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American University

Washington, DC

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]

Website: http://www.american.edu/

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8,463
Undergraduate
Enrollment
73%
4-Year
Graduation Rate
$53,334
Tuition & Fees
(annually)

12:1
Student to Faculty Ratio
1.7%
Student Loan Default Rate
General Education Requirements

Composition

YES

Literature

NO

Foreign Language

NO

U.S. Government/History

NO

Economics

NO

Mathematics

YES

Science

YES


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Freedom of Expression
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.
FIRE Speech Code School Rating
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.
OASES of Excellence
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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.