American University in Washington, DC

American University
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American University (also referred to as AU) is located on an 84-acre campus in a residential neighborhood of NW Washington, DC. The private college has a diverse student body and a strong academic reputation. It is especially known for promoting international understanding and for WAMU, American’s National Public Radio Station, one of the top NPR stations in the country. American University encourages its students to take advantage of internship opportunities in DC and study abroad programs around the world.

The Katzen Arts Center serves as a venue for visual and performing arts and includes performances as well as academic programs on the visual arts, music, theater, dance, and art history.

Approx. Enrollment: 5800 undergraduate, 3300 graduate.
The average class size is 23 and the student-faculty ratio is 14:1

Main Campus Address

4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016
Website: www.american.edu

Academic Programs at American University

College of Arts and Sciences
Kogod School of Business
School of Communication
School of International Service
School of Public Affairs
Washington College of Law

Additional Locations

Tenley Satellite Campus - 4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW
Washington College of Law - 4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

Cyrus and Myrtle Katzen Arts Center

Located across the street from the main American University campus at Massachusetts and Nebraska Avenues, NW Washington DC, the 130,000 square foot complex includes a three story art museum and sculpture garden, a sky-lit entrance rotunda, three performance venues, an electronics studio, 20 practice rooms, a 200 seat concert hall, rehearsal and recital halls, classrooms, and an underground parking garage.

Admission is free. The arts center exhibits 300 pieces of art that Dr. and Mrs. Katzen donated to American University in 1999. The Katzen collection includes contemporary art as well as works by 20th-century painters and sculptors such as Marc Chagall, Jean Dubuffet, Red Grooms, Roy Lichtenstein, Amedeo Modigliani, Pablo Picasso, Larry Rivers, Frank Stella and Andy Warhol.

In addition to the gift of their art collection, the Katzens provided $20 million for the construction of the building and gallery.