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Reviews 1803 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I like my dorm a lot! I'm staying in Hughes, which was just remodeled, so it looks great.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: It's an expensive private school with or without a scholarship.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There is a TON to do in DC, and American is a really great distance from it all.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: It's not big, but Greek Life at AU is present and thriving.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: I've lived off-campus all along and I love it. You have to work a little extra hard to find a good place to live, but once you do, it's great to have that freedom.

4 College Senior

Academics: Lots of excellent professors, a variety of interesting courses and programs, and a very clear and intuitive application process.

4 College Senior

Academics: As a student in the film program, I'd say we're almost like our own little community. Once you've worked on a few projects together, you've bonded and struggled together and found friends for life.

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4 College Senior

Majors: It was difficult to get accepted, but then you feel all the more accomplished when you DO get in. Also, you end up with really hard-working, ambitious classmates.

5 College Senior

Majors: The film program at AU is fantastic and you learn so much to prepare for your future career.

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3 College Senior

Campus Dining: There aren't many options, and it's pretty expensive.

College Senior

Greek Life: I haven't noticed Greek life at all at AU, to be honest. I know it exists, but I never hear of it.

College Senior

Guys & Girls: Wait, I'm supposed to rate the looks and characteristics of the other students at AU? Is this high school? Stop being ridiculous.

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4 College Senior

Facilities: I've been a film student and we always had access to great facilities and equipment.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe on campus. There are incidents every now and then, but that's probably unavoidable.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: It's Washington, DC! You can find ANY kind of food you want.

4 College Senior

Diversity: There are lots of international students, and the university is openly very LGBTQ-friendly.

3 College Senior

Athletics: I don't attend many many sports events, but others seem to like it very much and talk about it a lot.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: People who are interested in sports participate and have support but it doesn't really go beyond that.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Everything is out of the way and closes early.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: It's the capital so there's some expectation

3 College Freshman

Athletics: not everyone is interested in sport

4 College Junior

Majors: There are a ton of internship opportunities in and around DC. Most are unpaid though, so that can make it difficult if you can't afford to work for free 20 hours a week.

4 College Junior

Academics: Depending on the school, some academic programs/professors are more reputable than others. Overall the work load is heavy, but you learn a lot.

5 College Junior

Academics: SIS has wonderful professors, facilities, and services. The workload can be a lot, but you learn a lot in return.


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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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