The American University, founded in 1893 in Washington DC, has the special distinction of being the first and only institution with legal use of that name as chartered by the United States Congress. The original academic focus was to provide a graduate education for public servants. Today the university is a nationally recognized research university offering 57 Bachelor’s, 53 Master’s and 10 Doctoral degrees.
As a global university, The American University has a long tradition of welcoming students from around the world to our campus. More than 1,300 international students representing 146 countries are pursuing their studies at The American University because of its broad choice of majors as well as preprofessional advising programs in law and medicine. A select group of top students from around the world are invited to study in our University Honors Program upon admission to the university.
They are also drawn to our campus location in one of the safest, most prestigious neighborhoods of Washington, D.C., which is a sophisticated, culturally-diverse city as well as the center of the United States government. Housing is guaranteed for all new first year students.
The American University’s academic strengths are grounded in social responsibility and a commitment to cultural and intellectual diversity. A global outlook, practical idealism, and passion for public service define our university and as a result we attract students who share a desire to understand and shape tomorrow’s world.
Students at The American University are taught and mentored by teaching faculty who are practicing experts in their chosen professions. They interact with world leaders who regularly visit our campus and they are able to instantly apply knowledge learned in the classroom to the real world through meaningful and relevant internship experiences throughout the city.
Our faculty are an internationally diverse group that includes professors who have grown up, been educated, worked and taught outside the United States. Many of our staff and faculty consider themselves global citizens. As an institution, we have a full understanding and appreciation of diverse educational systems.
The American University is nationally recognized and frequently ranks among the best institutions in the United States by U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek, BusinessWeek, and Foreign Policy magazine.
The American University’s goal is to prepare a generation of leaders who are broadly educated, passionately engaged, and capable of translating the lasting values that are hallmarks of a human, humane, and civilized world to a complex environment.
We appreciate your interest and hope to welcome you to The American University community.
Greg Grauman Director of AdmissionsEvelyn Levinson Director of International Admissions