Admissions and Application

The online application is now available. Please follow instructions and for any questions, please contact communityofscholars@american.edu.

Your teacher or counselor should return the recommendation form to you in a sealed envelope. Alternatively, he or she may email the form to communityofscholars@american.edu.

Once all application materials are received, students will be informed within two weeks if they are accepted into the program.

Community of Scholars is designed for individuals who have a strong interest in international affairs, a clearly articulated statement of purpose, a strong academic background (minimum GPA of 3.0), and a supportive letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor.

We welcome international students who have demonstrated adequate English proficiency. Students must obtain a minimum score of at least 80 on the Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL-IBT).

No. A photocopy of your transcript is sufficient.

Students must submit a nonrefundable $300 deposit to secure placement in the program. Checks should be written out to "American University." If a student is not accepted into the program, the deposit will be refunded. Deposit checks should be mailed to the following address:

Page Hogan
Director of Pre-College Programs
School of International Service
American University
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016-8071

The program is designed for students who will be either rising junior or senior high school students by the summer of 2020. This means that current sophomore and juniors are eligible to apply.

Tuition and Fees

The tuition is $3,300 for the three-week program. This includes three credits of college tuition, afternoon workshops and guest speakers, transportation to off-campus site visits, classroom materials, and access to AU's facilities. The cost for housing and meals for the two-week segment is $1,800.

Financial aid is not available for this program with the exception of limited scholarships to local Washington, DC, public schools, subject to the availability of funds. Students are encouraged to seek out and apply independently for private scholarships that may be awarded by local organizations such as businesses, religious organizations, foundations, and civic groups.

The balance of the tuition is due by June 1, 2020.

Upon written notification of cancellation received by Community of Scholars at least 30 days prior to the start of the program, all funds, except the deposit, will be returned. If an application is rejected or space is not available, all payments, including the deposit, will be refunded.

Program Information

Class size in previous years has ranged from 15 to 22 students.

Classes will meet every day followed by lunch and an afternoon activity, such as a workshop, guest speaker, or visits to government organizations, including the State Department and embassies. 

Yes. Students will attend several briefings at U.S. government and international agencies, embassies, and other organizations. In addition, students will visit the Smithsonian museums on the weekend and explore the monuments while on a chartered evening monument trolley tour.

Several weeks before the online segment begins, students will receive an email instructing them how to create a user account to enable them to log on to AU's Blackboard web portal. Students will access readings and lectures and engage in discussion with their professor and peers via Blackboard. Assignments will vary depending on the class in which the student is enrolled. All online material is accessed at home at hours that suit students' own schedules. Students are not required to be online at the same.

Yes, however we encourage students with long commutes to live on campus.  With few exceptions, commuting students are allowed to attend afternoon, evening, and weekend activities.

Free time is scheduled each day for students to relax and enjoy campus life; however, students are responsible for using their time wisely so that reading and other assignments are completed on time. It's important to note that students do have an additional week once they return home to submit a final paper or project.

On Campus

Residential students will be housed in doubles or triples in a centrally-located, air-conditioned campus dormitory. All linens—sheets, blankets, and a towel—will be provided. However, if you have room in your luggage you may prefer to pack your own towel and linen sets. The front desk of the dormitory is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The front doors of the dormitory are kept locked at all times; students swipe their AU IDs every time they enter.

Yes. Students, whether residential or commuter, will have access to AU's fitness center and pool, Bender Library, the Katzen Arts Center, the track, and the volley ball and tennis courts. To use the fitness center, a form needs to be signed by parents of minors and submitted ahead of time. This form will be made available once a student is admitted.

Experienced resident assistants (RAs) live in the dorms with students and serve as chaperones. Additionally, there is a resident director assigned to the dormitory.  Additional chaperones attend off-campus activities.

Residential students will eat the majority of their meals at AU's main dining cafeteria, Terrace Dining Room (TDR). In addition, students will be allotted funds called "Eagle Bucks" to pay for meals at some of the other AU eating places, such as Eagle's Nest, the Davenport Cafe, and Starbucks. Finally, there will be several meals catered by the program, such as the opening-day picnic, a dinner at Cactus Cantina, a lunch with professors, and the International Night dinner. Lunch for commuting students will be provided; commuters are also included in the Cactus Cantina and International Night dinners.

Program Alumni

Successfully completing the Community of Scholars program will allow you to demonstrate that you have stretched yourself and taken initiative beyond what is normally expected from high school students. On your college applications, you will be able to list your course and "check off" that you took a college course for credit.

Once all work is completed and graded, students will be sent an official transcript documenting their credits. To obtain additional transcripts, or to have transcripts sent to colleges or universities, students will need to submit a transcript request.  The AU Registrar now uses an outside firm to assist with transcripts. Follow the directions for "New User" through the online ordering system.  Note: This process will involve creating an account and submitting a few pieces of information, such as your birth date, so that your record can be located.  If you have questions, please call 202-885-2022. 

Yes. The Common Application, an undergraduate college admissions application used by nearly 500 colleges and universities in the United States, includes a section for students to list any college credit classes (other than AP and IB) that they have taken. The application will ask for American University’s CEEB code (5007) as well as the name of the course.