College Affordability: AU and Your Educational Goals

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Engaging, High Quality Experiences

The unrivaled opportunities of Washington. A supportive campus environment. Experiences with leading faculty that will broaden your perspective—and your network.

Academic Quality, New Facilities, Increased Reputation: An Enhanced Student Experience

Where does your tuition go? It’s an investment in AU’s quality and in your future.

We’ve hired more renowned faculty who value good teaching, discovery, and experiential learning, so you learn from leading thinkers and professionals. Since 2009, we increased tenured and tenure track faculty by 11 percent.

We’ve established important research centers and continue to be a hub for visiting world leaders, so you can actively engage in the world’s greatest challenges with some of the great minds of our time.

We’re building new facilities, like the LEED gold home for our School of International Service, newly opened residence halls (Cassell and Nebraska addition), and renovating the McKinley building for the future home of the School of Communication.

And, while you are studying in the most important capital city in the world, you can immerse yourself in unrivaled political, cultural, and educational offerings. You apply what you’ve learned in top-ranked internship and study abroad programs.

AU’s enhanced student experience—a core element of our strategic plan—is so strong, it is earning notice in many rankings, and helping AU graduates quickly earn a living. Even in a weak economy, 89 percent of the graduates in the class of 2012 were employed, enrolled in grad school, or both six months after graduation, and 92 percent of those working were involved in jobs related to their career objectives.

Accomplished Interns

Dean's Intern Kevin Borow stands in front of the Smithsonian Institution, National History Museum's Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation

About 88 percent of the class of 2012 complete at least one internship, which, for many leads to full-time employment.

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Leaders in Their Fields

Kogod in spring, photo by Jeff Watts.

Our professors, world-class academics and serious practitioners in their fields engage with students in a highly interactive learning environment.

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Experience the World

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Sixty percent of ours students participate in a study abroad program at one of more than 145 offerings in 44 locations across six continents.

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Wonk of the Year

President Bill Clinton accepts the Wonk of the Year award from President Neil Kerwin and Alex Kreger, student director of the Kennedy Political Union.

President Bill Clinton, Founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation and 42nd President of the United States, accepts Wonk of the Year Award.

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Rising Rankings

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Among the most politically active students; #2 for number of alumni serving in the Peace Corps; Top-10 for study abroad opportunities. These days AU is the place to be.

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Alumni Success Stories

Once an Eagle, always an Eagle. Once they were students, now they are successful alumni. See what alumni like NBC’s David Gregory are doing now.

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