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The Class of 2022

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Four students holding up an AU banner for the class of 2022.
First-year students at Convocation

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.