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Prospective First-Year Students

This Is American University

American University, Washington, DC

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.

How to Apply

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Early Decision

If AU is your top choice, consider applying Early Decision.

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.

Applying Test Optional

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. 

View Programs

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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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Scholarships

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

Scholarships

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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

Admitted students interested in deferring their admission for an intentional occaision must request a deferral by June 1. 

Deferral Policy

Additional Resources

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High School Counselors

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

View Resources Page

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Undocumented Students

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

AU & DACA