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American University Review

Washington, DC, 4400 Massachusetts Ave NW
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Career Preparation A-
Students and Culture A
Facilities A
Activities and Groups A-
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Excellent

American University is a large, private, four-year university enrolling 13,198 students and offering 157 degrees in Washington, DC.

Study Areas, Degree Popularity

Check out the most popular majors and specific degrees students have earned at American University.

*Sources for school statistics and data include the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Data may vary depending on school and academic year.
1
Human and Social Sciences
1,650 recent grads, 4 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
American/united States Studies/civilization
5
Anthropology
16
7
0
7
Applied and Professional Ethics
0
Asian Studies/civilization
2
Clinical Psychology
10
Ethics
16
French Studies
7
German Studies
6
History
33
13
4
International and Intercultural Communication
13
International Relations and Affairs
435
325
2
7
Jewish/judaic Studies
0
Language Interpretation and Translation
24
Latin American Studies
11
9
0
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies
63
0
Near and Middle Eastern Studies
1
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
44
0
Philosophy
10
10
Political Communication
19
Political Science
148
13
45
0
Psychology
68
15
Public Administration
131
0
9
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
2
Public Policy Analysis
59
1
Religion/religious Studies
4
Russian Studies
7
Social Sciences
1
Sociology
18
5
1
Women's Studies
20
4
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
2
Legal and Law
737 recent grads, 3 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
American/u.s. Law/legal Studies/jurisprudence
39
6
Criminal Justice
42
48
0
Homeland Security
1
International Law and Legal Studies
104
Law
462
Legal Professions and Studies
4
Legal Studies
31
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
3
Business
733 recent grads, 4 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Accounting
41
56
1
Business Administration and Management
217
123
0
Business Administration, Management and Operations
11
Development Economics and International Development
10
0
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics
9
Economics
99
35
10
Economics
2
Finance
17
37
International Business
0
International Economics
5
3
Marketing/marketing Management
11
Real Estate
10
1
Taxation
34
1
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
4
Communication and Media
321 recent grads, 4 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Communication and Media Studies
11
Digital Communication and Media/multimedia
0
Journalism
49
21
Mass Communication
147
61
2
Public Relations/image Management
6
Recording Arts Technology/technician
16
7
1
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
5
Education and Liberal Arts
240 recent grads, 4 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Applied Mathematics
0
Arabic Language and Literature
3
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
10
12
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
10
Creative Writing
13
Curriculum and Instruction
42
2
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
4
1
Education/teaching of Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities
14
Elementary Education and Teaching
13
11
2
International and Comparative Education
15
Liberal Arts
0
4
Literature
27
8
Secondary Education and Teaching
4
20
3
Spanish Language and Literature
10
Teaching English As a Second or Foreign Language/esl Language Instructor
12
0
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
6
Art and Design
179 recent grads, 2 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Arts, Entertainment, and Media Management
21
Cinematography and Film/video Production
0
42
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts
8
Film/cinema/video Studies
51
15
Fine Arts
5
9
Graphic Design
11
Intermedia/multimedia
0
Music
7
Musical Theatre
10
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
7
Mathematics and Science
94 recent grads, 3 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Biochemistry
5
Biology
24
5
Biotechnology
2
Chemistry
5
2
Mathematics
15
2
Neuroscience
9
Physics
6
Statistics
8
11
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
8
Healthcare
80 recent grads, 3 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies
0
Pre-Medicine/pre-Medical Studies
0
Public Health
55
Public Health Education and Promotion
13
12
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
9
Engineering
41 recent grads, 3 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Environmental Science
7
4
0
Environmental Studies
12
18
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
10
Computer Technology
14 recent grads, 1 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Computer Science
14
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
Online Programs

Check out the online programs offered at American University.

Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Business Administration and Management
Economics
International Relations and Affairs
Mass Communication
Public Administration
Teaching English As a Second or Foreign Language/esl Language Instructor
*Sources for school statistics and data include the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Data may vary depending on school and academic year.
School Accreditation Information
This institution is accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Specialized institution accreditations:
American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs
Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar Law (LAW) - Professional schools
National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools
*Source data obtained from U.S. Department of Education's Office of Post-secondary Education (OPE)
Alumni & Student Reviews
A- Excellent
Career Preparation
What letter grade would you give your school on how well it prepares students for a career in the real world?
Based on 10 Reviews
Alumni
Public Communication, Class of 1999

Internships and partnerships with key organizations. They offer student support for career guidance, resume prep and placement.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Law & Society, Class of 2010

career counselor, credit for internships, alumni network

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Visual Media (BA), Class of 1995

Many of the faculty worked in the field.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
B.A. , Class of 1993

Wide-ranging curriculum, great alumni network.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Bachelor/International Relations, Class of 1996

n/a - these questions are poorly framed. I graduated 19 years ago, so asking these questions in the present tense just confuses this.

Rated January 2016
A Excellent
Students and Culture
What letter grade would you give the students/culture at your school?
Based on 10 Reviews
Alumni
Public Communication, Class of 1999

Ambitious, politically oriented students who are excited to be in the nation's capital and anticipate an ability to make significant change in our society. Smart, dedicated student body, actively engaged in current events and international affairs.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
B.A. , Class of 1993

Very diverse, students from around the world.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Bachelor/International Relations, Class of 1996

again, I was there 19 years ago.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
B.A. Sociology, Class of 2012

AU is very competitive and demands a strong commitment to community service and global citizenship. Most students are very committed to this mentality during their time at AU.

Rated January 2016
A Excellent
Facilities
What letter grade would you give the facilities at your school.
Based on 10 Reviews
Alumni
Nlursing, Class of 1982

At the time, they were fairly up to date. However, that was years ago. I have not been a student for a long time.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Public Communication, Class of 1999

It's been 15 years, so it would be unfair for me to state.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
B.A. Sociology, Class of 2012

AU dorms are well maintained and comfortable to live in. My dorm was particularly nice during my studies as it was renovated right before my freshman year. The dining hall has many options for all different kinds of dietary habits (vegetarian, gluten-free, kosher, etc.). Most classrooms are well equipped for courses, but I did find that several were lacking in technology integration while I was there (ex. Smart Boards, decent projectors, etc.). The campus is extraordinarily beautiful and is a designated arboretum.

Rated January 2016
A- Excellent
Activities and Groups
What overall letter grade would you give the activities/groups at your school?
Based on 10 Reviews
Alumni
PhD International Economic Policy, Class of 2007

A great deal of international / policy related events

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Nlursing, Class of 1982

I don't remember - I graduated 33 years ago.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Public Communication, Class of 1999

Again, much has changed in the 15 years since I attended.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
B.A. Sociology, Class of 2012

AU has a strong culture of community service and social justice. Many students take part in national days of community service and Alternative Breaks. Additionally, AU emphasizes the importance of experiencing the culture of DC, so most students also have at least one or two high-profile internships during their time in Washington.

Rated January 2016
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