Location
Washington, DC
Undergrads
6,970
Tuition
$39,499
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 1765 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: WAY more women then men, but not too noticeable.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Everyone is great, but be respectful.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Limited options. Close early. Limited hours.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Academics: Very rigorous and challenging, but a lot of fun.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: I have had a good experience overall and do not regret going here. There are some negatives, as there are for all colleges, but the positives outweigh them. If you want to work in government or international affairs, DC is the place to be. Being here has helped me land a good job!

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Senior

Parking: Parking costs and arm and a leg on campus and you have to have DC tags on your car to park it on the street because of strict new laws. Your best bet is to take public transportation and leave the car at home.

2 College Senior

Campus Strictness: AU tends to be strict about alcohol in dorms, as it is a dry campus. There is also a lot of bureaucratic red tape when creating new clubs and organizations. However, they tend to be lenient about allowing protests and demonstrations.

Visitation is pretty loose, as long as you "claim" a person at the front door, they can come visit you in the dorms, regardless of time or gender.

2 College Senior

Greek Life: Our Greek life tends to be low-key, it doesn't hurt if you don't join. There are no houses on AU's campus because of a ban, but most tend to create unofficial chapter houses by having members rent a house together in the neighborhood.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Theft has been a problem, but as long as you lock your doors and don't leave valuables unattended you will be okay. Also, if you have a bike, pay the extra to get a U-lock rather than a chain or cable.

2 College Senior

Majors: Our public affairs, business, and international relations type majors are the strongest. Our weakest are math and science.

3 College Senior

Facilities: AU is trying hard to improve the facilities on campus. They just finished building a new dorm and a new School of International Service. They are currently working on more dorms and a new law school building. They have also added "green roofs" to two existing buildings.

2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Enforcement of drug policy is pretty tight and harsh.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Majors: I have not taken part in an internship yet but I feel it will be easy to find on.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: I am very pleased with my program and I would definitely do it again. My career goals are to become a TV producer and my concerns with finding a job include finding a specific niche.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Computers: Access to computers is very good, but the reliability of the school's WiFi is not very good and often cuts off.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There is not much crime on campus, at least not where I am or have been, but I always see campus security.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I think I have not given the school a real chance in regard to participating in activities outside of class or academics within my field of study, which I think is essential in order to get a better understanding of my future plan and to fully enjoy college life.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: In the School of Communication, everyone must double major or have a minor, which I think is a great feature and the school works hard to make sure this requirement is plausible for all.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors at AU are all wonderful and have immense knowledge and experience in what they teach. From my experience, all are eager to assist the student in any way they can as well.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Although the events on campus tend to be limited to specific groups or types of people, there is always something for everyone of any interest not far from campus like festivals of all types, different places to simply explore and much more.

2 College Sophomore

Facilities: The facilities on campus do not really match, as some buildings are old and look old while others are brand new and have more modern feel to them. I think in the future, it would be best to put more effort into making the buildings look more alike, at least on the outside.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The shuttle system set up at AU is wonderful and gives students a very easy and fast way to get to public transportation in Tenleytown.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: It's Washington, DC. You can find anything that you want to eat in the nation's capital. It might be a little pricey but it's usually great food.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: In the city, there is quite a bit to do! Around the "town" closes to AU there is some to do, mostly restaurants, apartments, and grocery stores.

5 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Majors: I am an anthropology major and they have a great range of courses available. I have had mostly good professors thus far with a few questionable ones.

4 people found this useful Report
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Jesse MacDonald
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Major
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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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