American University

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$53,070
5% growth from 2021
2022 Average Net Price
$41,369
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
0.99%
on Student Loans
2022 Acceptance Rate
40.6%
19,510 Applicants
2022 Enrolled Students
13,885
78.1% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
79.5%
1,331 Graduates

About

American University is a higher education institution located in District of Columbia, DC. In 2022, the most popular Bachelors Degree concentrations at American University were International Relations & Affairs (382 degrees awarded), General Business Administration & Management (212 degrees), and General Political Science & Government (186 degrees).

In 2022, 4,493 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at American University. 63.2% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 36.8% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (2,285 degrees), 5.09 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (449 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at American University is $53,070, which is $22,920 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at American University is $53,070, which is $22,920 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $41,369.

In 2022, 47% of undergraduate students attending American University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 34% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$53,070
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at American University was $53,070. The cost of tuition at American University is $22,920 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

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Average Net Price

$41,369
2022 Value
44.5%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 American University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $41,369. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of American University grew by 44.5%.

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Other Student Expenses

$15,150
Room and Board
$800
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at American University was of $15,150 in 2022. The cost of room and board increased by 1.13% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $800. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

47%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
34%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

47% of undergraduate students at American University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a growth of 6.82% with respect to 2021, when 44% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

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0.99%
2019 Default Rate
29
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at American University was 0.99%, which represents 29 out of the 2930 total borrowers.

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Admissions

American University received 19,510 undergraduate applications in 2022, which represents a 0.712% annual growth. Out of those 19,510 applicants, 7,926 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 40.6% acceptance rate.

There were 13,885 students enrolled at American University in 2022. 25% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

American University has an overall enrollment yield of 22.2%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

40.6%
Acceptance Rate in 2022
7,926
Accepted Out of 19,510

In 2022, the undergraduate acceptance rate of American University was 40.6% (7,926 admissions from 19,510 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2021, which was 64.1%. Between 2021 and 2022, the number of applicants grew by 0.712%, while admissions declined by −37.1%..

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SAT Scores

25%
Submission Percentage (2022)
441
Scores Submitted (2022)

25% of enrolled first-time students at American University in 2022 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

American University had a total enrollment of 13,885 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at American University is 10,840 students and the part-time enrollment is 3,045. This means that 78.1% of students enrolled at American University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at American University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 50.9% White, 11.5% Hispanic or Latino, 9.56% Black or African American, 6.19% Asian, 4.5% Two or More Races, 0.0936% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0792% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at American University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (35.5%), followed by White Male (19.7%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (7.87%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (31%), followed by White Male (19%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (7.84%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

78.1%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at American University in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 13,885 students. The full-time enrollment at American University is 10,840 and the part-time enrollment is 3,045. This means that 78.1% of students enrolled at American University are enrolled full-time compared with 77.4% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

86%
2022 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at American University was 86%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (84%), American University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    7,072 enrolled students
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    1,603 enrolled students
  3. Black or African American
    1,328 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at American University is 50.9% White, 11.5% Hispanic or Latino, 9.56% Black or African American, 6.19% Asian, 4.5% Two or More Races, 0.0936% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0792% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 47.5% White, 15.5% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.58% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 881 students (6.34%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 1,189 more women than men received degrees from American University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at American University is white (2,285 degrees awarded). There were 5.09 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (449 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at American University is International Relations & Affairs (382 degrees awarded), followed by General Business Administration & Management (212 degrees) and General Political Science & Government (186 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at American University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Legal (486 degrees awarded), Social Sciences (1,194 degrees), and Public Administration and Social Service (228 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at American University are Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (447,180 people), Other managers (283,973 people), Social workers, all other (209,031 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (182,919 people), and Postsecondary teachers (144,903 people).

The most specialized majors at American University in 2022 are Legal (486 degrees awarded), Social Sciences (1,194 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (228 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (42 degrees), and History (61 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at American University are Diagnostic medical sonographers, Surgeons, Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, and Magnetic resonance imaging technologists

The most specialized majors at American University are Legal (486 degrees awarded), Social Sciences (1,194 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (228 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (42 degrees), and History (61 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at American University are Elementary & secondary schools (475,148 people), Legal services (358,749 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (333,375 people), Justice, public order, & safety activities (230,277 people), and Computer Systems Design (204,856 people).

The most specialized majors at American University are Legal (486 degrees awarded), Social Sciences (1,194 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (228 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (42 degrees), and History (61 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by American University.

In 2022, the most common bachelors degree concentration at American University was International Relations & Affairs with 382 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

1,652
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
2,841
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 1,652 degrees were awarded to men at American University, which is 0.581 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (2,841).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 294 degrees were awarded to men at American University in International Relations & Affairs, which is 0.646 times less than the 455 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 455 degrees were awarded to men at American University in International Relations & Affairs, which is 1.55 times more than the 294 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

74%
100% Completion Time
79%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 74% of students graduating from American University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 79% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 79% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
American Indian or Alaska Native Male
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at American University is Male and American Indian or Alaska Native (100% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 3.38% of graduates (45 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    2,285 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    449 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    441 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at American University is white (2,285 degrees awarded). There were 5.09 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (449 degrees).

6.72% of degree recipients (302 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    1,413 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    872 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    328 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at American University is white female (1,413 degrees awarded). There were 1.62 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (872 degrees).

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Operations

American University has an endowment valued at nearly $909M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of −NaNM (−8.62%) compared to the 1.13% average return (4.2M on 373M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2022, American University had a total salary expenditure of 662M. American University employs 358 Instructors, 206 Professors and 171 Associate professors. Most academics at American University are Female Instructor (203), Male Instructor (155), and Male Professor (126).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at American University are: Management, with 459 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 301 employees, and Business and Financial Operations with 263 employees.

Endowment

$909M
2022 Endowment
2.78%
growth from 2021

American University has an endowment valued at about $909M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of American University grew 2.78% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $536M higher than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Salary Expenditure

$278M
2022 Salaries
6.08%
growth from 2021

In 2022, American University paid a median of $278M in salaries, which represents 42% of their overall expenditure ($662M) and a 6.08% growth from the previous year.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 246M (41.5% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$98.6M
Instructional Salaries
853
Number of Employees

In 2022, American University paid a total of $98.6M to 853 employees working as instructors, which represents 35.5% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $73.7M (30%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Occupations by Share

Instructor
Most Common Instructor
358 Employees
Management
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
459 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at American University were Instructor with 358 employees, Professor with 206 employees, and Associate professor with 171 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at American University were Management with 459 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 301 employees, and Business and Financial Operations with 263 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Female Instructor
  2. Male Instructor
  3. Male Professor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at American University was Female Instructor with 203 employees, Male Instructor with 155 employees, and Male Professor with 126 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at American University.

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