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Reviews 1670 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Not easy to find good quality, cheap housing in the area.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: i received a decent amount of financial aid, but you have keep following the financial aid office

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Students at AU are extremely accepting of people from different backgrounds. You will meet people from all over the world, as people come from a large number of different countries. However, the population is mostly white.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: DC is a big city, with a calm atmosphere. There is so much to do and it is impossible to get bored, yet you can enjoy a peace of mind when you need to. It's not just monuments and museums, but you can enjoy a great number of cultural activities and night life.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: They are strict about certain things, like alcohol.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: AU ensures students safety and wants all students to be safe.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Hot in the summer. Cold in the winter. Lots of rain.

5 College Freshman

Parking: They have a good outdoor parking lot that is free and large. They have an underground paid parking garage. There is really no need for a car on campus. Metro stations are nearby and public transportation is simple here.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Safety is enforced by former NSA agents. They have a really good security detail. Crime on campus is rare.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: They have admitted students from every state and 100 countries. They have clubs for every religion, political affiliation and sexual orientation.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: I really don't know what else to say, but that I live in D.C. The atmosphere is excellent and there is so much to do. I live in a suburb where it is quiet. Tenleytown is the neighborhood near AU, and it is very college-student friendly and has everything you really need. There is access to the great D.C. area and almost too much to do. I'm constantly wondering what I should do next. There are also great opportunities for those interested in international relations and politics!

4 College Junior

Facilities: American University is broken up into four different individual schools. You are placed into your Sub-School depending on your major. I think this sets us apart from other schools because each student can receive specialized help for anything concerning their major. I am a government major, so I am in the School of Public Affairs (SPA). It helps with anything, including getting help with internships. We also have a very helpful writing center, and career center. We have great tutoring programs as well. My school provides a lot of resources. I only wish they informed a lot of new students (freshman and transfers) of the options they have. I wish I knew more when I was a freshman, because I know my transition would have been a lot smoother.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: The housing is great. From Freshman housing to Senior housing (if you can get it), it's wonderful. AU is renovating a lot of the freshman dorms and is currently building housing, Cassel and Nebraska halls, that will be completed by the end of the summer! It all very exciting, and definitely improves the quality of the campus for those that live there.

4 College Junior

Facilities: The campus is beautiful, and very well taken care of. Before I would have said that American's facilities were not very pleasing or appealing, but over this summer AU is improving a lot of the dining options, housing, and educational buildings. American University is striving to make the environment comfortable for all the students and staff on campus. I give an A- but I expect the grade to be higher once the renovations and updates are completed!

3 College Sophomore

Majors: AU is pretty well known for international studies, but I haven't been impressed yet. The classes aren't very thought provoking for one. My biggest problem is that IR has the most required classes, but practically none of them are in histoy! I really don't understand how you're supposed to learn about the world without taking a few history classes. There's also really not a large variety to pick from.

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4 College Sophomore

Computers: They're fine, almost always work though you really need to bring your own flashdrive and constantly back things up to be safe. Because of the network you can't usually save your work on the computer you're using and easily find it later.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: It's not like everyone's nasty or ugly, but people are boring and don't know what they want. Guys are very often the negging types, but in general aren't assholes. There's more of a variety of girls. It's even hard to categorize sorority girls. Most people are at least nice on the surface.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Gets real old real fast. Everything always seems wet and the vegetarian options are terrible. We're using a new company next year so who know though.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: College Writing is a horror, but that mostly depends on your professor. Some courses aren't very challenging, especailly if you've taken AP courses. I think the worst part of academics here is how uninspired I felt in all but my individual freedom vs. authority class. I don't feel like this is a liberal arts school or that its fostering creativity or free thinking.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Campus dining is good on some occasions. It is overwhelming fattening and wish that they reduce oils and fats.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Campus housing is in okay condition. It could be better for the cost.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Academics in American University is rigorous, however my interests does not align with the courses it offers. As an aspiring entrepreneur, I find the courses and support of the faculty is lacking.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: American University is rigorous in the programs and the courses it offers. However, my only problem is that my interests does not completely align with the offering American University has. I am interested in entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship, which American University does not offer an extensive courses or support for aspiring entrepreneurs in the business school.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: American University is known as the most active college campus in America. As a freshman going into college last year, I could definitely feel the burden and excitement of getting an internship and exploring job options. I am interning this summer and it is thanks to the motivation that AU's campus gave me. As far as continuing to find internships in the city, I don't think it will be too hard because there are so many organizations and groups in the city.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Being in the nation's capital, it's a great place to get involved and explore. There are always so many activities/functions/conferences going around town, that as long as you're active, you won't be bored!


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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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