Location
Washington, DC
Undergrads
6,970
Tuition
$39,499
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 1782 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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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.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The dining is exactly what you'd expect for a college.

3 College Freshman

Academics: The CS program here is weak. The internship opportunities are incredible.

3 College Freshman

Academics: Sometimes you get a good professor, sometimes you don't.

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2 College Freshman

Athletics: There is not school spirit at AU. The teams are not worth cheering for. The facilities are not big enough for the whole student body to use.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The apartment buildings near campus are very nice and cheap if you have roommates.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Permits are extraordinarily high. It dissuades students from bringing a car, and DC is known for its outrageous ticketing.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Most students after their first or second year move off campus and choose to move to the Berkshire Residentials, a local apartment complex. It is sort of extended student housing, to the point that the school even rents apartments from the facility so they can be considered campus housing (which comes fully furnished). Most students opt out of this option and decide to deal with their housing separate from the university. The pros: gas/electric included, within a 5 minute walk to campus, large student population living there, being away from AU's "dry campus." Cons: Expensive -- due to the student rush for housing, local areas are able to boost up the prices which are not comparable to how the apartment looks. The apartment is slightly known for its cockroach problem, but there is a convenience store in the basement that is, while expensive, convenient. The apartment will spray for bugs upon request, and they're pretty good about it. It just depends on where in the building you are placed.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I would choose to go to American if I could do it again. Of course I wish there were little things I could change but overall it's been a great experience.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Pretty great apartments and housing at reasonable pricing for DC living.

4 College Sophomore

Parking: It's fine, average, safe and available.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Pretty standard, less like a jail cell and more like a residents hall, great community, pretty clean and standard for living/socializing.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: More girls than guys, great if you are a guy looking for girls, okay if you are a girl looking for guys. There is a range of really attractive to really not attractive on both sides and the diversity of students on campus reflects a diversity in personalities as well.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Great campus, plenty of activities/ organizations for students to get involved in.

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Jesse MacDonald
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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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