American University

Washington, DC
4400 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016-8001

Founded in 1893, American University is a top-ranked private research university in Washington, D.C., offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in more than 150 fields of study. AU is home to a diverse student body from all 50 states and more than 140 countries, representing a wide range of perspectives and experiences.

The university’s location in our nation’s capital gives students unparalleled opportunities to intern, research, and learn on the federal government’s doorstep. American University is also a leader in sustainability, with one of the most comprehensive and ambitious sustainability initiatives of any university in the country.

The university’s rigorous academic programs prepare students to be engaged citizens and leaders in their communities and in the world. American University is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of the AU community.

Quick Facts

Type: Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above

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Annual Costs

Total Cost In-State On-Campus: $69,366

Total Cost Out-State On-Campus: $69,366

Return on Investment Rating

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The estimated cost for four years as an undergraduate at American University is $254872.18. This includes the average cost of attendance for four years plus the interest on the average loan over a ten year repayment minus the average of grants and scholarships per student.

We then contrast this figure with average early-career and mid-career average incomes of graduates of four year programs at American University. For graduates of American University, we saw an average early-career income of $59900.00 and mid-career income of $113600.00. We then ranked the school's value based on how many years of mid-career income it takes to repay the educational costs.