American University

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition

$45,808

4% growth from 2016

2017 Average Net Price

$32,732

After Financial Aid

2016 Student Loan

1.84%

Default Rate

2017 Acceptance Rate

29.4%

18,699 Applicants

2017 Enrolled Students

13,858

79.3% Full-Time

2017 Graduation Rate

79.2%

1,216 Graduates

About

American University is a higher education institution located in District of Columbia, DC. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at American University were International Relations & Affairs (433 degrees awarded), General Business Administration & Management (233 degrees), and General Political Science & Government (139 degrees).

In 2017, 4,079 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at American University. 64.1% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 35.9% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (2,150 degrees), 5.51 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (390 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at American University is $45,808, which is $19,308 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at American University is $45,808, which is $19,308 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $32,732.

In 2017, 55% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 46% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$45,808

2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at American University was $45,808. The cost of tuition at American University is $19,308 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

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Average Net Price

$32,732

2017 Value

3.07%

1 Year Growth

In 2017 American University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $32,732. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of American University grew by 3.07%.

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Other Student Expenses

$15,698

Room and Board

$800

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at American University was of $15,698 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $800. The cost of room and board increased by 1.26% between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

55%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

46%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

55% of undergraduate students at American University received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a decline of 12.7% with respect to 2016, when 63% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.

1.84%

2016 Default Rate

50

Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at American University was 1.84%, which represents 50 out of the 2717 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

American University received 18,699 undergraduate applications in 2017, which represents a 3.24% annual decline. Out of those 18,699 applicants, 5,498 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 29.4% acceptance rate.

There were 13,858 students enrolled at American University in 2017, and 49% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

American University has an overall enrollment yield of 32.5%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

29.4%

Acceptance Rate in 2017

5,498

Accepted Out of 18,699

In 2017, the undergraduate acceptance rate of American University was 29.4% (5,498 admissions from 18,699 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2016, which was 25.9%. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of applicants declined by -3.24%, while admissions grew by 9.78%.

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SAT Scores

49%

Submission Percentage

881

Scores Submitted

49% of enrolled first-time students at American University in 2017 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

American University has a total enrollment of 13,858 students. The full-time enrollment at American University is 10,984 students and the part-time enrollment is 2,874. This means that 79.3% of students enrolled at American University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at American University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 50% White, 11.9% Hispanic or Latino, 9.27% Black or African American, 6.49% Asian, 3.88% Two or More Races, 0.159% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0577% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at American University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (33%), followed by White Male (21.5%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (8.81%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (29.4%), followed by White Male (18.7%) and Black or African American Female (7.58%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

79.3%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at American University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 13,858 students. The full-time enrollment at American University is 10,984 and the part-time enrollment is 2,874. This means that 79.3% of students enrolled at American University are enrolled full-time compared with 78% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

90%

2017 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 90%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (83%), American University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    6,932

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    1,655

  3. Black or African American

    1,285

The enrolled student population at American University is 50% White, 11.9% Hispanic or Latino, 9.27% Black or African American, 6.49% Asian, 3.88% Two or More Races, 0.159% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0577% 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 51.5% White, 13.4% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.57% 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, 988 students (7.13%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 1147 more women than men received degrees from American University. The majority of degree recipients at American University are white (2,150 degrees awarded). There were 5.51 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (390 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at American University is International Relations & Affairs (433 degrees awarded), followed by General Business Administration & Management (233 degrees) and General Political Science & Government (139 degrees).

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 (495 degrees awarded), Social Sciences (1,204 degrees), and Philosophy and Religious Studies (48 degrees).

Workforce

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 (363,428 people), Other managers (293,959 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (218,881 people), Postsecondary teachers (132,826 people), and Chief executives & legislators (126,814 people).

The most specialized majors at American University are Legal (495 degrees awarded), Social Sciences (1,204 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (48 degrees), Communications (338 degrees), and Cultural & Gender Studies (35 degrees).

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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 Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists, Surgeons, Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, Sales managers, and Dentists

The most specialized majors at American University are Legal (495 degrees awarded), Social Sciences (1,204 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (48 degrees), Communications (338 degrees), and Cultural & Gender Studies (35 degrees).

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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 (411,936 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (343,771 people), Legal services (310,387 people), Computer Systems Design (210,123 people), and Justice, public order, & safety activities (199,204 people).

The most specialized majors at American University are Legal (495 degrees awarded), Social Sciences (1,204 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (48 degrees), Communications (338 degrees), and Cultural & Gender Studies (35 degrees).

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Degrees

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 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at American University was International Relations & Affairs with 433 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 1,466

  2. 2,613

In 2017, 1,466 degrees were awarded to men at American University, which is 0.561 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (2,613).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 279 degrees were awarded to men at American University in International Relations & Affairs, which is 0.539 times less than the 518 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 518 degrees were awarded to women at American University in International Relations & Affairs, which is 1.86 times more than the 279 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

76%

100% Completion Time

81%

150% Completion Time

In 2017, 76% of students graduating from American University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 81% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 81% 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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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.

American Indian or Alaska Native Female

Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at American University is Female and American Indian or Alaska Native (100% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (68.1%).

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, 5.92% of graduates (72 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    2,150 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    390 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    369 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at American University is white (2,150 degrees awarded). There were 5.51 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (390 degrees).

9.05% of degree recipients (369 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    1,326 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    824 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino Female

    259 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at American University is white female (1,326 degrees awarded). There were 1.61 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (824 degrees).

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Operations

American University has an endowment valued at nearly $622M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $106M (17.1%), compared to the 5.91% average return ($16.9M on $287M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2017, American University had a total salary expenditure of $535M. American University employs 307 Instructors, 188 Professors, and 162 Associate professors. Most academics at American University are Female Instructors (177), Male Instructors(130), and Male Professors (121).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at American University are: Management, with 407 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 272 employees, and Business and Financial Operations with 248 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$622M

2017 Endowment

11.5%

growth from 2016

American University has an endowment valued at about $622M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of American University grew 11.5% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $335M higher than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts

  1. $18.3M - Federal

  2. $0 - State

  3. $0 - Local

As of 2017, American University received $18.3M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $0 from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$227M

2017 Salaries

0.654%

growth from 2016

In 2017, American University paid a median of $227M in salaries, which represents 42.4% of their overall expenditure ($535M) and a 0.654% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 3.27% decline from 2015 and a 2.31% growth from 2014.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 215M (42.7% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$84.6M

Instructional Salaries

809

Number of Employees

In 2017, American University paid a total of $84.6M to 809 employees working as instructors, which represents 37.3% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $61.3M (31.9%) for similar Doctoral Universities: Higher Research Activity.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Instructor

Most Common Instructor

307 Employees

Management

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

407 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at American University were Instructor with 307 employees; Professor with 188 employees; and Professor with 162 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at American University were Management with 407 employees; Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 272 employees; and Business and Financial Operations with 248 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Female Instructor

  2. Male Instructor

  3. Male Professor

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at American University was Female Instructor with 177 employees, Male Instructor with 130 employees, and Male Professor with 121 employees.

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

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