Established in 1893, American University (AU) is a private, not-for-profit coeducational institution. Through academic rigor, research and excellent institutional administration, AU has been at the forefront of addressing the pivotal and challenging issues of our time - both global and domestic. The University provides the intellectual and ethical leadership necessary to shape emerging worldviews, forge new scholarly paths, and prepare students to lead and serve in Washington, D.C., the nation, and the world. American University, cited in Princeton Review Best Colleges, is accredited by the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges. A number of our programs are individually accredited or are members of prestigious professional organizations.
As an internationally recognized leader in higher education, AU offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate program offerings encompassing 61 bachelor's programs, 54 master's programs, 11 doctoral programs including a Juris Doctor (J.D.) and Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) Degree program, and over 50 certificate programs through its seven major schools and colleges: College of Arts and Sciences, Kogod School of Business, School of Communication, School of Professional and Extended Studies, School of Public Affairs, School of International Service, and the Washington College of Law. Our University boasts a vibrant and diverse community of more than 12,700 enrolled students and over 600 distinguished and renowned faculty, including experts and scholars of national and transnational reputation. Our students hail from all 50 states, Washington D.C., and 130 foreign countries.
Graduates of our programs supplement their analytical skills by participating in our prominent study abroad programs, carrying out experiential capstone projects and engaging in internships - factors that celebrate global perspective and political activism, which contribute to an over 90% average employment rate for graduates.
A short distance from Washington's centers of government, business, research, commerce, and art, American University is located in a scenic residential area in Northwest, Washington, D.C. The 89-acre and growing campus consists of 51 buildings, including 10 residence halls, and 41 academic and administrative buildings. Facilities include 19 computer laboratories, radio and television studios, and a sports center.
American University maintains a commitment to research and the role that it plays in fulfilling the institution's basic educational mission. Research contributes to the development of faculty expertise and the intellectual life of the University and beyond. In addition to the intrinsic value of research, this activity is an expression of the University's impact on scholarly contributions, national and international technical assistance programs, and community outreach. External recognition comes to the University in the form of sponsored funding from both the public sector and private organizations.
Our research centers enhance opportunities to create synergies among faculty and students to pursue an expansive range of scholarship through the promotion of externally-funded research and graduate student learning. Those centers include: Center for Latin American & Latino Studies, Center for Behavioral Neuroscience, Center on Health, Risk & Society, Info-Metrics Institute, Institute for Innovation in Education, Center for Information Technology & the Global Economy, Kogod Tax Center, Center for Environmental Filmmaking, Center for Social Media, Foreign Correspondence Network, Investigative Reporting Workshop, Africa Council, ASEAN Studies Center, Center for Research on Collaboratories & Technology Enhanced Learning Communities (COTELCO), Peacebuilding & Development Institute, Center for Congressional & Presidential Studies (CCPS), Center for Environmental Policy, Justice Programs Office, Political Theory Institute, Washington Institute for Public Affairs Research, Women & Politics Institute, Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law, Center for International Commercial Arbitration, Program on Information, Justice & Intellectual Property (PIJIP), Program on International & Comparative Environmental Law, and War Crimes Research Office. In addition to the research centers, the University features several resources that support the infrastructure of teaching, research, and learning including specialized labs in Social Science Research, School of Public Affairs, Mathematics and Statistics and Writing. AU also has an Arboretum and Gardens, a Library and Archive, Digital Media Studio, as well as Zorro - a High Performance Computing (HPC) System that provides high speed data processing and research-dedicated storage capabilities for all academic units.
Private and public funding of myriad projects has allowed American University to collaborate on national and international technical assistance programs and to excel in the administration of quality, cost-effective research. This is demonstrated by government grants and contracts from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), U.S. Postal Service, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the New Teacher Project, the District of Columbia Public Schools, and the WVSA School for Arts in Learning (SAIL).
The University is experienced in developing customized educational offerings to develop the professional capacity of teachers at different instructional levels and to enhance the quality of curricular materials used both inside and outside the classroom.