Nestled within a residential neighbourhood in Washington, DC, the American University (AU) is a private doctoral institution with a coeducational setup and a focus on liberal arts education. The institution’s roots trace back to the late 1800s when Methodist bishop John Fletcher Hurst acquired 90 acres of farmland with the intention of establishing a non-sectarian national university. Chartered by Congress in 1893, American University officially opened its doors in 1914, enrolling its inaugural class of 28 students, which included four women.
Presently, the university is ranked 791-800 in QS World University Rankings 2024 and maintains its original attributes, including a global perspective, pragmatic idealism, and strong commitment to public service. Notably, AU students are renowned for their active involvement in political matters. The university comprises eight schools and colleges: the College of Arts & Sciences, Kogod School of Business, School of Education, School of International Service, School of Communication, School of Professional and Extended Studies, School of Public Affairs, and the Washington College of Law. AU provides an extensive array of academic offerings, encompassing 79 bachelor’s degrees, 98 master’s degrees, 11 doctoral degrees, 13 law degrees, and over 90 certificate programs for both undergraduate and graduate students. The university also presents more than 100 study abroad options.
Beyond traditional classroom instruction, AU offers students a rich campus experience, including various events, student groups, residential learning communities, and internship opportunities. The university boasts a thriving athletic scene and competes as the ‘American Eagles’ in the Patriot League. The Office of Campus Life, comprising 17 distinct departments, is dedicated to supporting students in diverse realms, spanning from spiritual engagement to academic pursuits. Its primary goal is to foster a campus environment that nurtures learning, growth, and achievement.