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American University

2,115 reviews
  1. Washington, D.C.
  2. 4 Year
A-
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    C
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    A
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    B-
American University is ...
Private not-for-profit, Methodist
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AAA
Athletic Conference
Patriot League
Address
4400 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016

American University Rankings

Niche ranks over 1,000 colleges based on more than 50 statistics and nearly 12 million opinions from college students.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
46%
SAT Range
1150-1340
ACT Range
26-30
Application Fee
$70
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required

Cost

Net Price
$33,778/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $28,524/ year
  • $30-48k
    $27,005/ year
  • $49-75k
    $30,227/ year
  • $76-110k
    $31,693/ year
  • $110k+
    $44,567/ year

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
12:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
84%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.85 responses
62%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.87 responses
66%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.87 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
7,386Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
18%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 48 responses
  • Boring Squares
    8%
  • Motivated
    33%
  • Passionate.
    29%
  • Pretentious
    8%
  • Wonks
    21%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
98%
Poll
25%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.134 responses
Poll
0%
of students say almost everything on campus revolved around sports.167 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 40 responses
  • Boring
    5%
  • Driven
    8%
  • Environmental friendly
    20%
  • House of Cards
    5%
  • Hypocritical
    3%
  • Opinionated
    20%
  • Politically active
    40%

After American University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$55,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
82%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
91%
National
83%
77%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.44 responses

Reviews

2,115 reviews
  • Excellent
    303
  • Very Good
    777
  • Average
    839
  • Poor
    137
  • Terrible
    59
If you start as a freshman in the school and are a political science major or other popular major at the school, then you will do great. At least 4 of my friends have had internships in Congressional offices. The events are spectacular. Bill Nye the Science Guy gave a presentation this past year.
  • College Junior
  • 1 month ago
I would not recommend this school for transfer students. Only a few GenEd credits transferred. I had to re-take a lot of classes. The campus is beautiful. It is a great school for political science majors.
  • College Junior
  • 1 month ago
Best professors, they really care and treat you like an individual.
  • College Sophomore
  • 1 month ago