American University's location in the political, cultural, and media capital of Washington, D.C., is the most powerful laboratory for learning in the world, preparing students for active leadership and engaged citizenship. Our distinctive character is further illustrated by the scope of our teaching and research programs and the diversity of the faculty, staff, alumni, trustees and student body, today representing over 130 countries. 

Application fee waivers now available for applicants that complete their application file within three weeks.

Learn on Your Own Schedule

Through our convenient online programs, you'll have access to your courses 24/7. Online programs are taught by the same prominent faculty members, guest speakers and visiting world leaders that teach on campus and include:

Choosing American University

Learn how the backdrop of the Capitol informs American's unique culture—even online.


"The professors are all absolutely incredible. Most of them are still working in the field. So when you're looking to choose a university, it was really important to me to find people who didn't only have the academic skills, but also had some practical skills and experience. You can learn a lot from both sides of that."

- Katie Krespan, Alumna

"We pay attention to what the skills are students need, and what employers are telling us is critical in the labor market to make sure we shape an experience that prepares students to go out and work."

- Vicky Wilkins, Dean, School of Public Affairs