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School Overview

    • Founded:
    • 1893
    • Size:
    • Medium (5000~15,000 students)
    • Type:
    • Private non-profit
    • Category:
    • Universities, colleges
      Religiously affliated
    • Specialization:
    • N/A
    • Climate:
    • Temperate
    • Location:
    • 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, District of Columbia, United States, 20016
    • Phone:
    • +12028851000
    • Setting:
    • Urban

The History of American University

The American University (AU or American) is a private United Methodist-affiliated research university in Washington, D.C., United States. Its main campus is located near Ward Circle in the northwest portion of the District of Columbia. The university was chartered by an Act of Congress on February 24, 1893, as "The American University", when the bill was approved by President Benjamin Harrison.

The university has eight schools and colleges: the School of International Service, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Communication, School of Professional & Extended Studies, School of Public Affairs, School of Education, and the Washington College of Law.

Located in Washington D.C.. American University grooms the next generation of reporters, diplomats, lobbyists, and political leaders who will shape domestic and international policy.

Academic Highlights

The university is composed of seven divisions, referred to as colleges or schools, which house its academic programs: College of Art and Science , Business , Communication, International Services, And Public Affairs.

Life in American University

The American University's feminist student-run clubs include AUSG Women's Initiative (WI), the first-generation women student-run organization which "advocates for AU by creating responsive programming addressing gender & sexuality based issues.” Another is Sister Sister AU. The mission is described as “building a community for women of the African Diaspora at American University.” Black Girls Vote is "dedicated to the engagement, education, and empowerment of collegiate women through the electoral process."

School Ranking

The American University 2020 rankings, tied for 61st in "Best Undergraduate Teaching", and 82nd in "Best Value Schools".


For the Class of 2021 (enrolling fall 2017), AU received 19,325 freshmen applications; 5,008 were admitted (25.9%) and 1,082 enrolled

Notable Alumni

  • Muriel Bowser
  • Senator Robert Byrd
  • President of Sierra Leone Julius Maada Bio
  • Alice Paul 
  • David Gregory 
  • Richard Clark

Acceptance Rate 

American University acceptance rate 29.4%

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