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Reviews 1782 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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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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4 College Freshman

Majors: I am attending American due to the reputation of the business school.

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3 College Senior

Drug Safety: There is definitely a drug subculture at AU. A lot of people smoke marijuana and some people dabble with more hardcore drugs, but it's pretty easy to avoid drugs if you want to. It really all depends on who you hang out with.

2 College Senior

Majors: While AU offers a variety of majors, it pays the most attention to its business and international studies programs. As a result, programs which fall outside of those categories are somewhat ignored. Departments are rather small and there is little choice when it comes to classes you can take to complete you major requirements.

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3 College Senior

Parking: There are plenty of spots available; however, the cost of a parking permit is a little steep.

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: American is a dry campus; however, any punishments for drinking on campus are fairly random depending on who catches someone doing it. Some RAs ignore it while others will immediately report you. Also, public safety is pretty strict about students being on campus at night; you are basically only allowed to be on the quad.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Living on-campus was very convenient. All the buildings are located within a close vicinity of one another, so travel by walking is no problem whatsoever. The dorms are up-kept and cleaned often, and the cleaning crew is both thorough and friendly. The floor lounges of the dining hall have a television, an oven, a microwave and a sink. The only downside is the dining options, as the places to use the meal plan are limited and, if one does not have a meal plan, expensive. Additionally, for those who like to study late at night, having a late dinner can be a problem since most of the on-campus dining facilities close at around 9 p.m.

3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: American University is a dry campus, and on-campus drug use is treated harshly (often with expulsion). That being said, there is some on-campus drinking and drug use, but it is not pervasive and, as a person who does not do drugs and only drinks on rare occasions, I have never felt peer pressure and it has no impacted me adversely.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: It is nice because there is a shuttle system that can take you from campus, to the metro station. However, make sure you leave enough time for the shuttle. Although it is often there, it does not run on a schedule. When its there, it's there, but when it's not... you can be in trouble.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I have had great advisors throughout my time here. I am a language and area studies major, specializing in Francophone africa. The advisors really work with you. I am also a spanish minor, and a Law and society minor as well. I have worked within SIS, SPA, and CAS. All three schools have been extremely helpful.
My roommate is a communication major and she loves it.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: American University has the best of both worlds when it comes to locations. It is a 15 minute walk (or 7ish minute free shuttle ride) from a metro station. Via metro, you can get into center of DC in less than 15 minutes on most days. This opens up night life, internship opportunities galore, as well as a LOT of jobs. Our beautiful nations capital is literally at your fingertips.
However, if you want to get out of the city, your in luck because we have a campus. Unlike other city colleges, we aren't on a city street. You never feel unsafe on campus or in the local area called Tenleytown. It's really great.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: American University has some great aspects, however there are also some downsides. Starting with the negative: the food isn't that great. There is only one major cafeteria. However, they are getting a new company for food next year, and food swipes will probably be able to be used in more places so that is great!
The library is a great place to get stuff done. There are floors rated by how loud they are. However, it is often hard to find a seat. Luckily, there are other places around campus such as SIS, the batelle atrium, or MGC. All have good study areas. If that isn't close enough to home, there are study lounges on every floor.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Girls - A
In general girls are very pretty and have great style.
Guys - C
SO. MANY. GAYS. Let me explain- I have no problem with gay people. None. But there are very few attractive straight guys at AU. There are many attractive gay guys at AU, so if you happen to be looking for that, you're set. But if you're a straight girl you will be disappointed. One term used on campus is "AU Goggles"-- when you're seeing through AU Goggles, you think that guys you normally wouldn't find attractive are simply because of the limited selection at AU.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: It is far from perfect right now, but they're changing the dining program for the 2013-2014 school year so it should be a lot better. Vegetarian and vegan options are vast (we were named the #1 most vegetarian/vegan friendly campus in the US) but there are currently very few places where you can use meal swipes. Next year the dining options will include TDR (Terrace Dining Room), Elevation Burger, SweetGreen, Bene Pizza, Starbucks, POD (something On Demand, it's a convenience store type of thing I think), and Argo Tea.


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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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