American University is a leading student-centered research university where passionate learners, bold leaders, engaged scholars, innovators, and active citizens unleash the power of collaborative discovery. AU partners with key organization in the Washington, DC, region and around the globe to better the human condition, learn from a vast array of experiences and internships, create meaningful change, and address society’s current and emerging challenges. AU’s values include integrity; excellence; human dignity; community; diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusive excellence; free inquiry and seeking truth; and impact. American University’s purpose and values have always drawn changemakers. It has built a legacy of leadership, scholarship, and service, fueled by passionate commitment to use its knowledge and skills to expand understanding.
American University takes full advantage of its location in Washington, DC, which offers one of the most robust environments for scholarship and experiential learning available anywhere, and which attracts the most politically active students year after year. Its excellence in teaching is the foundation for a growing academic reputation, and its connections to leaders and organizations across the United States and around the world have elevated its profile and served as a platform for scholarly impact.