American University

Washington, DC

Brief Description

An 1893 Act of Congress brought the American University into being. It's a private institution with degree programs ranging from bachelor's to doctorates. American University has been called "the most politically active school," and with its location in Washington, D.C., its political involvement comes as no surprise.

American University features six schools. In the College of Arts & Sciences, students engage in programs dedicated to the humanities and social sciences. The Kogod School of Business is recognized for its excellent curriculum and its focus on international business. Students hoping to work in the government or non-profit sector may look for a program through the School of International Service while those hoping to work in the media may consider a degree from the School of Communication. In the School of Public Affairs, programs related to public administration and policy are offered. Law students take courses through the Washington College of Law. Finally, the School of Professional & Extended Studies provides opportunities for internships and international study.

American University is known for its small class sizes and the quality of its faculty. The study body is diverse, with citizens of more than 130 countries being represented. The majority of students participate in an internship while an undergraduate at American University, while more than half of them take an opportunity to study abroad.

The college's location in Washington, D.C. serves its students well. Not only do they enjoy access to some of the world's best museums and libraries, but they also have the opportunity to engage in political and humanitarian efforts. The bustling Office of Campus Life ensures that students are always active, involved and informed. Students may participate in a number of on campus clubs, help publish the school's literary arts magazine or join one of the many athletic teams.

With a tremendous variety of academic programs and outstanding, internationally-recognized faculty, American University is an excellent choice for students determined to make a difference in the world.

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At A Glance

Total undergraduate enrollment: 5701

Total institution enrollment: 10776

School type: 4-year private, not-for-profit

School classification: Doctoral/Research Universities--Extensive: These institutions typically offer a wide range of baccalaureate programs, and they are committed to graduate education through the doctorate. They award 50 or more doctoral degrees per year across at least 15 Disciplines.

Campus Location

Main Address

American University
4400 Massachusetts Ave Nw
Washington, DC 20016


(202) 885-1000


Undergraduate Demographics

Male undergraduate population: 39%

Female undergraduate population: 61%

Undergrad visible minorities: No Data

Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered: Associate's, Bachelor's, Postbaccalaureate certificate, Master's, Doctor's, First-professional degree

Accounting And Finance
American Studies / Civilization
American United States History
Art History Criticism And Conservation
Arts And Design
Arts Management
Biology General
Business General
Business Marketing And Marketing Management
Chemistry General
Clinical Psychology
Communications General
Computer Science General
Counselor Education / Counseling And Guidance
Criminal Justice General
Design And Visual Communications
Drama / Theater Arts General
Economics General
Economics Other
Education Administration And Supervision
Education General
Education Of The Specific Learning Disability
Elementary Teacher Education
English Creative Writing
English Language And Literature / Letter
Enterprise Management And Operations
Environmental Science / Studies
European History
Experimental Psychology
Film / Cinema Studies
Finance General
Fine / Studio Arts
Foreign Language Interpretation And Translation
French Language And Literature
General Studies
German Language And Literature
Health And Physical Education General
History General
Human Resources Management
Information Sciences And Systems
International And Comparative Education
International Business
International Business Marketing
International Economics
International Finance
International Relations And Affairs
Jewish / Judaic Studies
Latin American Studies
Law And Legal Studies Other
Law Llb Jd
Liberal Arts And Sciences / Liberal Studies
Mathematical Statistics
Mathematics Teacher Education
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Other
Music General
Peace And Conflict Studies
Physics General
Political Science And Government General
Psychology General
Public Administration
Public Administration And Services Other
Public Relations
Real Estate
Religion / Religious Studies
Russian And Slavic Area Studies
Russian Language And Literature
Secondary Teacher Education
Social Sciences General
Spanish Language And Literature
Sport And Fitness Administration / Management
Teaching English As A Second Language
Western European Studies
Women Studies