About AU

Fast Facts

Washington, D.C.

Private, coeducational, liberal arts curriculum, doctoral institution
Methodist affiliated

Famous For
Academic programs in international service, public policy and public affairs, international law and human rights
High rates of student participation in: study abroad, internships, community service, Peace Corps
Student characteristics including diversity, global perspective, political activism

For more information on distinctions, please see rankings webpage.

Faculty (2012-13)
825 full-time faculty
95 percent of full-time teaching faculty hold the highest degree in their field

Student-Faculty Ratio

Class Size
22.0 average class size
17.6 average class size for graduate courses

Enrollment (Fall 2012)
Undergraduate: 6,776
Graduate: 3,464
Law: 1,766
Nondegree, certificate, Washington Semester, AU Abroad: 1,159

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation Rate
89.7% Freshman Retention Rate
79.9% of freshmen graduated from AU within six years

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

Academic Programs
Bachelor’s: 61
Master’s: 54
Doctoral: 11
Additional programs: JD as well as certificate and associate degree programs

Study Abroad
More than 100 AU Abroad programs

Student Population
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

Student Experience
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

Athletic Conference
Patriot League

August 2013