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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.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: A lot of people smoke weed. A LOT. Public Safety and the RHA are pretty tough so not many people do so on campus but it definitely is something many students do in other locations. Other drugs aren't too big though.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: ridiculously easy on alcohol rules but are about ban smoking on campus.
very harsh to first time offenders when using drugs. letter sent home and hospital bills. grades in SIS are difficult: hard to get As if not impossible

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I always feel safe on campus, even walking alone at night. This probably has something to do with the small campus--there are always people nearby and it's not a far walk to my dorm or anything. I've seen Public Safety officers around campus but have never really had any interaction with them so I can't really say how helpful they are, but I think most of what they do that directly involves students is with regard to alcohol and people needing to be transported to the hospital. But as long as you can walk and sit up straight they don't really care if you're drunk.

2 College Freshman

Weather: The weather here is definitely bipolar but you should be fine if you're from the north or the north east. If you're from the west prepare for any type of weather. Also what I'm starting to notice is that AU is like a huge wind tunnel, like it feels like there's a constant wind going all the time which can become freezing especially in the transition from winter to spring.

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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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