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American University

American University

4400 Massachusetts Ave NW Washington, DC USA 20016

Founded in 1893, American University (AU) is a private research institution located in Washington, D.C. It is committed to preparing students to make a positive impact, grow as leaders, and think globally. AU is known for training future public servants. Notable alumni include dozens of politicians, including U.S. Representatives Loretta Sanchez and Donald Manzullo, and former U.S. Representatives Betsy Markey and Bill Shuster.

Ranked 69 in the nation, AU is a selective school. Its acceptance rate is 39%, and its graduation rate is 79%. The undergraduate tuition rate is $53,070 per year, plus fees; its graduate tuition rate is $35,524 per year, plus fees. A total of 14,001 students are enrolled. The university offers 80 undergraduate programs and more than 100 graduate programs. AU follows a semester-based academic calendar.

Students at AU are known for being among the most politically active in the country. The university’s cultural hubs, the Katzen Arts Center and Greenberg Theatre, are popular attractions for students. AU’s School of International Service is one of the top ten international affairs schools in the country. Students participate in more than 200 clubs and organizations, including 30 fraternities and sororities. While the university is affiliated with the Methodist church, its Kay Spiritual Life Center serves about 25 different faith groups. The AU Eagles compete in the NCAA Division I Patriot League, and the school’s mascot is, accordingly, an eagle. More than 70% of students study abroad. While the university is located in a suburban neighborhood, students also enjoy easy access to Washington, D.C.’s many historical and cultural sites, as well as ample opportunities for internships and future careers.

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