American University

According to the school, at American University (AU) in Washington, DC, students learn from award-winning authors, policymakers, artists, scholars and researchers, filmmakers, lawyers, scientists, and journalists. AU faculty are both leaders in their discipline and committed teachers, with 94 percent holding the highest degree in their field. Leveraging our location, AU faculty provide students with the necessary balance between theory and practice, with our nation’s capital serving as their laboratory for learning. But it’s not just what AU students learn. Rather, it’s what they do with that knowledge. AU students are doers, active citizens who strive to serve the world around them via hands-on research, internships, community and volunteer service, and study abroad.\r\n\r\nFor undergraduate students, there are five schools and colleges, which include the School of Public Affairs, one of the nation’s oldest and best; the School of International Service, the world’s largest of its kind; and the Kogod School of Business. The School of Communication has risen to prominence for new models of investigative journalism and news media, and it excels as well in campaign communication and documentary film. The College of Arts and Sciences is the liberal arts foundation of the university and home to distinguished artists, scientists, educators, and renowned presidential and judicial historians. In any of these schools, a student can choose to double major, pursue an interdisciplinary program, or design a unique major that cuts across departments and even schools.\r\n\r\nLocated in the heart of one of the world’s most influential cities, American University’s beautiful 84-acre campus itself an arboretum provides an attractive collegiate setting. Our Katzen Arts Center serves the AU and D.C. community by providing state-of-the-art rehearsal, performance, exhibition, and creative space. In 2010, the School of International Service will move to its new home, a Gold LEED Certified building, further enhancing the opportunities for one of the world’s most renowned international programs. Of course, Washington’s unparalleled sites and opportunities surround and inform the AU campus.

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Student Life
Enrolled Students: 12,241
Student to Faculty Ratio: 15 to 1
Annual Cost
In State Tuition: $34,973
Out of State Tuition $34,973
Books and Supplies $600
Students with Financial aid:** 76%
  • ** Refers to % of students receiving some form of financial aid
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