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American University

Overview
Type of school: Private institution
Year founded: 1893
Affiliation: United Methodist
Academic calendar: Semester
Undergraduate student body: 5,962
Environment: Urban
Endowment: $340,000,000
Admissions Address

4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016

Website

http://www.american.edu

Admissions E-mail

admissions@american.edu


 

QuickFacts
Selectivity: More Selective
Average high school GPA: 3.5
Send application by: January 15
Admissions Contact Information
Admissions director: Christan Trahey (Acting)
Admissions office telephone: (202) 885-6000
Fall 2008 Admissions Deadlines Regular decision
Send application by: January 15
Decision sent by: Other
Accept offer by: May 1 (or within 4 weeks if notified thereafter)
Early decision
Send application by: November 15
 
Decision sent by: December 31
Early action
Not offered Application fee: $45
Is the fee refundable? No
Can fee be waived for students with financial need? Yes
Does school have a waiting list? No
Can admission be deferred? Yes
Accepted application formats:
Applications on floppy disks: No
Applications via E-mail: No
Electronic application:
 
http://admissions.american.edu Tuition deposit: $400 (Nonrefundable)
Room deposit: $200 (Nonrefundable)
Admissions Requirements
High school completion requirement: High school diploma is required and GED is accepted
General college-preparatory program: Required
Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended*
  Units Required Units Recommended
English 4 4
Mathematics 3 4
Science 2 4
Lab 2 2
Foreign language 2 3
Social studies 2 4
History N/A N/A
Academic electives 3 1
Total academic units 16 20

*One unit equals one year of study or its equivalent.
 
Campus visit: Recommended
Admissions interview: Neither required nor recommended
Off-campus interview: May be arranged
 
Does the college use SAT or ACT scores in admissions decisions for first-time, first-year applicants? Yes
SAT/ACT requirements: Either SAT or ACT required.
SAT/ACT scores must be received by: January 15
Tests accepted for Fall 2008 entering class: ACT with writing
SAT Subject Test scores must be received by: June 1
 
Open admission policy? No
What is the relative importance of specific academic factors in admission decisions?
Rigor of secondary school record: Very important
 
Class rank: Important
Academic GPA: Very important
Standardized test scores: Very important
Application essay: Important
Recommendation: Important
What is the relative importance of specific nonacademic factors in admission decisions?
Interview: Not considered
Extracurricular activities: Important
Talent/ability: Considered
Character/personal qualities: Considered
First generation: Considered
Alumni/ae relation: Considered
Geographical residence: Considered
State residency: Not considered
Religious affiliation/commitment: Not considered
Racial/ethnic status: Considered
Volunteer work: Important
Work experience: Considered
Level of applicant's interest: Considered
2006-2007 Admissions Statistics
Selectivity: More Selective
Overall acceptance rate: 53%
Early-decision acceptance rate: 57%
Early-action acceptance rate: N/A
Acceptance rate (excluding early-action and early-decision students): 53%
Total applicants: 15,058
Total acceptances: 8,053
Total freshman enrollment: 1,388
 
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision: 16%
Male applicants: 5,653
Male acceptances: 2,708
Male freshman enrollment: 465
 
Female applicants: 9,405
Female acceptances: 5,345
Female freshman enrollment: 923
Out-of-state freshmen: 90%
 
Qualified applicants offered a place on waiting list: 0
Applicants accepting a place on waiting list: 0
Students enrolled from waiting list: 0

 2006-2007 Freshman Class Profile
Top 10 percent of high school class: 48%
Top 25 percent of high school class: 83%
Top 50 percent of high school class: 98%
 
First-year students submitting high school class standing: 42%
Average high school GPA: 3.5
 
First-year students submitting GPA: 100%
 
First-year students submitting SAT scores: 94%
SAT scores (25/75 percentile):
Critical Reading: 590 – 700
Math: 580 – 670
Combined: 1170 – 1370

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  SAT Critical Reading SAT Math
700-800 25.2% 16.0%
600-699 47.9% 51.0%
500-599 24.7% 29.0%
400-499 2.2% 4.0%
300-399 0.1% 0.0%
200-299 0.0% 0.0%

 
First-year students submitting ACT scores: 30%
ACT scores (25/75 percentile):
English: N/A
Math: N/A
Composite: 25 – 30

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  ACT Composite ACT English ACT Math
30-36 29.0% 36.0% 23.0%
24-29 59.0% 49.0% 61.0%
18-23 12.0% 15.0% 15.0%
12-17 0.0% 0.0% 1.0%
6-11 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Below 6 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%

 



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