Why American University?
Located in Washington, DC, the capital of the United States, American University (AU) is one of the top-ranked universities in the country. Our students share the desire to understand and shape tomorrow’s world, knowing that an excellent education and opportunities are the keys to success.
As a global university, AU has a long tradition of welcoming students from across the world to our campus. AU is home to more than 1,370 international students representing diverse cultures and viewpoints from 129 countries. This diversity is also reflected in our faculty, academic programs, and exchanges.
Find your home at American University
Nestled amid the upscale neighborhoods and embassies of upper northwest Washington, AU offers a safe and welcoming community in the midst of a bustling city.
A Historic and Beautiful Campus
American University was chartered by an Act of Congress in 1893. Over the years, six sitting U.S. presidents have served on our Board of Trustees, and multiple presidents—from John F. Kennedy to Barack Obama—have spoken on campus. Our beautiful and safe campus is recognized as an arboretum, and boasts everything from sculpture gardens to serene parks.
A Thriving Art Community
As an AU student, you will never lack for activities. AU has over 200 clubs, everything from language to sports to dance, and there is always something happening on campus, whether it’s an exhibit at our campus museum, an event at the Katzen Arts Center, or a show at the Greenberg Theatre.
We Know Success
A degree from AU prepares students for success. Industry leaders like Pepsico, YouTube, World Bank, the United Nations, and the International Monetary Fund all recruit students from AU. In fact, nine out of ten AU graduates have landed jobs in their desired fields, enrolled in graduate school, or both, within six months of graduation.
A Global Network
American University has 38 alumni chapters around the world. Our alumni live in all U.S. states and territories, 160 countries, and all 6 continents.
Learn More about American University
- Located in Washington, DC
- A top school in the nation for internships
- Founded in 1893
- 12:1 Student-faculty ratio
- 65+ Bachelor's academic programs
- Top producer of Fulbright scholars
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