American University (AU) is home to more than 1,500 international students representing diverse cultures and viewpoints from nearly 130 countries.

Located in Washington D.C., AU students benefit from world-class professional, service, and research experiences. Over 90% of students complete at least one internship, and 70% of students study abroad in more than 138 locations around the world.

At AU's beautiful 91-acre campus, students may major/minor in the sciences, arts, humanities, business, education, international service, and more. Majoring and minoring across disciplines is encouraged! AU’s campus life boasts over 200 student clubs, NCAA Division I athletics, and a Spiritual Life Center.

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Basic details

  • Region: Northeast
  • Location: Washington DC
  • Campus setting: Urban
  • Type of institution: Private

Admissions information and areas of study offered

  • Percentage of students admitted: 29%
  • Test Optional?: Yes
  • Common Application accepted?: Yes
  • Areas of study offered include: Accounting/Finance; Anthropology; Area Studies; Art History; Arts; Biology; Business; Chemistry; Communications; Computer Science; Creative Writing; Criminal Justice; Criminology; Dance; Design; Drama/Theatre Arts; Economics; Education; Ethnic/Cultural Studies; English; Environmental Sciences; Film/Cinema Studies; Gender Studies; History; Humanities; Information Sciences/Systems; International Relations; Journalism; Languages; Law; Liberal Arts; Literature; Management; Marketing; Mathematics; Music; Neuroscience; Nutrition; Other; Philosophy; Physics; Political Science; Psychology; Public Health; Public Policy; Public Relations/Affairs; Sociology; Theology/Religion; Urban Studies
  • Full list of majors available:


  • International students are eligible for: Merit/talent-based scholarship
  • Estimated yearly cost (including tuition, board, room and student fees): $64,707​


  • Athletic association for the majority of sports: NCAA - Division I
  • Varsity sports: Men's and Women's Athletics / Track and Field; Men's and Women's Basketball; Men's and Women's Football / Soccer; Women's Field Hockey; Women's Lacrosse; Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving; Women's Volleyball; Men's Wrestling

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