About American University

Why American University?

Located in Washington, DC, the capital of the United States, American University (AU) is one of the top-ranked universities in the country. Our students share the desire to understand and shape tomorrow’s world, knowing that an excellent education and opportunities are the keys to success.

As a global university, AU has a long tradition of welcoming students from across the world to our campus. AU is home to more than 1,370 international students representing diverse cultures and viewpoints from 129 countries. This diversity is also reflected in our faculty, academic programs, and exchanges.

Find your home at American University

Nestled amid the upscale neighborhoods and embassies of upper northwest Washington, AU offers a safe and welcoming community in the midst of a bustling city.
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A Historic and Beautiful Campus

American University was chartered by an Act of Congress in 1893. Over the years, six sitting U.S. presidents have served on our Board of Trustees, and multiple presidents—from John F. Kennedy to Barack Obama—have spoken on campus. Our beautiful and safe campus is recognized as an arboretum, and boasts everything from sculpture gardens to serene parks. Take a virtual tour »

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A Thriving Art Community

As an AU student, you will never lack for activities. AU has over 200 clubs, everything from language to sports to dance, and there is always something happening on campus, whether it’s an exhibit at our campus museum, an event at the Katzen Arts Center, or a show at the Greenberg Theatre. Learn more »

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We Know Success

A degree from AU prepares students for success. Industry leaders like Pepsico, YouTube, World Bank, the United Nations, and the International Monetary Fund all recruit students from AU. In fact, nine out of ten AU graduates have landed jobs in their desired fields, enrolled in graduate school, or both, within six months of graduation. Learn more »

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A Global Network

American University has 38 alumni chapters around the world. Our alumni live in all U.S. states and territories, 160 countries, and all 6 continents.




Explore Washington, DC

You can study in a city that offers global opportunities and never-ending excitement. Nestled amid the upscale neighborhoods and embassies of upper northwest Washington, AU offers a safe and welcoming community in the middle of a bustling city.

Located on the mid-Atlantic coast of the United States, Washington, DC is a short trip away from many other major cities. DC enjoys four seasons which include cherry tree blossoms in the spring, warm summers, beautiful foliage in the fall, and mild winters.

The exciting nightlife of Dupont Circle is just four Metro (subway) stops away from campus, and the high-end shopping in Penn Quarter is just seven Metro stops away. The world-renowned cultural historical institutions of the Smithsonian and the National Mall are just eight Metro stops away. From sports stadiums and theaters to international airports and beautiful parks, Washington, DC has everything you need.