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Reviews 1782 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Freshman

Majors: Most people like the programs they're in. A lot of people end up switching out of SIS, not because it's a bad program but because it's different than they expected. The only major I've heard bad things about is our Poli Sci major because it's really just an amalgamation of courses from other disciplines rather than a real Poli Sci program. The only programs that require special applications are the special 3-year programs and things like that, which can be competitive. It's important to keep in mind that the 3-year programs still charge 4 years of tuition, you're just on a fast track.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: SIS is pretty great in my opinion. I'm looking forward to possibly adding another major in History or Russian studies, and there is a lot of room to do that because of overlap across majors.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I have no interest in Greek life personally, so thankfully Greek life is not the epicenter of the AU social scene. It's not worth it to go Greek for most people because the frat houses aren't right next to campus, and under the DC brothel law sororities can't have their own house.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The only problem I have is that the shuttles sometimes operate very sporadically and sometimes the bus stops do as well. Otherwise, it's easy to get to the metro which is usually very reliable.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Most students don't come here for the athletics. School spirit isn't very important, but our sports teams are pretty good.

4 College Freshman

Academics: registration is pretty bad, but the teachers are fantastic and i like all the courses i've had so far

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3 College Freshman

Weather: similar to weather I'm used to in NJ

College Freshman

Athletics: Haven't attended any sports event yet

3 College Freshman

Transportation: I like the shuttles because it gets people from Tenley to campus. It might be better if there were some trips off campus, because there is a limit on places you can go with the shuttle.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It is a dry campus which is nice. But some kids still find a way to work around that rule.

4 College Freshman

Computers: The new McKinley computers are top notch which I love.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: In the heart of DC, there are many attractions and historical areas to look forward to.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: New facilities are continuing to appear.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: I enjoy the student life from the individuals, teachers, and class atmospheres.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Good school and good experiences.

College Freshman

Greek Life: Not a huge promoter of greek life

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: Money is not given out.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: If you enjoy the cold, American U is the place for you

College Freshman

Nightlife: Dont attend most of the nightlife events.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: campus rules are pretty lax in general.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Only a few options exist for quality foods.

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Nothing too special, but a good co-ed atmosphere

College Freshman

Parking: Don't have a car so I am very unsure.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Sometimes, the campus feels a bit unsafe with all the incidents around the school.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There is only one main dining hall and it closes at 9 on weekdays and 8 on weekends. The food options are quite average and don't really change up that often. But if you get creative with your meals it can turn out pretty great. They just added elevation burger, Freshi (Salads, wraps and bowls), Bene (Pizza & Pasta) and Global Fresh (A variety of globally inspired food, eg. Korean Kim-chi/ Kim Bap, Crepes, Spanish dishes etc). There is also a Subway and convenient store. Two coffee shops are on campus, one being Startbucks and the other is The Davenport Coffee Lounge (which is so great and home-y feeling... not to mention the great drinks and food available).


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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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