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American University

American University
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016
American University's more than 5,000 undergraduates are a microcosm of the world's diversity. From across the United States and from more than 150 countries, students share a desire to shape tomorrow's world. As does many Washington D.C. private universities, AU actively promotes international understanding, and this is reflected in its curricula offerings, faculty research, and the regular presence of world leaders on campus.

American University is for students who want to understand - and influence - how the world works. Maintaining a position atop liberal arts colleges in Washington D.C., AU's academically rigorous curriculum enables students to combine serious theoretical study with meaningful real-world learning experiences. Whatever major students choose, they acquire a solid foundation in the liberal arts and pursue in-depth study in their chosen fields.

AU students are grounded in a distinctive campus culture of high-quality academic inquiry, ethical awareness, and intense engagement in Washington and abroad. In fact, the Student Activities staff serves as advisors, mentors, and facilitators to the student leaders and members of more than 180 recognized clubs, organizations, student government and student media.

Quick Facts:
  • American University has earned its highest-ever ranking in U.S. News & World Report's guide to "America's Best Colleges," ranking 85 in the 2006 list of the top U.S. national universities, adding another accolade to its burgeoning reputation.
  • The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation has designated AU a 2006 Honor Institution. The award recognizes AU's "active encouragement of young people to pursue careers in public service" and its "sustained success in helping its students win Truman Scholarships," important factors when seeking liberal arts colleges in Washington D.C.
  • AU Abroad: Students explore and learn in over 80 locations in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, and South America, making the school a standout among Washington D.C. private universities.
  • The faculty represents a rich mix of academic and professional training. American University's 469 full-time members are nationally and internationally recognized in their fields, and over 95 percent hold the highest degree in their field.

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