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2016 Undergraduate Tuition
3.5% growth from 2015
After Financial Aid
2014 Student Loan
Default Rate
2016 Acceptance Rate
19,325 Applicants
2016 Enrolled Students
79.9% full-time
2016 Graduation Rate
1,217 Graduates


The median tuition at American University is $44,046, which is $11,836 more than the national median tuition of $32,210.

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $31,758.

In 2016, 63% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 46% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

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American University received 19,325 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 15.5% annual growth. Out of those 19,325 applicants, 5,008 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 25.9% acceptance rate.

There were 13,346 students enrolled at American University in 2016, and 50% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

American University has an overall enrollment yield of 33.5%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

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American University has a total enrollment of 13,346 students. The full-time enrollment at American University is 10,657 students and the part-time enrollment is 2,689. This means that 79.9% of students enrolled at American University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at American University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 51.6% White, 11% Hispanic or Latino, 8.92% Black or African American, 6.08% Asian, 3.78% Two or More Races, 0.2% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.08% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at American University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (19.5%), followed by White Male (12.3%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (4.65%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (6.62%), followed by White Male (4.47%) and Black or African American Female (1.75%).

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In 2016, 1,068 more women than men graduated from American University. The majority of students graduating from American University are White. These 2,206 graduates mean that there were 4.81 times more White graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, Unknown, with 459 graduates.

The most common Bachelor's Degree awarded at American University is International Relations & Affairs with 457 graduates, followed by General Business Administration & Management with 248 graduates and General Political Science & Government with 150 graduates.

The most specialized major across all degree types at American University, meaning they have significantly more graduates than the national average across all institutions, is Legal, with 606 graduates, followed by Social Sciences with 1,173 graduates and Cultural & Gender Studies with 57 graduates.


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American University has an endowment valued at nearly $590M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $29.9M (5.07%), compared to the 1.09% average return ($2.96M on $270M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2015, American University had a total expenditure of $491M. Of that $491M, they spent $219M on salaries and $53.1M on benefits.

American University employs 277 Instructors, 189 Professors, and 164 Assistant professors. Most academics at American University are Female Instructors (161), Male Professors (130), and Male Instructors (116).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at American University are: Management, with 476 employees, Business and Financial Operations, with 258 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 217 employees.



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