American University

United States

About the University

The American University is a private research university in Washington, D.C, founded in 1893. 

The university has eight schools and offers over 160 programmes, with a fifth of students being international. The American University is one of the top five feeder schools to the U.S. Foreign Service and other governmental agencies. In 2018, The Princeton Review ranked American University 1st for Top Colleges with the Most Politically Active Students.



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Campus Life

Housing options include halls of residence that act as dynamic communities on-campus. There are six traditional style halls, open to first-years right through to final years. There are also three suite-style halls and two apartment-style halls for upperclass students.

The campus is located on two sites, one of Massachusetts Avenue and the East Campus on Nebraska Avenue. The Washington College of Law is located at Tenleytown. 

Facilities include a 5000 seat arena, outdoor amphitheatre, specialist laboratories, the Kay Spiritual Life Centre, and a campus library which is home to over a million books.

Student life

The university has over 240 recognised organisations of campus, from political to social. There is also a top-ranked Model United Nations team and eight student-run media organisations.

There is also a prominent Greek life culture, with over 50 sororities and fraternities. 

Students can get involved with a variety of sports clubs, including basketball, soccer, cross-country, swimming, diving, track, volleyball, field hockey and lacrosse.


Nancy Meyers (filmmaker), Goldie Hawn (actress), Alice Paul (suffragist), Gary Cohn (banker), David Gregory (political analyst), Susan Wild (politician),  Keith Mitchell (Prime Minister of Grenada), David Aldridge (broadcaster)

14318 Students
14318 Students

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