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Washington, DC
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6,970
Tuition
$39,499
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 1782 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Lots of different races, ethnicities, and nationalities, but not much economic diversity.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I feel spolied not gonna lie, my new letts dorm is very nice! spacious, clean, everything! and they're redoing the other side of letts so it will be the same plus they're adding 3 new dorms by next year

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I don't party or anything and I found friends who don't either. I have friends who are party too and they don't care that I don't and vice versa. It' pretty nice! you'll find your partiers if you are one but you'll never feel forced/awkward/anything if you aren't one

2 College Sophomore

Weather: It depends on the season. However, the weather is normally okay.

2 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It is alright. The nightlife is good and students are friendly.

1 person found this useful Report
1 College Freshman

Campus Dining: In the beginning I gave TDR the benefit of the doubt. I've been here for a month and I have gotten sick so almost everyday, especially from Salsa and salads too!

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5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: They are very interesting in all above you asked me !

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3 College Junior

Facilities: Some intramural sports; most social life off-campus

3 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: House Parties Win Every Time – While clubs are mostly popular with the Greek girls, since they cannot have parties at their houses, the frats generally will spend thousands of dollars on house parties, generally themed. The bars around AU are known for serving underage, so they tend not to last long or get their liquor licenses revoked pretty often. AU is a dry campus as well, and drinking on campus does follow with counseling and fines.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: DC Housing Is Expensive in General – As a rule of thumb, if you are paying less than $900 a month, you are better off than living on campus. There are many traditional apartment complex options in DC but for small spaces, they are extremely expensive. Most people get lucky finding htings on Craigslist in English style basements or renting rooms for property managers in houses. Using non-traditional routes to find housing is usually the best bet, or finding another student that "knows" of a place for rent.

4 Recent Alumnus

Computers: Wi-Fi Awesome, University Owned Printers Scarce. The wireless network at American is great. It is very fast and everywhere on campus. Even in the massive parking lots, you can get the fast wi-fi.
For printing, it is scarce to find University printers that any student can use. You can only print from the Library or one of the computer labs in Anderson. There are printers/labs for specific schools, but you must be a part of the school or major to gain access. The access times to the labs are also not convenient for students with 7:55AM or late evening classes which would be an issue for graduate students needing to print. Luckily, most professor accept online or Blackboard submissions, and most undergradautes have personal printers.

3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Shuttles Unreliable After 8PM – DC public transportation is great for a student in the city and the AU shuttle buses to and from the main campus from the Tenleytown-AU Metro Station on the Red Line, are very clean and the drivers tend to be very sweet. However, after 8:00PM during the week, they are unreliable in wait times. Also, if you happen to be trying to leave campus when a major speaking or athletic event ends and you are not at the first stop to catch the shuttle, there is a likely chance that the full shuttle will drive right past you. The shuttle stops running at 12:00PM during the week and if you live off campus and intend to have a late night in the library, you should either invest in a zip car or bring cab money. The last shuttle leaves from the main campus for the metro stop around 11:30. The last shuttle returning from the metro to the main campus is the same shuttle at 11:45PM.

3 College Junior

Diversity: There are lots of foreign students, don't get me wrong. You'll here people talking in different languages all over the place and a bunch of people wearing traditional clothing of their country. However, the school is not as diverse as I think they try to make it out to be. There tends to be at least one latino in every class with me, but the african american population is pretty lacking.

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3 College Junior

Computers: Computers are on all floors of the library and there are labs in most dorms. They are almost always accessible, and they run quickly with no problems really. The IT people always help out quickly if there is one. Wifi is also all over campus and even off campus in lots of places so its pretty reliable.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: Shuttle Makes the City Accessible – AU has a shuttle system that runs to Tenleytown (where the nearest metro station is) every 10 minutes all day, every day and well into the night. This makes it easy to get almost anywhere in the city with a combination of the shuttle, metrobuses, and the metro. And if the busses are taking too long, it's less than 20 minutes to walk to the metro. Super accessible and very easy.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Super Diverse – AU is known for being extremely diverse and it lives up to its reputation. There are a ton of international students and racial diversity is much higher than it is at a typical college. There is also a lot of diversity in sexual orientation and religion. The only shortcomings would be the fact that the students are predominantly liberal (but conservatives and libertarians have a strong presence as well), generally from the northwest (but since it is a national university, there are plenty of students from all over), and fairly affluent (because AU is expensive and their scholarships/financial aid aren't extensive enough to make it reasonable for lower class families, unfortunately).

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Not as Bad as the Hype – Not everyone is supermodel worthy or Georgetown level preppy, but I think the ugliness of AU students (especially girls) is extremely overreported. I have found that the girls are more consistently attractive than the guys, but that most males are fairly attractive as well. Obviously there are variations, but AU is by no means an ugly campus, and there are lots of adorable gay men!

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5 College Sophomore

Majors: Very Content and Excited – I am incredibly happy with my program here at AU. I've learned so much and my mind has been expanded as a result of learning things that I find incredibly interesting and relevant to my career goals and interests. I would definitely do it all over again. My career goals are somewhere in either law or politics and the CLEG major, as well as the Philosophy double major, greatly assist in pursuing my life goals.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I am very happy as a double major in CLEG (Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government) and Philosophy. The work load is pretty well balanced and reasonable, and there are great internship opportunities available in the realm of government

4 College Sophomore

Majors: There Are a Lot of Great Internships – Being in Washington DC, there are a lot of great internship opportunities with anything regarding public service and foreign affairs

2 College Junior

Parking: Hard to Finance and Find! Parking at AU is extremely difficult. I wouldn't suggest bringing a car unless you absolutely have to. A permit to park on campus is about $500 a semester, or $1000 a year. Parking in the neighborhood is nearly impossible unless you have DC tags because of a new law called the Residential Parking Protection Act. I've been fine without a car because of the wonderful bus and metro system, though!!!!

4 College Senior

Academics: Public Health – As a Public Health major, the workload is intense but manageable. There are lots of on-campus resources to help with homework and studying, including workshops and office hours. My program also offers a wide variety of course electives, which helps cater to everyone's individual interests and includes some really fun and unique courses. It is a requirement to do a Public Health internship/Senior Capstone in order to graduate, which gives students real-life experience and help in finding a suitable internship for the specific field desired.

4 College Senior

Nightlife: Transportation is always readily available either with the metro or taxis. There are house parties going on almost every weekend, which is nice because there is no cost other than transportation if you cannot walk there. There are plenty of bars and clubs for the 21 and older age group, ranging from loud places with dancing to relaxed places more for hanging out and playing games.

2 College Junior

Parking: A pass for campus parking is $500 per semester, which I think is too much. Parking in the surrounding neighborhoods is restricted and parking tickets are given out regularly. That being said, there is a good number of parking spaces available given the number of commuters and students with passes.

5 College Junior

Campus Strictness: You need to be really hard working to get this grad at the American University

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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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