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Washington, DC
Undergrads
6,970
Tuition
$39,499
Admission Difficulty
Average
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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.

3 College Freshman

Computers: You definitely don't need a computer on campus but it is certainly much more convenient to have one.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: American University is two blocks away from the metro stop, but for some reason the shuttle takes about thirty minutes to get there. The problem is that the University is sitting in the middle of a residential town, and so you really need to get fifteen minutes off campus in order to do anything fun.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are alright and have a lot more storage space than I've seen with some of my friends at other schools. If you get put on a weird floor though you're basically screwed- that makes or beaks a freshman experience.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: There is most definitely diversity, but that doesn't mean people necessarily "mix." People tend to hang with their own so you don't necessarily get anything out of it. Also, nearly every other male here is gay, and all the one's who aren't take so much pride in the fact that they are straight and use it to be assholes. While it is one of the most politically active campuses, everyone is liberal (and though I am too) there is a lack of informed, political conversations going on when we're all so right winged.

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2 College Freshman

Nightlife: The only parties that are accessible are frats, and even those you have to go off campus for. Nothing is close by!

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4 College Freshman

Nightlife: DC has lots of clubs and fun places to explore with friends.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek can be a big part of your AU experience if you want it to be.

2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Too expensive. The housing and dining program at AU is inefficient and ineffective.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: If you are taking precautions, you'll be fine.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Everyone is very accepting. There is not a lot of ethnic diversity.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: AU is in one of the safest neighborhoods in DC.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The people who end up at AU vary. Everyone's very nice and somewhat boring.

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Jesse MacDonald
Hometown
Brooklyn
Major
Law & Society
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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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