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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: If you want to take part in it, you can. If you don't want to, you don't have to.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: There's usually a frat party if you're looking for one, especially in the fall. Frat parties can be a great time but they get boring quickly. Less open parties in the spring, but you can still find one. Bars in DC are annoyingly strict with ID, clubs less so. Lots of 18+ nights at clubs, but they're usually not so great. Metro isn't open that late which is also annoying.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: As a freshman I was put into a forced triple in Anderson Hall. Was a bit tight for sure, but we ended up staying together anyway. The closets are bigger than most freshman dorms and you have a decent amount of space. Very big windows are nice. Cleanliness is the biggest problem. Though we've been lucky, most of my friends have had mice or rats in their dorms, and we've had them in our floor lounge. The bathrooms are usually pretty gross as well. Next year I'll be living in a 6 person suite in Cassell which is one of the nicer dorms on campus. Overall I think housing is pretty great here, but cleanliness was a big issue for me.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: American University is one of the most accepting places I've ever been, and I'm coming from NYC. The school is incredibly supportive of LGBTQ* rights and is constantly supporting inclusion and safety for everyone on campus.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Feel very safe on campus, always comfortable walking alone, even at night. There's been a few incidents here and there, but its rare you hear of anything alarming happening. Student health center is a joke, they'll charge you $30 to tell you that you have a cold.

3 College Freshman

Weather: This year's weather has been pretty extreme. We've had like 7 snow days, which is pretty rare for DC. The school shuts pretty easily (I'm not complaining) so we've missed a lot of classes this semester. Spring time is pretty beautiful. It can get verrrrrry hot in August when you start school.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Shuttle is free, and runs to tenley every ten minutes or so, which is pretty convenient. The metro can get you virtually anywhere you need to go. Most people have an uber account which is pretty convenient.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Lots of internships are available in DC. The career center is happy to help, and you'll have lots of opportunities.

4 College Freshman

Majors: The International Relations program is excellent. To be honest, if you aren't in SIS or CAS i'm not sure why you would come here.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Most off campus dining is in tenleytown. You have panera, starbucks, whole foods, chipotle, z burger, mcdonalds. Theres a decent amount of options, but it is a bit of a hike to get there and it can get repetitive. Nothing stays open very late.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Most move to off campus housing by junior year. You have the berks and the greenbriar as the most popular options, both are okay.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Well this semester has been extremely bi-polar. We have had about 8 snow days, so it has completely thrown off all my classes. Generally the spring is beautiful and people will be outside on the quad doing homework and hanging out.

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: Being a cheerleader, I can say the school spirit at American University is horrible. The only time I have seen school spirit is when the men's basketball team went to NCAA this year.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Living off campus is extremely expensive. Most people tend to get apartments and share rooms with people, basically living in a dorm again but having their own kitchen and bathroom. The apartments around AU are okay, but can be hard to get into.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: You truly only see the drug/alcohol scene at frat parties. Yeah, people pregame in their dorms, but it i not as excess as people think. As for the drug use, people are smart about it. They go to surrounding areas off campus to handle their business.

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3 College Sophomore

Computers: AU's internet eagle secure can be very inconsistent sometimes. There are numerous places on campus where you can print, and there is a separate printing section on your ID card.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: American University is a mile away from the Tenleytown metro, and a few miles away from the city. It is a perfect get away. AU is right smack in the middle of a suburban neighborhood. Homeland Security is right across the street, which makes us the safest campus obviously.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I'd have to say AU is most strict about alcohol/ drugs in the dorms. A fair amount of people get caught every year with such substances. Another thing is if a person gets transported.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There are a handful of people who are club goers, and have tight relationships with owners and such. You seem them at the clubs at VIP tables poppin bottles. Then there are the typical frat parties. Fall semester specifically, because freshman are not yet in greek life, is an interesting time for parties.Most frat houses are relatively far from campus, so you have to wait in a crowd of people by the dorms to get rides form frat brothers.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I am a Political Science major, therefore American University is the best school for me. My program does not have any difficult or abnormal processes for admission. The professors are top-notch and know what they are teaching.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: The School of Public Affairs is a great program for politically determined individuals. There are countless internship and jobs opportunities presented through the program.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The rooms are fairly small, and some people are put into triples when it is meant as a double. There are community bathrooms, which is not the end of the world; you get used to it. Personally, I think housing is a bit expensive, but the whole school is expensive. On the bright side, housing is conveniently located on our small campus. Walking to classes takes about five to ten minutes.

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3 College Junior

Overall Experience: I've had a good experience at AU so far and I would attribute that to my involvement in Greek life. If you're not involved in athletics, a club, or organization you may lose your way and have a hard time fitting in here. Students are very involved at AU and there are a lot of options to get involved but many students transfer because of the heavy workload, cost of living, and uniqueness. AU is very unique in that student are extremely career driven, opinionated and smart. I love my sorority and the friends I have found within Greek life, but if I wasn't a part of greek life I would have transferred. It is essential to find something you enjoy doing here at AU, whether that be greek life, intramural sports, student government or clubs. AU has great opportunities in DC, and is great due to it's college-town feel and closeness to downtown DC.

2 College Junior

Parking: Parking is horrible, the enforcement is way too strict. You pay $400 for a parking pass or get ticketed for running 5 minutes over your allotted time. There is only parking in Nebraska lot or Katzen if you're lucky. You don't need a car on campus, but if you hate public transportation like me, then it's a plus. I have babysat for several families in the DC community and they often give you a 'babysitting car' to take home which is awesome!

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Definitely more girls than guys on campus, and a large Gay/Lesbian presence here at AU. Guys generally fall into four categories: gay, hipster, geeky, or fratty. AU goggles is real and refers to the fact that many guys are alright looking but often considered 'hot' due to the lack of good looking guys on campus and as a result get a huge head and become very douchey. I'm a girl in greek life and consider the best looking guys as non-greek and athletes! Rugby, soccer, and basketball among the best. For girls- we're alright, incoming classes have been getting better-looking. "top three" sororities are among the best looking here at AU, as well as athletes.

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Many students agree that there is something for everyone at AU, and they are rarely ever bored. Though the school’s population is relatively small and has fewer parties compared to state schools, many claim that it is worth it to be in D.C. and the surrounding area. 

Upon arrival at AU, the adjustment period can be tough for people not accustomed to an urban setting. However, making friends is quite easy, and even the shyest students will be able to integrate themselves into the small, tight-knit AU community. For the most part, students have no problem expressing themselves socially or academically. It seems that a “work hard, play hard” philosophy best suits the students at American University.

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