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American University

Washington, District of Columbia

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American University

Private 4 Year

8 reviews

About American University

The American University (AU or American) is a private research university in Washington, D.C., United States; its main campus is located near Ward Circle in the northwest portion of the District of Columbia. In the late 18th century, George Washington had written about wanting a "national university" to be established in the nation's capital, but it took almost a century for that dream to be established. The university was chartered by an Act of Congress on February 24, 1893, as "The American University", when the bill was approved by President Benjamin Harrison.

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Located in Washington, District of Columbia.

4400 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20016-8001, District of Columbia

American University Rankings

Prepler rankings are based on rigorous and in-depth analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education.

2022 Best Colleges in America

#67 of 6828

2022 Best Colleges in District of columbia

#3 of 22

2022 Top Religious Colleges in District of columbia

#2 of 7

Most Popular Majors

Out of 24 majors categories at American University, the 5 most popular are listed below.

Graduation Rate

Graduation rate of college is a strong indicator of success of the college’s students in attaining their educational goals. Prepler defines graduation rate as the percentage of first-time, full-time students who graduated from American University within four or six years.

Graduate in 4 years
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Notable Alumni