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

Off-Campus Housing: Pretty solid. It's not hard to get to Tenleytown, where they have nine or ten different restaurants of all kinds of cuisines.

3 people found this useful Report
2 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Mostly, it's don't ask don't tell. Ostensibly, drinking and smoking cigarettes are not permitted on campus, but it happens all the time anyway and nobody ever gets in trouble for smoking, even in broad daylight.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus is pretty safe. The security response time is extremely fast, and if you're stuck in some random part of DC they'll even send somebody to give you a ride back to campus.

1 person found this useful Report
Recent Alumnus

Transportation: It's been years, I don't recall any transportation @AU.

2 people found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Highly diverse population, with students from all over the world.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Big Greek population. It's not so big that you have to join, but they provide a lot of the nightlife and a lot of the social scene you see walking around campus. Some frats suck and some are cool. Same for the sororities. It's something that is worth consideration.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There is a wide range of girls at AU. A lot of good looking girls and a lot of not so good looking girls. Some are your typical sorority girls, stuck-up, not very friendly and very cliquey. Some are very nice and smart. It all depends what you're looking for.

4 people found this useful Report
1 College Sophomore

Majors: I am currently not happy with my major. I wish there was a variety of different options at AU. This is a great school if you are certain you want to do Political Science, Public Affairs, or something related to Business. Otherwise, don't bother. If you are undecided, I would not recommend AU to you.

4 people found this useful Report
1 College Sophomore

Athletics: There is little to no school spirit. The Dance and Cheer teams are not present at any games besides "Phil Bender/Phil Reeves/Bender Blue Out" games for sports. They are only present at Men's and Women's home basketball game. Hardly anyone ever shows up to any athletic event. Athletes, parents, and few fans show up to athletic games.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of apartments and houses to rent. Very pricy, but easy to find if yo don't want to live on campus.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: It's Washington, DC - it's one of the greatest cities in the world. There is absolutely no reason to complain about the campus location.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Safety is an A+ by far, however, health is lower because the university doesn't show very much respect to those who wish to participate in recreational fitness

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Facilities: American University would have been an A+ for facilities, last year. This year, they closed off the powerlifting room to anyone who is not on a varsity sports team, and the dining services have become substantially less accommodating to the student body at large.

3 College Junior

Facilities: American University has a totally underrated social scene - there is always something going on at off campus houses and in the city around. The only problem is that the University administration has been cracking down on these social gatherings at private homes.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: DC is an amazing college town. There is so much to do and a lot of things are free. There is an excellent restaurant and bar scene and local music scene. It is definitely a "young professionals" town. There is something for everyone: from hiking to weekend street festivals.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Campus Housing: The dorms are, for the most part, very nice. They've almost all been recently renovated. There are a wide variety of styles: suites, apartments, and traditional dorms. Most upperclassmen move off campus. There is an off-campus housing fair to help with the transition, and numerous apartment buildings nearby that house many AU students. Campus is small so all of the dorms are walkable.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Transportation: Being in an urban center makes travel easy. Shuttles run often and regularly, shuttles run directly to the nearest metro stop and many WMATA buses have stops within walking distance. Union Station (Amtrak and all buslines) and Reagan Airport are right on the metro line.

3 College Junior

Diversity: It's definitely improving, but AU is still a predominantly white, wealthy school.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: The undergraduate population is reasonably diverse, but the graduate schools seem to be lacking in diversity. My program is extremely homogenous, comprised largely of White males.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Majors: AU is really helpful with internships. I received an unpaid 12 week internship this summer that went really well. I obtained good experience and was published as a writer on the website even. I am hoping that this will lead to future ones as well.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Majors: There were no difficulties after being accepted into the university. Important criteria is GPA, advanced courses, extracurricular activities, and SAT/ACT scores. There is no abnormal application process. Tips for admission would be to spend a lot of time on your college essay to impress and engage admissions.

6 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Majors: I may have started off as an SIS major if I had known more about the school. My career goals have changed since entering American University, and I know am in SIS and SOC. I worry about finding a job in journalism but know that my International Studies major will help a lot with specialization.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Majors: Majors are very intensive in a good way, some more than others. SIS majors have an easier time with scheduling and registration than SOC majors, but all departments have quality staff who make each major unique and worthwhile.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Campus Dining: The dining options are getting much better. there is some focus on organics and sustainable food. There are vegetarian and vegan options in the dinning hall, although not always the best

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: If you are caught drinking on campus or in the dorms you will be in serious trouble. My friend lost his on campus job and eventually had to leave the dorms and seek off campus housing for getting caught drinking in his dorm room

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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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