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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2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: It's DC so it is VERY expensive. It's always very expensive.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Hard for me to say as I am not Greek and I do not associate with any.

2 people found this useful Report
1 College Junior

Parking: Better parking is needed! But this is a problem all across DC!

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I've had a great time so far. I would recommend to all looking for a good education.

4 College Junior

Weather: It's DC it gets both VERY warm and very cold. SO it's a toss up.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: It's all about education. Concentrate on that and you'll have no problems.

4 College Junior

Academics: It's more about academics, less about sports so I say it isn't good.

5 College Junior

Academics: One of the best schools in DC for its academics. I am very proud.

5 College Junior

Majors: Amazing. I am so very glad that I joined it - IR is the best!

4 College Junior

Majors: Varied and vast - I like the ability to concentrate in what you plan on working in .

College Junior

Campus Housing: I don't have on campus housing so this questions doesn't apply to me.

2 College Junior

Health & Safety: It's in DC so it can be a little unsafe, so it could use some more security.

3 College Junior

Computers: They are good. They know what they are doing, and are responsive when I have questions.

3 College Junior

Transportation: Lots of great transportation around the city - not as many at the school.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Very busy and very political. But that's what you sign up for in Washington DC.

3 College Junior

Facilities: It could be spruced up a little. I like it though.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I transferred here and I wouldn't change my decision.

1 person found this useful Report
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
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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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