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American University of Beirut

American University of Beirut
P.O.Box 11-0236
Riad El-Solh / Beirut 1107 2020

Founded in 1866, the American University of Beirut (AUB) is a private, independent, non-sectarian institution that functions under a charter from the State of New York, operating out of Ras Beirut, Lebanon. What started in a rented house with 16 students has grown into a major university with more than 7,000 students on a 73-acre campus overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. AUB offers a curriculum in the tradition of an American liberal arts education with English instruction. More than 100 undergraduate, graduate, medical, and professional academic programs are offered in six schools; Agricultural & Food Sciences, Arts & Sciences, Engineering & Architecture, Health Sciences, School of Nursing, and the Suliman S. Olayan School of Business.

AUB is a coeducational institution that places an emphasis on critical thinking, open debate, and diversity. The University is committed to the ideals of equality in education. In 1871, founder Dr. Daniel Bliss as he lay the cornerstone of the central building pledged to keep the college open to anyone regardless of color, nationality, race or religion. Dr. Bliss raised more than $100,000 in the 1860s after withdrawing from evangelical work in Lebanon and Syria to start a college of higher learning that included medical training.

AUB provides many resources designed to support the school's teaching and research programs. These include two libraries, laboratories, computer facilities, museums, and natural history, geologic, zoological, and botanic collections. Another resource is Al-Mashriq, a non-political, non-commercial server that acts as a repository for cultural multimedia information and contains more than 35,000 articles.

Quick Facts

  • More than 68 countries are represented by the more than 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students at AUB.

  • The facilities encompass 73 buildings including a medical center, four libraries, three museums, six dormitories, athletic fields, and numerous gardens.

  • In 1920, the AUB officially changed its name from the Syrian Protestant College to American University of Beirut.

  • AUB has awarded more than 75,000 degrees and diplomas since June 1870

  • The first medical building at AUB, College Hall, was extensively damaged by a savage explosion in November of 1991 and the building had to be demolished. It was later rebuilt and inaugurated in the spring of 1999.

  • This school profile has been compiled and updated by The CollegeBound Network. The school is not affiliated with The CollegeBound Network and shall not be considered a sponsor of this program.