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AU Honors | Admission


If you are a prospective freshman to American University

You are eligible to apply to enter the AU Honors Program through a supplement to the Common Application.

The program seeks students from every major so that we can create a fully interdisciplinary team of 45 students. 

Grades and standardized scores are important, but most important is demonstrated interest in interdisciplinary approaches to problem solving. Ultimately, we are looking to build a strong team, a cohort of 45 students who can work well together on the projects they will pursue through this one-of-kind program.

The selection process for the AU Honors Program will consist of two rounds. The first round requires a 500-word essay on the topic of a proposed AU Honors course. Click here to access the AU Honors application. Applicants selected for the second round will be asked to submit additional essays.

Students can apply to the AU Honors Program and to the University College, or a three-year program such as Global Scholars, Public Health, or Politics, Policy, and Law. Students can only enroll in one of them, however, because each has its own living-learning community and a different curriculum.

All Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars also participate in the University Honors Program.

There is no advantage to applying Early or Regular Decision. We will determine and announce in April who is in the University Honors Program, so all applicants are evaluated equally.

For an overview of the program, including information on scholarships and courses click here.