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Welcome to AU

American University is a student-centered research institution located in Washington, DC, with highly-ranked schools and colleges, internationally-renowned faculty, and a reputation for creating meaningful change in the world. Our students distinguish themselves for their service, leadership, and ability to rethink global and domestic challenges and opportunities.

At AU passion becomes action; students actively engage in the world around them; and the leaders of today train the leaders of tomorrow.

Where passion becomes action

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Learn what makes us who we are.

Our Story

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American University is a Methodist-affiliated institution chartered by Congress in 1893. An answer to George Washington's call to create a national university in the nation's capital, American University was designed to train public servants for the future, a vision it still holds to this day.

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Our Leaders

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American University is led by Sylvia M. Burwell, our 15th and first female president. The University's governance is directed by the Board of Trustees and senior university administrators.

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Our Campus

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Strategically located in a beautiful residential district of Washington, DC, our campus-an accredited arboretum-combines the advantages of a traditional college setting with the energy, culture, and opportunities of a global capital city.

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Our Organization

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Get to know our goals and initiatives and access important information about American University's organizational structure, strategic plan, budget, and policies.

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Working@AU

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At American University, we share a passion for creating change through our knowledge and our work. Explore job opportunities with us and learn how you can become a part of our community.

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More than 12,000 undergraduate, graduate, and law students

number 69 Best National University

U.S. News and World Report 2018

Students from all 50 states + DC, and 124 countries