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American University

Washington, DC 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate41%
Acceptance Rate41%

About American University


American University (AU) is a vibrant, diverse, and dynamic institution nestled in the heart of Washington, D.C. Renowned for its strong programs in international relations, political science, and journalism, AU is where passion meets action. Students at American are civically-engaged and socially-conscious, ready to make their mark in the world. The campus life is bustling with over 200 student-led clubs and organizations. AU's location in the nation's capital provides unparalleled access to internships, cultural experiences, and career opportunities. At AU, students don't just learn about the world, they actively work to change it.

American University is a private, religious university in the suburb of Washington, DC. American University was founded in 1893. The university enrolls around 13,885 students a year, including 7,917 undergrad students.

American University Acceptance Rate 2022

It is very difficult to get into American University. American University admitted 41% of all applicants in 2022. Out of 19,510 applications received in 2022, 7,926 students were offered admission.

American University Admissions Facts At-A-Glance
Overall Acceptance Rate 41%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 86%
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Test Optional Yes
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 27%

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American University is located in the town of Washington, DC, near Washington.

If you would like to see American University for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 95 to Washington, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Reagan National.

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College Info

4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20016-8001

Campus Setting: Suburban

American University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

May 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to American University is Jan 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to American University is May 1.

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American University is a member of the Coalition for College.

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American University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1290 - 1360


Math SAT Range

630 - 700


Reading SAT Range

660 - 730

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

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1360 and Above


1290 to 1360


1290 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for American University students is 1368. Applicants with SAT scores of 1360 and above have a good chance of being admitted to American University, while applicants with SAT scores between 1290 to 1360 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1290 have a low chance of being offered a spot at American University.

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Student Life

Wondering what life at American University is like? There are approximately 13,885 students enrolled at American University, including 7,917 undergraduate students and 5,968 graduate students. 96% percent of students attend school full-time, 19% percent are from DC and 81% percent of students are from other states.


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