The American University (AU or American) is a private research university in Washington, D.C. Its main campus spans 90 acres (36 ha) at the former site of Fort Gaines on Ward Circle, in the Spring Valley neighborhood in the northwest of the District. AU was chartered by an Act of Congress in 1893 at the urging of Methodist bishop John Fletcher Hurst, who sought to create an institution that would promote public service, internationalism, and pragmatic idealism. AU broke ground in 1902, opened in 1914, and admitted its first undergraduates in 1925. Although affiliated with the United Methodist Church, religious affiliation is not a criterion for admission.
Support Services for Students
Academic Support - You are well prepared for college, but you may need a little support along the way. The Academic Support & Access Center assists students with such tasks as time management to test taking to reading and writing. For individuals with disabilities, the center facilitates equal accessibility to university programs and services.
Center for Diversity & Inclusion - CDI serves as a resource on issues of equity through education, outreach, and advocacy.
International Student & Scholar Services - ISSS welcomes more than 1,000 students and scholars from 140+ countries.