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Reviews 1670 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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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

3 College Senior

Transportation: The shuttle is great but there should be more buses. They also should try and run later and not just run along the metro schedules

3 College Senior

Transportation: There is a DC metro stop just under a mile away from campus (red line). The free campus shuttle takes you to the metro stop, but it is rather unreliable and frequently packed. Another campus shuttle also goes to the AU law school down the street. There are several buses that run from the metro stop to various parts of DC, and 3 bus routes that stop right by campus. It's fine if you don't mind walking to the metro, and definitely learn to use the buses!

3 College Sophomore

Weather: It's very bipolar. One day it is warm and the next day it is freezing

3 College Sophomore

Majors: It was not difficult. I came in with credit so it saved me from taking to general education courses. I am now taking a variety of classes that I am interested in. I just declared my major this semester.

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2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The school is weak in this area. I had my aid reduced after my first year with no forewarning.

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5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: It's D.C. So many great neighborhoods, many of which are right around the campus in the NW sector of D.C. There are so many events to attend and whenever you feel like getting off campus to spend an afternoon exploring, the National Mall, Georgetown, the Smithsonian museums, and and neighborhoods like Dupont Circle are all a quick Metro ride away. The nearest metro station is up at Tenley campus, a quick shuttle ride. There are plenty of annual events like trick-or-treating along Embassy Row. Being in D.C. during an election year is an experience as well.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Most frosh look to stay in one of the high rise south campus dorms: Letts or Anderson. However, with increases in admissions, the school has converted a few administration buildings into smaller nearby dorms. This past year, the school suffered from shortages and up to a dozen male students were forced to bunk up together in what used to be dorm break or study rooms. Supposedly, they were moved after first semester. Overall, the dorms are clean and sufficient. The Tenley campus dorms are very spacious.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There is an array of off campus apartments. There are apartments that one can rent through the school that are just down the street, but they are not as nice as renting out your own apartment at the avalon which is way nicer.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The shuttle is the most convenient form of transportation to get you to the metro station. The metro is relatively clean and fast running except for when it is under construction, and taxi cabs aren't too bad to find around the city.

4 College Freshman

Computers: The computer labs are usually crowded in the evenings monday through thursday, but on the weekends not so much. The printers and the printing bucks are especially helpful, but the printers get crowded between classes.

1 College Junior

Scholarships: The university is not helping with finding aid. I have exhausted my federal financial aid and school says oh well good luck finding a scholarship or loan. They do not give any time to pay for tuition. Most courses are 8 weeks long at $750 for 3 credit course. I take 2 courses at time. That is $1500 the university wants every 2 months! I don't know what to do as I do not have funds and credit not good for loans and no cosigners! The university is not offering any support.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms on campus are great. By Fall 2013, the remodeling project in all freshman dorms would be completed. rooms are bigger than the average college dorm and the lounges are nice with a flat screen. bring a 20 inch flat screen if you wish, AU offers free cable in each 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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