American University in Washington, DC is a dynamic college-centered research university that combines the individualized attention of a small liberal arts college with the resources of a large research university.


Characterized by our distinguished faculty, our active students, and our Washington, DC location, we are known for our academic innovation and our high-impact learning practices. Our faculty are both world-class researchers and engaging lecturers. Our active and engaged students seek to make a meaningful impact on the world around them. We do all this while taking full advantage of our Washington, DC location by using it as our laboratory for learning and our extended classroom.