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American University

Washington, District Of Columbia

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Student Population
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Location Washington, District Of Columbia
Online american.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large City
Religious Affiliation United Methodist
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Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Located in Washington, District Of Columbia, American University is a mid-size four year private college offering both undergrad and graduate programs.   The school has a religious affiliation with the United Methodist faith. In the most recent statistical year 18,545 prospective students applied, and 6,691 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 1,754 enrolled in the school.  11,435 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 2,876 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2019/2020, excluding room and board, is $49,070 plus fees of $819. AU is ranked 90 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2020 U.S. Colleges Ranking.



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Admission Standards
Very High
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SAT 1210/1390
ACT 27/31
GPA 3.7
Applications Accepted
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Applications Due Jan 15, 2022
Applicant Competition High
Application Fee $75

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Annual Cost to Attend

Costs for American University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$800
Other Fees$819
Room and Board $16,096
Budget for Other Expenses$909
Total One Year Cost$67,694

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Average Salary After 10 Years
$64,800 per year
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate
77% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by American University students
Subject Percent of Class
Social Sciences 43%
Business 14%
Communication 8%
Visual and Performing Arts 6%
Psychology 3%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=131159 IPEDS survey data for American University.

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