Location: Washington, D.C.
Private, coeducational, liberal arts curriculum, doctoral institution
Famous For: Political Activism
Since 2006, American University’s students have been recognized in the top 5 by Princeton Review for most politically active in the nation.
798 full-time faculty
94 percent of full-time faculty hold the highest degree in their field.
Student-Faculty Ratio: 12:1
22.4 average class size
17.4 average class size for graduate courses
Enrollment (Fall 2012)
Nondegree, certificate, Washington Semester, AU Abroad: 1,159
College of Arts and Sciences
Kogod School of Business
School of Communication
School of International Service
School of Professional and Extended Studies
School of Public Affairs
Washington College of Law
Additional programs: JD as well as certificate and associate degree programs
More than 100 AU Abroad programs
130 countries and all 50 states are represented.
69 percent of physical and natural science majors are women.
1,904 students major in international studies—the largest U.S. undergraduate program.
88 percent of undergraduates participate in an internship.
58 percent of undergraduates have studied abroad.
91 percent of the undergraduate Class of 2012 are “proud to be an AU graduate.”
Student Goals and Values
71 percent of incoming freshmen report that “keeping up-to-date with political affairs” is important.
82 percent of incoming freshmen report that “improving their understanding of other countries and cultures” is important.
Student Spiritual Life Groups
24 faiths, including Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian (Catholic and Protestant), Hindu/Vedic, Jewish, Muslim, and Unitarian Universalist
Intercollegiate Athletics Teams: 16 (men’s and women’s)
Team Name: Eagles
Athletic Conference: Patriot League