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American University was awarded 589 badges in the 2023 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is audiovisual communications.
College Factual ranked The American University as #80 out of 2,241 colleges and universities in the country on its 2023 Best Colleges list. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country. This is an improvement over the previous year, when The American University held the #141 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.
The American University also holds the #3 spot on the Best Colleges in District of Columbia ranking.
American University has an acceptance rate of 39%, which means the school is serious about who it admits. Take your time in putting together a strong application that highlights why you are a good fit for The American University.
About 50% 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 630 and 710. Math scores were between 590 and 680.
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The student to faculty ratio is often used to measure the number of teaching resources that a college or university offers its students. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1, but at The American University it is much better at 11 to 1. That's good news for students who want to interact more on a personal level with their teachers.
In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.
The full-time faculty percentage at American University is 57%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.
American University has a freshmen retention rate of 85%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.
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%.
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During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 7,953 undergraduates at The American University with 7,453 being full-time and 500 being part-time.
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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.
Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At The American University, approximately 42% of students took out student loans averaging $9,489 a year. That adds up to $37,956 over four years for those students.
The student loan default rate at The American University is 1.7%. 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.
See which majors at American University make the most money.
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Contact details for The American University are given below.
|Address:||4400 Massachusetts Ave Nw, Washington, DC 20016-8001|
|Most Popular Majors||Bachelor’s Degrees||Average Salary of Graduates|
|International Relations & National Security||415||$41,948|
|Political Science & Government||226||$45,217|
|Business Administration & Management||218||$50,809|
|Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies||119||$44,939|
|Criminal Justice & Corrections||108||$39,002|
|Public Relations & Advertising||100||$45,098|
|Finance & Financial Management||86||$64,161|
Learn more about the majors offered at American University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.
Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.
In 2019-2020, 4,609 students took at least one online class at American University. This is an increase from the 2,815 students who took online classes the previous year.
|Year||Took at Least One Online Class||Took All Classes Online|
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*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.
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