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American University

Washington, District of Columbia
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Overview
Private not-for-profit
7,544 Undergraduates
26% Admissions Rate
City: Large
Mostly Women
Private
Expensive
Region: South
Division 1
Size: Small
Doctoral
American University
4400 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, District of Columbia
20016-8001
(202) 885-1000
WWW.AMERICAN.EDU

American University, one of the top 70 schools in the nation, is a private research university that’s affiliated with the United Methodist church. Located in Washington, D.C., American University was founded by Methodist bishop John Fletcher Hurst and chartered by Congress in 1893. When the university officially opened in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson was there to give the dedication. On June 10, 1963, President John F. Kennedy gave the school’s commencement speech. Today, the campus size is 84 acres, and its motto is “For God and Country.” Notable alumni include “Judge Judy” Sheindlin, actress Goldie Hawn, women’s rights activist Alice Paul, CNN’s Alisyn Camerota, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Paul Ryan and novelist Ann Beattie. The school’s colors are American Red and Blue, its mascot is Clawed Z. Eagle and its sports affiliations are NCAA Division I – Patriot League and MAISA. Varsity sports offered at AU include men’s wrestling, track, soccer, swimming and diving, and basketball, and women’s basketball, cross country, field hockey, lacrosse and volleyball. The school used to have a football team until 1942, when a majority of the men were drafted to fight in World War II. The battleship S.S. American Victory from World War II was named after the University.

Location

Washington, D.C., formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington or D.C., is the capital of the United States of America. Founded after the American Revolution as the seat of government of the newly independent country, Washington was named after George Washington, first President of the United States and Founding Father. Washington is the principal city of the Washington metropolitan area, which has a population of 6,131,977. More from Wikipedia...

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coffee score

79

restaurants score

Students
37%

Men

63%

Women

20

Average Age of Entering Students

99%

Live On Campus

185

New Transfer Students

Admissions
26%

Acceptance Rate

33%

Enrollment Yield

1150-1340

SAT Range

19,325

Applicants in 2016

Costs
$31,758

Typical Cost

$46,615

Average Tuition

82%

Recieve Financial Aid

96%

Have Loans

$20,500

Median Debt

Academics
12.0 to 1

Student to Faculty Ratio

10

National Merit Students

Doctoral

Highest Degree Offered

International Relations

Top Major

4

Faculty Awards

Campus Life

Dorm Food:

Standard

Clubs & Extracurriculars:

Important, more than 175 student organizations

Greek Life:

Important, many to choose from

Party Scene:

Standard, mostly on the weekends
Athletics
Basketball Conference:

Patriot League

Track & Field Conference:

Patriot League

Basketball Division:

1

Track Division:

1

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