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Is American University a Good School for Veterans?

As someone with prior military experience, it's a good idea to check how well the school services veterans before signing those admission papers. So we've gathered facts about American University veterans and their studies to help you make your college decision. If you're looking for information related to military tuition assistance such as the GI Bill® or Yellow Ribbon Program, go to the following page: American University G.I. Bill Information

What You'll Find in Our Veterans Report on The American University:

How Does The American University Rank for Veterans?

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To help identify those institutions that do a stellar job at supporting veterans, College Factual produces its Best Schools for Veterans list each year.

American University was ranked #301 on the 2022 version of this list. This puts The American University in the top 15% of the 2,459 schools on this list for providing vets with an excellent educational experience. The school also ranked #4 in our Best for Vets in District of Columbia ranking.

We also release our rankings by degree level so vets can see which schools are the best for the level of degree they want to pursue. Below you'll find how The American University did in those rankings.

Ranking Name Rank
Best Bachelor’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 260
Best Master’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 254
Best Doctor’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 323

You can also see how specific majors at The American University fared when compared to the same major at other schools. The table below shows those majors which received the highest rankings for vets. Click here to see a full list of majors. From here, you can dive down into different types of rankings once you select a major.

Ranking Name Rank
Best General Literature Colleges for Veterans 1
Best General Literature Master’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 1
Best General Literature Bachelor’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 1
Best Ethics Master’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 2
Best Political Communication Colleges for Veterans 2
Best Political Communication Master’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 2
Best Recording Arts Technology/Technician Master’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 3
Best International Economics Master’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 3
Best Game & Interactive Media Design Master’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 3
Best Literature Bachelor’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 3

How Many Veterans Go to The American University?

Colleges with a large veteran population are better equipped to support and accommodate those who have had military experience.

The VA reports that there are 613 G.I. Bill® students at The American University. There are 14,001 students enrolled at The American University. This means that approximately 4.38% use the GI Bill® to help pay for tuition, fees, and other expenses. Putting that into perspective, the Student Veterans of America estimates that about three-four percent of all college students in America are veterans.

Note, this figure includes all chapters of the GI Bill® program (e.g., Post-9/11, Montgomery GI Bill, Reserve Education Assistance Program, and Veteran Readiness and Employment). This does not include active-duty military personnel who are attending the college via Tuition Assistance. Therefore, the potential total military population could be larger than this.

Federal Veteran Programs at The American University

American University participates in the following federal programs for vets.

Federal Program Participation
Principles of Excellence Yes
DOD Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Yes
Eight Keys Yes

What does this mean to me? Below you can view the specific commitments this school has made by participating in individual programs.

Career and Vocational Support
Accommodate Military Service Members and Reservists absent due to service requirements.
Align institutional refund policies with those under Title IV, which governs the administration of federal student financial aid programs.
Regionally or Nationally Accredited - view all accreditations
Provide information that increases accountability and transparency.
Participate in the Military Voluntary Education Review (MVER)
Benefits Support
Ensure accreditation of all new programs prior to enrolling students.
Will not use fraudulent or aggressive recruiting techniques and misrepresentations.
Provide students with a personalized form covering the total cost of an education program.
Counseling Support
Designate a point of contact to provide academic and financial advice.
Provide educational plans for all military and veteran education beneficiaries.
Referrals to community organizations as needed.

American University does have a student veterans group.

Does The American University Give Credit for Military Training?

Implied No Credit for Life Experience
NO Credit for Military Training
At this time, The American University does not offer college credit for life experience.

Unfortunately, The American University does not offer credit for military training.

The American University Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC)

Yes Air Force ROTC
Yes Army ROTC
Implied No Navy ROTC
Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs are available at The American University for the following armed services:

  • Air Force
  • Army

Complaints to the VA About The American University

Our data shows that The American University has not received 1 complaints at the VA.The reasons for these complaints are summarized in the table below.You should note that the numbers used to classify complaints may not sum up to the total number, since one complaint could be for more reasons than one.

Complaint Type Number of Complaints
Financial Issues 0
Quality of Education 0
Refund Issues 0
Recruiting/Marketing Practices 0
Acceditation 0
Change in Degree Requirements 0
Student Loans 0
Grade Policy 0
Credit Transfers 0
Post-Graduation Job Opportunities 0
Release of Transcripts 0
Other 1


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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