Location
Washington, DC
Undergrads
6,970
Tuition
$39,499
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Freshman

Diversity: If you're measuring the amount of diversity, it is everywhere, but I do not necessarily think this is a good thing. It just is what it is and doesn't actually matter.

4 College Junior

Computers: Most students have their own computers, but there are a lot available in case you need them! The desk at the basement of the library lets you borrow laptops and other AV equipment and there is at least one computer in most residence halls near the printer. IT is also pretty good about updating software on them and fixing them if you report something wrong with the computer.

3 College Junior

Transportation: AU has shuttles to take you to the metro and Tenleytown, but they don't always run on time or might get snared in traffic. The metro system can take you most places in DC, which is a plus. However, parking is super expensive if you chose to bring a car.

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4 College Junior

Majors: I like the academic programs at AU a lot and they make it fairly easy to double major or graduate early. Some majors, such as economics and philosophy, are only 39 credits, thus making it easy to pair with another major in the School of International Service or School of Public Affairs. Most majors also have a way to let you get credits for internships related to the field.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drinking is the main thing at AU; there is drug use, but it's pretty much limited to Adderall and marijuana. The drug scene can be found if you're looking for it, but it's small and won't interfere with your life if you don't want to be a part of it.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Metro is convenient, but expensive, even with a smartrip card. The AU shuttles are pretty reliable; they run until 12am on weekdays and 3am weekends, just like the Metro. Metrobuses are also a good options, and there are several stations on or near campus.

3 College Freshman

Majors: Biology is alright. There are a lot of requirements.

2 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: Financial aid is not good here. I would suggest private scholarships.

5 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: There is a lot to do in D.C. from going to clubs or even going to the movies with friends.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The public safety people at AU are really great. They are friendly and always willing to chat! That said, they also do a great job of keeping us safe. When minor incidents occur, they are there right away.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Cava is great and healthy! Chipotle is real close and takes EagleBucks! There's also a Panera nearby and some great restaurants!

4 College Freshman

Academics: My major is Security Studies. It is an interdisciplinary major with courses in Justice, International Relations, and Government. It was just created so I can have my own input on the major. I am excited to see where the major goes and how it advances AU's image in the field of National Security Studies.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: I came to American because I want to work in the government. Professors here are great; many of them currently work, have worked, or have connections in all areas of the government, so they are a great resource. Classes are not usually too large, outside of a few intro level lecture classes. The coursework is not easy, but it is very manageable if you keep from procrastinating.

1 College Freshman

Computers: EagleSecure is a JOKE on laptops/smart phones. Wireless access stinks. It is always going out when more than one person is online. Also, this makes registering for classes a nightmare. In terms of computer availability, this is not an issue because there are computers all over campus.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe on AU's campus. The only time when people are skeptical is when frat brothers threaten to break into dorm rooms as part of hazing, but this has not happened this year. Also, there was a man on Massachusetts Ave. (near campus) who was sexually assaulting women walking back from parties in the Berkshire Apartments. However, he was apprehended by police, and no one has heard anything since.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The shuttles are really nice! It can get annoying to wait for them, but they're usually good about being on time, or at least what I've experienced. They take you to tenleytown where you can catch the metro.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Frats are known for the parties. Greek life has more school spirit then anyone else I've seen since attending AU. The sororities have a few rooms where sisters sign up together and they have their letters in the windows.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Helpful when you need it( The professors), workload is very manageable if you have great time management skills! Subpar science school, wouldn't consider going here for science.

5 College Student

Academics: Recently, American set the record for the most students graduating with at least one internship, at 88%.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It is difficult to locate. and expensive and small.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It's okay there are enough spaces for the underclassmen.

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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: very diverse, but people stick to their own groups.

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2 College Senior

Campus Dining: The main dining hall never has a different selection, the food isn't ever really fully cooked, and anywhere else on campus forces you to use eagle bucks/dining dollars rather than your swipes

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4 College Senior

Greek Life: I'm proud to say that I'm part of Greek Life on campus and we're definitely not like most campus Greek Life communities. We make sure we work together and interact with each other outside of our respective fraternities/sororities

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: The rooms, I've been told, are smaller than some state school campuses and there is a prominent mice/rat problem in the dorms even if you don't live on the first or basement floors

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Jesse MacDonald
Hometown
Brooklyn
Major
Law & Society
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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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