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Washington, DC
Undergrads
6,970
Tuition
$39,499
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 1786 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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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.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: You will literally never not have somewhere to eat. There's everything from cheap to 5 star restaurants and a huge variety of ethnic options. Some are walkable, some you need to take the AU shuttle to, and others require the metro, but all in all DC is a great food city.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Sure there are a lot of international students and some ethnic/racial diversity. Economic diversity? Not so much. Most people are pretty well off, and you can tell. The student body tends to lean left politically.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of options right around campus, but they all cost so much it's practically robbery. Off campus housing is often cheaper than on campus housing, but still ridiculously expensive.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Varsity sports aren't given nearly enough credit here. Everyone is more concerned about themselves and their own ambitions to be huge sports supporters, which leads to a lack of school spirit. Hopefully things will be more spirited now that Men's Basketball made it so far this past year.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: You probably won't find America's Next Top Model here, but it's kind of one of those places where "looks aren't everything". Everyone is pretty ambitious and passionate, which are great qualities. Everyone is always well dressed, you're the odd one out if you wear sweatpants to class and aren't an athlete.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Overall, on campus dining is good. The quality of the food is far better than other universities and there is definitely a wide variety of options most of the time. Sometimes the dining hall isn't well stocked if you go during a non peak hour. Late night dining is pretty much nonexistent other than the Subway (which closes at 2am).

4 College Junior

Majors: Some programs are better here than others. If you want to major in the hard sciences or anything like engineering, AU might not be the place for you. On the other hand, there are some programs that are continuously ranked very high nationwide. If you're looking to major in IR, PoliSci, or Communications, it really doesn't get much better than American.

5 College Junior

Majors: There are a multitude of resources available to students in the School of International Service. SIS has many renowned professors, as well as one of the best academic buildings on campus as far as facilities go. The workload tends to be heavy, but the knowledge you come out with is worth it. Because American is in DC, internships for IR majors aren't hard to come by.

4 College Junior

Facilities: AU's campus is beautiful. The university is working hard to update and modernize academic buildings. Around campus, it's clear that being "green" is a major priority for the university. The library could be bigger, but overall facilities are pretty good.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: on campus housing is not available so u must live off campus but there are some really nice and cheap apartments that are on bur route and less then half mile from school

4 College Senior

Academics: there are some great teachers at my school. the teachers will go above and beyond to teach the unteachable.

3 College Senior

Academics: I am in the nursing program and its hard...anything worth have is. The body is way more complex then I ever realised and thanks to the great teachers and program I am learning more and more about the complexity that is me .everyday.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: I work at the restaurant right next to my school so I am able to eat for 50% off there so thats great. A lot of the kids from school will eat with me on long days so they can use my discount.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: people are people guys or girls their people I for one choose not to judge any one based on any aspect of them. I dont want to be judged so I wont be a judge . but I go to a small university so we are all very close ,we help each other when we can . we socialize a lot out side of school and since starting I have gained a lot of new friend s.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The process is very time consuming and the schools did not process my financial aid request in a timely manner.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are many off campus housing selections close to school.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: AU is in DC and there are so many things to see and do. Many are free.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The AU campus is beautiful and the quad is a great place to hang out when the weather is nice.

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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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