Association of American Universities

Association of American Universities is abbreviated as AAU. The AAU is the nation’s premiere association of research universities both public and private. The membership is based on a set of metrics and may be even more importantly, existing members recognizing your achievements and voting you in. It comprises of 64 universities in the United States (both public as well as private) and two universities in Canada. Being an AAU member means we are among the most research active universities in the country and they should all take proud in it. This is going to result in us being able to accelerate the brightest and most capable minds that we are able to attract the university. In this article, you will go through Association of American Universities in detail.

 1   Association of American Universities Organization

The Association of American Universities Organization was established on 28 February, 1900 in United States through a group of 14 Doctor of Philosophy degree granting universities to standardize doctoral programs in America. American universities beginning with Johns Hopkins University in 1876 by adopting the intensive research German model of higher education. The presidents of different universities like Harvard University, Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University, University of California and University of Chicago sent a invitation letter to nine other universities like Catholic University of America, Clark University, Princeton University, Cornell University, Stanford University, University of Wisconsin, University of Pennsylvania, Yale University and University of Michigan to meet in February 1900 at Chicago to promote and elevate standards. The members of AAU elected first chairman as David Starr Jordan and association’s first president as Charles William Eliot.

The main purpose of organization is to offer a forum for the establishment and implementation of institutional policies for higher education, science and innovation to promote undergraduate and graduate education and also strengthens the contributions of leading research universities.

Below you will find a list of universities and colleges (public and private) that are in Association of American Universities

Public Colleges or Universities in United States Private Colleges or Universities in United States
University of Arizona

University of Buffalo

University of California, Berkeley

University of California, Davis

University of California, Irvine

University of California, Los Angeles

University of California, San Diego

University of California, Santa Barbara

University of Colorado at Boulder

University of Florida

Georgia Institute of Technology

University of IIIinois at Urbana-Champaign

Indiana University

University of Lowa

Lowa State University

University of Kansas

McGill University (Canada)

University of Maryland

University of Michigan

Michigan State University

University of Minnesota

University of Missouri

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Ohio State University

University of Oregon

Pennsylvania State University

University of Pittsburgh

Purdue University

Rutgers University

Stony Brook University

University of Texas at Austin

Texas A&M University

University of Toronto (Canada)

University of Virginia

University of Washington

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Brandeis University

Brown University

California Institute of Technology

Carnegie Mellon University

Case Western Reserve University

University of Chicago

Columbia University

Cornell University

Duke University

Emory University

Harvard University

Johns Hopkins University

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

New York University

Northwestern University

University of Pennsylvania

Princeton University

Rice University

University of Rochester

University of Southern California

Stanford University

Tulane University

Vanderbilt University

Washington University in St. Louis

Yale University


2   Statistics of Association of American Universities

The members of Association of American Universities accounted for 58% of United States universities research grants and 52% of doctorates are awarded in United States. 43% of all Nobel Prize winners and 74% of winners at U.S. institutions have been affiliated with AAU university. Approximately two-thirds of American Academy of Science and Arts are also associated with an AAU university. The faculty members at AAU include 2,993 members of United States National Academics: National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Sciences and Institute of Medicine. Below you will find out a list of students awarded with different degrees

Undergraduate students 1,044,759
Undergraduate degree awarded 235,328
Graduate students 418,066
Master’s degree awarded 106,971
Professional degrees awarded 20,859
Doctorates awarded 22,747
Postdoctoral fellows 30,430
Students studying abroad 57,205
Achievement Scholars 5,434
Faculty 72,000

 Ancient and Current President of Association of American Universities

Name Year
Thomas A. Bartlett 1977 to 1982
Robert M. Rosenzweig 1983 to 1993
Cornelius J. Pings 1993 to 1998
Nils Hasselmo 1998 to 2006
Robert M. Berdahl 2006 to 2011
Hunter R. Rawlings III 2011 to 2016
Mary Sue Coleman 2016 to 2020
Barbara Synder 2020 – present

4   Membership of Association of American Universities

The assertive vote of three-fourths of current members is required for AAU membership by evaluating the expansion and quality of university programs of research, graduate and undergraduate education. The ranking of the member is done by keeping in mind four standards like percentage of faculty who are members of the National Academies, research spending, faculty awards as well as citations. All 66 U.S. members of AAU classified as Highest Research Activity Universities through Carnegie Classifications of Institutions of Higher Education.

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