American University (AU or American) is a Methodist private liberal arts and research university in Washington, D.C. The university was chartered by an Act of Congress on December 5, 1892 as "The American University", which was approved by President Benjamin Harrison on February 24, 1893. Roughly 6,000 undergraduate students and 3,912 graduate students are currently enrolled. AU is a member of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area. A member of the Division I Patriot League, its sports teams compete as the American University Eagles.
American's main campus is located at the intersection of Nebraska and Massachusetts Avenues at Ward Circle in the Spring Valley neighborhood of Northwest Washington. The area is served by the Tenleytown-AU station on the Washington Metro subway line in the nearby neighborhood of Tenleytown.
Notable alumni of American University include journalist David Gregory, journalist Neil Cavuto, President and COO of Goldman Sachs Gary Cohn, TV personality Judith Sheindlin "Judge Judy", Bahraini Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, former Prime Minister of Grenada Keith Mitchell, former US Senator Robert Byrd, author Max Brooks, TV personality Star Jones, actress America Ferrera, broadcaster David Aldridge, cryptographer Bruce Schneier, and former NBA player Kermit Washington.