Shorelight helps international students attend top universities in the U.S.
Shorelight helps international students attend top universities in the U.S.

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American Collegiate DC

Shorelight Partner Universities

American Collegiate DC is an elite first-year transfer program hosted by renowned American University. ACDC offers a rigorous preparatory environment with the goal of transferring you to a top US or world university.

  • Top 100 National UniversityU.S. News & World Report, 2020
  • #63 Research UniversityForbes, 2019



American Collegiate DC offers 65+ courses of study, including business, international relations, and communications. All courses are taught by American University faculty.

Life in Washington, DC

The capital of the United States, Washington, DC, is known for American history, international politics, and diverse arts and cultural offerings.



Important Dates

Spring 2021

Application Deadline

December 1, 2020

Payment Deadline

December 30, 2020

Move-in Date

January 13, 2021

Program Start

January 13, 2021

Tuition & Cost

Tuition, housing, dining, and other fees vary by degree program, housing location, and preferences. Shorelight Signature Student Experience services — including visa help and career services — are included with tuition.


Typical cost for two semesters











Typical housing fees for one academic year. See all housing options below.

Housing prices vary based on room choice, amenities, and program track. Your preference is taken into account, but preferred pick is not guaranteed.

How To Apply

We offer a streamlined application process for international students.

  1. Complete your application

    Our advisors walk you through everything you need – transcripts, English scores, passport & more.

  2. Submit additional documentation

    Once you receive a final admission letter, you will need to submit your I-20 request form, certification of finances, and other paperwork.

  3. Apply for your F-1 student visa

    Our staff guides you through the visa application process and helps you prepare for your visa interview, too.

Academic Requirements

Entry requirements vary by program track and graduate level. Please contact an advisor for more detail.

Shorelight - Who We Are

As international student experience experts, we bring students to US schools—or connect top US programs with students abroad. Here's how:

Signature Student Experience
Out education counselors and campus teams guide students to success, from application to graduation.
Career Services
We connect students to internships, alumni networks, and career opportunities around the world.
Innovative Live technology
Our award-nominated digital classroom experience brings real-time instruction to students anywhere.
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American Collegiate DC


  • Top 100 National University
  • 14,311 total enrollment
  • 13% international students
  • Diverse international city

American Collegiate at American University

There are 3 months left to apply.

Deadline March 29, 2021