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American University
The American University (AU or American) is a private federally chartered research university in Washington, D.C. Its main campus spans 90 acres (36 ha) 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. 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. 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 (WCL). It has over 160 programs, including 71 bachelor's degrees, 87 master's degrees, and 10 doctoral degrees, as well as JD, LLM, and SJD programs. AU's student body numbers over 13,000 and represents all 50 U.S. states and 141 countries; around a fifth of students are international. It is classified among "R2: Doctoral Universities – High research activity".
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Inception: 1893

Alternate Names: American University (Washington, D.C.), American university, American University (Washington, DC.), TAU (The American University), American University (Washington), Université américaine de Washington, D.C, American University Washington Ehemalige Vorzugsbenennung SWD, TAU (The American University ; Washington), AU, Université américaine (Washington, D.C.), Washington (D.C.). American University, AU (American University, Washington, D.C.), AU Abkuerzung, The American University, American University in Washington DC, American University in Washington
Associated Place(s): Washington, D.C., United States of America, Washington (D.C.)