American University

country rank  126
world rank  254

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University Overview

Established in 1893, American University is a non-profit private higher education institution located in the suburban setting of the medium-sized city of Washington (population range of 500,000-1,000,000 inhabitants), District of Columbia. Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, American University (AU) is a large (uniRank enrollment range: 10,000-14,999 students) coeducational higher education institution formally affiliated with the Christian-Methodist religion. American University (AU) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation degrees), bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study matrix below for further details. This 126 years old higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades. The admission rate range is 20-30% making this US higher education organization a very selective institution. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment.

University Identity

Acronym AU
Founded 1893
Motto Pro Deo et Patria
For God and Country
Colours Blue and red

University Location

Address 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington (population range: 500,000-1,000,000)
20016-8001 District of Columbia
United States
T +1 (202) 885 1000
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Study Areas and Degree Levels

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Yearly Tuition Range

uniRank Tuition Range Matrix
Undergraduate Postgraduate
Local student over 20,000 US$
(14,700 Euro)
over 20,000 US$
(14,700 Euro)
Int'l student over 20,000 US$
(14,700 Euro)
over 20,000 US$
(14,700 Euro)

University Admissions

Gender Men and Women (coed)
International Students Yes, international applicants are welcome to apply for admission
Selection Type Yes, based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades
Admission Rate Admission Rate 20-30%
Admission Office 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington 20016-8001
+1 (202) 885 6000

Size and Profile

Student Enrollment Total Enrolment Range 10,000-14,999
Academic Staff Total Faculty Range 1,000-1,499
Control Type Control Type Private
Entity Type Entity Type Non-Profit
Academic Calendar Academic Calendar Semesters
Campus Setting Campus Setting Suburban
Religious Affiliation Christian-Methodist Christian-Methodist United Methodist Church -

Facilities and Services

Library University Library Yes Go to American University's Library
Housing University Housing and Accommodation Yes
Sport Facilities University Sport Facilities Yes
Financial Aids University Financial Aids Yes
Study Abroad Study Abroad and International Exchange Programs Yes
Distance Learning Distance Learning and Online Courses Yes


Institutional Accreditation or Recognition

Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Year of first Accreditation


Other Specialized or Programmatic Accreditations

  • American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
  • District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE)
  • National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC)
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International)
  • Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA)

Memberships and Affiliations

  • National Association of Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC)
  • Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA)
  • Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM)
  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS)
  • Association of American Law Schools (AALS)
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

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Site last updated: Thursday, 7 March 2019