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Reviews 1670 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: People get involved in what the people they hangout with do. Its not a big deal, no peer pressure.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel safe walking around the campus, especially at night. The buses run late and the area has plenty of lights for safety. I always make sure I walk with other students late at night, and do not let strangers into the dorm when I walk through the front door.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Washington, DC is very expensive and if you live off campus it is very hard to find reasonable rent unless you have two or more roommates. I would suggest staying on campus, less worries and hassle.

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3 College Junior

Weather: Our classes rarely are cancelled. The only time the school closed was when there were hurricane warnings. After two days, classes resumed.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on campus is fun and convenient, but SO expensive. Allow there are a variety of options and some new, beautiful dorms, often times upperclassmen move off campus for cheaper housing. Overall, accommodations are more spacious than average, but since housing is not guaranteed all 4 years and is so expensive, most people move off campus at some point.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: School spirit could definitely be stronger for the varsity program. One of the best events is in the beginning of the academic year and is called Bender Blue Out. However, after that there are few events that pull large student attention. The varsity teams perform fairly well within the conference, but receive little attention on campus. While intramural sports are available (and fun) there is limited student participation.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I'm very satisfied with the psychology program at American University because of the variety of interesting courses it offers. A couple of my favorite courses that I've taken were Stereotyping and Prejudice and Psychology of Religion. My only concern is how I'm going to focus my interests and find a job that supports those interests because the psychology field is so general. I'm sure that when my senior year comes around I will have a specific type of psychology that I want to pursue as a career. The career advisors in American University's career center are very helpful and would be more than happy to help me find a job that pertains to my interests.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I really like being a psychology major because of the many different psychology classes American University offers. This past semester, I took a special topics course titled Stereotyping and Prejudice that was easily the most enlightening course I've had in college thus far. Other interesting psychology courses offered at American University are the Psychology of Emotion, Health Psychology, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and Psychology of Religion, just to name a few.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Getting into the psychology program was very easy. Since I knew I wanted to major in psychology, I declared it as my major going into to my freshman year. However, I was unaware that I was unofficially declared a psychology major and instead was considered an intended psychology major. My academic advisor gave the me information I needed to officially declare my major, which involved a very quick survey to indicate my specific interests in psychology. Once my survey was accepted, I was assigned a faculty advisor from the psychology department and officially declared a psychology major. It was that simple!

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: The winter isn't really that bad but it gets really hot pretty early on in the year and stays hot for a long time, sometimes even into October. In the spring it takes a little for them to turn on the AC.

4 Recent Alumnus

Computers: If you have a mac, it is much easier to use the wifi. There is usually some free computers at the library as in other buildings. There is also a quick print station in the library which makes things much easier. Dorms have their own computer labs with printers but in some the hours are strange.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Gives you information on how get off campus housing.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Provides integration to network with a lot of students.

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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Living on campus is great and so convenient. The dorms are all really close to the academic buildings which makes getting to class or meetings on time no problem at all. The social atmosphere in the dorms is very warm and housing and dining puts on tons of cool events every semester. The dorms could be more modern as a whole but the school has a lot of renovation projects going on now to make that happen.

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4 College Junior

Facilities: The career center is out of this world! If you go into the career center you will have the opportunity to meet with a helpful counselor who is committed to helping you get on the right track whether it be for majors, jobs, internships or graduate schools. Every student should visit the career center at least once a year - living in DC provides so many opportunities that must be taken advantage of!

3 College Junior

Athletics: Great athletic facilities and club/intramural sports are huge - so many people are involved! Varsity sports leave a bit to be desired and the sports spirit is a bit lacking. The school is working really hard to improve that though.

5 College Junior

Facilities: The campus couldn't possibly be more beautiful! On sunny days the quad is packed with students having fun. The library is great and newly renovated. There are a few different construction projects going on on-campus updating facilities and building a new dorm and school of communications.

5 College Freshman

Majors: 15 credits (the standard, or 5 classes) is totally manageable- just be sure to make a schedule that works for you. Professors are approachable AND flexible for the most part. The School of International Service's building is just 2/3 years old and an absolute GEM. Not only does it have great coffee downstairs and an ambiance, but it is also sustainable and LEED Gold Certified. DC has endless internship opportunities in this field as well.

4 College Freshman

Majors: American University is ranked in the top 10 of all schools for International Studies/Affairs, up there with schools like Harvard and Colombia. They have a great program, and offer many tracks to fulfill potential interests within the wide realm of International Studies. The only thing I have found immensely upsetting academically is the language department. Being that we put so much emphasis on global awareness and much of the student body takes IR classes, I think the language department is seriously lacking.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I have yet to hold an internship, but am planning to apply for them this coming semester. Although most internships are unpaid, if you're (lucky) and a good candidate, you may find a paid internship. Being in DC there are SO many opportunities, and they are various enough to fulfill many potential interests and allow you to explore. The Career Center is great at advising on resumes and cover letters, and each semester there is a huge job/internship fair on campus.

4 College Freshman

Majors: PROS: You can double major/minor because it is so easy to flow between the schools at AU.
People are very passionate about what they are studying.
There is no special application for applying to you major program, unless you want to be a part of an accelerated 3 years program.

CONS: When considering applicants, AU doesn't necessarily look at majors, so many students come in as International Studies or Political Science majors.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: There are a ton of options from frat parties to clubs and bars, DC is easy on fakes and people like to drink here.

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4 College Junior

Greek Life: Greeks party the hardest and create a tight knit community within AU.

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4 College Junior

Diversity: There is a lot of diversity at AU, from both foreign countries and all over the USA. However, there is still and overrepresentation of the New England area, especially NY, NJ, VA, and MD.

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5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: DC is all I have to say, great place to study and learn.

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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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