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Reviews 1670 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Paid No Attention at All – I have no idea about the sports. Didn't care then, still don't.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Bs Economics – why was i willing to pay 18,777 in tuition a semester? because American university is the best when it comes to economics, international relations, and public policy

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: BS in Economics – Great variety of classes but not enough in the higher level areas.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Great Classes Not Always Offered – American university has a very interesting general education program, but some of there more specific/ interesting courses are either offered very rarely or they dont offer enough seats

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Great Options for Food Off-Campus – There are great options to eat off-campus that are metro-accessible or within walking distance. The metro stop closest to American University has places like Domino's, Panera Bread, Neisha Thai Food, Guapo's Mexican Restuarant, and McDonald's of course. In the Friendship Heights neighborhood, there are places such as, The Cheesecake Factory and Maggiano's Italian Restuarant. The Dupont Circle neighborhood also has great places to eat such as, Nando's Peri Peri, which is a mixture of South African/Portuguese culture and flavoring but has great chicken.

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1 College Junior

Parking: parking is SO expensive because you are limited with space in the city

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: there are a million things to do in the city and public transportation is great. It is like no other city, every friend I have that comes to visit absolutely falls in love.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: Off Campus – It is a dry campus, and since you are in the city the nightlife consists within the city of DC, so in order to do anything you need to be 21.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: dc has everything there are a ton of unique and great places to eat.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Great Storage – Dorm rooms are large and the storage/entertainment system is the best

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Very Good – The dining has a good variety. They dining has many good choices even for vegans and vegetarians.

4 College Junior

Parking: The parking on campus is good. People can park on the street or the school parking lot. It does not even cost that much.

2 College Junior

Scholarships: Could Improve – It is really hard to attain certain scholarships at this school and must be improved

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3 College Junior

Athletics: Sports Are Secondary – The sports at American University are very well organized and important to the community, however academics are much more important here. Intramural sports are not the top thing to either but help the community.

3 College Senior

Facilities: Better Than Average – Nothing state of the art that I've seen but extremely up to date an well kept.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Ok I Guess – If you are willing to look you can find housing in dc.

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Pretty Average – From my experiece it is neither better or worse than other campuses.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Expensive and Crowded – The dorms are nice, as long as you're in a newly renovated building, but the price tag was definitely not worth it. The housing lottery is competitive and it is difficult to get in the building you want after freshman year. Centennial is the best (but extremely difficult to get), Anderson, McDowell, and Hughes are all roughly the same. Letts is a freshman residence hall building which should be avoided until it is renovated.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drug Usage Is Low, but Still Occurs – American is a dry campus, although on campus drinking still does occur. However, there is never any pressure to drink or smoke. There are a lot of people who choose not to drink at all, and the University is constantly trying to come up with ways to decrease alcohol consumption and drug usage.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Excellent School, Hefty Price Tag – I love American and all the resources that are offered to me. The professors are amazing and I love being in the heart of DC. However, tuition is incredibly high and goes higher every year. It's a struggle for my family and I to afford my higher education, even with the very generous dean's scholarship I received.

2 College Junior

Weather: Its winters are no Boston but it can get uncomfortable

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: There is a free shuttle bus that runs every 15 to 30 minutes available to all American University students, staff, and faculty that travels between the main campus, the law school, and the Metro. Between the Metro and the Metrobus, one can get around pretty much anywhere in DC for two to five dollars. Being in a city, there are always taxi cabs available if you are willing to pay the high cab prices; however the taxi cabs tend to stay away from AU.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: DC Is Pretty Great – You definitely need to go out into DC as an AU student. Don't waste time on campus!! There is so much to do and see!

1 College Sophomore

Scholarships: American University is not at all generous or helpful with financial aid. The personnel at AU Central are rude and incompetent. AU raises tuition and fees a lot each year and reduces its aid packages to students each year. As a freshman you may get a good award, but they will take it away for sophomore year. I would look for outside scholarships rather than counting on money from American.

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1 College Sophomore

Parking: Do not bring a car to AU. Parking costs at least $1000 for a pass, and you aren't even guaranteed a space. Parking and owning a car in DC is incredibly expensive. Use public transportation instead!


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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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