American University, situated in a residential neighborhood of Washington, D.C., has a student body of 8,000 undergraduates. Studying in D.C. fosters an environment rich in hands-on learning opportunities spanning politics, sciences, business, communications, and both domestic and international affairs. Notably, 91% of students participate in at least one internship or study abroad. Admissions are done for the university as a whole, not individual colleges, within its six-college structure.
The AU’s Early Decision Admission rate is 80%, substantially higher than the 30-40% for Regular Decision. American University places great emphasis on demonstrated interest, so prospective students are encouraged to visit online and attend information sessions in-person or online, engage with admission counselors through emails, and meet with admission representatives when they visit high school campuses.