About American University

At American University, intelligent, passionate and engaged students and faculty focus on using knowledge to bring about meaningful change. Our historic academic strengths in international service and public affairs draw from our sense of social responsibility and a commitment to cultural and intellectual diversity. We’re defined by our global outlook, practical idealism and a true passion for public service.

What lies behind this passion and sparks the pride that American brings out in our students? Find out below.


JUSTIN SMITH: Flexibility-- it allowed me to be flexible with my schedule. That helped me focus my time in both my professional and personal life, and be able to complete the program. So that flexibility was the most important part of it.

MEREDITH MOORE: Diversity-- if it's gender, if it's race, if it's ideology-- people know to come here. It's a safe place to discuss and grow your ideas, and make a difference in the world.

CHRISTINA THOMAS: This felt more like a family, because we all were coming from all across the United States. And we kept each other motivated, and kept each other going through the program.

PAULA WEISSMAN: Passionate-- we have a lot of students here who tend to be very social cause-oriented. They're very active. They do a lot of internships here, and they engage a lot. So it's very exciting to teach them.

VICKY WILKINS: I find that most of our students who come here have some sort of passion that is driving them.


KATIE KRESPAN: The professors are all absolutely incredible. 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.

CECILE CARDILLO: You want to be impactful. You want to be impactful now. So it's speed, it's efficiency, it's effectivity, and I think that's what I got from American University.

PETER MAYES: Two words to describe my experience with American University-- absolutely awesome.


Founded in 1893, American University was chartered by Congress as a national university. We’re home to some of the most prestigious faculty in the world – many are highly acclaimed and used as resources by several news media outlets, including:

  • The New York Times
  • Los Angeles Times
  • Washington Post
  • ABC
  • NBC
  • CBS
  • Fox News

Other notable distinctions:

  • 89 percent of 2012 graduates with master's degrees are employed, pursuing an advanced degree, or both within six months of graduation.
  • Named by PRWeek Magazine as an Honorable Mention for Best PR Education Program of the year (2013).
  • Accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.
  • Kogod School of Business: Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).
  • Famous for political activism: Since 2006, American University’s students have been recognized in the top 5 of the “most politically active” category in the nation by the Princeton Review.

Learn more about American University’s history and traditions. Call us toll-free at 855-725-7614 and speak to one of our Admissions Advisers, or request more information.