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The American University of Rome

  • Rome, Italy
  • Private
  • Urban
  • 68%32%
    student ratio
  • 500
    total students
  • $17,997 | $17,997
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • Rolling
    fall application deadline
  • 53%
    acceptance rate
  • Moderately Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • 534
    sat math
  • 545
    sat reading
  • 540
    sat writing
  • 25
    act composite


The American University of Rome

Founded in 1969, The American University of Rome is the oldest, private, independent American institution of higher education in Rome, Italy, offering undergraduate degrees in 10 disciplines to a student body of around 500 students each semester representing over 40 countries. It is also a destination for study abroad students from American colleges and universities for year-long, semester and summer programs.

Preparing students from around the world to live and work across cultures, The American University of Rome (AUR) blends the best of two worlds, combining the excellent academic attributes of higher education in the US -- American practical know-how, technological capability and career preparation -- with the European and Italian classical tradition of the humanities and liberal arts. Students leave AUR trained in the fundamental portable skills of language, communication and critical thinking that will allow them to pursue intellectual excellence, personal growth, and the ability to succeed in a complex and interconnected world. For many, the time spent in the uniquely energizing city of Rome is a life transforming experience.

The American University of Rome is fully accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and is licensed by the State of Delaware Department of Education to award Associate and Bachelor's Degrees. AUR is incorporated in the District of Columbia as a not for profit institution.

10 Bachelor Degrees and an Intensive Academic English Language course

AUR offers undergraduate BA degrees with the following majors: Archeology and Classics, Art History, Communication, Film and Digital Media, Fine Arts, International Relations and Global Politics, Interdisciplinary Studies, Italian Studies, and Religious Studies as well as a BS in Business Administration.

Classes are fully taught in English. Our international students whose English language skills may need development can apply for the Intensive Academic English Language course in order to benefit from a full academic curriculum at The American University of Rome. Through this program students will develop speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in English while attending selected credit-based General Education courses at AUR.

The American University of Rome robust academic curriculum features small classes, (16:1 student/faculty ratio), award-winning international faculty members, national and international field trips and on-site lessons throughout Rome.

Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

A wonderful complement to academic studies, internships provide students with the benefit of experience in a competitive job market

Internships are an integral part of the AUR experience because they provide an opportunity to work for a company or organization that matches student interests and career goals. First-hand experience in the workplace enables interns to apply the theory of the classroom to the work they hope to do through the observation of, participation in, and understanding of a professional environment. AUR students have recently worked in the NATO Defense College, National Geographic, the Vatican Museum, The Associated Press, The World Food Program, UBS Bank, the Guggenheim Collection in Venice, the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, the House of Deputies of the Italian Parliament, and a number of national embassies.

The American University of Rome is proud of its internship program: a remarkable 72% of students at AUR have done an internship, a number far above both the European and US national averages, and over a quarter of those students have participated in more than one internship experience. Even more notably, AUR has a very high turnover for job placement within the internship program.

A rich variety of extra-curricular activities

AUR robust academic program is complemented by a rich variety of extra-curricular activities, ranging from clubs, performing groups, local events and athletics. Highlights include: competitive university men's and women's soccer leagues, a coed running club, a yoga club, a men's basketball club, martial arts training, and even a rowing club that allows students to enjoy Rome from a unique and privileged perspective. Studying at AUR also gives students ample opportunities to travel across Italy and Europe.

A prestigious location with a spectacular view of Rome

The university is located in the prestigious area of the Janiculum, Rome's highest hill, just a short walk from the historic Trastevere district and the heart of Rome. Dr. Richard Hodges, President of The American University of Rome, writes about our location: "Bathed by ever-changing light and breezes off the Tyrrhenian Sea, some ten miles away, this has to be one of the most magical locations for a university in the world. Indeed, a New York Times reviewer of Robert Hughes's recent book about Rome began: `If we could be reborn wherever we chose, how crowded Rome would be, populated by souls who had spent their previous lives longing to inhabit a villa on the Janiculum Hill' (Francine Prose, 2 December 2011)."

Two large city parks surround the campus, which offers both the amenities and buzz of an urban setting and a quiet environment conductive to study and learning. The 30,000-squarefoot campus provides computer labs, a student lounge and study areas, smart classrooms, a science lab, a multimedia lab, art studios, tutoring centers, an auditorium, a 12,000-volume library, and a wealth of electronic resources. Wi-Fi is available from locations on and around the campus.

Off-campus apartments for a full immersion cultural experience

All students opting for university housing are provided with furnished apartments in areas surrounding the campus for a "full immersion" experience in the Italian culture. All apartments are equipped with: PC Computer Wi-Fi and land-line phone; linens, towels, and washing machine; fully equipped kitchens; and 24/7 emergency assistance.

Location & Contact

The American University of Rome

Via Pietro Roselli 4
Rome, NF I-00153 Roma

Miss Melissa Abraham

Admissions Counselor

Phone: +39 06-5833-0919 ext. 267

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
  • Business/marketing
    • Business Administration and Management
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Business/Trade/Commerce
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • Italian
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • Interdisciplinary Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International/Global Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Religious Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Archeology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Relations and Affairs
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Film/Cinema/Video Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fine/Studio Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Visual and Performing Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.


53% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied341
    • Accepted211
    • Acceptance Rate53%
    • Enrolled436
    • Female Applicants
    • Females Accepted
    • Female Acceptance Rate
    • Male Applicants
    • Males Accepted
    • Male Acceptance Rate
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
      Minimum high school GPA of 2.5
      TOEFL or IELTS for non-English high school students
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.00
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen Yes
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer Yes
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 423
    • SAT Math 423
    • SAT Writing 422
    • ACT Composite 24
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$17,997
    • Out-of-state tuition *$17,997
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$387.00
    • Room and board *Not Reported
    • Room only *$7,600.00
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students436
    • Male Student Percentage37%
    • Female Student Percentage63%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/LatinoNot Reported
    • Black or African AmericanNot Reported
    • White or CaucasianNot Reported
    • American Indian or Alaska NativeNot Reported
    • AsianNot Reported
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific IslanderNot Reported
    • Two or more racesNot Reported
    • UnknownNot Reported
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International BreakoutNot Reported
    • Out-of-state StudentsNot Reported

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements Not Reported
    • Housing options Female-only housing, Male-only housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 55%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station No
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities No
    • Greek sororities No
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Yes
    • Most popular organizations student government, Community Services, Men and Female soccer teams, Business Club, International Relations Club
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Not Reported
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Not Reported
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Not Reported
    • Other security guards during opening hours and 24-hour surveillance cameras


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty67
    • Full-time Percentage16%
    • Part-time Percentage84%
    • Female Percentage57%
    • Male Percentage43%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio17:1 or 436 students to 67 faculty




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