As a Freshman at The American University of Rome, you will join international students from around the world. We work hard to ensure that your university experience is rewarding and innovative. Freshmen are grouped together in (optional) housing and everyone takes the First Year Seminar which teaches you how to adjust to university life in Rome.

When you’re ready to start on your road to Rome, here's what you'll need to do.

Freshman Application Checklist

  • Submit an application either through Common App or via our own online application form.
  • Complete your personal statement; 250-500 words on the following:
    • The American University of Rome prepares students to live and work across cultures as skilled and knowledgeable citizens of an interconnected and ever-changing world. AUR is home to a highly diverse student body of roughly 500 students representing over forty countries. In reflection of this eclectic student body, students bring to the table a diversity in perspective that contributes and enriches our classrooms and campus.
      Tell us how your personality and experience will contribute to our rich student body. We want to know: Why are you AUR?
  • Complete two short essay questions (150-250 words each). Choose two of the following four topics as your questions:
    • In Dante’s Divine Comedy Ulysses says to his companions: “you were not made to live like brutes or beasts / but to pursue virtue and knowledge.” (Inferno XXVI).
      How might this statement relate to you?
    • “You must read, you must persevere, you must sit up nights, you must inquire, and exert the utmost power of your mind. If one way does not lead to the desired meaning, take another; if obstacles arise, then still another; until, if your strength holds out, you will find that clear which at first looked dark.” (Giovanni Boccaccio, author of The Decameron).
      Give some examples of experiences where you “exerted the utmost power of your mind” so that something “which at first looked dark” became clear to you.
    • The ancient Romans said: “Carpe diem!” (Seize the day).
      What does this statement mean to you in your own pursuit of life and learning?
    • Luigi Pirandello said, “It is so! (If you think so!).” 
      In the AUR classroom you will find students of 50 nationalities, from around the world. Give an example when a thought or belief of yours was challenged by a peer from another culture. What did you learn from this experience?
  • Submit your official high school transcripts (if applicable).
  • Send us details of at least one academic recommendation. This could be from your school principal, a guidance counselor, teacher or professor.
  • Send us your official SAT or ACT results (for high school students graduating from the U.S. high school system this is an optional requirement).
  • Send us a copy of your valid passport.

Applicants whose native language is not English, (unless they have been attending an English speaking school/university for at least 3 years) will need to supply an official TOEFL score or IELTS English language proficiency examination result.

All documents must be original and sent from their original source.

The Admissions Office will contact you for an interview once a completed application has been submitted and all supporting documents have been received. Interviews may be conducted face-to-face, on the phone or via video conferencing.

Application materials should be sent through our online application system or via email to or by regular mail to:

The American University of Rome
Attn: The Admissions Office
Via Pietro Roselli 4
00153 Rome, Italy

Note: If all your supporting documents are not ready when first submitting your application, we will send you a link to upload outstanding materials.


Inquiries should be directed to The Admissions Office at

The American University of Rome’s Admissions Office reserves the right to request additional items in order to complete the application process.

  See our Application F.A.Q. for supporting information