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History

A global outlook, practical idealism, a passion for public service: They’re part of American University today, and they were in the air in 1893, when AU was chartered by Congress.

George Washington had dreamed of a “national university” in the nation’s capital. But it took John Fletcher Hurst to found a university that, in many ways, embodies that dream.

Education

We offer 69 bachelor’s degrees, 73 master’s degrees, 11 doctoral degrees, and a JD program, as well as 72 certificate programs at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Courses run on a 15-week semester basis in fall and spring, with shorter summer-term classes. In addition, we offer study-abroad programs and alternative breaks. 87 percent of our undergraduates and 65 percent of our master's students participate in at least one internship.

Research

American University, a Carnegie-classified research university, is deeply committed to creating knowledge, including creative and professional activity, in the arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and the professions. We strongly support research by our students and faculty.

Known as a college-centered research university, AU values scholar-teachers who are fully engaged both in research and in undergraduate and graduate teaching. Our most distinguished and accomplished scholars also teach.

Career

The American University Career Center supports the university’s commitment to uncompromising quality in the education of its students. The Career Center teaches undergraduates, graduate students and alumni how to develop educational and career goals, decision-making skills and job search strategies needed to manage their professional and academic pursuits.

We accomplish our mission by providing AU students, alumni, employers, faculty and staff with expert advising, leadership in experiential education, current information and resources, and networking opportunities on and off campus, as well as online.

University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2024
601
2023
601 -100
2022
501
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2024
791 -90
2023
701 -50
2022
651
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
2024
-
2023
590 63
2022
653
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.

Services

Student services

  • Academic Supoort & Access Center
  • Housing and Dining Programs
  • International Student & Scholar Services
  • Orientation, Transition & Retention
  • Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution Services

Housing services

On-campus housing is in high demand, so it is important that students submit their housing enrollment deposits to the Office of Admissions as soon as possible to secure a space. If you have any questions regarding the deposit, please contact the Office of Admissions.

Library services

The University Library enables educational and research success by:

  • building collections and facilitating access to information across all formats;
  • teaching people how to locate, assess, and use information to meet their needs;
  • providing welcoming spaces that support a full range of intellectual endeavors.

ICT services

  • The Anderson Computing Complex is located on the basement level of Anderson Hall with an entrance on the north side of the building near the Centennial parking garage. It is open every day of the week from 8 am - midnight. The lab is open to the entire AU community.

Medical services

Our dedicated team of doctors, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses and patient care representatives are here to help you make your college/grad school experience a healthy and productive one. At the student health center, our goals are to keep our students healthy and, when ill, get them “back on the mend” as quickly as possible.

Student Life

Campus life

American University's residence halls are dynamic communities that promote student learning in a fun and affirming atmosphere. Although each of our buildings have unique features and special communities, they are all designed to promote student success. Studies show that students living in residence halls perform better academically and participate more fully in campus life.

Each floor of our residence halls has an upper-class student, known as a Resident Assistant (RA), who engages students in learning opportunities and programs, provides support in mediating conflicts, and helps with transition and other student issues.

Sports facilities

  • Reeves Aquatic Center:

The Reeves Aquatic Center consists of two pools: an 8-lane, 25-yard lap pool and a 3-lane, 20-yard teaching pool.

  • Cassell Fitness Center:

This 8,000 square foot facility includes state-of-the-art fitness equipment including treadmills, ellipticals, cross trainers, upright and recumbent bikes, stairclimbers, free weights, and selectorized and plate loaded strength equipment.

  • Outdoor Tennis Courts:

American University features six outdoor tennis courts for the use of the University Community.

Student clubs

  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Epsilon Phi
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
  • Alpha Phi Omega - Service
  • American Literary

Accreditation

American University is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and recognized by the University Senate of the United Methodist Church.

American University Washington DC Scholarships

Below you will find scholarships for American University Washington DC. Distinction can be made between scholarships provided by the University and those provided by independent providers.

Provided by university
Grant
Various benefits
Deadline
Not specified
Graduate students - Merit awards
Merit-based

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American University Washington DC
Washington, D. C., United States
Independent provider
Grant
40000 AUD
Deadline
13 Oct 2024
Veterans’ Fund Indigenous Scholarships
Merit-based

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American Australian Association (AAA)
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
40000 AUD
Deadline
30 Apr 2024
Veterans’ Fund Graduate Scholarships
Merit-based

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American Australian Association (AAA)
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
50000 INR
Deadline
31 Mar 2024
UniCreds Fly High Scholarship
Merit-based

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Unicreds
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
Various benefits
Deadline
30 Mar 2024
Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarship Programme
Merit-based

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Aga Khan Foundation
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
1250 USD
Deadline
15 Oct 2024
Ruth Abernathy Presidential Scholarship
Merit-based

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SHAPE America
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
60000 USD
Deadline
31 Mar 2024
Postdocs in STEM Scholarship
Merit-based

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Zuckerman Scholars
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
40000 USD
Deadline
31 Mar 2024
Indigenous Scholarships
Merit-based Need-based

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American Australian Association (AAA)
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
25000 USD
Deadline
31 Mar 2024
Zuckerman Israeli Postdoctoral Scholars Program
Merit-based Need-based

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Zuckerman Scholars
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
4000 USD
Deadline
05 May 2024
OAS – The New School
Merit-based

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The General Secretariat of the Organization of American States
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
3500 USD
Deadline
15 Nov 2024
ACES Scholarships
Merit-based Need-based

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ACES Education Fund
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
1000 USD
Deadline
15 Mar 2024
Diasporans Africa Scholarship
Merit-based Need-based

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Diasporans 
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
Various benefits
Deadline
14 Oct 2024
Fulbright U.S. Student Program
Merit-based Need-based

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U.S. government
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
38000 GBP
Deadline
Not specified
Marshall Scholarships
Merit-based Need-based

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The Association of Commonwealth Universities
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
2000 USD
Deadline
15 Apr 2024
Denise Halbach Performance Scholarship
Merit-based Need-based

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SETC
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
1000 USD
Deadline
10 Oct 2024
CouponBirds "Help to Save" Scholarship
Need-based

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CouponBirds
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
1000 USD
Deadline
31 Mar 2024
1,000 Dreams Scholarship Fund
Need-based

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Greater Kansas City Community Foundation
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
1000 USD
Deadline
15 May 2024
Support Creativity Scholarship
Merit-based Need-based

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Support Creativity
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
Various benefits
Deadline
30 Jun 2024
Zolve Global Scholarship
Merit-based

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Zolve
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
1600 USD
Deadline
30 Apr 2024
Mozida African Master Scholarship
Merit-based

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Mozida Foundation
Location not available

For a complete overview of scholarships for American University Washington DC, visit our scholarship search.

Washington, D. C., Washington, D.C., United States

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