Get to know the newest members of the American University community. Here’s a snapshot of AU’s incoming first-year students.
In another competitive year, just 31 percent of student applicants were admitted to AU.
Average GPA: 3.64
Average SAT: 1297
Average ACT: 29
Domestically, first-year students come from 48 states and Puerto Rico. The four states most represented are New Jersey, New York, California, and Massachusetts.
Female: 65 percent
Male: 35 percent
Hispanic/Latino: 12 percent
Black/African American: 7 percent
Asian American: 7 percent
Multiracial: 5 percent
Total underrepresented minorities: 20 percent
International: 4 percent. Excluding the US, 46 nationalities are represented.
*Note: These numbers are based on May enrollment deposits. Updated figures from fall enrollments are not yet available.
Then and Now
The typical first-year student was born in 2000. A brief look at the cultural landscape, from the disputed dawn of the millennium to now.
2000: George W. Bush defeats Al Gore for the presidency. Hanging chads, dimpled chads, and butterfly ballots divide the country during the 36-day Florida recount.
2018: Experts worry that state election systems are vulnerable to cyberattacks in the 2018 midterms.
2000: Top-grossing movie worldwide: Mission: Impossible II.
2018: Top-grossing movie worldwide, so far: Avengers: Infinity War. Mission: Impossible-Fallout has a $155.83 million opening weekend.
2000: Meryl Streep receives her record-tying 12th Oscar nomination (Music of the Heart).
2018: Meryl Streep’s record-breaking Oscar reign continues with her 21st nomination (The Post).
2000: NSYNC’s No Strings Attached is the top-selling album.
2018: Post Malone’s beerbongs & bentleys is the top album so far, according to Nielsen Music metrics that include streaming and digital sales. Former NSYNC member Justin Timberlake performs at the Super Bowl.
2000: Super Bowl Champions: St. Louis Rams.
2018: Super Bowl Champions: Philadelphia Eagles. The Rams moved back to Los Angeles.
2000: NBA Champions: Los Angeles Lakers. Finals MVP: Shaquille O’Neal.
2018: NBA Champions: Golden State Warriors. Shaq is a TNT NBA analyst.
2000: World Series Champions: New York Yankees. Series MVP: Derek Jeter.
2017: World Series Champions: Houston Astros. Jeter is CEO of the Miami Marlins.
2000: Stanley Cup Champions: New Jersey Devils.
2018: Stanley Cup Champions: Washington Capitals.
2000: The state of Vermont passes landmark law legalizing civil unions for same-sex couples.
2018: Same-sex marriage is legal throughout the United States.
2000: The California electricity crisis hits with rolling blackouts.
2018: The Mendocino Complex fire is declared the largest in California state history.
2000: The AOL Time Warner merger is announced to much fanfare.
2018: The Justice Department is appealing AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner. The AOL Time Warner merger was dubbed “a disaster.”
1999-2000: Though the crisis fizzled, Y2K computer bug fears sweep the nation.
2018: When every day feels like Y2K.