26 Facts About American University


American University is a private federally chartered research university in Washington, D C Its main campus spans 90 acres on Ward Circle, mostly in the Spring Valley neighborhood of Northwest D C 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.

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American University has eight schools and colleges: the School of International Service, College of Arts and Sciences, Kogod School of Business, School of Communication, School of Professional and Extended Studies, School of Public Affairs, School of Education, and the Washington College of Law .

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American University is one of the top five feeder schools to the U S Foreign Service, Congressional staff, and other governmental agencies.

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American University owns National Public Radio's flagship capital affiliate, WAMU, which has been a source of nationally and internationally distributed programming such as The Diane Rehm Show and the more recent 1A, styled as "the 1A", as in "the 1st Amendment".

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Camp American University became the birthplace of the United States' chemical weapons program and the site of chemical weapons testing; this required a major cleanup effort in the 1990s.

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American University bought the Immaculata Campus in 1986 to alleviate space problems.

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In 2015, American University began to offer an accredited, accelerated online MBA program.

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American University's alleged that Anglin posted her name, her picture, links to her Facebook page, and the Twitter page of the university's student government, and urged his readers to "troll storm" her, which resulted in many hate-filled and racist online messages directed at her.

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American University has two contiguous campuses for academics and student housing: the main campus on Massachusetts Avenue and the East Campus on Nebraska Avenue.

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American University recently added 590 beds in 2017 with the opening of East Campus.

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American University is composed of eight divisions, referred to as colleges or schools, which house its academic programs.

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American University is home to a unique program known as the Washington Semester Program.

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American University operates three premier programs in Brussels, Belgium; Madrid, Spain; and Nairobi, Kenya but, partners with universities across the globe.

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For two years in a row, American University has had more students chosen to receive Presidential Management Fellowships than any other college or university in the country.

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The American University Library is part of the Washington Research Library Consortium, which includes seven other libraries.

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The American University Archives is the repository for papers and other documents, including sound recordings and photographs, spanning more than a century of the university's history.

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American University has an internationally top-ranked Model United Nations team .

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American University is committed to creating an accessible and inclusive environment for all students and employees.

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American University has a Panhellenic Association, Interfraternity Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, and Multicultural Greek Council .

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In 2008, American University joined more than 500 other US universities in signing the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, demonstrating the university's commitment to environmental responsibility.

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In 2010, American University adopted a zero-waste policy and released its first climate action plan, with the goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2020.

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An environmental science class at American University conducted a study from February to April 2009 to measure the amount of food waste avoided by eliminating trays from one of the college's dining halls.

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Since then, American University has earned five consecutive gold ratings, the most recent in 2020.

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In 2018, American University became the first university in the United States to achieve carbon-neutral status.

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In 2020, American University announced that it had eliminated all public fossil fuel investments from its endowment.

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American University has seven tennis courts and two basketball courts in the outdoor recreational facility located next to Reeves Field and behind Bender Arena.

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