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Prospective First-Year Students

Applying to AU

American University is a diverse body of students, who represent all 50 states and 123 countries. Many of our students join us from other institutions, and bring a unique perspective to our community of changemakers. If you're looking for a school that will challenge you intellectually and provide you with access to one of the most international cities in the world, look no further.

This Is American University

American University, Washington, DC

How to Apply

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Decision Plans & Deadlines

To provide students with the greatest flexibility, we offer four decision plans by which first-year applicants can apply for fall enrollment. 

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Early Decision

The Early Decision Plan at American University is an application option for first-year students for whom American University is their first choice.

Learn More: Early Decision

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Test Optional

Prospective students may apply to AU through our Early or Regular Decision Plan without submitting standardized test scores.

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First-Year Student Resources

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Future Eagle Portal

Check the status of your application, register for events, and receive more information about AU.

Future Eagle Portal

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Special Academic Programs

AU offers a variety of special academic programs to which prospective first-year students can apply to. 

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Credit By Exam

AU will accept a maximum of 30 credit hours from one or a combination of specific tests.

Exam Credit Info

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All first-year applicants are automatically considered for academic/merit scholarships for which they are eligible.


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Financial Aid

In order to be considered for need-based financial aid, students must complete the FAFSA and CSS Profile by the appropriate deadlines.

Financial Aid

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First-Year Deferral Policy

Students interested in deferring their admission for an intentional occasion must request a deferral by July 1. 

Deferral Policy

Additional Resources

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School Counselors

Our resource pages provides high school counselors the tools and information they need when assisting students considering AU.

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Undocumented Students

AU welcomes students from around the world. Citizenship has never been a condition for admission to AU.