American University (AU)

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American University can be found in Washington, DC, a nonprofit private college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. AU has an enrollment of about fifteen thousand students.

Students can report either the SAT or ACT exam scores to this school. A score within the range of 1210 - 1390 on the SAT exam, or 27 - 31 on the ACT exam is among the 25th - 75th percentile range among accepted students. Based on sampled GPA data collected and applied, it is estimated that the American University (AU) average GPA range for accepted students is around 3.55 - 3.71. 36% of all those who apply are admitted to American University, from which 26% choose to enroll. When applying historical data, we have projected that the American University (AU) acceptance rate 2021 will be around 30%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall American University (AU) Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for American University was reported as 36.1% in Fall 2020 with over 18,500 college applications submitted to AU. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • AU ACT Scores: 27 - 31
  • AU Average GPA: 3.55 - 3.71

How Hard Is It to Get into American University?

Applicant Selectivity: High

AU has a very competitive selection process for applicants, where most students accepted have a higher than average high school GPA and scored in the top percentiles on standardized tests like the SAT or ACT exam.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for American University has been getting much higher in the past few years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 25.9%
  • 2017-2018: 29.4%
  • 2018-2019: 31.5%
  • 2019-2020: 36.1%
  • Projected AU Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 30.0%

How Does American University (AU) Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for American University is fifty-seven percent lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Georgetown University14.4%
Howard University36.1%
Catholic University of America85.4%
Bowie State University79.7%
University of Maryland-Baltimore County61.0%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to American University (AU) (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading620 - 700
Math590 - 690
Total Score1210 - 1390
ACT®Score Range
English27 - 34
Math24 - 28
Composite Score27 - 31
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