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Reviews 1748 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Some of the food has made me sick, but otherwise its okay.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It's expensive, but freshman dorm life is a way to meet some of your best friends and have some of the best nights, even in the dorms.

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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I always feel safe on campus. Always.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: TDR has its good and bad days. Freshii seems good until you realize they're always out of half the ingredients and they take at least 25 minutes to get your salad ready. Global Fresh makes everyone sick. Megabytes was infested with rats. Ward Cafe and The Dav are great.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: AU campus safety takes things seriously, but sometimes it's actually necessary that they do. Other times it's a bother. But I suppose it's better safe than sorry.

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5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: If you're in it, it's great. If you're not, no one really looks at you any differently.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The people that work at AU that aren't professors are sometimes unpleasant, but often funny and kind. There is the whole exconvict rumor about them. A lot of the classrooms are small and gross, but some of them are crazy nice.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: With the exception of the lack of school spirit, campus life is great. Especially spring semesters.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: AU tries too hard to be diverse.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Easy to get an internship if you look. Easy to change your major. Advisors aren't always very committed and often it's tricky to get the classes you want, but there's always a way to get it to work for you.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Flexible requirements once you get past the university standards. Awesome connections in the school.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Expensive and tedious to deal with, but worth not worrying about the dry campus and awful food and RA's and all those housing and dining fees.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: It really depends on your group of friends. AU attracts some snobby people, some oddballs who have themselves on a pedestal (wonks), and some really great people. Generally, all AU students care about much more than partying and studying. Most are very future-oriented, almost everyone works or interns for at least a year during their time at AU, and everyone is very passionate and outspoken about something.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: There are no Greek houses on campus so all parties are off-campus. It makes them difficult to go to, but most students find a way if they want to go. However, there is a big presence as there is always a Greek life event.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Don't go to the student health service. It's a waste of your time and money. You are practically paying for a pass to let you out of class.

I feel incredibly safe on my campus and believe many students do as well.

4 College Senior

Academics: Most professors are great but there are some bad eggs, just like every other school. The school is pushing research as a way to increase the university's rating. Study areas are plentiful including the library, School of International Service Building and Ward Circle Building. Workload depends on the teacher and class.

4 College Senior

Academics: Being a journalism major offers incredible internship opportunities and great professors (mostly). Psychology offers great classes and incredibly smart professors, some who lead the way in the field.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: It's D.C. There are plenty of options. It's just expensive so most students do not eat out very often.

1 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: It's D.C. Parking doesn't exist. However, landlords are reasonable and there are plenty of options within walking distance of AU.

5 College Senior

Majors: Getting into the program is incredibly easy. You register with a major or you declare a major by filling out a form on the school's website. If you need help, the advisers are readily available to help.

4 College Senior

Majors: There have been so many opportunities with my journalism major. Less so with psychology but only because I did not actively pursue them. As for the curriculum, I'm not thrilled with the journalism major's because many of the classes seem irrelevant. However I love the psychology major.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: It's easy to get to everywhere from the dorms because AU is a whole 15-minute walk from one side to the next. However, on campus living is insanely expensive. And when things break, they don't get fixed.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I love AU for the opportunities it provides and the friends I made. I do not like the administration.

2 College Senior

Athletics: School spirit doesn't exist at AU. The only time I have seen people get excited is when we went to March Madness.

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Dress as your best is definitely the motto at AU. Students intern so a student in business clothes is the norm at AU. As for social life, while AU is a dry campus, parties happen off campus frequently. Students drink often, but if you are not into drinking, there is plenty to do.


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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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