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American University Data & Information Overview

439 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
64% Acceptance Rate
This overview covers the essential stats on American University, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more.
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How Well Is American University Ranked?

#129 Best Colleges in Nation
#3 Best Colleges in DC
Criminal Justice & Corrections Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2024 Rankings

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American University was awarded 439 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is criminal justice & corrections.

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Overall Quality

The American University landed the #129 spot in College Factual's 2024 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,217 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?

64% Acceptance Rate
67% Of Accepted Are Women
28% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at American University is a competitive 64%, so make sure you take your application seriously when putting it together. Even leaving out a minor detail could be a reason to move you to the rejection pile.

Average Test Scores

About 28% 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 660 and 730. Math scores were between 620 and 710.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for American University  ( 660 to 730 )

SAT Math Scores for American University  ( 620 to 710 )
The American University received ACT scores from 18% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 29 and 33.

ACT Composite Scores for American University  ( 29 to 33 )

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American University Faculty

12 to 1 Student to Faculty
57% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at The American University is an impressive 12 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

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%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  57 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at American University

90% Freshmen Retention
75% On-Time Graduation Rate

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

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At The American University the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 75%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  75 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at American University.

American University Undergraduate Student Diversity

7,453 Full-Time Undergraduates
30.9% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
62.2% Percent Women

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?

$40,088 Net Price
39% Take Out Loans
$30,756 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of The American University is $40,088. 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 +
$21,108 $20,965 $27,374 $33,218 $52,924

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 39% of students took out student loans averaging $7,689 a year. That adds up to $30,756 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.

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How Much Money Do The American University Graduates Make?

$71,933 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from The American University with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $71,933 in their early years. That's great news for The American University students since it is 69% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


See which majors at American University make the most money.

Location of American University

District of Columbia State
7,453 Full-Time Undergraduates
Large City Campus Setting
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

71 Majors With Completions
2,143 Undergraduate Degrees
2,293 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 71 majors graduated from American University. Of these students, 2,143 received undergraduate degrees and 2,293 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 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
Economics 90 $48,661
Finance & Financial Management 86 $64,161
Public Health 82 $36,775
General Psychology 81 $35,226

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

49% Take At Least One Class Online
13% Take All Classes Online

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 2020-2021, 7,217 students took at least one online class at American University. This is an increase from the 4,609 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 7,217 1,934
2019-2020 4,609 1,597
2018-2019 2,815 1,307
2017-2018 1,027 478
2016-2017 1,926 1,244

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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