces and after I sang all the pieces, my professor grabbed my hands and we both jumped up and down saying that she was proud of me for doing everything right. I was super nervous during the exam but my professor wiped it away as we both celebrated by jumping.
  • College Sophomore
  • 2 months ago