American University

American University Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is American University Ranked?

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2022 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

American University was awarded 668 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is other statistics.

Overall Quality

The American University landed the #141 spot in College Factual's 2022 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,576 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when The American University held the #164 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

The American University is also ranked #3 out of 9 schools in District of Columbia.

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Is It Hard to Get Into The American University?

Acceptance Rate

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.

Average Test Scores

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.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for American University  ( 630 to 710 )

SAT Math Scores for American University  ( 590 to 680 )
The American University received ACT scores from 31% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 27 and 32.

ACT Composite Scores for American University  ( 27 to 32 )

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American University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

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.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

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 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

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.

Freshmen Retention Rate  85 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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American University Undergraduate Student Diversity

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.

How Much Does American University Cost?

The overall average net price of The American University is $43,451. 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 +
$28,432 $22,578 $33,158 $37,117 $54,404

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

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 2.5%. 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

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

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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 71 majors graduated from American University. Of these students, 1,979 received undergraduate degrees and 2,383 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 434 $43,039
Business Administration & Management 205 $53,202
Political Science & Government 164 $47,260
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 116 $44,055
Public Relations & Advertising 105 $48,725
Economics 90 $47,650
Public Health 84 $36,992
Criminal Justice & Corrections 79 $37,748
General Psychology 66 $34,704
Finance & Financial Management 64 $62,154

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 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
2019-2020 4,609 1,597
2018-2019 2,815 1,307
2017-2018 1,027 478
2016-2017 1,926 1,244
2015-2016 1,602 879

Learn more about online learning at American University.

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Notes and References


*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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