American University

Category: Private institutions with more than 10000 enrolled students | State: District of Columbia

About American University

American University (AU) is a private doctoral institution in northwest Washington, D.C. that educates active citizens who apply knowledge to the most pressing concerns facing the nation and world. AU enrolls more than 13,000 students including approximately 7,000 undergraduates, 3,600 graduate students, 1,500 law students, and 500 visiting students. AU offers 68 bachelor's degrees, 76 master's degrees, 10 doctoral degrees, 7 law degrees, and more than 70 certificate programs. Courses are 15-weeks during fall and spring semesters, with shorter summer-term sessions. The student body is cosmopolitan and globally diverse, with all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and over 140 countries represented.
STATUS: Military Friendly®

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Military Student Support & Retention

Why attend American University

The transition to university life can be challenging, particularly for students who have recently left the more structured experience of military service. American University offers a range of programs and resources, including AU's Veterans Services Administrator, a Veterans Liaison Network, a Veterans Lounge, participation in the Yellow Ribbon program, the student-run AU Vets, a host of on-line undergraduate and graduate courses, eleven on-line graduate programs, waived application fees for some graduate programs, and specialized career services to ensure that student veterans thrive, academically and socially, as they complete their educational objectives at AU.


Top Degrees

plaeholder-teamBroadcast Journalism

A program that focuses on the methods and techniques for reporting, producing, and delivering news and news programs via radio, television, and video/film media; and that prepares individuals to be professional broadcast journalists, editors, producers, directors, and managers. Includes instruction in the principles of broadcast technology; broadcast reporting; on- and off-camera and microphone procedures and techniques; program, sound, and video/film editing; program design and production; media law and policy; and professional standards and ethics.


Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst

A program that prepares individuals to apply programming and systems analysis principles to the selection, implementation, and troubleshooting of customized computer and software installations across the life cycle. Includes instruction in computer hardware and software; compilation, composition, execution, and operating systems; low- and high-level languages and language programming; programming and debugging techniques; installation and maintenance testing and documentation; process and data flow analysis; user needs analysis and documentation; cost-benefit analysis; and specification design.


Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General

A program that generally prepares individuals to manage the development of human capital in organizations, and to provide related services to individuals and groups. Includes instruction in personnel and organization policy, human resource dynamics and flows, labor relations, sex roles, civil rights, human resources law and regulations, motivation and compensation systems, work systems, career management, employee testing and assessment, recruitment and selection, managing employee and job training programs, and the management of human resources programs and operations.

Undergraduate Graduate
In State Out of State In State Out of State
Tuition $44,046 $44,046 $28,422 $28,422
Fees $807 $807 $690 $690
Room $9,800 $9,800 N/A N/A
Board $4,726 $4,726 N/A N/A
Books $800 $800 N/A N/A
Other Expenses $1,181 $1,181 N/A N/A
Totals $61,360 $61,360 $29,112 $29,112
  • Approved for Post 9/11 GI Bill
  • Committed to the 8 Keys to Veterans' Success
  • Signed the VA's Principles of Excellence for serving veterans and service members
  • Utilize the Federal Financial Aid Shopping Sheet
  • Armed Forces Tuition Assistance (TA) Funding
  • DOD Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Tuition Assistance
  • Awards college credit for passing scores on CLEP exam
  • Award college credit for military training and experience according to the ACE recommendation guidelines
  • Mentoring/on-boarding programs for new military students or veterans
  • In-state tuition without residency requirements for military personnel
  • Compliant with Section 702 of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 ("Choice Act")
  • Active duty or reserve military student returns without penalty after deployment
  • Offers evening programs
  • Offers weekend programs
  • Offers accelerated courses (i.e., 6-8 weeks course completion time)
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Career planning services
  • Mental health counseling
  • Full-time veteran counselors or advisors on staff
  • Veteran-to-veteran peer mentoring program
  • Dedicated social space for gathering (e.g. a student lounge or veteran center) reserved specifically for military service members and veterans
  • Campus/social networking events planned specifically for veterans?
  • Specialized career guidance counseling or other programs to help military students identify careers to pursue
  • Industry-employer relationship programs available to active duty military students and veterans to assist with post-graduate employment outcomes