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Dedicated to 'advancing knowledge, fostering intellectual curiosity and building community, American University seeks to empower lives of purpose, service, and leadership'. The university aims to partner with key organizations in the Washington, DC region and around the world 'to better the human condition, learn from a vast array of experience and internships, create meaningful change, and address society's current and emerging challenges'.

Key Facts


  • #72 in National Universities according to US News & World Report 2022-23
  • #86 in Business Programs
  • #8 in International Business
  • #36 in Best Undergraduate Teaching

Year founded

  • 1893

School type

  • Public, coed, no religious affiliation 

Latest undergraduate enrollment

  • 8,463

Latest graduate enrollment

  • 6,389

Student-faculty ratio

  • 12:1

Freshman acceptance rate

  • 64%

Average SAT/ ACT for freshman entry

  • SAT between 1280 and 1440 / ACT 29-33

Average GPA for freshman entry

  • 3.60

International student population

  • 9.9% 

Transfer GPA of Kings alumni

  • 2.99

Median starting salary of alumni

  • $48,500

Popular majors

  • Social Sciences; Business, Management, Marketing and Related Support Services; Communication, Journalism and Related Programs; Visual and Performing Arts; Multi/ Interdisciplinary Studies  

Tuition and fees

  • $53,889
About the university

Different colleges/ schools within the university include College of Arts and Sciences, Kogod School of Business, School of Communication, School of Education, School of International Service, School of Professional & Extended Studies, School of Public Affairs, Washington College of Law.

  • 85% of students participate in internships
  • Academic offerings include 71 bachelor’s, 87 master’s, and 10 doctoral degrees, plus the Washington College of Law’s JD, LLM, and SJD programs
  • 240 registered student organizations — from International Relations Society to Beekeeping Society, every student can explore their passions
  • American University has 44 research centers and institutes and has received over $30 million in sponsored grants
  • Famous alumni include Gary Cohn, American economist and investment banker, he was President and Chief Operating Officer of Goldman Sachs, the 11th Director of the National Economic Council, and Chief Economic Advisor to president Donald Trump; Iván Duque Márquez, Columbia’s youngest president in most recent history, lawyer and politician
Kings alumni at American University

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