Chief Executive Officer: Dr. Mc Kissick Kevin, President
Enrollment (Headcount): 7901 Undergraduate; 5446 Graduate
Control: Private (Non-Profit)
Affiliation: Religious- United Methodist Church
2015 Carnegie Classification: Doctoral Universities – Higher Research Activity
Approved Credential Levels: Postsecondary Award/Cert/Diploma (< 1 year), Postsecondary Award/Cert/Diploma (>=1 year, < 2 years), Associate’s, Bachelor’s, Postbaccalaureate Award/Cert/Diploma, Master’s, Doctor’s – Professional Practice, Doctor’s – Research/Scholarship;
Distance Education Programs: Fully Approved
Accreditors Recognized by U.S. Secretary of Education: American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation, National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
Instructional Locations
Branch Campuses: None
Additional Locations: Art in Italy, Corciano, Italy; Freddie Mac, McLean, VA; HPTi, Arlington, VA; Teach Alt Cert Program (CSSS Charter), Washinghton, DC; Teacher Alt Cert Program (AQUE), Washington, DC; Teacher Alt Cert Program (Teach for Amer, Washington, DC; Teacher Alt Certification Program (TOPS), Washington, DC
Other Instructional Sites: Airlie Conference Center, Warrenton, VA; Woodrow Wilson Senior High School, Washington, DC
Status: Member since 1928
Last Reaffirmed: June 26, 2014
Most Recent Commission Action:
August 28, 2017: To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the contractual arrangement with Ritsumeikan University, College of International Relations,56-1 Toji-in, Kitamachi, Kita-ku Kyoto, 603-8577 Japan. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2023-2024.
Brief History Since Last Comprehensive Evaluation:
June 26, 2014: To reaffirm accreditation and to commend the institution for the quality of its self-study report and process. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2019.
Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2023 – 2024

Date Printed: November 20, 2017




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I am delighted to welcome you to the Office of the Provost at American University.Home to Fourteen colleges and institutes, with nationally recognized programs, centers, and institutes, a distinguished faculty, and a location that offers countless resources, American University provides students with a rich educational experience that few universities can match.AU offers rigorous curricula grounded in the arts and sciences and connected to professions addressing contemporary issues, curricula built on our commitments to interdisciplinary inquiry, international understanding, interactive teaching, research and creative endeavors, practical application, and social responsibility.Cocurricular activities based on these commitments—such as study abroad programs in 41 countries, internships in our Washington Semester Program, and opportunities to conduct research with faculty—allow students to craft unique and personalized educational experiences. And, with Washington, D.C., as their classroom, they are able to take advantage of the vast opportunities offered by the federal government, embassies, theatres, research institutes, and other national and international organizations.The AU community is one of exceptional talent. I encourage you to explore the faculty biographies on our website. You will see that AU faculty are experts in their fields and engaged in their professional disciplines. Whether in their individual research and creative endeavors or as part of one of AU’s many academic centers and institutes, our faculty apply their expertise to the pressing issues of our time.Our students are similarly accomplished, including among their number Truman, Marshall, Goldwater, Udall, and Fulbright Scholars, Rhodes finalists, and fellows in numerous prestigious programs.Thank you for visiting our Web site. Feel free to contact my office if we can be of help to you.Scott A. Bass


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