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About American University

American University is a private, religous school located in the suburban setting of Washington, DC, less than an hour from Washington, DC.

Founded in 1893, the institution currently enrolls around 14,001 students a year, including 7,953 undergrads. The institution runs on a semester academic calendar.

As of 2021, the total market value of the school endowment was $676,430,000. For each full-time student, American University spends about $15,365.

Admissions Facts About American University

Acceptance rate: 39%

Offers early decision.

Doesn't offer early action.

Get ready! The 2022 regular decision application deadline for American University is January 15

All regular decision applicants should hear back April 1.

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American University Acceptance Rate

It is very difficult to get into American University. The acceptance rate at American University is 39 percent. Last year, 20,036 students applied to American University and 7,744 were admitted.

In 2021, 5,158 applicants were waitlisted and 133 waitlisted students got accepted.

Is American University a good school?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how competitive a school is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Retention, graduation, and job placement statistics all give valuable information about the quality of the student experience, before and after graduation.

Retention and graduation rates

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at American University, around 84 percent return for their sophomore year. Out of the 1,784 students who started at American University as first-time freshman, 1,784 graduate within four years.

Around 100 percent of students who started at American University earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61 percent for public schools and 67 percent for private.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers.

Based on this information, how does American University sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So the real question to ask yourself: is American University a good school for YOU?

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American University's application deadline is January 1. All applicants should hear back from American University by April 1.

Read on to find out more about the admissions requirements and deadlines, student life, academics, majors and more.

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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 ACT Scores


ACT Range

27 - 31

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

31 and Above


27 to 31


27 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to American University is 29. Students with an ACT score of 31 and above have a good chance of getting into American University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 27 and 31 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 27 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

American University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1220 - 1380


Math SAT Range

590 - 690


Reading SAT Range

620 - 700

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1380 and Above


1220 to 1380


1220 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for American University students is 1303. Applicants with SAT scores of 1380 and above have a good chance of being admitted to American University, while applicants with SAT scores between 1220 to 1380 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1220 have a low chance of being offered a spot at American University.

American University Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at American University is like? There are approximately 14,318 students enrolled at American University, including 8,527 undergraduate students and 5,791 graduate students. 96% percent of students attend school full-time, 20% percent are from DC and 80% percent of students are from other states.


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