More than 12,000 undergraduate, graduate, and law students
#69 Best National University (U.S. News and World Report 2018)
Students from all 50 states + DC, and 124 countries
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.
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.
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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