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Reviews 1784 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Senior

Majors: It's failrly easy to declare a major, you just have to talk to an advisor within your department and make it clear why you want to declare. Talking with them about past classes you have taken in the subject helps.

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4 College Senior

Weather: DC weather is better than that of the rest of the northeast. We haven't had that much snow the past few years, there was even one winter when it didn;t snow at all! It warms up in the spring and fortunately the humidity doesn't kick in until school lets out for the summer.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: AU is a safe campus in a upper middle class neighborhood. Public Safety officers often wander around and we always joke about having Homeland Security across the street. The area nearby is mostly residential, with families and houses with yards.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: AU is almost done with renovating all the existing halls on campus, with new carpet, furniture, etc. They are also working on building 2-3 new residence halls that will be modern and will provide more space.

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3 College Senior

Scholarships: There are a decent amount of scholarships available even after you enter AU, but you have to be constantly vigilant about finding them and watchign for deadlines. Each school (ie School of Public Affairs, College of Arts and Science, etc.) typically has their own roster of scholarships that you can apply for. Some departments also have specialty scholarships for specific majors with certain interests. I have gotten lucky and received scholarships throguh schools and departments the past 2 years, but this is after 2 years of striking out.

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4 College Senior

Campus Dining: The school is currently undergoing a change in dining services from Bon appetit to Sodexco. They are currently installing a bunch of new restaurants, including Starbucks, Elevation Burger, and a new ethnic food place. I'm really excited for it!

4 College Junior

Majors: So many options to choose from at AU. Although, the science department does need help.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Nice, but often expensive. If you can afford it, that's great but normally, you end up living farther from campus than is desirable.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: DC is a very culturally diverse and attractive city to live in. I would recommend it to any and everyone. If you do't attend school here, at least visit. There are areas that are breathtaking and there are also areas that people try to stay away from if they have to. It is a very vibrant fast pacing, and culturally rich atmosphere. There are many events to do over the summer as well as he winter. DC is a must- visit.

4 College Senior

Majors: I am happy with the major I have. It is the only major that I could see myself with. Being a hard science major at a liberal arts school definitely gives you a different perspective than other science students at science schools. I am very thankful for this experience. I plan applying and attending Medical school in order to pursue a career in pediatrics.

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3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: American University is the type of school that is open to all fashions and styles. To be an individual at American University is not necessarily a bad thing or is social suicide. On the other hand you have your sorority girls that generally have the same style. But I've heard from friends who go to other universities that American's campus is pretty chill and comfortable and encourages being an individual opposed to other universities where the girls have the same purses and boots. On a personal note, I think that for the most part the guys generally have the same style. Being on campus, most of the guys wear button down shirts or polos, khaki or salmon colored shorts and loafers. These are just my observations. The girls generally are more diverse. I would describe the style of American as preppy/ hippie which seems contradicting but that's the only way I can accurately describe how its perfectly acceptable to wear whatever you want and at the same time, a part of the school's style is very preppy.

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3 College Senior

Majors: I personally haven't had an internship while at American University but I know that they provide a worthwhile experience to the students that pursue them. Because American University is the Washington, DC and it is a politically active school like a lot of other universities in the area, there aren't a lot of internships that give the students a deep understanding of their field. For example, a political science major in Washington, DC is a dime a dozen so as a result of the high volume of students pursuing internships related to this field, it is very competitive and there aren't a lot of positions that allow the student to have an in depth knowledge of the field. Other than that, the internships seem very successful.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: It is in a safe part of town surrounded by an upper class neighborhood. I have never felt in danger nor would I. Everyone seems to be kind and willing to help others so I believe that is another form of security.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I am enjoying my majors. I am double majoring in Literature and Foreign Language Communications in German. I am hoping to be a translator in the future, preferable of books. American University even has classes and a certificate in translation.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Getting into programs is easy. I am a double major and was able to tailor the program to just what I wanted. There was no special application process for my major. I just had to meet with an academic adviser for each major I wanted so that my program could be designed so I get in the required classes for both majors.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus is very secure. Department of Homeland Security is right across the street, and the security on campus is top notch.

College Sophomore

Campus Dining: AU is getting a new dining service this year (Fall 2013). They went from Bon Apetit to Aramark.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The campus is very safe despite being in DC. I've never felt unsafe walking around it at night.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Very nice but very expensive. You are better off trying to rent a home with a bunch o other students.

3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: There really is no need for a car bc it is a city but they charge 200 dollars if you want to park a car. IDK what the parking rule is for freshmen.

Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: I never have and I never will live on campus but the campus is very pretty.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: It is a city so there are a lot of really good places to eat near by. They arent always very cheap but the AU ID card can get you a discount.

Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: I just started coming her for Law School so idk the answer to this yet.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: DC has an awesome night life! So many bars but you have to be over 21.

Recent Alumnus

Athletics: I just started coming her for Law School. I dont know much ab it.


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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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