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To advance knowledge, foster intellectual curiosity, build community, and empower lives of purpose, service, and leadership.


American University is a leading student-centered research university where passionate learners, bold leaders, engaged scholars, innovators, and active citizens unleash the power of collaborative discovery. We partner with key organizations in the Washington, DC, region, and around the globe to better the human condition, learn from a vast array of experiences and internships, create meaningful change, and address society’s current and emerging challenges.


  • - Integrity

  • - Excellence

  • - Human dignity

  • - Community

  • - Diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusive excellence

  • - Free inquiry and
    seeking truth

  • - Impact


Our Profile

A student-centered research institution situated in a residential neighborhood of the nation's capital, we are home to eight prestigious schools and colleges, over 150 programs, and 13,347 students.

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Our History

Since being chartered by Congress in 1893, American University has been a leader in higher education in the nation and around the world.

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94 percent

Faculty Hold Highest Degrees in Their Fields

Fall 2022