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  • Robert F. Smith
    Frederick Smith (born December 1, 1962) is an American businessman, philanthropist, chemical engineer, and investor. He is the founder, chairman, and CEO of private equity firm Vista Equity Partners.
  • Janet Spencer Dougherty (1941 - 2020)
    Spencer Dougherty died on Thursday, April 9, 2020 in West Chester, PA at the age of 78. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend.Janet was born on 8/26/1941 in Providence, RI to ...
  • Alma Thomas (1891 - 1978)
    Woodsey Thomas (September 22, 1891 – February 24, 1978) was an African-American Expressionist painter and art educator best known for her colorful abstract paintings. She lived and worked primarily in ...
  • Sue Shelton White (1887 - 1943)
    Shelton White (May 25, 1887 – May 6, 1943), called Miss Sue, was a feminist leader originally from Henderson, Tennessee, who served as a national leader of the women's suffrage movement, member of the ...
  • Frances Elizabeth “Beth” Coe (1938 - 2017)
    . FRANCES ELIZABETH "BETH" COE, PhD, 78, born on February 23, 1938, passed away on January 12, 2017, in Oxford, MS. Beth is survived by her sons James L. Baber of Houston, TX, and Brendan P. Baber of K...


American University (AU or American) is a private research university in Washington, D.C., United States, affiliated with the United Methodist Church, although the university's curriculum is secular. The university was chartered by an Act of Congress on February 24, 1893 as "The American University," when the bill was approved by President Benjamin Harrison.

AU was named the most politically active school in the nation in The Princeton Review's annual survey of college students in 2008, 2010, and 2012. The university has six schools, including the School of International Service (SIS), currently ranked 8th in the world for its graduate programs and 9th in the world for its undergraduate program in International Affairs by Foreign Policy, and the Washington College of Law. As of 2016, roughly 7,710 undergraduate students and 5,230 graduate students are currently enrolled. The school has grown increasingly competitive in recent years, with a 25% acceptance rate for the Class of 2020 versus a 46% acceptance rate for the class of 2018.

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