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; 500-750 words on the following:
    • To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment – Ralph Waldo Emerson. 
      What is something about you that you would never change?

  • Complete a short essay question (500-750 words) on:
    • Our favorite hashtag is #LifeAtAUR.
      What do you imagine your life at AUR to be like?

  • 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