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Find out more about how American University ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is American University Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

American University was awarded 105 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is communication and journalism.

Overall Quality

The American University landed the #164 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation.

The American University also holds the #3 spot on the Best Colleges in District of Columbia ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into The American University?

Acceptance Rate

With an acceptance rate of 29%, The American University is one of the most selective schools in the country. Good grades and high test scores alone may not be enough to get you into the school, so do your best to submit a stellar application.

Average Test Scores

About 49% of students accepted to The American University submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 610 and 690. Math scores were between 570 and 660.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for American University  ( 610 to 690 )

SAT Math Scores for American University  ( 570 to 660 )
The American University received ACT scores from 39% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 26 and 30.

ACT Composite Scores for American University  ( 26 to 30 )

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American University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at The American University is an impressive 11 to 1. That's quite good when you compare it to the national average of 15 to 1. This is a good sign that students at the school will have more opportunities for one-on-one interactions with their professors.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at American University is 56%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  56 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at American University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 90% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like American University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  90 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at The American University for first-time, full-time students is 76%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  76 out of 100

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Excellent Overall Diversity at The American University

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 8,123 undergraduates at The American University with 7,764 being full-time and 359 being part-time.

The American University Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

With an overall score of 96.53 out of 100, The American University is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  96.53 out of 100
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How Much Does American University Cost?

The overall average net price of The American University is $34,617. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for The American University

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$21,371 $20,960 $26,574 $32,751 $45,685

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of The American University, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At The American University, approximately 56% of students took out student loans averaging $8,375 a year. That adds up to $33,500 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at The American University is 1.8%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do The American University Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from The American University make about $61,000 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. That's great news for The American University students since it is 53% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at American University make the most money.

Location of American University

American University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Washington, District of Columbia. The location of The American University is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

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Location of American University

Contact details for The American University are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 4400 Massachusetts Ave Nw, Washington, DC 20016-8001
Phone: 202-885-1000

American University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 78 majors graduated from American University. Of these students, 1,952 received undergraduate degrees and 2,370 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
International Relations & National Security 448 $39,800
Business Administration & Management 213 $47,000
Political Science & Government 151 $42,900
Public Relations & Advertising 109 $42,800
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 100 $38,300
Economics 95 $45,300
Public Health 85 $34,300
Journalism 72 $33,300
Criminal Justice & Corrections 67 $40,700
General Psychology 59 $30,700

Learn more about the majors offered at American University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at The American University

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2017-2018, 1,027 students took at least one online class at American University. This is a decrease from the 1,926 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 1,027 478
2016-2017 1,926 1,244
2015-2016 1,602 879
2014-2015 1,342 563
2013-2014 648 204

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