American University

Private, Four-years School Located in Washington, DC

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How much is the American tuition? For the academic year 2023-2024, American's tuition & fees is $56,543.
With indirect costs not billed by school, such as room & boards and personal living expenses, the total cost of attendance for one academic year is $74,357 when a student lives on-campus.

American Tuition & Expenses

2022-2023 Rate
Tuition & Fees$56,543
Books & Supplies Costs$800
On-campus Room & Board$15,706
On-campus Expenses$1,308
Off-campus Room & Board$15,706
Off-campus Expenses$1,308
2023-2024 Projection
Tuition & Fees$28,303

How Much Does it Cost to Go to American for 4 Years?

For the class of 2027, who entering colleges in 2023, the 4 years tuition & fees is $255,425 at American. The estimated tuition rate is based on the changes over last 5 years. With room & board, books, and other personal expenses, the estimated 4 years costs of attendance is $330,349. After receiving financial aid including grants, scholarships, and/or student loans, the 4 years COA is down to $193,302.
The following table computes the 4 years tuition and COA by class of year.
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2023-24)$59,328$77,002$45,170
Sophomore (2024-25)$62,250$80,611$47,211
Junior (2025-26)$65,315$84,389$49,345
Senior (2026-27)$68,532$88,347$51,576
4 Years Total$255,425$330,349$193,302
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2024-25)$62,250$80,611$47,211
Sophomore (2025-26)$65,315$84,389$49,345
Junior (2026-27)$68,532$88,347$51,576
Senior (2027-28)$71,907$92,491$53,910
4 Years Total$268,004$345,838$202,041
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2025-26)$65,315$84,389$49,345
Sophomore (2026-27)$68,532$88,347$51,576
Junior (2027-28)$71,907$92,491$53,910
Senior (2028-29)$75,449$96,832$56,350
4 Years Total$281,203$362,060$211,181
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2026-27)$68,532$88,347$51,576
Sophomore (2027-28)$71,907$92,491$53,910
Junior (2028-29)$75,449$96,832$56,350
Senior (2029-30)$79,164$101,378$58,903
4 Years Total$295,052$379,049$220,739
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2027-28)$71,907$92,491$53,910
Sophomore (2028-29)$75,449$96,832$56,350
Junior (2029-30)$79,164$101,378$58,903
Senior (2030-31)$83,063$106,140$61,572
4 Years Total$309,583$396,842$230,735

Average Tuition By School Type and Comparison

Compared to four-years schools nationwide, American' tuition is much higher than the average tuition of $20,937. Compared to private, four-years colleges in District of Columbia, its tuition is much higher than the average tuition of $26,429.
In-StateOut-of-State
American University$56,543
U.S. Four-years Colleges$18,672
Public Schools$7,199$12,960
Private Schools$20,937
District of Columbia Four-years Colleges$25,870
Public Schools$6,152$13,004
Private Schools$26,429

Compare Similar School's Tuition

The next table compares the tuition & fees between American and similar schools. The similar colleges are selected by school type & level (private, four-years), ranking, and comparison frequency by our users. The comparison is based on 2022-2023 tuition rate.
LocationUndergraduateGraduate
American UniversityWashington, DC$56,543$33,239
Drexel UniversityPhiladelphia, PA$60,663$37,074
Duquesne UniversityPittsburgh, PA$47,146$26,568
Lehigh UniversityBethlehem, PA$62,180$28,020
George Washington UniversityWashington, DC$64,990$35,154
University of MiamiCoral Gables, FL$59,926$44,858
Saint Louis UniversitySaint Louis, MO$53,244$24,494
Pepperdine UniversityMalibu, CA$66,742$42,020
Syracuse UniversitySyracuse, NY$63,061$46,318
University of the PacificStockton, CA$55,340$53,544
Fordham UniversityBronx, NY$61,992$25,954

Financial Aid and COA

At American University, 3,980 students (47%) received grant or scholarship from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources. The average amount of grant/scholarship received is $30,338.
After receiving financial aid, the cost of attendance (COA) at American is $44,019 for students living on-campus and $44,019 for students living off-campus.
For beginning students (i.e. first-time freshmen), 1,969 students received any type of financial aid including grants/scholarship and student loans. The average amount of grant/scholarship for the first-time students is $27,138 and the average amount of student loans is $9,129.
The financial aid data is based on 2021-2022 statistics from IPEDS.
COA (on-campus)$74,357
COA (off-campus)$74,357
Tuition & Fees$56,543
Indirect Costs (on-campus)$17,814
Indirect Costs (off-campus)$17,814
COA (on-campus) after Receiving Aid$44,019
COA (off-campus) after Receiving Aid$44,019
Average Financial Aid$30,338
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship3,98047%$30,338
Pell Grants1,05512%$4,937
Federal Student Loan2,91834%$5,846
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Any Financial Aid1,96983%-
Grants or Scholarships1,56166%$27,138
Federal Grants34715%$6,767
Pell Grants24810%$5,082
Other Federal Grants34615%$3,144
State/Local Grants251%$475
Institutional Grants1,53365%$26,094
Student Loan Aid1,05545%$9,129
Federal Student Loans1,03744%$5,138
Other Student Loans1446%$29,878

Admission Stats and Requirements to Apply

American's acceptance rate is 64.09%. A total of 19,650 applicants applied to and 12,594 students were accepted. Of the admitted students, 2,372 enrolled finally, and the yield (i.e. enrollment rate) is 18.83%.
To apply to American, 5 items are required - Secondary school GPA, Secondary school record, Completion of college-preparatory program, Recommendations and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and 1 items are recommended to submit - Formal demonstration of competencies. SAT and ACT scores are considered during the admissions process but are not required to be submitted.
TotalMenWomen
Applicants19,6506,851$12,799
Admitted12,5944,188$8,406
Enrolled2,372813$1,559
Acceptance Rate64.09%61.13%65.68%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)18.83%19.41%18.55%
Secondary school GPARequired
Secondary school rankNeither Required Nor Recommended
Secondary school recordRequired
Completion of college-preparatory programRequired
RecommendationsRequired
Formal demonstration of competenciesRecommended
Admission test scoresConsidered But Not Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)Neither Required Nor Recommended

SAT and ACT Scores

The SAT and ACT scores are considered but not required to apply to American. The average SAT score of the enrolled first-time students is 1,360 and the average ACT score (ACT composite) is 31.
Its SAT score is much higher than the national average score of 1,168. The ACT score is much higher than the national average score of 24.
Average25th75th
SAT Total1,3601,2801,440
National Average1,168
District of Columbia Average1,261
SAT EBRW695660730
SAT Math665620710
ACT Composite312933
National Average24
District of Columbia Average27
ACT Math292631
ACT English322935

Student Population

American University has a total of 13,885 students including 7,917 undergraduate and 5,968 graduate students. By gender, there are 5,515 male students and 9,337 female students attending American. The school offers online degree programs and 1,516 students enrolled online exclusively (10.92% of all students).
TotalMaleFemale
Total14,852 5,5159,337
Undergraduate8,463 3,1475,316
Graduate6,389 2,3684,021

Directory & Academic Information

Directory Information
Address4400 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC
Phone202-885-1000
WEBWWW.AMERICAN.EDU
Degree & Programs
DegreeUndergraduate, Graduate
Program Offered201 Programs
Online Program Offered15 Online Programs
Graduate Program Offered86 Graduate Programs
Academic Stats
Acceptance Rate40.63%
Yield22.22%
Student Population13,885
Graduation Rate79%
Retention Rate86% (Full-time), 57% (Part-time)
Students to Faculty Ratio Rate11 to 1
Faculty & Staffs
Number of Faculties827 (Full-time), 704 (Part-time)
Number of Staffs2,653 (Full-time), 907 (Part-time)
Average Faculty Salary$111,486
Average Staff Salary$84,742