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Washington, DC
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$39,499
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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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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: DC is pretty much a college town. The metro is accessable via a free shuttle ride provided by the university daily. the town has an array of bars, clubs, restuarants, and other universities such as Catholic, GW, Howard, Maryland, George Mason, and Georgetown. Wizards and Nationals games are also hot attractions due to their cheap price. if you want to shop, head over to the mall in friendship heights where there's a movie theater. AU is in the nice part of town. Any neighborhood east of the US Capitol and east of Rock Creek Park is considered dangerous so STAY AWAY. Despite being in the safe part of town, always WALK WITH A FRIEND. I witnessed a brawl outside the Tenley metro station while eating a Panera the other day. the crime rates in dc is worse than you think, but you are in the nice part of town.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: There is a handful of international students at American. I became friends with people from every continent around the globe, except for Antarctica. AU is one of the most politically active schools in the nation, and its mostly liberal although conservatives are more active. We are also a gay friendly campus. Some people view are school as gay but its not true.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Dining off campus is pretty good. Tenleytown has a handful of good restaurants such as Murasaki (sushi), Neisha (Thai), Z-Burger (great burgers), Steak and Egg (24 hour diner), only to name a few. You can get tired of on campus dining so eating out is a great alternative. A handful of these places take Eaglebucks (AU currency) so its pretty much free and you get $200 to start off with per semester. Spend it wisely or you'll be asking for daddy to recharge in october (unless if you can support yourself).

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5 Recent Alumnus

Computers: the connection is very good. and there are at least two rooms where you can use the computer (Anderson and social science lab)

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: I haven't explored the options much so far, but the places I have gone have been good! Georgetown has some awesome, if a bit pricey, places to eat, but if you're looking immediately off campus, there's a Panera, a Chipotle, a Mexican place, and a Thai place thatI have been to and like, and there are probably a lot of other places students frequent. The Thai place even accepts Eagle Bucks, which come as part of the student meal plan. There are a lot of other places that accept Eagle Bucks and that are frequented by students that I haven't tried yet.

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: There is a gym free for students to use, the student government puts together some great events, and there are coffee places and on campus eateries that are generally quite good. But at finals, it can sometimes be hard to find places to study.

5 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: The school is pretty unique in that the professors are REALLY accessible, the campus is small enough that you can get to class in five minutes, but it doesn't feel cramped, and International Relations is definitely a huge part of the campus personality, since most of the students are doing something related to that major. The students are also very politically active.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: The library is more like a prison and too small. They are constantly buidling, which helps. The gym is great, and there are multiple besides the main one in Bender.

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: The fact that American is in DC, and professors have all sorts of connections makes this school one of the best in terms of making connections.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Your body is not a container. You can come in visibly inebriated or high, but do not do it in your dorm.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I am involved in Greek life at American as a phi sigma sigma sister. Greek life at American is unlike Greek life at many different schools. It is small and though there is a presence on campus it is small. Your social status or time at American are not dependent on joining a greek organization or not. Many times being in a sorority or fraternity is more like being in a large club with people who have similar values and interests as you. You can make it who you are, but just by being in a greek organization does not define you at American. There are social fraternities and professional. The professional includes the pre-law fraternity, the business fraternity (AKPsi), music fraternities, the international service fraternity (DPE), the honors fraternity (Phi Sigma Pi) and the service fraternity (APO). There are a lot of frat parties which are fun, but they do not dominate the social scene. There are plenty of bars and clubs in the DC area. Sports teams (varsity and club) also have houses where they throw parties which are open to all students. At times there can be a stigma against the greeks, but most of the time there is no difference between a greek student and a non-greek student. Especially at such an academically rigorous university, we all have similar goals and work ethics. There is no longer greek housing on campus, but fraternities and sororities usually end up having one or two houses off campus and often times have apartments in the Berks or the Avalon. As someone who never thought she would go greek, American is different from most schools. It is a really great way to meet more people on campus and get involved with volunteering.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: I am an anthropology major. To my dismay, Forbes magazine recently rated anthropology the first worst major to have as an undergrad. Fortunately, I am driven enough and love my major enough to work hard to make my future a little less dim. I love the content of Anthropology: it is so fascinating and it helps unlock so many secrets to the human and how we work and where we came from. Although the anthropology department at my school is small, it houses some big names in the Anthropology realm. There are also many terrific study aboard programs that are anthropology focused. Some of which include a field school. Studying abroad is such a great opportunity using it to increase your experience is just an added bonus. If I could start over again, I wish I would have stuck with my gut about wanting to pursue anthropology (even though I applied to American with an intended SIS major). Then I would not have taken so many classes whose credits did not apply to my major. But, if I hadn't of taken the empty credit classes I don't think I would have been able to realize my true passion is anthro. Although finding a job post-grad looks slim for most graduates, I am not too worried. Yet. American offers a BA/MA program where you can achieve your bachelors by your junior year and then start working towards your masters in public anthropology your senior year and be finished in two years. American also offers free tuition for grad students who are employed by American. So by the time I am 24 I will have my BA and my MA. With these credentials the job force may be a little more forgiving to my "out there" major. Especially, as anthropologists are being hired in unexpected fields. American also has a great career center to help with the job search. With an amazing anthropology staff with connections shouldn't hurt either.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: The process of getting into my program was very easy. When I first applied I applied to the School of International Service (SIS) and there was not a separate application process. The American application is just a general application, and the school selects you based off of your grades, your ambition, your extracurriculars, and your recommendations. They need to see your desire to learn and succeed in your four years of high school. Nothing over the top, just straight forward. Avoid having too generic of an essay though, as there are many applicants. You want to stand out, but in a good and controlled way. Switching schools is also a breeze. My second year of school I decided to change my major and the new major was in the College of Arts and Sciences. All I needed to do was set up an appointment with a CAS advisor to discuss the process (the change could be done on the internet! Which is easy and convenient). Once I submitted my online major change it took a few business days to process and I received an email with my new CAS advisor and my faculty advisor. As long as you have an outstanding academic record and your desire and passion show through your extracurriculars getting into American is easy. And another thing to calm you is they are accepting more applicants as the school is growing. Good luck!

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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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