American University of Sharjah

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Fast Facts - Spring 2016

American University of Sharjah (AUS) was founded in 1997 by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qassimi, Member of the Supreme Council of the UAE and Ruler of Sharjah, who envisioned the university as a leading educational institution in the Gulf region. American University of Sharjah is an independent, not-for-profit coeducational institution. Consciously based upon American institutions of higher education, AUS is thoroughly grounded in Arab culture and is part of a larger process of the revitalization of intellectual life in the Middle East. AUS is a leading comprehensive coeducational university in the Gulf, serving students from the region and around the world.

Spring 2016 Top Ten Nationalities of all AUS Students.

spring 2016 top ten nationalities

Spring 2016 Student Enrollment

spring 2016 student enrollment

Total Spring 2016 enrollment: 5,740
*College of Arts and Sciences includes 11 post-baccalaureate transient students

Spring 2016 Enrollment Head Count
Undergraduate* 5,221
Graduate 418
Total 5,639
Achievement Academy 101
Total Spring AUS Enrollment 5,740

*College of Arts and Sciences includes 11 post-baccalaureate transient students

Spring 2016 Undergraduate Student Information

Average high school GPA of Spring 2016 freshman class 92.5%
Average TOEFL score 575
Average IELTS score 7.0
Gender of all students
Female50 50.50%
Male49 49.50%
Undergraduate Class Size
Headcount Enrollment 1-9 10-19 20-29
Number of Sections
58 262 479 204 12 7 24 1046
Average class size = 24.3
Most common section size = 23
Median section size = 20

Campus Life

Percentage of Female Students Living on Campus 38.7%
Percentage of Male Students Living on Campus 35.6%
Percentage of Students Living on Campus 37.2%
  • AUS has 25 sports teams: 16 for males and 9 for females
  • 440 students participated in community service
  • AUS has 80 student clubs: 32 cultural clubs and 48 non-cultural clubs
  • AUS has 552 students working on campus
  • 610 students are active in the Student Multicultural Learning Program

About Our Faculty

spring 2016 full time faculty

  • There are 371 full-time undergraduate/graduate faculty and 12 AABP faculty     
  • Approximately 89% of full-time faculty hold a terminal degree             
  • Approximately 48% of full-time faculty are US or Canadian citizens    
  • 92.8% of undergraduate/graduate teaching faculty in Spring 2016 are full-time
  • 47 nationalities are represented among the faculty  

About Our Alumni

spring 2016 top ten alumni nationalities

Total number of alumni nationalities: 100

As of Spring 2016 AUS has awarded 10,160 bachelor degrees and 1,220 master's degrees.

Below is the most recent information about where AUS Alumni are living.

Percentage of all alumni who live in the UAE 82.3%
Percentage of all alumni who live in Dubai 33.0%
Percentage of all alumni who live in Sharjah 26.3%
Percentage of all alumni who live in Abu Dhabi 16.5%

Overall AUS Retention & Graduation Information for New Undergraduate Students (Cohorts Fall 2004 - Fall 2015)

AUS Retention Graduation Fall 2015

Retention and Graduation for AUS is based on whether students are consecutively retained or graduate at AUS If the student is not consecutively enrolled from year to year, they are considered as non-retainded students.

1 Retention:  Calculated each year by the number of the ORIGINAL cohort number that are consecutively retained at AUS divided by the original cohort number (so it is essentially cumulative).

2 Graduation:  Calculated each year by taking the number of graduating students (from the original cohort) in a particular year and adding it to the previous year's number of graduating students and then divided by the ORIGINAL cohort number.