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How do I apply to AU?

Our Admissions Committee is interested in knowing about you, including your academic interests and life outside of the classroom. Prospective students can apply online using either the Common Application or Coalition Application. In addition to submitting a completed application, there are several components the Admissions Committee requires that help us evaluate you as a candidate for admission. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Leer en español.

Application Checklist

  • Common Application or the Coalition Application, including essay

  • Submit the Nonrefundable $75 application fee or application fee waiver
  • High School Transcript(s) 
  • SAT and/or ACT Scores (if not Test-Optional)
  • Teacher Recommendation Letter
  • Ask your guidance counselor to complete the following:
    • Provide a recommendation letter
    • Complete the Secondary School Report
    • Send your mid-year report and mid-year grades as soon as they become available

Minimum Admissions Requirements

Freshman applicants who follow the U.S. educational system should have completed at least 16 college preparatory secondary school units. We require that you have 4 units in English, 3 units in academic mathematics, including the equivalent of 2 units in algebra and 1 unit of geometry, at least 2 units of laboratory science, at least 2 units of social science and 2 units of foreign language. Successful candidates for admission have usually completed a rigorous college preparatory course of study that goes beyond the minimum requirements above.

ADMITTED STUDENT PROFILE FOR FALL 2019

  • GPA Middle 50%: 3.52-4.06 (school reported)
  • SAT Middle 50%: 1260-1420 (critical reading and mathematics)
  • ACT Middle 50%: 28-32

English Proficiency

All applicants (including US citizens) whose first language is not English can prove English proficiency by one of the following:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) - TOEFL code 5007
    • Internet based test (iBT) score of 80 or higher. Sub-scores for each section of the TOEFL should be 20 or higher.
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
    • Composite score of 6.5 or higher. Sub-scores for each section of the IELTS should be 6.0 or higher.
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Score of 53 or higher
  • SAT Reading sub-score of 29 or higher 

International Freshman Applicants Who Require an F or J Visa 

TOEFL/IELTS is not required of non-native English speakers who are educated in US or IB secondary schools inside or outside the US, or in countries where English is the native language, for at least 4 consecutive years (grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 or equivalent) where English is the only medium of instruction and no ESL courses have been taken. English speaking countries include: UK, Ireland, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada (except Quebec).

SCHOLARSHIPS & FINANCIAL AID

FRESHMAN (FIRST-YEAR) APPLICATION DEADLINES

Fall Semester

  • Early Decision: November 15
  • Early Decision 2: January 15
  • Regular Decision: January 15

Spring Semester

  • Regular Decision: October 1

Please Note:

  • Once submitted, your application and supplemental documents become the property of American University and cannot be returned.
  • Students who will be receiving any scholarship and/or financial aid award will be notified with their letter of admission.
  • You will be admitted only for the semester indicated in your letter of admission. If you are unable to enroll for that semester, you may  request a deferral.

Admissions decisions

Once you submit your application, what happens next? You will receive one of the following decisions:

Fall admissions is familiar to most students and means you will begin as a degree-seeking student in the fall semester for which you applied.

We also admit students to AU for the spring semester with the option to participate in the Mentorship Program. Students who participate in the Mentorship Program begin in the fall semester as non-degree students at AU and matriculate in spring as degree-seeking students, transferring in those fall credits.
 
The Mentorship Program has two options: an on-campus experience that includes an internship in Washington, DC or Mentorship in England, which is a first-semester study abroad experience.
 

We offer a limited number of students a waitlist decision each year. If space becomes available in the fall class and you sign up to remain on the waitlist, we will notify you in May if we’re able to offer you admission. But we do suggest that students deposit at another institution to secure a spot somewhere for the fall.

Each year, we have to deny a number of students due to the high level of talent in our applicant pool. But if you have your heart set on attending AU, we encourage you to consider transferring after at least one year at another college.

AU Code Numbers

SAT I & SAT II: 5007

ACT: 0648

AP: 5007

TOEFL: 5007