American University of Sharjah

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Fast Facts - Fall 2016

American University of Sharjah (AUS) was founded in 1997 by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, 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.

Fall 2016 Top Ten Nationalities of all AUS Students

Fall 2016 top ten nationalities

Fall 2016 Student Enrollment

Fall 2016 student enrollment

Total Fall 2016 enrollment: 6,002
*College of Arts and Sciences includes 5 post undergraduate transient students

Fall 2016 Enrollment Head Count
Undergraduate* 5,402
Graduate 429
Total 5,831
Achievement Academy 171
Total Fall AUS Enrollment 6,002

*Fall 2016 undergraduate headcount includes 5 post undergraduate transient students.

Fall 2016 Undergraduate Student Information

Average high school GPA of Fall 2016 freshman class 92.3%
Average TOEFL score 576
Average IELTS score 6.81
Gender of all students
Female 50.4%
Male 49.6%
Undergraduate Class Size
Headcount Enrollment 1-9 10-19 20-29
Number of Sections
48 257 478 229 6 5 21 1,044
Average class size = 25.0
Median class size = 23.5
Most common section size = 23

Campus Life

Percentage of Female Students Living on Campus 37.2%
Percentage of Male Students Living on Campus 34.7%
Percentage of Students Living on Campus 35.9%
  • AUS has 25 sports teams: 16 for men and 9 for women.
  • AUS has 86 student clubs: 35 cultural clubs and 51 non-cultural clubs.
  • 440 students participated in community service.
  • AUS has 317 students working on campus.
  • 540 students are active in the Student Multicultural Learning Program.

About Our Faculty

Fall 2016 full time faculty

  • There are 374 full-time undergraduate/graduate faculty and 13 AABP faculty     
  • Approximately 91.7% of full-time faculty hold a terminal degree.             
  • Approximately 48.7% of full-time faculty are US or Canadian citizens.     
  • 90.5% of undergraduate/graduate teaching faculty in Fall 2016 are full-time
  • 47 nationalities are represented among the faculty.  

About Our Alumni

Fall 2016 top ten alumni nationalities

Total number of alumni nationalities: 101

As of Fall 2016 AUS has awarded 10,732 bachelor degrees and 1,317 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 and Graduation Information for New Undergraduate Students (Cohorts Fall 2004 - Fall 2016)


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-retained 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.