Academic Ranking of World Universities

American University
English Name: American University
Region: Northern America
Country: USA
Found Year: 1893
Address: 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

   American University (AU) is a student-centered research institution defined by its global outlook, practical idealism, and passion for public service. Located in Washington, DC, the university educates active citizens who apply knowledge to the most pressing concerns facing the world. The university features eight schools and colleges: the world’s largest school of international service; a top-ranked school of public affairs; a college of arts and sciences; schools of business, communication, and education; the Washington College of Law, known around the global for its human rights expertise; and the School of Professional and Extended Studies. At AU, access and engagement are not merely catch phrases; the spirit of these words permeates the campus environment. Students who share a desire to understand and shape tomorrow’s world are attracted to AU’s culture of engagement and service. World-renowned faculty provide the intellectual and ethical leadership to shape emerging world views, forge new scholarly paths, and prepare our students to lead and serve. Students choose a personalized curriculum of theoretical study and experiential learning in classes taught by award-winning faculty (94 percent of whom hold the highest degrees in their field). By choosing to double major, enroll in an interdisciplinary program, or design a custom interdepartmental or interschool degree, students can plot their own academic course. They take full advantage of their location in the nation’s capital – a laboratory for affecting meaningful change – as they learn how to address major issues including health care, human rights, global economy, health care, sustainability, immigration and government reform. They gain access to pinnacle organizations in government, business, and nonprofits through instrumental internship opportunities. With an average class size of 23 students and a 12:1 student-faculty ratio, students benefit from personalized attention and one-on-one mentorships. They develop deep connections to the thought leaders, award-winning scholars, and committed teachers that make up the university’s faculty. As a global university, AU has a long tradition of welcoming students from across the world to its campus. The university is home to more than 1,600 international students who represent diverse cultures and viewpoints from nearly 140 countries. This diversity is also reflected in our faculty, academic programs, and exchanges. The International Student and Scholar Services staff is dedicated to helping international students and scholars thrive in the AU community. They support their transition from global citizens to Eagles, from the first steps of learning about AU, to processing official documents, to finding their place on campus. Beyond academics, AU offers more than 240 clubs and organizations for every interest, from politics to performing arts to community service. American University attracts some of the world’s most compelling speakers and catalysts for change, like Barack Obama, Madeleine Albright, and Justin Trudeau. With a full calendar of concerts, films, performances, and other events, students can always find something to stimulate their mind and spirit.  The beautiful 84-acre campus, a designated arboretum, is a residential haven that combines the advantages of a traditional college setting with the energy, culture, and opportunities of a global capital city. The recently completed East Campus, home to the Don Myers Technology Center and three residence halls – all LEED certified – continues AU’s legacy as a leader in energy efficiency and academic innovation. American University distinguishes itself through its commitment to interdisciplinary inquiry, international understanding, interactive teaching, and the practical application of knowledge.

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