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American University

Washington, DC

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How Colleges Spend Money

The graph below shows the Administrative Cost Per Student at American University. This is a measure of expenditures per student for day-today executive operations of the institution, not including student services or academic management.

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FIRE Speech Rating

American University earns a Yellow speech code rating from the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression (FIRE).

A yellow light institution maintains policies that could be interpreted to suppress protected speech or policies that, while clearly restricting freedom of speech, restrict relatively narrow categories of speech.

FIRE evaluates colleges and universities' "speech codes," or written free speech policies, for how well they protect students' freedom of speech. ACTA believes an institution's commitment to free expression correlates with its commitment to academic excellence, facilitated through the free exchange of ideas.

Oases of Excellence

American University has an ACTA Oasis of Excellence on campus. ACTA’s Oases of Excellence initiative highlights academic centers that prepare students for informed citizenship in a free society by maintaining the highest academic standards, introducing students to the best of the foundational arts and sciences, teaching American heritage, and ensuring free inquiry into a range of intellectual viewpoints. Learn more about Oases of Excellence here.

Political Theory Institute


American University Center for Innovation


Chicago Principles

Colleges and universities that have adopted the Chicago Principles on Freedom of Expression (or substantially similar statements) are committed "to the preservation and celebration of the freedom of expression as an essential element of the University’s culture.” An open marketplace of ideas on campus fosters intellectual development and prepares graduates for the discussion and debate that informs and sustains a free society. Colleges and universities that have adopted the Chicago Principles on Freedom of Expression (or substantially similar statements) are committed "to the preservation and celebration of the freedom of expression as an essential element of the University’s culture.” An open marketplace of ideas on campus fosters intellectual development and prepares graduates for the discussion and debate that informs and sustains a free society.

According to its mission statement, American University is "To advance knowledge, foster intellectual curiosity, build community, and empower lives of purpose, service, and leadership." [Source]

Curriculum last evaluated: 8/2/2022

2021-22 enrollment and tuition data, and four-year graduation rates for first-time, full-time freshmen who enrolled in Fall 2012, are derived from the National Center for Education Statistics’ College Navigator.