American University

American University (AU) is a student-centered research institution defined by its global outlook, practical idealism, and passion for public service. The university features six schools for undergraduate study: a top-ranked school of public affairs, the world's largest school of international service, a college of arts and sciences, and schools of business, communication, and education. AU is also home to the Washington College of Law and School of Professional and Extended Studies. Undergraduate students choose a personalized curriculum of theoretical study and experiential learning in classes taught by internationally-recognized faculty (94 percent of whom hold the highest degrees in their field). By choosing to double major, enroll in an interdisciplinary program, or design a custom interdepartmental or interschool degree, students can plot their own academic course. They take full advantage of their location in the nation's capital, which is a laboratory for applying knowledge and affecting meaningful change. With an average class size of 23 students and a 12:1 student-faculty ratio, undergraduates benefit from personalized attention and one-on-one mentorships. They develop deep connections to the thought leaders, award-winning scholars, and committed teachers that make up the university's faculty. Active and engaged, AU students have the opportunity to address major issues - from health care to human rights and global economics to the environment - by participating in internships at pinnacle organizations in government, business, and nonprofits. In addition, they may choose from more than 150 study abroad programs in more than 40 countries. AU's award-winning Career Center helps students land unique internships and careers. Beyond academics, AU offers more than 240 clubs and organizations for every interest, from politics to performing arts to community service. The campus is always active, from live performances and art exhibits at the Katzen Arts Center, to sporting events, to noteworthy speakers like Barack Obama, Madeleine Albright, and Justin Trudeau. The student body reflects the school's global perspective, with representatives from 144 countries and all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and many U.S. territories. The beautiful 84-acre campus, an accredited arboretum, is a residential haven in the heart of one of the world's most influential cities. The recently completed East Campus, home to the Don Myers Technology Center and three residence halls - all LEED certified - continues AU's legacy as a leader in energy efficiency and academic innovation.

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school_type year_founded religious_affiliation academic_calendar year_2016_endowment address telephone
Private, Coed 1893 N/A Semester $558.1 million 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016 (202) 885-1000
overall score total score state city online paying global
57 100.0 D.C. Washington 372 353