American University (DC)

American University (DC)

Common Application


Early Decision: Nov.10, 2016
Early Decision II: Jan. 10, 2017
Regular Decision: Jan. 10, 2017

Essay Questions:

Common Application Essays:

The essay demonstrates your ability to write clearly and concisely on a selected topic and helps you distinguish yourself in your own voice. What do you want the readers of your application to know about you apart from courses, grades, and test scores? Choose the option that best helps you answer that question and write an essay of no more than 650 words, using the prompt to inspire and structure your response. Remember: 650 words is your limit, not your goal. Use the full range if you need it, but don't feel obligated to do so. (The application won't accept a response shorter than 250 words.)

l   Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please         share your story.

l   The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn            from the experience?

l   Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?

l   Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma-anything that is of personal                        importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.

l   Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.


Supplemental Essay Questions: 

Instructions: Both short answer writing questions are optional. You may choose to submit neither, one or both. Your responses should be no longer than 100 words.

1.     Based on your knowledge of American University, what would it mean to you to call yourself an AU Eagle?

2.    Describe a time when you changed your opinion about an issue. What led you to hold this opinion in the first place and what led you to change your views?

Documents Required:

  • $70 Application Fee
  • Official score report of TOEFL
  • Secondary School Report
  • Mid-Year School Report
  • Final Report 
  • 1 Teacher Evaluations

Other Information:

Address: 4400 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016

Phone: 202-885-6000
FAX: 202-885-1025
Application Info:

SAT/TOEFL Code: 5007
ACT Code: