About AU

Rankings

AU consistently ranks among the nation’s great universities. A sample of recent rankings:

Overall Rankings

Princeton Review Best Colleges (2013)
#1 Most Politically Active Students
#7 College City Gets High Marks
#10 Best Career Services
#6 Most Popular Study Abroad Programs

Princeton Review Great Rating Honor Roll (2013)

U.S. News & World Report America’s Best Colleges (2013)
#75 Best National University

National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Report (2012)
Our students say active learning is the norm at AU. Their responses placed AU above its peer institutions for the “Level of Academic Challenge,” “Student-Faculty Interaction,” and “Enriching Educational Experiences.”


School and Program Rankings

COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES

  • CAS has earned national rankings in fields such as education, creative writing, economics, history, and music theatre and theatre.

KOGOD SCHOOL OF BUSINESS

  • U.S. News & World Report America’s Best Colleges
    #56 Best Undergraduate Business Programs (2013)
    #87 Part-time MBA (2013)
  • Forbes
    #68 Best Business Schools for MBA Programs (2011)
  • Additional rankings from top publications

SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATION

  • SOC’s film and media arts program is a member of CILECT, the international association of film and television schools. Only 13 schools in the United States are CILECT members.
  • Hollywood Reporter ranks AU as one of the country’s top film schools.

SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL SERVICE

  • Foreign Policy Magazine (2012)
    #8 Graduate Programs (MA programs)
    #10 Undergraduate Programs

SCHOOL OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS
  • U.S. News & World Report America’s Best Graduate Schools (2013)
    #8 Top Public Management/Public Administration Program
    #12 Top Schools: Public Affairs
    #24 Top Public Finance and Budgeting Program
    #28 Top Public Policy Program

WASHINGTON COLLEGE OF LAW

  • WCL offers nationally recognized clinical, international law, intellectual property, and trial advocacy programs in one of the nation’s most diverse law schools.

Other Indicators of Excellence

Study Abroad

  • Institute of International Education (Open Doors Report, Fall 2012)
    #5 among the top 40 doctoral institutions for the most undergraduates studying abroad
    #5 among the top 20 doctoral institutions for long-term study abroad

Career Center

  • AU is a top school in the nation for the percentage of student holding internships
  • #1 nationally for combined Boren scholars and fellows
  • #3 nationally for Presidential Management Fellows semifinalists
  • top producer of Fulbright scholars 

 Community Service

  • For the sixth year, the Corporation for National and Community Service has named AU to the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

The Student Experience

  • CollegeProwler.com (student ratings) gives AU an A on campus dining, local atmosphere, safety and security, and transportation, and an A- on campus housing, nightlife, and off-campus dining.
  • G.I. Jobs magazine "Military Friendly Schools" (2013)

Sustainability

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Green Power Leadership Award (2013)
  • Princeton Review Green Honor Roll (2013)
  • #9 Sierra Club Top Ten "Cool School" Rankings (2013)


February 2014