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Reviews 1784 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Freshman

Nightlife: First semester is great for freshmen. Welcome Week, the time when students move in and haven't started classes, is an amazing time. It's easy to try out all the frats because they give rides from LA Quad, in front of the south side dorms. The entire semester frats have open parties. It's a great way to find out which frats (and the girls that attend them) you click with. As the semester progresses, these relationships will form into great friendships but keep in mind the idea of "dirty rushing," when Greeks try and recruit you to their chapter before formal rush. Second semester becomes mostly closed parties/mixers between frats and sororities. The club scene usually takes over Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday nights, depending on where you find yourself in the cliquey AU social scene. Fakes aren't usually a problem. Older kids are usually kind enough to pass back their IDs, but definitely be wise about where you're partying and how you're getting in.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Safely on campus is great, there are public safety officer who patrol campus constantly and call boxes throughout campus if you need assistance.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: The nightlife is what you make of it, there are countless parties almost every weekend on campus, from fraternities, clubs in DC, events on campus, Euro night which is a party at the French embassy. The metro makes it easy to go and get from places, and it's simple and reliable.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics are not as exciting as some of the other big schools, but a fair number of support is giving to the varsity teams. The teams have done well over the years and you can see that each year the support for varsity sport grows.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The atmosphere in Washington DC where American University is located is great. There is so much to do, as residents of DC we take advantage of the historic city, from the monuments to the museums and the white house. we live in the nation's capital.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Campus strictness is as lenient as you would find on any other campus. Violators are also given warning before consequences.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The academics at American University is great, from the curriculum to the professor and a balanced workload where you as the student can choose how much workload you can take and set your schedule up in accordance. The professor go out of their ways to help too.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: American University is a very diverse campus, with a vast number of international students from all over the world.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: I just filled out the FAFSA and got my aid. Although I'm missing money and I need to find a scholarship.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Metro rail, metro bus is available. The shuttles run constantly. There are different parking lots and garages available at an standard cost.

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5 College Junior

Majors: I'm pursuing an MA in Producing for Film and Video. This is real film school, not like other programs in small institutes. The professors are academically and professionally experienced at a very high level. The program motivates students to become real film producers. The options for networking are great. There are many opportunities for mentorships, and internships.

4 College Junior

Majors: The admission process is easy as long as you have a good essay about why you want to be a film producer. Writing skills are decisive. It takes some time to get a response about your acceptance to the program. And, the reason for it is that the committee has to evaluate if you fit in with a selective group of applicants.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The bus system is extraordinarily handy at getting to the metro station near campus.

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2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: It's very difficult to get large scholarships on campus, though the school is willing to give out smaller scholarships while directing students to consider personal loans.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Basketball is the number one most followed sport on campus, but when it's not on no-one really follows sports.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: As a science major it's somewhat of a difficult experience from time to time. However, the level at which the school is willing to help its students is above and beyond reproach.

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3 College Sophomore

Computers: EagleSecure is the internet server that has definitely gotten better as the years go on. There are some glitches that are frustrating, but wi-fi is accessible anywhere on campus - both inside and outside.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: It depends on the situation and for the most part, who your floor leader is. As long as you're respectful of those around you there should never be any problems.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm part of two fraternities on campus and it's been the greatest choice of my life. Everyone loves greek life for both the on campus and off campus activities.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Sure some people smoke pot, but that's to be expected. As for actual use on campus - it's non existent.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There is always something going on all day, every day. It's one of the many perks of being so close to downtown.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: There's a ton of diversity. So much so that it was the one of the main reasons I chose to go here.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: They're on point every time, all the time.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The newer dorm buildings are the places to get.

5 College Freshman

Academics: I love the small classes, and the opportunity to establish relationships with teachers


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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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