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American University Admission Chances


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Acceptance Chances

Can I get into American University? These admission statistics provide an indication how difficult it is to get in and what your chances are. 5,860 out of 16,735 applicants or 35% were admitted making American University a more competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for average applicants. Academically, it has very high requirements for admission test scores. Only 30% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Women Men Total
Applied 10,696 6,039 16,735
Accepted 3,939 1,921 5,860
Acceptance Rate 37% 32% 35%
Enrolled 1,154 633 1,787
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 29% 33% 30%

Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT and ACT requirements for students to be admitted to American University and what score do you need to get in? The tables below describe the SAT and ACT test score percentile profile of the Fall 2015 starting class.

ACT Requirements

Admission data indicates that American University regularly accepts students with ACTs of 26 and above. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 24 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 28 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 30 and above have very competitive chances. 35 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to American University.

SAT Requirements (New SAT)

Reporting indicates the school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1230 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1140. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1320 out of 1600. 60 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
SAT Composite 1230 1410
SAT Reading 640 720
SAT Math 580 670
ACT Composite 26 30
ACT English 25 32
ACT Math 24 28

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by Score

What do these ratings mean?

ACT Score Competitiveness Est. Admission Chances
30 and Above Good >48%
28 to 30 Avg + 35%-48%
26 to 28 Avg - 24%-35%
24 to 26 Reach 16%-24%
Less than 24 Low <16%
SAT Score (NEW 1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1410 and Above Good >48%
1320 to 1410 Avg + 35%-48%
1230 to 1320 Avg - 24%-35%
1140 to 1230 Reach 16%-24%
Less than 1140 Low <16%

Estimated GPA Requirements

American University has not reported high school GPA data for its freshman class at this time.

Fall 2017 Application Deadline

The application deadline for Fall 2017 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 15, 2017.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to American University and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Recommended

Credits Accepted

Does accept high school AP credits or award dual credit towards both a college and high school degree?

AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=131159 IPEDS survey data for American University.



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