|Motto:||Pro deo et patria|
(For God and Country)
|Established:||February 24, 1893|
|President:||Cornelius M. Kerwin|
|Provost:||Scott A. A motto (from the Italian word motto, meaning witticism sentence is a phrase meant to formally describe the general motivation or intention of a social group The date of establishment or date of founding of an Institution is the date on which that institution chooses to claim as its starting point Events 303 - Galerius, Roman Emperor, publishes his edict that begins the persecution of Christians in his portion of the Year 1893 ( MDCCCXCIII) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common Unlike Public universities, private universities generally do not receive direct operational funding from national or subnational governments and thus rely on private A financial endowment is a Transfer of Money or Property donated to an Institution, usually with the stipulation that it be invested The United States dollar ( sign: $; code: USD) is the unit of Currency of the United States; it has also been University president is the title of the highest ranking officer within a University, within university systems that prefer that appellation over other variations such as Cornelius M "Neil" Kerwin (born in Waterbury Connecticut 1949 is an American educator in Public administration and president of American University Provost is the title of a senior Academic administrator at many institutions of Higher education in the United States and Canada, the equivalent Bass as of July 1, 2008|
|Faculty:||600 full time, 420 adjunct|
|Postgraduates:||3,925 (1,688 law)|
|Campus:||Urban 84 acre (34 ha)|
|Study Abroad:||470 programs|
|Colors:||AU red and blue|
|Mascot:||Clawed Z. A faculty is a division within a University. The concept of a university with different faculties for different subjects dates back to Al-Azhar University, which had In some Educational systems undergraduate education is Post-secondary education up to the level of a Bachelor's degree. See also Postgraduate Training in Education Postgraduate education (synonymous in North America with graduate education, and sometimes described Washington DC ( formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington, the District, or simply D School colors are the Colors chosen by a School to represent it on uniforms and other items of identification The athletic nickname, or equivalently athletic moniker, of a University or College within the United States is the name officially adopted by The American University Eagles are the sports teams for American University. The term mascot – defined as a term for any person animal or object thought to bring Luck – colloquially includes anything used to represent a group with a common Eagle|
|Athletics:||Eagles NCAA Division I|
|Affiliations:||APSIA; Patriot League; IAMSCU; CUWMA; MAISA|
American University (AU) is a private United Methodist-affiliated university in Washington, D.C., U.S., the main campus of which comes to a corner at the intersection of Nebraska and Massachusetts Avenues at Ward Circle, straddling the Spring Valley, Wesley Heights, and American University Park neighborhoods of Northwest. Unlike Public universities, private universities generally do not receive direct operational funding from national or subnational governments and thus rely on private The United Methodist Church is the largest Methodist denomination and the second largest Protestant denomination in the United States. A university is an institution of Higher education and Research, which grants Academic degrees in a variety of subjects Washington DC ( formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington, the District, or simply D The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Ward Circle is a Traffic circle at the intersection of Nebraska and Massachusetts Avenues in Northwest, Washington Spring Valley is an Affluent neighborhood in northwest Washington D Wesley Heights is a small neighborhood of Washington DC situated south of Tenleytown. American University Park is a Neighborhood of Washington DC, named for the American University. Northwest (also written as NW or NW) is the northwestern quadrant of Washington D Roughly 6,000 undergraduate students and 4,000 graduate students are currently enrolled. In some Educational systems undergraduate education is Post-secondary education up to the level of a Bachelor's degree. The word student is etymologically derived through Middle English from the Latin second-type conjugation Verb "studēre" A graduate school or ("grad school" is a school that awards advanced degrees such as doctoral degrees with the general requirement that students must have earned  Though there is sometimes confusion, American University is separate from most "American Universities" around the world.
It is served by the Tenleytown-AU station on the Washington Metro subway line, which is located roughly one mile from the main campus in the neighborhood of Tenleytown. Tenleytown-AU is a Washington Metro station in Washington DC on the Red Line. Tenleytown is the historic name for a neighborhood in northwest Washington DC. AU is a member of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area, allowing students to enroll in courses offered by other member institutions and students at other member institutions to enroll in courses at AU. The Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area serves as an intellectual resource for the Students and faculty of the member universities A member of the Division I Patriot League, its sports teams compete as the American University Eagles. The Patriot League is a College athletic conference which operates in the Northeastern United States. The American University Eagles are the sports teams for American University.
American University traces its history to a letter written by George Washington, in which he expressed a desire for a "national university" to be located in the nation's capital. The School of International Service ( SIS) is American University 's school of advanced international study in the areas of international security communications development George Washington (February 22 1732 December 14 1799 served as the first President of the United States of America (1789&ndash1797 and led the A national university is a University created or run by a national government and may not be autonomous from Government interference The university was established in the District of Columbia by an Act of Congress on February 24, 1893 primarily due to the efforts of Methodist Bishop John Fletcher Hurst. Washington DC ( formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington, the District, or simply D Events 303 - Galerius, Roman Emperor, publishes his edict that begins the persecution of Christians in his portion of the Year 1893 ( MDCCCXCIII) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common John Fletcher Hurst (1834-1903 was a Bishop in the Methodist Episcopal Church in the United States and first Chancellor of the American University Bishop Hurst and his colleagues were concerned with building an institution that would meld the strengths of the best German universities with the strengths of the existing university system in America. Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany ( ˈbʊndəsʁepuˌbliːk ˈdɔʏtʃlant is a Country in Central Europe. As their plans developed during the early years, they began to conceive of American University as an institution that would be:
After more than three decades devoted principally to securing financial support, the university was officially dedicated on May 15, 1914. Events 1252 - Pope Innocent IV issues the Papal bull Ad exstirpanda, which authorizes but also limits the Year 1914 ( MCMXIV) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common year The first instruction began on October 6 of that year, when 28 students were enrolled (19 of them graduate students, nine of them special students who were not candidates for a degree). Events 105 BC - Battle of Arausio: The Cimbri inflict the heaviest defeat on the Roman army of Gnaeus Mallius Maximus The First Commencement, at which no degrees were awarded, was held on June 2, 1915. Events 455 - The Vandals enter Rome, and plunder the city for two weeks Year 1915 ( MCMXV) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common year The Second Annual Commencement was held on June 2, 1916 where the first degrees (one master's degree and two doctor's degrees) were awarded. Events 455 - The Vandals enter Rome, and plunder the city for two weeks Year 1916 ( MCMXVI) was a Leap year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Leap year
Shortly after these early commencement ceremonies, classes were interrupted by war. During World War I, the university allowed the U.S. military to use some of its grounds for testing. World War I (abbreviated WWI; also known as the First World War, the Great War, and the War to End All The United States Armed Forces are the overall unified military forces of the United States In 1917, the U. S. military divided American University into two segments, Camp American University and Camp Leach. Camp American University was the name the US military used for the segment of the Washington DC main campus of American University during World Camp Leach was the name the US military used for the segment of the Washington DC main campus of American University during World War I and Camp American University became the birthplace of the United States' chemical weapons program, and chemical weapons were tested on the grounds; this required a major cleanup effort in the 1990s. Chemical warfare involves using the toxic properties of Chemical substances to kill injure or incapacitate an enemy. Camp Leach was home to advanced research, development and testing of modern camouflage techniques. Camouflage is a method of cryptic or concealing coloration that allows an otherwise visible Organism As of 2007, the Army Corps of Engineers is still removing ordnance including mustard gas and mortar shells. The United States Army Corps of Engineers ( USACE) is a federal agency and a major Army command made up of some 34600 Civilian and 650 Military personnel The sulfur mustards, of which mustard gas ( Bis (2-chloroethyl sulfide is a member are a class of related Cytotoxic, Vesicant Chemical A mortar is a muzzle-loading Indirect fire weapon that fires shells at low velocities short ranges and high-arcing ballistic trajectories
During the next ten years, instruction was offered at the graduate level only, in accordance with the original plan of the founders. In the fall of 1925, the College of Liberal Arts (subsequently named the College of Arts and Sciences) was established. The College of Arts and Sciences is the oldest and largest academic unit at American University in terms of student enrollment and faculty lines Since that date, the University has offered both undergraduate and graduate degrees and programs.
During World War II, the campus again offered its services to the U. World War II, or the Second World War, (often abbreviated WWII) was a global military conflict which involved a majority of the world's nations, including S. government and became home to the U.S. Navy Bomb Disposal School and a WAVE barracks. For AU's role in these wartime efforts, the Victory ship SS American Victory was named in honor of the university. VC2 design One of the first acts of the United States War Shipping Administration when it was formed in February 1942 was to commission the design of the class
The present structure of the university began to emerge in 1949. The Washington College of Law became part of the University in that year, having begun in 1896 as the first coeducational institution for the professional study of law in the District of Columbia. The American University Washington College of Law (WCL is a private ABA -certified American Law school. Shortly thereafter, three departments were reorganized as schools: the School of Business Administration in 1955 (subsequently named the Robert P. and Arlene R. Kogod College of Business Administration and in 1999 renamed the Kogod School of Business); the School of Government and Public Administration in 1957; and the School of International Service in 1958. The Kogod School of Business, commonly known as simply Kogod, serves as the undergraduate and graduate business school at American University in Northwest The School of International Service ( SIS) is American University 's school of advanced international study in the areas of international security communications development
In the early 1960s, the Department of Defense and the Central Intelligence Agency operated a think tank under the guise of Operation Camelot at American University. The United States Department of Defense ( DOD or DoD) is the federal department charged with coordinating and supervising all agencies and functions of the government near as long as it used to be several months ago It has been actively summarized and split into sub-articles and there is a dynamic talk page discussion of all Operation Camelot was an operation run by the Department of Defense and the Central Intelligence Agency that funded anthropological research The government abandoned the think tank after the operation came to public attention. AU's political intertwinement was furthered by President John F. Kennedy's Spring 1963 commencement address. John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy (May 29 1917&ndashNovember 22 1963 often referred to by his initials JFK, was the thirty-fifth President of  In the speech, Kennedy called on the Soviet Union to work with the United States to achieve a nuclear test ban treaty and help reduce the considerable international tensions and the specter of nuclear war during that juncture of the Cold War. Cold War is the state of conflict tension and competition that existed between the United States and the Soviet Union (USSR and their respective allies from the
From 1965 to 1977, the College of Continuing Education existed as a degree-granting college with responsibility for on- and off-campus adult education programs. The Lucy Webb Hayes School of Nursing provided undergraduate study in Nursing from 1965 until 1988. In 1972, the School of Government and Public Administration, the School of International Service, the Center for Technology and Administration, and the Center for the Administration of Justice (subsequently named the School of Justice) were incorporated into the College of Public and International Affairs. The School of International Service ( SIS) is American University 's school of advanced international study in the areas of international security communications development
In October 1984, President Richard Berendzen announced that the University would purchase the Immaculata Campus in 1986 to help alleviate space problems. Dr Richard E Berendzen (born in Walters Oklahoma, in 1938 is an American Scientist. This investment would later become the Tenley Campus.
In 1986, construction on the Adnan Khashoggi Sports and Convocation Center began. Financed with $5 million from and named for Saudi Arabian Trustee Adnan Khashoggi, the building was intended to update athletics facilities and provide a new arena, as well as a parking garage and office space for administrative services. Adnan Khashoggi (or Kashoggi) (عدنان خاشقجي (born 25 July 1935 in Mecca) is a former Billionaire Costing an estimated $19 million, the building represented the largest construction project to date, but met protest by both faculty and students to the University's use of Khashoggi's name on the building due to his involvement in international arms trade.
In 1988, the College of Public and International Affairs was reorganized to create two free-standing schools: the School of International Service and the School of Public Affairs, incorporating the School of Government and Public Administration and the School of Justice. The School of International Service ( SIS) is American University 's school of advanced international study in the areas of international security communications development The School of Public Affairs at American University is among the nation's leading Public policy schools. That same year, construction on the Adnan Khashoggi Sports Center completed while the Iran-Contra Affair controversy was at its height although his name was not removed from the building until after Khashoggi defaulted on his donation obligation in the mid to late 90's. The Iran-Contra affair was a political scandal which was revealed in November 1986 as a result of earlier events during the Reagan administration.
In 1991, Richard E. Berendzen stepped down as President after admitting to making obscene phone calls. Dr Richard E Berendzen (born in Walters Oklahoma, in 1938 is an American Scientist. He sought immediate medical treatment and remained a full-time member of the American University faculty until his retirement in 2006.
Berendzen was succeeded by Joseph Duffy, who left after one year to become the head of the United States Agency for International Development under President Clinton.
The School of Communication became independent from the College of Arts and Sciences in 1993. The School of Communication at American University is highly regarded for its faculty facilities and high professional standards by The Accrediting Council on Education The College of Arts and Sciences is the oldest and largest academic unit at American University in terms of student enrollment and faculty lines
In 1997 American University of Sharjah, the only coeducational, liberal arts university in the United Arab Emirates, signed a two year contract with AU to provide academic management, a contract which has since been extended multiple times through August 2009. The American University of Sharjah (AUS (in Arabic: الجامعة الأميركية في الشارقة is a coeducational higher educational institution in Sharjah A team of senior AU administrators relocated to Sharjah to assist in the establishment of the university and guide it through the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools accreditation process. Sharjah ( Arabic: الشارقة) ( pronounced /'ʃɑɹdʒə/ in English) is the third most populous city in the United Arab Emirates and The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools is a voluntary peer-based Non-profit association dedicated to educational excellence and improvement through peer evaluation
In 2003, American launched the largest fund raising campaign in its history. The program, ANewAU, has a goal of raising $200 million dollars. As of January 31, 2008, the University has raised $158. Events 1504 - France cedes Naples to Aragon. 1606 - Gunpowder Plot: Guy Fawkes 2008 ( MMVIII) is the current year in accordance with the Gregorian calendar, a Leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common 533 million dollars. When the campaign is completed, the University's website states that it "will help to attract and retain the finest faculty, increase scholarship support, create and endow research and policy centers, ensure state-of-the-art resources in all of our schools and colleges, expand global programs, and secure the long-term financial health of the university by boosting the endowment. "
In the fall of 2005, the much anticipated Katzen Arts Center opened. The Katzen Arts Center is home to all of the visual and performing arts programs at American University and the American University Museum.
Benjamin Ladner was suspended from his position as president of the university on August 24, 2005, pending an investigation into possible misuse of university funds for his personal expenses. Dr Benjamin Mance Ladner (born October 30, 1941, Mobile Alabama) is an academic in the fields of Philosophy and Theology Events 49 BC - Julius Caesar 's General Gaius Scribonius Curio is defeated in the Second Battle of the Bagradas River Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. University faculty passed votes of no confidence in President Ladner on September 26  . Events 46 BC - Julius Caesar dedicates a On October 10, 2005, the Board of Trustees of American University decided that Ladner would not return to American University as its president. Events 680 - Battle of Karbala: Shia Imam Husayn bin Ali, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, is decapitated Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Dr. Cornelius M. Kerwin served as interim president and was appointed to the position permanently on September 1, 2007. Cornelius M "Neil" Kerwin (born in Waterbury Connecticut 1949 is an American educator in Public administration and president of American University Events 462 - Possible start of first Byzantine indiction cycle. Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. . According to The Chronicle of Higher Education, , he received a total compensation of $4,270,665 in his final year of service, the second highest of any university president in the United States. The Chronicle of Higher Education is a Newspaper that represents a source of news information and jobs for college and university faculty and administration
Ground was broken for the new School of International Service building on November 14th, 2007. The School of International Service ( SIS) is American University 's school of advanced international study in the areas of international security communications development A speech was given by Senator Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI). Construction is slated to begin in early March 2008, and expected to last for two years.
AU has two campuses for academics, the main campus and the Tenley Campus, and an additional facility that houses the Washington College of Law. Tenley Campus is a satellite campus of American University located on Tenley Circle, in Northwest Washington DC. The American University Washington College of Law (WCL is a private ABA -certified American Law school. Additionally, AU owns several buildings in the Tenleytown and Spring Valley areas. Tenleytown is the historic name for a neighborhood in northwest Washington DC.
The first design for campus was done by Frederick Law Olmsted but was significantly modified over time due to financial resources. Frederick Law Olmsted ( April 25, 1822 &ndash August 28, 1903) was an American landscape designer and father of American The campus occupies 84 acres (340,000 m²) in a residential neighborhood of Northwest Washington, D. The acre is a unit of Area in a number of different systems including the imperial and U Northwest (also written as NW or NW) is the northwestern quadrant of Washington D C. , at Ward Circle, the intersection of Nebraska and Massachusetts Avenues. Ward Circle is a Traffic circle at the intersection of Nebraska and Massachusetts Avenues in Northwest, Washington Massachusetts Avenue, abbreviated Mass Ave, is a major diagonal transverse road in Washington D Highlights of the campus include a main quadrangle surrounded by academic buildings, seven residential halls, a 5,000-seat arena, and an outdoor amphitheatre. An amphitheatre (alternatively amphitheater) is an open-air venue for spectator sports concerts rallies or theatrical performances The campus is a designated arboretum. An arboretum is a collection of trees Related collections include a fruticetum (from the Latin frutex, meaning shrub and a viticetum a collection of vines
On-Campus housing is divided into three campuses, South Campus, North Campus, and Tenley Campus.
Most students are housed in double-rooms, but there are a few singles and triples. In periods of high demand, some rooms are converted into triples.
Formerly the Immaculata School, Tenley Campus is located half a mile east of the main campus, and was purchased by American University in 1987 specifically for the Washington Semester program. Tenley Campus is a satellite campus of American University located on Tenley Circle, in Northwest Washington DC. Tenley Campus is a satellite campus of American University located on Tenley Circle, in Northwest Washington DC. The Washington Semester is a semester-long residential program that partners with institutions around the world to bring college students to American University. During the academic year, Tenley Campus is home to the Washington Semester Program students, and during the summer, American University uses the residence halls for summer interns. The Washington Semester is a semester-long residential program that partners with institutions around the world to bring college students to American University. Administratively, Tenley Campus is home to the Washington Semester Program, the Office of Development, University Marketing, University Publications, and Media Relations
Starting in 2006, American University has actively sought to expand and rejuvenate their campus. The proposed renovations and additions to the campus with their expected competition dates are: 
Spring 2009: 
To Be Announced:
American University enrolls a little more than 1,000 freshmen each year.  The average class size is 23 and the student-faculty ratio is 14:1.  AU is ranked 85th among the top national universities by US News & World Report's college and university rankings guide, and is one of the 270 universities that house a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest honor society. USNews & World Report is an influential weekly American Newsmagazine published in Washington D In Higher education, college and university rankings are listings of Universities and Liberal arts colleges in an order determined by any combination of The Phi Beta Kappa Society is an academic Honor society with the mission of "fostering and recognizing excellence" in the Undergraduate Liberal arts
AU was named the most politically active school in the nation in the Princeton Review’s annual survey of college students.  In 2006, the Fiske Guide to Colleges ranked AU as a "Best Buy" college for the quality of academic offerings in relation to the cost of attendance. 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. The Presidential Management Fellows (PMF program is a two year paid government fellowship sponsored by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM for recent graduate students In spring 2006, 34 graduate and law students were chosen for the honor. 
The Kogod School of Business, the first school of business in Washington, was named by the Wall Street Journal and Business Week magazine as one of the top business schools in the country. The Kogod School of Business, commonly known as simply Kogod, serves as the undergraduate and graduate business school at American University in Northwest Washington DC ( formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington, the District, or simply D "Kogod is positioning itself squarely in the upper echelons of America's finest business schools," according to the Princeton Review.  The Wall Street Journal ranked the Kogod School of Business in its 2004 “Top 50 MBA Programs. ” "On September 16, 2007 the Wall Street Journal announced their 2007 graduate rankings, and the Kogod School of Business was ranked 36 out of the top 51. Events 1400 - Owain Glyndŵr is declared Prince of Wales by his followers Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. "  The School of International Service (SIS) is recognized as the largest of its kind in the U. The School of International Service ( SIS) is American University 's school of advanced international study in the areas of international security communications development S. Among The Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA) schools, AU’s School of International Service has the largest number of minority students and female students and is ranked 6th among APSIA schools in numbers of international students. The Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA is an organization that works to advance international understanding prosperity peace and security through professional  A review in Foreign Policy Magazine ranked the school 8th in the country for preparing future foreign policy professionals and 25th for academic careers. SIS’s undergraduate programs earned a spot at number 11, and its graduate programs were ranked number 8.  Because the field of international relations is not evaluated by U. S. News & World Report, the College of William and Mary recently published the results of their survey, which ranked the AU international relations master’s degree in the top 10 in the United States and the doctoral degree in the top 25. The College of William and Mary (officially The College of William and Mary in Virginia, also known as William & Mary or W&M) is a Public university  The School of Communication is among the top 25 in the nation, and it graduates the third largest number of communication professionals among U. The School of Communication at American University is highly regarded for its faculty facilities and high professional standards by The Accrediting Council on Education S. colleges and universities.  The School of Public Affairs is ranked among the top 10 programs in the country by U. The School of Public Affairs at American University is among the nation's leading Public policy schools. S. News and World Report. Washington College of Law’s clinical program ranks second in the nation, its international law program is ranked 6th in the nation and the school overall ranks among the top 50 U. The American University Washington College of Law (WCL is a private ABA -certified American Law school. S. law schools according to U. S. News and World Report’s America’s Best Colleges. 
AU is especially known for promoting international understanding.  This is reflected in the diverse student body who is from more than 150 countries, the university’s course offerings, the faculty's research, and from the regular presence of world leaders on its campus.  AU has the 12th largest number of graduates in current Peace Corps service (34), and ranks fourth in the number of Peace Corps volunteers as a percentage of the total undergraduate population. The Peace Corps is an independent United States federal agency. The Peace Corps is an independent United States federal agency. 
AU has earned a reputation among the best schools in the nation for international relations, government and political science, as well as a hub for arts in Washington, D.C. The school has a long history of partnership with the Washington metropolitan area, beginning with its charter by the U.S. Congress in 1893. Washington DC ( formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington, the District, or simply D The United States Congress is the bicameral Legislature of the federal government of the United States of America, consisting of two houses The University takes its responsibility to the community very seriously. In 2001, AU's economic impact on the District of Columbia totaled more than $600 million. Washington DC ( formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington, the District, or simply D  WAMU, American’s National Public Radio Station, is one of the top 5 NPR stations in the country. WAMU is a Public radio station that services the greater Washington D  "Over 80% of AU undergraduate students and 60% of graduate students complete an internship or other experiential education experience by graduation. . . . Fifty-seven percent of AU’s undergraduate and 40% of graduate students participate in significant community service in the local community by graduation," according to their website. 
AU also participates in the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU)'s University and College Accountability Network (U-CAN). Founded in 1976 the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU is an organization of private US colleges and universities
Main article: List of American University people
The university is composed of six divisions, referred to as colleges or schools, which house its academic programs: College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), Kogod School of Business (KSB), School of Communication (SOC), School of International Service (SIS), School of Public Affairs (SPA) and Washington College of Law (WCL). The American University Museum is located in the Katzen Arts Center at the American University in Washington DC. The American University of Sharjah (AUS (in Arabic: الجامعة الأميركية في الشارقة is a coeducational higher educational institution in Sharjah For other universities known as American University see American University (disambiguation. The Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies (CCPS is an integrated teaching research and study program of the School of Public Affairs at American University The Center for Social Media (CSM in the School of Communication at American University examines strategies to use media as creative tools for public knowledge and The Katzen Arts Center is home to all of the visual and performing arts programs at American University and the American University Museum. The Washington Semester is a semester-long residential program that partners with institutions around the world to bring college students to American University. The American University Washington College of Law (WCL is a private ABA -certified American Law school. This is a sorted list of notable persons who have had ties to the American University in Washington DC. The College of Arts and Sciences is the oldest and largest academic unit at American University in terms of student enrollment and faculty lines The College of Arts and Sciences is the oldest and largest academic unit at American University in terms of student enrollment and faculty lines The Kogod School of Business, commonly known as simply Kogod, serves as the undergraduate and graduate business school at American University in Northwest The School of Communication at American University is highly regarded for its faculty facilities and high professional standards by The Accrediting Council on Education The School of International Service ( SIS) is American University 's school of advanced international study in the areas of international security communications development The School of Public Affairs at American University is among the nation's leading Public policy schools. The American University Washington College of Law (WCL is a private ABA -certified American Law school. With the exception of WCL, undergraduate and graduate courses are housed within the same division, although organized into different programs.
Students who do not declare into a specific school are sorted into CAS, which combine with its variety of academic programs to make it the largest division, followed by SIS, SPA, WCL, KSB and SOC.
American University is also home to a unique program known as the Washington Semester Program. The Washington Semester is a semester-long residential program that partners with institutions around the world to bring college students to American University. This program partners with institutions around the world to bring students to AU for a semester. The program operates independently from, but in conjunction with, the other academic units. The program combines two seminar courses on three days a week with a two day per week internship that gives students a unique look at Washington, DC. The program is unique in that the courses are not typical lecture courses; instead, speakers from various sectors of a particular field are invited to address the class, often from different perspectives. 
|American University Library|
|Established||1926 as Battelle Library|
|Number of branches||5 (including the main library)|
|Collection size||1,035,000 books|
|Population served||2,000 per day|
The American University Library system consists of the main library and four branches and special collections: the University Archives, Curriculum Materials Center, Media Services, and the Music Library (located in the Katzen Arts Center). The Katzen Arts Center is home to all of the visual and performing arts programs at American University and the American University Museum. It is part of the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC), which includes numerous schools from the region that pool their resources to provide Interlibrary Loan (ILL) for their students respectively. The Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC was founded as a joint initiative of eight members of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area to The WRL Consortium also includes The Catholic University of America, Gallaudet University, George Mason University, George Washington University, Georgetown University, Marymount University, and University of the District of Columbia. The Catholic University of America ( CUA) located in Northeast Washington D Gallaudet University is a federally chartered quasi-governmental University for the education of the Deaf and Hard-of-hearing, located in Washington George Mason University (also referred to as GMU or Mason) is a large Public university in the United States. The George Washington University ( GW or GWU) is a private coeducational university located in Washington D Georgetown University is a Jesuit Private university located in Georgetown Washington D Marymount University is a coeducational four-year Catholic university whose main campus is located in Arlington Virginia. The University of the District of Columbia (UDC is a Public university located in Washington D The Pence Law Library, part of the Washington College of Law, is not part of the main university library system, and it even has a separate catalog. The American University Washington College of Law (WCL is a private ABA -certified American Law school.
As of 2006, American University's Library contains over one million volumes, nearly 3,000 print periodicals, over 11,000 films and videos (which is rapidly increasing), well over one million microform materials, nearly 37,000 sound recordings, over 13,000 musical scores, 65 newspaper subscriptions, and 14,500 electronic journals. On average, the library attracts roughly 2,000 patrons each day. It circulates nearly 300,000 materials per year, which is impressive given the size of the university, and almost 50,000 reference questions are asked each year. 
Because American University is one of the most wireless campuses in the country (see “Technology” below), students can connect their laptops, PDAs or cell phones to the Internet from anywhere in the library. The library also has iPods loaded with news podcasts, and laptops freely available to be loaned out for library use. AU recently succeeded in digitizing the University Archive’s photographs and print collection. 
AU has more than 180 recognized organizations on campus governed by the American University Club Council and advised by Student Activities.
Much of the social justice work at AU is facilitated through the office of Office of Community Action and Social Justice.
The Kennedy political union has been AU's student-run and student-funded speaker's bureau charged with providing quality political speakers since the 1968-1969 academic year.
Composed of independent and fee-funded bodies, AU student media covers a number of mediums. Bodies include:
Students at American University are represented by four governing bodies:
A member of the Patriot League, AU is home to a wide variety of athletics, including men's and women’s basketball, soccer, cross-country, swimming & diving, track, women's volleyball, field hockey, and lacrosse, along with men's wrestling, not to mention several club sports such as rowing (aucrew. The College of Arts and Sciences is the oldest and largest academic unit at American University in terms of student enrollment and faculty lines The American University Eagles are the sports teams for American University. The Patriot League is a College athletic conference which operates in the Northeastern United States. Basketball is a team Sport in which two teams of five active players each try to score points against one another by propelling a ball through a 10 feet (3 m Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a Team sport played between two teams of eleven players and is widely considered Cross Country running is a Sport of running Compete to complete a course over open or rough terrain faster than other teams Swimming is the movement by humans or animals through Water, usually without artificial assistance Diving off a deck into the Great South Bay of Long Islandjpg|thumb|A man dives into the Great South Bay of Long Island. Volleyball is an Olympic team sport in which two teams of 6 active players (5 normal players and one 'libero' are separated by a net that is usually four feet Field hockey is a Team sport in which players attempt to score goals by hitting the Ball across the pitch with a stick Lacrosse is a full contact Team sport played using a solid rubber ball and long handled racket called a crosse or Lacrosse stick. Collegiate wrestling is the commonly-used name of the style of Amateur wrestling practiced at the College and University level in the United States org ). Bender Arena, a state-of-the-art multi-purpose facility, hosts many of American’s athletic competitions. Bender Arena is a 4500-seat multi-purpose Arena in Washington DC. Bender Arena officially opened its doors on January 23, 1988, when AU's women's basketball team hosted James Madison University. Bender Arena is a 4500-seat multi-purpose Arena in Washington DC. Events 393 - Roman Emperor Theodosius I proclaims his nine year old son Honorius co-emperor Year 1988 ( MCMLXXXVIII) was a Leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar) Located at the center of AU’s main campus, it features several amenities:
Reeves Field, home to AU’s soccer team, is one of the premier soccer fields in Washington. Washington DC ( formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington, the District, or simply D Reeves Field earned the 2002 College Soccer Field of the Year by the Sports Turf Managers Association, hosted its fifth NCAA Tournament game, and served as the training site for the Uruguayan National Soccer team. The National Collegiate Athletic Association ( NCAA, often pronounced "N-C-Double-A" is a voluntary association of about 1200 institutions conferences organizations FC Barcelona and Blackburn used Reeves Field as a training facility. In the summer of 2000, AU served as the practice site for Newcastle United, one of England's premier professional soccer clubs. Newcastle United Football Club (also known as The Magpies or The Toon) is an English football club based in Newcastle upon England is a Country which is part of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland Major League Soccer's D. C. United, Miami Fusion and San Jose Earthquakes have also practiced at AU. National teams from the U.S., Bolivia and Portugal trained at Reeves in 1996 in preparation for Summer Olympic games held at RFK Stadium. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the The Republic of Bolivia (República de Bolivia) named after Simón Bolívar, is a Landlocked country in central South America. Portugal, officially the Portuguese Republic (República Portuguesa is a country on the Iberian Peninsula. The Summer Olympic Games or the Games of the Olympiad are an International Multi-sport event, usually quadrennial organised by the International Robert F Kennedy Memorial Stadium, better known as RFK Stadium or RFK, is a professional sports Stadium in Washington D
Reeves Field also features a six-lane track to accommodate the track and field programs at AU and functions as a multi-purpose event site. During his term as Vice President, George H. W. Bush regularly traveled in the morning from his home at the U.S. Naval Observatory, located about two miles (3 km) from American University, to run the track at Reeves Field. George Herbert Walker Bush (born June 12 1924 served as the forty-first President of the United States from 1989 to 1993 The United States Naval Observatory ( USNO) is one of the oldest Scientific agencies in the United States.
AU’s nationally ranked field hockey and women’s lacrosse teams play on the field at the Jacobs Recreational Complex, which also features a softball diamond and two outdoor sand volleyball courts. AU's field hockey team earned the right to host the 2005 Patriot League Tournament, where American defeated Lehigh University 7-0 in the semifinals before capturing the league crown for the third straight year by downing Holy Cross 4-2 in the Championship Game. Lehigh University is a private, co-educational University located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in the Lehigh Valley region of
American University features seven outdoor tennis courts for the use of the intercollegiate tennis teams as well as the University community. Two outdoor basketball courts complete the outdoor recreational facility located next to Reeves Field and behind Bender Arena. Bender Arena is a 4500-seat multi-purpose Arena in Washington DC. AU has hosted three of the last four tennis team championships since joining the Patriot League, with the men's team winning back-to-back titles on the AU hardcourts and setting Patriot League Championship attendance records each year. The women's team last captured the Patriot League title in 2002. Both tennis teams have since been cut from the athletics program.
In 2007, AU Junior Josh Glenn won the NCAA Division I National Wrestling Title for 197 lb (89 kg). This was the first time since 1966 that an AU athlete won a national championship.
On March 14, 2008, AU earned its first NCAA Tournament berth by defeating Colgate University in the Patriot League Championship Game. Events 1489 - The Queen of Cyprus, Catherine Cornaro, sells her kingdom to Venice. 2008 ( MMVIII) is the current year in accordance with the Gregorian calendar, a Leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common Colgate University is a private liberal arts college located in the Village of Hamilton in Madison County New York, USA However, AU lost its first-round NCAA tournament game against the University of Tennessee. The University of Tennessee (also known as UT) sometimes called the University of Tennessee Knoxville ( UT Knoxville, or UTK) is the flagship
AU offers one of the most comprehensive and renowned study abroad programs in the United States. Open to both AU Students as well as students from other American universities, students can choose to participate in a number of diverse programs around the globe. Utilizing partner institutions as well as AU-operated programs abroad, students can take courses and/or intern in different 100 study abroad programs. Additionally, students may arrange to study at a non-partnered or hosted institution abroad through AU Abroad. Programs are offered by semester, year or summer. More than 850 AU students annually study abroad on programs offered by AU Abroad and other areas within the University.  Over 60% of all AU students will have a study abroad experience before they graduate.
American University also operates a public radio station, WAMU, broadcasting at 88. The Ecole Supérieure de Journalisme - ESJ Paris (in English: Superior School of Journalism of Paris) is an institution of Higher education and a French This article is about the country For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic France topics. WAMU is a Public radio station that services the greater Washington D 5 MHz on the FM band. The commercial-free station is affiliated with National Public Radio (NPR) and Public Radio International. Public Radio International ( PRI) is a Minneapolis -based American Public radio organization with locations in Boston, New York The station began broadcasting as the student radio station, but developed into a professionally staffed station when the administration spun off the student radio station. Students may still hold internships. Original programming includes The Diane Rehm Show and The Kojo Nnamdi Show. The Diane Rehm Show is an award-winning National Public Radio Call-in show with more than 1 Kojo Nnamdi (born Rex Orville Montague Paul in Guyana, on January 8, 1945) is an American Radio host
AU was included as one of the top 50 "wired campuses" in the United States by a 1997 Yahoo! survey. Since adding a campus-wide advanced wireless broadband network in 2001, AU has been classified as one of the most "unwired" campuses in the U. S. by Intel. Recently, AU has expanded its wireless presence by teaming with T-Mobile to first convert AU into the first HotSpot campus in 2004 and then again in 2005 when the Kogod School of Business became the first business school to integrate RSS data services with BlackBerry devices distributed to all graduate business students. T-Mobile is a Mobile network operator headquartered in Bonn, Germany. The Kogod School of Business, commonly known as simply Kogod, serves as the undergraduate and graduate business school at American University in Northwest RSS is a family of Web feed formats used to publish frequently updated works – such as Blog entries news headlines audio and video – in a standardized The BlackBerry is a Wireless Handheld device introduced in 1999 as a two-way pager Shortly after implementing RSS services, the university began providing podcasts for on-demand educational multimedia, such as lectures, playable on such programs as iTunes and compatible MP3 players as Apple's iPod. A podcast is a series of audio or Video digital-media files which is distributed over the Internet by syndicated Download iTunes is a proprietary digital media player application introduced by Apple Inc MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3, more commonly referred to as MP3, is a Digital audio encoding format using a form of Lossy data compression Apple Inc, ( formerly Apple Computer Inc, is an American Multinational corporation with a focus on designing and manufacturing Consumer electronics iPod is a popular brand of Portable media players designed and marketed by Apple Inc With the release of video-enabled iPods in 2005, many podcasts will now also feature audio and video playback.
In 2005 AU became one of several in the country to provide students in campus housing with access to free and legal downloadable movie and music content via the Ruckus Network and later Napster. Ruckus is a free ad-supported online music service available to students at all American Colleges History Ruckus Network currently Napster was an online music file sharing service created by Shawn Fanning while he was attending Northeastern University in Boston and operating
The University Library also launched a program whereby its Media Services Department is converting films to digital format for exclusive use by faculty in teaching their coursework for streaming media content.