Located in Washington, DC, the capital of the United States, American University (AU) is one of the top-ranked universities in the USA. Its students share the desire to understand and shape tomorrow’s world, knowing that an excellent education and opportunities are the keys to success.
As a global university, AU has a long tradition of welcoming students from across the world to its campus. AU is home to more than 1,370 international students representing diverse cultures and viewpoints from 129 countries. This diversity is also reflected in its faculty, academic programs, and exchanges.
A Historic & Beautiful Campus
American University was chartered by an Act of Congress in 1893. Over the years, six sitting U.S. presidents have served on its Board of Trustees, and multiple presidents—from John F. Kennedy to Barack Obama—have spoken on campus. Its beautiful and safe campus is recognized as an arboretum, and boasts everything from sculpture gardens to serene parks.
A Quick Glance
Here is a quick look at AU in numbers…
- More than 100 AU Abroad programs
- 1,948 students major in international studies
- 86 percent of undergraduates participate in an internship
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American University is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and recognized by the University Senate of the United Methodist Church.
AU consistently ranks among the USA’s great universities. A sample of recent rankings:
- U.S. News & World Report America’s Best Colleges (2015) - 71st Best National University
- Princeton Review Green Rating Honor Roll (2015)
- AU is among the best in the USA for the percentage of students holding internships
A Thriving Art Community
AU students will never lack activities to choose from. AU has over 200 clubs, everything from language to sports to dance, and there is always something happening on campus, whether it’s an exhibit at the campus museum, an event at the Katzen Arts Center, or a show at the Greenberg Theatre.
A Global Network
American University has 38 alumni chapters around the world. Its alumni live in all U.S. states and territories, 160 countries, and all 6 continents.
The Undergraduate and Masters Accelerator programs on offer provide regular tutoring sessions, dedicated career and academic advisors, and direct access to professors.
A degree from AU prepares students for success. Industry leaders like Pepsico, YouTube, World Bank, the United Nations, and the International Monetary Fund all recruit students from AU. In fact, nine out of ten AU graduates have landed jobs in their desired fields, enrolled in graduate school, or both, within six months of graduation. 89% of graduates participate in an internship.
There are more than 200 student-led organizations on campus of all different variety- whether it is providing leadership development opportunities to students, helping plan an event, and assisting to develop programming or solve problems.
Rim Filali, Bs/Cas And Spa ’17 (Economics And Political Science)
“Some classes involve community service. While others take me to Capitol Hill to see politics up close and personal. I like having the tangible skill set that (this) kind of hands-on learning and exposure gives me. Plus, anyone with a Political Science or Economics degree will end up coming to DC eventually. Being inside the beltway offers experiences within the country's three main powerhouses: the Capitol, Supreme Court, and White House. “