Application for Undergraduate Admission
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Section 6: Essay
This is your opportunity to provide the admissions committee with a glimpse of you in a way that grades and test scores cannot. This essay is used to determine your ability to organize your thoughts and to express them clearly. Choose
essay topic. Write no more than 500 words.
Imagine you are the editor of a major national news magazine. Write the cover story you would choose for the issue that would be on the newsstands January 1, 2025.
Describe an event or individual that has been instrumental in shaping who you are. Tell us why this event/person has been significant in your life.
Instead of writing on one of the above topics, you may submit a creative/fiction writing sample completed for a class.
(You may cut and paste your essay from your favorite word processing software. Please be advised that paragraphing, special fonts, bolds, underlines and italics do not get formatted. Check your essay for content and readability. File attachments are not accepted.)
How did you become interested in American University?
Freshman applicants should include letters of recommendation from a teacher and the college guidance counselor. Letters of recommendation for transfer students are strongly recommended. Recommendations should be written on school letterhead. Be sure they include your full name and social security number (or date of birth, if you have no U.S. social security number). Send them directly to: Undergraduate Admissions, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016-8001 USA.
Students who are U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents and who are applying for need-based financial aid must be sure to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the federal processor and the AU Institutional Financial Aid Application to AU by March 1. Follow the
link to learn more.
American University encourages qualified students with disabilities to apply for admission. Follow these links to learn more about resources available to you from
Disability Support Services
Academic Support Services
I hereby apply for admission to American University and certify that the information provided is accurate.
I understand that omission or falsification of information will be sufficient reason for rejection of this application or for dismissal.
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