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Reviews 1657 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Senior

Computers: There are computers in the Library. There are also computers in the Media Centers for video and communications projects with programs such as finalcut pro.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I'm in the Spanish program and all of the Spanish professors I've had so far are very nice, understanding people who grade harshly but give good feedback. They are also very passionate about Spanish.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: As an African American coming from a predominately white town, I find this campus very diverse. There is every different kind of person here. I'm not the only person of color in my class anymore. The student body's and faculty's diversity is one of the best parts of AU.

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3 College Freshman

Computers: As much as I love to study in the library and I love the three 4 floors of different noise levels and I love the basement cafe, I don't like the printer station. There's only one. Printing wirelessly is difficult. It costs $00.10 a page. The worst part is that everyone's printing jobs get mixed up. You are suppose to check if every page is yours, but a lot of people don't and I have had my documents stolen. If you come here, definitely bring your own printer. It's much easier.

5 College Junior

Computers: AU's Library has plenty of desktops for students to use. There are also laptops available for rental. There is only one main printing station in the library but its only crowded ten minutes before a class starts. It isn't necessary for students to bring their own printer unless he/she plans on printing in color a lot. The wireless access is very good anywhere on campus.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The off campus dining is great because there are so many options to choose from. There are cheap or very expensive places with everything in between. Every ethnic food imaginable, with popular chains like chipotle and Starbucks everywhere. Close to campus there are many late night options that will deliver.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I have had mostly positive experiences with the housing so far. I love hanging out in lounge with my friends or going to the perch- a free coffee shop in our hall. The rooms are small but bigger then others ive seen. There is ample storage space and the bathrooms are cleaned daily.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: There is always something going on either on campus or in the city. There are a variety of options in regards to places to eat, hang out or study. I like the variety of events because it gives you something to look forward to after studying.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: The proximity to the city is nice, and public transportation allows for safe and easy rides. Most parties are at clubs or frats because the school is a dry campus.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The facilities are state of the art, including a major influence of environmental sustainability. The classes are taught by experts in the field and classes are generally small. Additionally, DC provides a unique and exciting opportunity for internships, networking and fun!

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: I've only seen people do drugs twice while at AU, so if you hang out with a crowd that likes to smoke pot, you are more likely to see it, but overall it is not a common activity

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1 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The student health center is terrible. I wen there on a Saturday said I needed to see someone told them is was urgent. Receptionist lady said I needed to wait till Monday or go to CVS. Other schools have 24 hour services when this when isn't even open on weekends.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Only a small percentage of students participate, but it is a vocal minority. Frats throw lots of parties.

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College Sophomore

Parking: I'm not sure. I am going to use public transportation. I know how DC is as it relates to parking, nightmare.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: I am a transfer student and this is my first semester. So far everyone I have come into contact with have been very nice and helpful. My counselor has made sure that I stay on track and take the classes that are required. He has shown a true interest. Once you are clear for registration the process itself is so easy. Class has not started yet but I am excited. The layout of the campus is nice and is nestled in an arboretum. This just adds to the atmosphere.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Present, but not too in your face. No on-campus housing for Greek organizations.

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: People come from all over the world to go to American University, as this school is very big on international studies. I have friends from Mexico, Spain, Iran, and Burma. The Kay Spiritual Life Center offers worship times and discussion groups for everyone's religion. Everyone is accepting of other people's views.

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2 College Sophomore

Parking: You have to pay to park on campus by the hour, unless you buy a full time student pass (both are expensive). There are three parking garages, under Katzen, SIS, and Centennial Residence Hall. There isn't really anywhere to park off campus.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: If you've lived on the east coast, you should know what to expect. The winters are cold and the summers are hot. It doesn't rain nearly as much as you would think, so there's no need for rain boots. When the weather is nice, everyone spends their whole day outside laying on the quad. Nothing better than relaxing outside with your friends.

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5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Washington, DC is a big city full of places to shop and dine down in Georgetown, clubs and nightlife downtown, conferences, rallies, and protests always happening on Capital Hill, and museums at the Smithsonian. You definitely won't have to worry about finding a new place to eat, there's a great selection. I love going to Pho 14 in Columbia Heights with my friends, it's just a metro ride away!

4 College Sophomore

Computers: There are computers available on both the first floor and basement of Bender Library. We have printers on every floor of the library, and the quick print station is reliable and easy to use when you're rushing to print out a paper before class. The network reliability is a little subpar due to the amount of students on campus, but is being reworked as of 2013. I recommend having a personal computer, however.

4 College Senior

Facilities: AU is working on renovating all the residence halls and has recently renovated the lockers at the sports center. They are also building a new area of campus, called East Campus, which will be done in the next few years. The SIS building is brand new and wonderful to study / work in.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: DC always has a wide variety of American and ethnic cusines. A lot of places also offer free delivery or delivery for $1-2, from typical fast food to Thai and Greek!

4 College Senior

Majors: It's failrly easy to declare a major, you just have to talk to an advisor within your department and make it clear why you want to declare. Talking with them about past classes you have taken in the subject helps.

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4 College Senior

Weather: DC weather is better than that of the rest of the northeast. We haven't had that much snow the past few years, there was even one winter when it didn;t snow at all! It warms up in the spring and fortunately the humidity doesn't kick in until school lets out for the summer.


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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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