American University (AU) was born of George Washington’s vision of a national university, open to Americans and students worldwide. While technically the brainchild of Washington, it was John Fletcher Hurst who actually founded the school in 1914.
Since it first opened, AU has cultivated a reputation as one of the country’s top universities and consistently ranks as one of the best universities in the country by Princeton Review’s Best Colleges and U.S. News and World Report.. The school attracts students from around the country and the world. Students hail from more than 145 nations to comprise 10 percent of the university’s 13,000 undergraduate, graduate, law, and study abroad students.