This checklist contains requirements for domestic (U.S. citizens) students transferring to American University (AU) under a Guaranteed Admission Agreement, also known as a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). This information is not relevant for general transfers to American University (AU).
*All applicants must have submitted a Letter of Intent by October 1 in order to be considered for admission under a guaranteed admission agreement. Students can enter AU in the fall semester only under these agreements.
Application Deadline: February 1
How to Apply
Applicants apply online using the Common Application, available on the link to the right. To be considered for admission to AU, your application and all supporting documents listed below must be received by February 1.
All MOU Transfer Applicants:
- Completed Common Application form, including essay and CV/Resume
- Common Application Supplement
- Academic records with official transcripts
- One or two academic letters of recommendation (optional)
Important: A completed application means that the application form and all other documents listed above must be submitted by February 1. Your file will not be reviewed until all of the above materials have been received by the Admissions Office. Late applications will not be considered.
Minimum Admissions Requirements
Students who wish to be considered for transfer under a guaranteed admission agreement must be in good academic and social standing at all previously attended schools.
Guaranteed admission transfer applicants have a GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 at their current institution. The following AU academic units have specific minimum GPA requirements:
- Kogod School of Business: 2.5
- School of Communication: 2.5
- School of Education: 2.7
- School of International Service: 3.0
- School of Public Affairs: 2.5
Letters of Recommendation
Letters of recommendation for transfer students are strongly recommended but not required. Recommendations should appear on official letterhead and include your full name and Social Security number (or date of birth) and be sent directly to American University.
If English is not your first language (regardless of citizenship), please send proof of English proficiency (TOEFL, or SAT or ACT with writing or IELTS).
When Will I Hear?
Your application will be reviewed only after your file is complete. You will be notified in writing of missing documents, but you should also check your application status through the Prospective Student Portal. You will be notified of your admission decision by March 1, along with notification of any Phi Theta Kappa or other scholarship and/or financial aid awards.