General Information American University
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American University

Washington, DC

General Description:

A global outlook, practical idealism, and a passion for public service define American University. They’re part of American University today, and they were in the air in 1893, when AU was chartered by Congress. Our academic strengths are grounded in social responsibility and a commitment to cultural and intellectual diversity.

American University is a private doctoral institution situated in a residential neighborhood of northwest Washington, D.C. Our total fall 2010 enrollment was 13,047, with 6,657 degree-seeking undergraduates, 3,620 degree-seeking graduate students, 1,756 law students, and 1,014 students in nondegree certificate programs, Washington Semester, or AU Abroad.

We offer 57 bachelor’s degrees, 53 master’s degrees, 10 doctoral degrees, and a J.D. program, as well as more than 50 certificate programs, at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Courses run on a 15-week semester basis in fall and spring, with shorter summer-term classes. In addition, we offer 105 study-abroad programs and alternative breaks. More than 80 percent of our undergraduates and 60 percent of  our masters' students participate in at least one internship.

Our student body is cosmopolitan and globally diverse, with all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 146 countries represented. Seven percent of undergraduates and 10 percent of graduate students are international.
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This school has Standardized Test Optional Admissions

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Test-Optional Admissions Details

American University (AU) is continuing its test-optional pilot program for the 2014 fall semester. This program is open to all applicants (Early Decision and Regular Decision) for fall 2014.

If you will be graduating from a secondary school located outside the United States, please note that neither the SAT or ACT is required for admission. (See Getting Started for more information.)
Students within the United States who do not wish to submit standardized test scores as a part of their application may do so provided they complete all of the following by their chosen test-optional deadline:

• Submit the test-optional form
• Submit their complete application
• Submit all supporting documents (including the application fee, counselor recommendation, teacher recommendation, essay and extracurricular activities)

When to submit your test optional form:
Application Type         
Early Decision - November 15
Early Decision 2 - January 15
Regular Decision - January 15

Please Note: Once the test-optional form is submitted, under no circumstances will an applicant's test scores be considered. You cannot reverse this decision. 

If you have already submitted your standardized test scores to American University but no longer wish they be considered as part of your application, you may indicate such on the test-optional form. Once submitted, we will not consider your test scores when reviewing your application.

Please note that applying under the test-optional program will not affect your consideration for merit awards or admission into the University Honors Program.

The test-optional program has no bearing on when you will receive your admissions decision. The receipt of your admissions decision is still dependent upon whether you apply as an Early Decision or Regular Decision candidate.

This decision to expand our test-optional pilot follows a growing national trend toward test-optional policies and further emphasizes our belief that your academic performance is the most important consideration in our holistic review. While standardized test scores can help to predict potential success in college, your academic performance in the classroom is the most important factor in our review of your application; we also consider qualitative factors such as the essay, letters of recommendation and involvement in extracurricular activities.

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