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Reviews 1657 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Dry campus, so it can be hard for freshman to get involved, but it keeps the pressure down. We are also smoke free this year, we shall see how that goes.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Conservatively dressed (and nicely), and very liberal. Not a big dating scene.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The rooms are large with lots of built in storage, but the students hate it because thats the personality of the dorms.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: We don't have much involvement in sports, but the athletes say it's nice.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I fell very satisfied with my university. They are very supportive and have options open to those who seek them. They require you to work for it though.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: If you can get to it, the parties are nice. But they can be hard to access, the frats are off campus too.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: There is a ton of ways to become involved, but the AU atmosphere is geared to getting kids involved to get them off campus and involved in DC.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: AU doesn't have a united atmosphere, instead everyone is striving to become something more than the school it gives an environment of growth though, which is nice. I feel as if my dreams are supported by the university.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: As an incoming student, they do meet fafsa requirements for those who have good merit. However, don't change financial status while at school.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There is housing within walking distance, but its very expensive. However, you do get quite a nice place. The quality of life is very high in the Tenley/Glover area

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Not big on nightlife options, but there is tons to do, and because it's DC, everything is free

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Very liberal, lots of gays, lots of international, religious diversity present

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Limited because we are a small campus, but a decent variety.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Mediocre. Thinking of transferring after my freshman year.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: Once you get into Tenleytown, everything is VERY accessible. Of course, you have to account for the ten to thirty minute shuttle ride to actually get into Tenleytown.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: It's available for students that want it but it doesn't dominate the social scene.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food is okay but it is always the same thing. Not bad, just boring. Also, if you're hungry at 2am you're out of luck.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There isn't much crime on campus, I feel pretty safe walking alone at night.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Most people don't have a car, it's not needed in DC.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There are all types of girls, some very friendly, some very not. I've happened to meet more that are not.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drugs are relatively safe, however in my experience, the only thing safe about it is people obtaining drugs from "a guy they trust."

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I am not on financial aid, but I have heard that they tend to give a lot out and then take it away after a person's freshman year.

4 College Freshman

Weather: DC weather is pretty mild compared to where I'm from (the Northeast). The winters aren't that harsh, however the summers are HOT HOT HOT.

3 College Freshman

Academics: Depending on what you want to study it is a great school for International Studies, Political Science, and Communications. Having said that, maybe of its other programs are much more limited.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are only really two options people to go for off campus housing, and that's all that is needed for such a small school. The off-campus housing is okay, nothing wonderful but nothing terrible either.


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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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