American University
 

Category: Tier 2 research institution | 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 69 bachelor's degrees, over 80 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.
 

Military Friendly Ratings

We rate how Military Friendly® an organization is within 6 different categories. Learn more about our methodology.

The ratings below reflect the extent to which each organization exceeds the benchmark standards for 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, 20 online master's degrees, 4 online graduate certificate programs and a host of on-line undergraduate and graduate courses, 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.
 

Ratings

Top Degrees

plaeholder-teamBiology

A general program of biology at the introductory, basic level or a program in biology or the biological sciences that is undifferentiated as to title or content. Includes instruction in general biology and programs covering a variety of biological specializations.

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Business Administration & Management, General

A program that generally prepares individuals to plan, organize, direct, and control the functions and processes of a firm or organization. Includes instruction in management theory, human resources management and behavior, accounting and other quantitative methods, purchasing and logistics, organization and production, marketing, and business decision-making.

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Communications, General

A program that focuses on the comprehensive study of communication, and that spans the study of mass communication/media studies, old and new media technologies, social and political applications, and speech communication and rhetoric. Includes instruction in interpersonal, group, organizational, and intercultural communication; theories of communication; critical thinking, argumentation, and persuasion; written communication; printed, electronic, and digital media; rhetorical tradition and criticism; media, society, and culture; consequences and effects of mass media; media social science and criticism; and quantitative and qualitative methods of inquiry.

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Computer Science

A program that focuses on computer theory, computing problems and solutions, and the design of computer systems and user interfaces from a scientific perspective. Includes instruction in the principles of computational science, computer development and programming, and applications to a variety of end-use situations.

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Criminal Justice/Police Science

A program that prepares individuals to perform the duties of police and public security officers, including patrol and investigative activities, traffic control, crowd control and public relations, witness interviewing, evidence collection and management, basic crime prevention methods, weapon and equipment operation and maintenance, report preparation and other routine law enforcement responsibilities.

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Environmental Science

A program that focuses on the application of biological, chemical, and physical principles to the study of the physical environment and the solution of environmental problems, including subjects such as abating or controlling environmental pollution and degradation; the interaction between human society and the natural environment; and natural resources management. Includes instruction in biology, chemistry, physics, geosciences, climatology, statistics, and mathematical modeling.

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Finance, General

A program that generally prepares individuals to plan, manage, and analyze the financial and monetary aspects and performance of business enterprises, banking institutions, or other organizations. Includes instruction in principles of accounting, financial instruments, capital planning, funds acquisition, asset and debt management, budgeting, financial analysis, and investments and portfolio management.

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Health Professions & Related Programs

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Law

A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Undergraduate Graduate
In State Out of State In State Out of State
Tuition $45,808 $45,808 $29,556 $29,556
Fees $807 $807 $690 $690
Room $9,898 $9,898 $13,948 $13,948
Board $4,804 $4,804 $4,804 $4,804
Books $800 $880 $1,100 $1,100
Other Expenses $921 $921 $2,810 $2,810
Totals $63,038 $63,118 $52,908 $52,908
  • 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
  • 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)
  • Explicit commitment to serving the military and veteran community
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Career planning services
  • Mental health counseling
  • Transition Assistance
  • Accommodations for military students with disabilities
  • 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