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Washington, DC
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6,970
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$39,499
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Average
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3 College Junior

Campus Dining: TDR is okay but gets old really fast. The variety and menu is fairly the same, but if you are creative with your choices you'll do fine. Best places to eat on campus are Freshii, Elevation Burger, Global Fresh and Megabytes. All on campus dining take dining dollars and eagle bucks if you don't have meal swipes. You don't need a meal plan but if you are on campus all day, a 75 block program is great because you can run into Freshii or Einsteins and get a meal or use you're dining dollars at Megabytes to grab a sandwhich or coffee.

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4 College Junior

Academics: Academics is great, professors and TAs are very involved in office hours, holding study sessions and generally caring about their students.

5 College Junior

Majors: Lots of internship opportunities here at AU, and great career center/events to help you find them. Mostly unpaid, but you can get paid internships if you work hard or seek out them. It's odd at AU if you haven't had at least 1-2 internships within your college career. I am a junior, and applying for an internship at the National Zoo which is a great opportunity, and I work as a babysitter for a local family. I am a junior and all of my friends have had 3-5 internships while here in DC, both during the school year and summer.

3 College Junior

Majors: I'm okay with my major program as a pre-vet/Anthro student. There is not a lot of great support in the hard sciences, as well as anthro department. If you're an International Studies major, Communications or Business student you are at the right place! Lots of on campus support, classes, and internship opportunities. But if you're in a smaller major department it can be harder to find internships and the right classes.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Always feel safe on campus, and you can find plenty of campus police around if you need it.

2 College Junior

Scholarships: Financial aid is horrible, and AU doesn't give you much to work with. Very expensive school and you can only go here if you are rich, have lots of scholarship money, or don't mind being in debt for the rest of your post-grad life.

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5 College Junior

Nightlife: Nightlife is so much fun in DC, while frat parties are great if you like sweaty people and playing drinking games. Lots of great bars and clubs in DC if you're 21 and over in Adams Morgan, Dupont or Georgetown. Underage nightlife is also great as there are lots of 18+ clubs around DC that frats and clubs often host. Frat parties are fun for awhile, but get old once you realize how sweaty and warm the beer is. Transportation is no problem whether it be frats shuttling you to their parties, or taking a taxi/metro to Adams Morgan to go to Brass Monkey.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: AU Campus Housing has gotten a lot better within the past two years. They have newly renovated Anderson Hall, Letts, and added a new dorm Cassell. Cassell is awesome and basically an apartment with a spacious living area, kitchen and two bathrooms. If you're a sophomore and don't want to move off campus Cassell or Centennial are great options, while Anderson and Letts are more freshman dorms. They recently renovated Letts Hall and Anderson a couple years ago so they are pretty nice.

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3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Very strict enforcement of drug and alcohol use in the dorms, but on campus and off campus is not enforced as much. Attendance in class depends on your professor- most count attendance but are very lenient if you can't come to class or miss more than 3 within a semester. Parking is very strict, and tickets can be accumulated if you don't have a pass or pay the exact time. Visitation in dorms is no problem- just claim your guest using your AU ID. Protests accepted, as this is a very liberal school.

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4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Cost of Living is what makes DC not 'the best' but instead great. There is plenty to do around DC, whether that be go to a museum or the National Mall. You don't need money to attend cultural attractions like the monuments or smithsonian, and walking around Georgetown or Dupont can be a great way to spend your day. However- dining options and shopping is very expensive. DC is a great city with so much to offer at a price- lots of high-end shopping places and restaurants. Scenery is beautiful in the spring and fall, and transportation is no problem. Safety is okay if you're in the Northwest, and sometimes Northeast, but SW and SE can be very unsafe if you are traveling alone or at night.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Basically there are two options for off campus housing which are close to campus, the Berks and the Avalon. I have lived in both, and I have lived in Maclean Gardens, another apartment complex which is a bit further away from AU but I have found it to be cheaper. Berks is pretty gross but great for it's cheap price, utilities included, and dorm-like feel. If you're a sophomore or junior wanting to live off campus for the first time the Berks is a great start. It can be dirty, and security/parking can get dicey but overall it's fine for it's closenss to campus and cheap rent. Avalon is an upscale berks and much more expensive, but worth it for the security, pool, gym, and nice apartments. While mostly students live in the Berks, the Av is compilation of families and students, giving it a more 'grown-up' feel. Definitely more expensive than the Berks. Maclean Gardens is really nice, but hard to live in if you don't have a car as it is about a 15-20 minute walk from campus. Off-Campus Housing is a necessity for freedom and fun, but very expensive depending on what you choose.

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4 College Junior

Greek Life: I'm in Greek Life, and it's greatly influenced how I have experienced my time at American. Great for getting involved socially, and as a part of the community. Of course the parties are fun, but also just hanging out with sisters at charity events and attending other Greek events is so much fun. Can be really cliquey, and there are definitely stigmas associated with certain sororities and fraternities- but each organization is fairly close and participates in Greek community equally with support.

5 College Junior

Diversity: AU is known for it's diversity and acceptance of students with various political, sexual, economic and racial backgrounds. Very diverse campus and a lot of international students.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Off campus dining is okay, there are limited options which take "eagle bucks" the money given with a meal plan. This includes Z-Burger, Chipotle, Cava, CVS, Robeks, and Whole Foods. Can get expensive, and not a lot of healthy off campus dining options.

3 College Junior

Weather: Weather can make or break a day at AU in the spring. Lots of snow days here, but when it's sunny out expect quadding or walking around the beautiful campus and D.C. area. Can get really muggy and humid in the summer but fairly fine. Snow and rain can affect far walks to campus if you live in a far away area such as Maclean or Cathedral, but overall shouldn't affect students greatly because classes are close together and not far walk at all.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: AU is a dry campus- and they definitely enforce that in the dorms. However, "quadding" an activity that many students take part in on sunny days during the spring is awesome for drinking. Students often sit around the quad and drink in cups which is not enforced. Great activity and one of my favorite events at AU. Drinking is noticeable during student run activities such as Sandslam or Anchor Clanker, but not evident in school run events or athletics. There is little peer pressure to partake in drugs or drinking, and if you're not into that there is plenty of other activities! Policy enforcement is strong when in the dorms, but after that it's pretty lenient. A lot of students are into study drugs such as Adderall and Vycanse, but marijuana and party drugs are also popular when going out to raves, clubs, etc. Typical college, wouldn't rate it as unusual but just a heavy workload causes many students to take study drugs.

4 College Junior

Computers: Printing is provided with your "Eaglebucks" card, and is not that expensive if you are planning on printing out articles or papers a couple times a week for the semester. Network reliability can be iffy but AU recently fixed a lot of the network problems and I have not run into any issues this semester. The need for a personal computer is not a necessity but I would highly advise it. There are often not a lot of computers available in the library during typical study hours, but there are plenty of labs around campus if you are in dire need. I would advise a computer for both social and class work.

4 College Junior

Academics: Workload is pretty hard, AU is definitely not an "easy" school. Students take studying very seriously, and can almost always find groups in the library, DAV, starbucks or MGC. Curriculum is ambitious if given the right program, and the registration process can be confusing at times but with help of advisors it is fairly easy to navigate. Library can get super packed, and isn't that large but there are plenty of other study spots around campus. Professors really want to help with office hours and are interactive with their students. I have had a great experience at AU with my professors and workload, but it is an expensive city.

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4 College Junior

Majors: No problem with my major, I'm a CAS (College of Arts and Sciences) so sometimes we are overshadowed by Kogod, the business school, or SIS which is a very popular program here at American.

3 College Junior

Majors: I'm an Anthropology major, and have found a lack of structure with the professors and program but I am also a pre-vet student, and have found the science classes to be enriching.

5 College Junior

Transportation: Transportation is extremely easy! Shuttle will take you to the Tenleytown Metro, which can be taken all over DC, or you can take the bus at any of the locations near school. Great transportation services

4 College Junior

Athletics: Division 1 School, so the athletics are pretty good- just not a huge part of campus life. Games are attended, but only basketball really. The blue crew is fun, and so is the school mascot! Great new gym in Casell and Bender

3 College Junior

Athletics: For a D1 school, school spirit for athletics is pretty low. But when teams are doing well, the University often organizes activities around that or incentives to go to games like food or fan buses. The main athletic center is set up kind of weird, but a new one just opened that is supposed to be much nicer.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: No noticeable problems, however Master's students typically just spend time on campus for classes and to study.

4 College Junior

Academics: Even though most students typically only take 9 credits each semester at the Masters level, it is very challenging. Some courses don't have a lot of assignments, but a lot of reading. Class participation is essential. Washington, D.C. offers many internship opportunities, but it is still competitive.

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Jesse MacDonald
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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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