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About AU

Fast Facts

Washington, D.C.

Private, coeducational, liberal arts curriculum, doctoral institution
Methodist affiliated

Famous For
Academic programs in international service, public policy and public affairs, international law and human rights
High rates of student participation in: study abroad, internships, community service, Peace Corps
Student characteristics including diversity, global perspective, political activism

For more information on distinctions, please see rankings webpage.

Faculty (2016-17)
889 full-time faculty
94 percent of full-time teaching faculty hold the highest degree in their field

Student-Faculty Ratio

Class Size
23.3 average class size
16.5 average class size for graduate courses

Enrollment (Fall 2016)
Undergraduate: 7,234
Graduate: 3,808
Law: 1,465
Nondegree, certificate, Washington Semester, AU Abroad: 840

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation Rate
89.8% Freshman Retention Rate
81% of freshmen graduated from AU within six years

College of Arts and Sciences
Kogod School of Business
School of Communication
School of Education
School of International Service
School of Professional and Extended Studies
School of Public Affairs
Washington College of Law

Academic Programs
Bachelor’s: 68
Master’s: 76
Doctoral: 11
Additional programs: JD as well as certificate and associate degree programs

Study Abroad
More than 100 AU Abroad programs

Student Population
124 countries and all 50 states, including D.C., are represented
1,886 students major in international studies

Student Experience (Class of 2016)
95 percent of undergraduates participate in an internship
53 percent of undergraduates have studied abroad
91 percent of the undergraduate class are “proud to be an AU graduate”

Student Goals and Values (Fall 2016)
78 percent of incoming freshmen report that “keeping up-to-date with political affairs” is important
87 percent of incoming freshmen report that “improving their understanding of other countries and cultures” is important

Student Spiritual Life Groups
24 faiths, including Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian (Catholic and Protestant), Hindu/Vedic, Jewish, Muslim, and Unitarian Universalist

Intercollegiate Athletics Teams
16 (men’s and women’s)

Team Name

Athletic Conference
Patriot League

February 2017