Choosing a College: American University

There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges. As such, we are highlighting a new college each week in our School Spotlight series. Check out the college below, along with the other posts in our series, and you may just stumble upon your dream school!

School Spotlight: American University
Washington, DC

If you think that students only come to Washington, DC, to study politics, think again. American University houses one of the nation’s most robust undergraduate programs in international studies, where students can concentrate in fascinating fields such as peace and conflict resolution; foreign policy and national security; environmental sustainability and global health; and human rights. AU’s schools of business and communication also attract large numbers of students and offer 10 in-demand majors, including accounting, finance, journalism, and public relations. The University even offers three bachelor’s programs that can be completed in three years (instead of the traditional four) – in public health; international studies; and politics, policy & law. Of AU’s 7,300 undergraduates, 95 percent complete at least one internship, while over 71 percent study abroad. With over 175 international options in nearly 50 countries, why not take a psychology course in Singapore, study communications in Korea, or brush up on art history in Italy? Back on campus, freshmen who choose to participate in University College have the wonderful opportunity to live in special housing, engage in a discussion-based seminar, and discover Washington, DC, with other talented classmates. Are you a problem solver looking for additional academic challenges? If you’re one of the few freshmen selected to join AU’s honors program, you will be benefit from priority course registration, special funding for research opportunities, and a dedicated honors peer mentor.

Photo credit: Top, Courtesy of American University, by Jeff Watts


Written by Elyse Krantz
Elyse Krantz is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions experts. Elyse received her BA in linguistics from Dartmouth College and her MA from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to joining College Coach, Elyse worked as an admissions officer at Barnard College and Bennington College. Visit our website to learn more about Elyse Krantz.