American University

American University

Washington, D.C. , United States
  • 38
    Acceptance Rate
  • 58
    Available Programs
  • 14311
  • 49070
    Average Cost
  • 93
    Employment Rate
  • Program
  • Permit


American University is a student-centered research institution located in Washington, DC, with highly-ranked schools and colleges, internationally-renowned faculty, and a reputation for creating meaningful change in the world. Our students distinguish themselves for their service, leadership, and ability to rethink global and domestic challenges and opportunities.

Its main campus spans 90 acres (36 ha) at the former site of Fort Gaines on Ward Circle, in the Spring Valley neighborhood in the northwest of the District. AU was chartered by an Act of Congress in 1893 at the urging of Methodist bishop John Fletcher Hurst, who sought to create an institution that would promote public service, internationalism, and pragmatic idealism. AU broke ground in 1902, opened in 1914, and admitted its first undergraduates in 1925. Although affiliated with the United Methodist Church, religious affiliation is not a criterion for admission.

AU's student body numbers over 13,000 and represents all 50 U.S. states and 141 countries; around a fifth of students are international. Its prominent alumni include numerous journalists, media personalities, ambassadors, and Congress members. American University is one of the top five feeder schools to the U.S. Foreign Service and other governmental agencies. In 2018, The Princeton Review ranked American University 1st for Top Colleges with the Most Politically Active Students.

At AU passion becomes action; students actively engage in the world around them, and the leaders of today train the leaders of tomorrow.

Entry requirements

Apply online using the Common Application or Coalition Application. Your file will not be reviewed until all of the materials below have been received by the Office of Admissions:

  • Completed application, including essay and CV/Resume
  • Application fee of U.S. $75
  • Academic records for grades 9-12 with official transcripts and certified English translations (if applicable), for each secondary institution attended
  • Two academic letters of recommendation
  • Demonstrated English proficiency
  • Interruption of Studies Statement if you have already graduated from secondary school at the time of application.

The following three items are only required from students who need a student visa (F or J):

  • Completed AU Certification of Finances (AU CFIS) form showing at least U.S.$68,357 for first year of study and living expenses
  • Bank letter showing at least U.S.$68,357 for first year of study and living expenses
  • Copy of your passport information page

Financial documents showing less than U.S.$68,357 will not be accepted. All financial documents must be dated within the past three months to be considered valid. Our International Student & Scholar Services office provides sample bank letters, the AU CFIS and Transfer-in forms, and AU cost guide.

No SAT or ACT Needed! AU does not evaluate SAT or ACT scores for students (including U.S. citizens) graduating from secondary schools outside the United States.

Scholarship & funding

American University's merit awards for international students are partial, not full, scholarships. They are highly competitive and based on a combination of outstanding academic achievement, excellent communication skills in English, leadership, volunteerism, and community service. No need-based financial aid is available to international students (non-U.S. citizens).


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