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How to Apply

Students applying for the Community of Scholars program must submit an application, unofficial high school transcript, a teacher/recommendation form, and a $250 nonrefundable deposit* by May 1, 2016. We cannot confirm placement until all materials have been received. Deposit checks should be written out to American University.

Please complete the online application here: Community of Scholars 2016 Application. Please note that the application includes a question requiring a 2- to 3-paragraph response. You may wish to compose your response before beginning the application.

The recommendation form is found here: Teacher/Counselor Recommendation Form. Please have your teacher or counselor complete and return this form to you in a sealed envelope. Your teacher or counselor may also email the recommendation form to communityofscholars@american.edu

The transcript, deposit, and recommendation form should be mailed to the following address:

Page Hogan, Director of Pre-College Programs
Community of Scholars
School of International Service
American University
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016-8071

*The deposit will be returned if the student is not admitted to the program.

For any questions, please call 202-885-2442 or email communityofscholars@american.edu.

More Information

To request a brochure or to obtain more information about the program, call 202-885-2442 or email communityofscholars@american.edu. Click here for a PDF of the brochure.

For information regarding the accreditation and licensing of American University, visit www.american.edu/academics.

Contact Us!

Telephone: 202-885-2442

Fax: 202-885-2494

E-mail: communityofscholars@american.edu

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"I absolutely adored this entire program. It is an experience I will keep for the rest of my life."

- 2014 Community of Scholars Student


"Best experience for a summer."

- 2012 Community of Scholars Student


"The Community of Scholars program is highly value-added, well-organized, well-staffed with tangible personal growth and development benefits.”

- 2012 Community of Scholars Parent


"I liked the blended online/on-campus format because the online segment allowed me to learn at my own pace and on campus everything was tied together for me."

- 2012 Community of Scholars Student