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AU Gap Application Process

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Application Eligibility

Applicants must meet the minimum university requirements for undergraduate study (high school diploma) and possess a minimum of a 3.0 high school GPA. Admission decisions are based on each applicant's academic record, essays, recommendations, and motivations to have a Gap Program experience. Additionally, we assess other characteristics such as maturity, leadership, personal character and potential contribution to the American University community.

In addition to the
online application, applicants must submit either electronically or via mail:

  • Official copy of current high school transcript or international equivalent
  • Letter of Recommendation from a high school academic counselor
  • Letter of Recommendation from an extracurricular or community contact

Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements and have a complete application will be invited for a phone interview with the AU Gap Program before a final admissions decision is made. If the applicant is local to the DC, MD, VA area, applicants are welcome to request an in-person interview.

Submitting Your Transcripts and Letters of Recommendation

Applicants may email a copy of their transcripts and letters of recommendation to spexsdocuments@american.edu.

  • If you choose to mail your documents (transcript and letters of recommendation), via United States Postal Service (USPS) please send them directly to our Program Office at:
    School of Professional & Extended Studies
    Office of Enrollment
    4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW
    Washington, D.C. 20016-8124

  • If you are mailing your documents via Courier Service (UPS, FEDEX, DHL, etc.) please send them to:
    School of Professional & Extended Studies
    Office of Enrollment
    4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
    Suite 218
    Washington, D.C. 20016-8001


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Questions on your application?

Check out the AU Gap Application Guide to learn step-by-step how to complete your AU Gap Application.This file requires Adobe Acrobat.

If you have additional questions, please contact the AU Gap Program Office at 202-895-4859 or augap@american.edu.