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What Makes Us Unique

Students appreciate that they are getting good value for their education dollars and that active learning is the norm at AU. The Princeton Review’s America's Best Value Colleges recommends AU—along with 76 other colleges nationwide—for its combination of outstanding academics, tuition & fees, and generous financial aid packages. AU is the only school in the Washington, D.C., area selected as a “best value college.' To quote Robert Franek of The Princeton Review, 'The 77 schools we chose for this book may not be the least costly colleges in America, but they are all great education deals. We highly recommend them to students and parents seeking the best academic bang for their buck.' The respected National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) rated American University as the top doctoral/research university surveyed for the quality of 'student-faculty interaction' and 'enriching educational experiences,' such as internships, community service, and study abroad.

Famous Alumni

  • Barry Levinson - TV and film writer/producer/director: Wag the Dog, Analyze That
  • Gwendolyn Sykes - CFO, NASA
  • Joel Glazer - Executive VP, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Loretta Sanchez - U.S. House of Representatives (D-CA)
  • Robert Byrd - U.S. Senate (D-WV)
  • Star Jones - Former co-host, The View
  • Willard Scott - NBC-TV weatherman

Fun Facts

The X-Files’ Agent Scully found she had an alien virus in AU’s (fictitious) Paleoclimatology Lab in the fall 1997 season premiere.


Traditions / School Myths

Students who rub the talon of the bronze statue of the AU Eagle outside the sports center complex just before a test will have good luck.

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