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Reviews 1784 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: It's not as important here as at big 10 schools

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: It's not as big as at other schools, but a great way to find a community

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: Aid is very difficult to get

4 College Freshman

Transportation: School shuttles are great, and public transit is easy to navigate but really expensive

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Campus claims to be dry and drug free, but isn't

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: DC is a great city for starting a career

College Freshman

Weather: Weather doesn't affect me, though the school calls "snow days" much too often.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There is no getting around the expense of living in DC

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Sound travels much too easily between rooms

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Not as much variety as Chicago, and a bit pricey, but options for every set of tastebuds

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: A lot of people go to fraternity parties and/or clubs on the weekends, but there is still a large amount of people who will stay on campus.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: A lot of people smoke weed, but the campus is working on cutting down on smoking areas around campus. A lot of students still partake, though.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: A lot of students complain about how the strength room was closed for non-Athlete students. While it is inconvenient to not have access to this room, the Cassell Fitness Center isn't a terrible alternative. The gyms at AU are more lenient about Olympic style lifts, so students have a decent amount of space for lifting. Some of the athletes act entitled to everything on campus, but ignoring them isn't hard.

3 College Freshman

Academics: I'm a health promotion major at AU. It isn't the most popular major, but it isn't terrible, especially if you want to focus on administration.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Housing on campus is decent, no one loves the dorms because they're dorms, but they aren't terrible. They're pretty spacious, actually. AU offers other forms of on campus housing, including suite style (Centennial and Cassell) as well as apartment style (Nebraska) dorms, which make on campus housing less of a pain. Everyone is currently raving about Cassell, but its only different from Centennial because its newer and provides a small living room space.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: I've never seen such a diverse body on a campus. A lot of people are open to hear about what others have to say and will openly listen. AU has a large international student population, so there are a lot of different opinions/cultures floating around campus.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are a few different ways students move off campus: most go to the Berkshire or Avalon apartments since they are down Massachusetts Ave., some venture out to apartments in Tenleytown or Foxhall Heights, and some find houses in Tenleytown. Most people move into the Birks/Av when they first move off campus because they are closer to campus and still provide a dorm-ish feel since most people who live in those complexes are students at AU. Houses in Tenley can be hard to come by since most Tenley residents do not trust AU students or the houses have been in the hands of frats for a while. In general, moving off campus isn't hard.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Officers here aren't too strict. They tend to be reactive in situations versus proactive, so they don't spend too much time poking around in student's lives. However, there's a strange pressure among AU students to attend class so most people never skip. Even my classes in lecture halls pass around an attendance sheet.

3 College Freshman

Weather: The weather in the mid-Atlantic is temperamental. It fluctuates a lot, which confuses a lot of students even though it isn't terrible. Don't come to DC for good weather, you won't find it.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: I live close to AU, so I can just take the shuttle from campus to Tenleytown and then just take the metro home.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: As a greek, I can say its just okay. A lot of people try to convince themselves that Greek life isn't important or is the whole world at AU, and neither are true. Greek life at American is what it is, it sometimes feels like a more inclusive club that helps people get to parties. A lot of my non-affiliated friends have noticed a shortage of open frat parties because of recruitment, but they can still find things to do. Alas, Greek life can impact a student at AU, but it doesn't have to.

2 College Freshman

Nightlife: Because the frats are away from campus, it can be hard to know find out about them, and sometimes the annoyance of getting back to campus isn't worth the mediocre alcohol and gross frat guys.

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5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: I love DC. So many great events and cool things to do. How can you get tired of monumenting?

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Many upperclassmen are forced to live off-campus due to a shortage of on-campus housing. From what I've heard, the Berks are horrible, but I know some people who have nice apartments fairly close to campus. Living in the nice dorms on campus is definitely ideal, but it may be better to live off-campus than on South side.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I'm an International Relations major and am considering a second major in either Russian Studies or History. I love it. I've taken some great courses as a freshman. The requirements seem horrible at first but my professors have been great and made me grateful for the requirements. My Russian class is going great and I'm chipping away at my gen eds. I have an internship with a nonprofit as a freshman and have amazing opportunities for things to do in the city.


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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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