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Reviews 1670 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Student

Facilities: TDR isn't that great but everything else is awesome!

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: You can find anything and everything in the DC area.

5 College Junior

Transportation: There is a lot of public transportation. Metro and cabs can get you all over the city. There are a few close airports. Parking is a little expensive if you bring a car but worth it. There is a bus that can take you from campus to the closest metro stop and it is convenient.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I have not had any safety problems on campus but I know that it can happen. I think the security does their best. It is a metro area so crime in the area is a given.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: I don't really notice drug use/safety but I don't live on campus. It is a metro area so the availability of drugs is a given.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: I haven't had any problems with "strictness" but I don't live on campus.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: If you can afford to live off campus it is worth it. I live off campus with relatives so it doesn't cost me extra. Off campus housing can get very expensive but so is on campus.

3 College Junior

Weather: DC has four seasons. The winter gets cold and snowy and the summer gets hot and sweaty - fall and spring are great. I enjoy having four seasons and I never let the weather get in the way of my plans.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: AU is in a metro area with a lot of off campus options that are easily accessible. Anyone who thinks otherwise hasn't done their research.

4 College Junior

Majors: You can't come in with a major but you can declare after a semester. I did not have any trouble declaring and found that, as long as you are proactive, faculty are willing to help. I found the admissions process self explanatory and the admissions staff helpful.

4 College Junior

Majors: I recently switched from the Psychology program to the Law program. I think they psychology program is underrepresented and some of the psych facilities are being taken away. Most of the psych faculty was great, experienced, and helpful, but there are always those who are uninterested in students. I don't have much experience in the law program but I know it has a good reputation.

4 College Junior

Athletics: I am not involved in any varsity sports or intramural/club sports but I do use the athletic facilities and I think they are excellent. I also have friends who participate in sports and they have enjoyed their experience at AU.

4 College Junior

Academics: As long as students reach out to the appropriate academic faculty for various issues they should have no problem seeking appropriate help. If students don't take action themselves they can find themselves lost. I've learned that you have to be proactive and be your own advocate and you will succeed at AU.

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.


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Jesse MacDonald
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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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