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About AU

Fast Facts

Washington, D.C.

Private, coeducational, liberal arts curriculum, doctoral institution
Methodist affiliated

Famous For
Academic programs in international service, public policy and public affairs, international law and human rights
High rates of student participation in: study abroad, internships, community service, Peace Corps
Student characteristics including diversity, global perspective, political activism

For more information on distinctions, please see rankings webpage.

Faculty (2013-14)
848 full-time faculty
94 percent of full-time teaching faculty hold the highest degree in their field

Student-Faculty Ratio

Class Size
23.6 average class size
17.2 average class size for graduate courses

Enrollment (Fall 2014)
Undergraduate: 7,083
Graduate: 3,497
Law: 1,585
Nondegree, certificate, Washington Semester, AU Abroad: 896

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation Rate
88.7% Freshman Retention Rate
81.6% of freshmen graduated from AU within six years

College of Arts and Sciences
Kogod School of Business
School of Communication
School of International Service
School of Professional and Extended Studies
School of Public Affairs
Washington College of Law

Academic Programs
Bachelor’s: 69
Master’s: 73
Doctoral: 11
Additional programs: JD as well as certificate and associate degree programs

Study Abroad
More than 100 AU Abroad programs

Student Population
137 countries and all 50 states are represented
67 percent of physical and natural science majors are women
1,934 students major in international studies

Student Experience (Class of 2013)
89 percent of undergraduates participate in an internship
60 percent of undergraduates have studied abroad
89 percent of the undergraduate class are “proud to be an AU graduate”

Student Goals and Values (Fall 2014)
75 percent of incoming freshmen report that “keeping up-to-date with political affairs” is important
84 percent of incoming freshmen report that “improving their understanding of other countries and cultures” is important

Student Spiritual Life Groups
24 faiths, including Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian (Catholic and Protestant), Hindu/Vedic, Jewish, Muslim, and Unitarian Universalist

Intercollegiate Athletics Teams
14 (men’s and women’s)

Team Name

Athletic Conference
Patriot League

January 2015