United States, District of Columbia

Established in 1893, American University is a private research university in Washington, DC. It has eight schools and colleges namely, the School of international service, arts and science, professional and extended studies, public affairs, education, and the Washington College of Law. It offers 160 programs including 71 bachelor's degrees, 87 master’s degrees, and 10 doctoral degrees. The student body represents over 141 countries. It is also home to a unique program called the Washington Semester program which partners with institutions around the world to bring students to AU for a semester.  

Campus Life

American University primarily has two contiguous campuses used for academics and student housing. It includes the main quadrangle surrounds by academic buildings, 9 residential halls, a 5000 seat arena, and an outdoor amphitheater. Abbey Joel Butler Pavilion holds the campus store, the office of campus life, and meeting spaces. The Hurst Hall is home to the departments of biology and environmental science, the school of public affairs, and the university donors program. The largest classroom building on campus is Kerwin Hall. The dining facilities, coffee shops, and the school of communication are all located in Mary Graydon Center.  

Noted Alumni

Among the notable alumni, Muriel Bowser, Mayor of the district of Columbia; Robert Byrd, Senator; Michael Chasen, co-founder of Blackboard; David Gregory, CNN political analyst; Barry Levinson, filmmaker; and many others.