Statement of Accreditation Status

American University

  • CEO: Ms. Sylvia Burwell, President
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer: Ms. Karen Froslid Jones
  • Commission Staff Liaison: Dr. Robert Bonfiglio, Vice President
  • Carnegie Classification: Doctoral Universities: Higher Research Activity » Four-year, large, primarily residential
  • Control: Private (Non-Profit)
  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Accreditation Granted: 1928
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2014
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2023-2024
  • Next Mid-Point Peer Review: 2020

Contact Information

4400 Massachusetts Ave. N. W.
Washington, DC 20016

(202) 885-6000

www.american.edu

  • The following represents the MSCHE accreditation actions taken in the last ten (10) years.
  • October 29, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note the institution’s decision to close the additional location at 8250 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, VA 22102 that has ceased operations. To remove the additional location from the institution’s scope of accreditation. To note that the Commission reserves the right to rescind approval of this substantive change if any developments reveal additional information that might have affected the Commission’s decision and/or the requested substantive change is not implemented within one calendar year from the date of this action.
  • October 29, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note the institution’s decision to close the additional location at 4121 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22203 that has ceased operations. To remove the additional location from the institution’s scope of accreditation. To note that the Commission reserves the right to rescind approval of this substantive change if any developments reveal additional information that might have affected the Commission’s decision and/or the requested substantive change is not implemented within one calendar year from the date of this action.
  • October 29, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note the institution’s decision to close the additional location at Corciano, Italy that has ceased operations. To remove the additional location from the institution’s scope of accreditation. To note that the Commission reserves the right to rescind approval of this substantive change if any developments reveal additional information that might have affected the Commission’s decision and/or the requested substantive change is not implemented within one calendar year from the date of this action. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2023-2024.
  • August 28, 2017
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the contractual arrangement with Ritsumeikan University, College of International Relations,56-1 Toji-in, Kitamachi, Kita-ku Kyoto, 603-8577 Japan. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2023-2024.
  • June 26, 2014
    To reaffirm accreditation and to commend the institution for the quality of its self-study report and process. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2019.
  • July 1, 2013
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To approve the reclassification of the instructional site at Freddie Mac, 8250 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, VA 22102 as an additional location and to include the location within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2013-2014.
  • Distance Education
    Approved to offer programs by this delivery method
  • Correspondence Education
    Not approved for this delivery method

Approved Credential Levels

The following represents credential levels included in the scope of the institution’s accreditation:

  • Postsecondary award (< 1 year)
  • Postsecondary award (1-2 yrs)
  • Associate's Degree or Equivalent
  • Bachelor's Degree or Equivalent
  • Post-baccalaureate Certificate
  • Master's Degree or Equivalent
  • Doctor's Degree - Professional Practice
  • Doctor's Degree- Research/Scholarship
  • Additional Location
    Teach Alt Cert Program (CSSS Charter)
    Wilson High School 3950 Chesapeake St., N.W.
    Washinghton, DC 20016
  • Additional Location
    Teacher Alt Cert Program (AQUE)
    Wilson High School 3950 Chesapeake St., N.W.
    Washington, DC 20016
  • Additional Location
    Teacher Alt Cert Program (Teach for Amer
    Wilson Senior High School 3950 Chesapeake St., N.W.
    Washington, DC 20016
  • Additional Location
    Teacher Alt Certification Program (TOPS)
    Wilson High School 3950 Chesapeake St., N.W.
    Washington, DC 20016
  • Other Instructional Site
    Airlie Conference Center
    6809 Airlie Road
    Warrenton, VA 20817
  • Other Instructional Site
    The Lab School of Washington's Foxhall Campus
    1550 Foxhall Road NW
    Washington, DC 20007
  • Other Instructional Site
    The Lab School of Washington's Reservoir Campus
    4759 Reservoir Road, NW
    Washington, DC 20007
  • Other Instructional Site
    Woodrow Wilson Senior High School
    3950 Chesapeake Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20016

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