Location
Washington, DC
Undergrads
6,970
Tuition
$39,499
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 1657 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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2 College Freshman

Transportation: The AU shuttle is free, but its route is very limited. You can get to the Tenleytown metro which is great. But driving and parking are incredibly expensive and difficult in DC and at AU. Public transportation is very expensive but goes a lot of places.

2 College Freshman

Facilities: The only nice buildings are SIS and Kogod. Everything else is deteriorating. Also the dorms are awful, but definitely better than a lot of places.

1 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Lock up Your Belongings – So many laptops have been stolen this semester that they are offering a $500 reward to anyone with any information. It's ridiculous that they don't monitor the halls better. Be careful with your belongings.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: They are starting to be more allergy, vegetarian, and vegan friendly at TDR which is a step in the right direction. There is still a limited number of dining options and only one dining hall (TDR) on the main campus. Also, the meal plan is a total ripoff.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Better Than on Campus, Rent Is Still Too High Though – It's expensive to live in DC. It's even more expensive to live on campus at American University. I suggest moving off campus to save money, but look beyond the Avalon and the Berks- they are very expensive. The Berks is just another dorm, and it has maintenance issues. Off campus is pricey but still cheaper than on campus.

4 College Freshman

Academics: International Studies – The School of International Service at American University is THE place to study IR. There is an incredible, experience, knowledgable faculty and it is the biggest school for international relations in the U.S. I highly recommend AU if you want to study this major.

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3 College Freshman

Academics: Not Bad – Some professors are incredible, and others are horrible- typical for all schools. But the real problem with AU is that a lot of students do not care about academics as much as other things (i.e. partying). Academics are really interrupted by the Greek Life and social lives of students. This makes it hard for students who are interested in academics to get the most out of their school experience. Some students don't take classes seriously and disrespect professors and other students. The classes and opportunities at AU are great for people who want to take advantage of them though.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: They have strict rules that are poorly enforced. Everyone laughs about the "Dry Campus" policy, especially since there has been alcohol at university sponsored events like the graduating seniors' dinner, etc. Also, drinking is rampant on campus and while they threaten consequences, students can get away with a lot if they are smart. The smoking policies are not enforced at all. Students smoke right next to building entrances rather than maintaining 25 feet. The resident hall assistants rarely write people up, and occasionally partake in rule breaking with their residents.

3 College Freshman

Weather: The most annoying thing about DC is the wind. It is SO windy here, and you will definitely need raincoats and an umbrella. It didn't snow at all this past winter but that isn't always the case. Rain is an issue when walking to class, etc so be prepared, always.

5 College Student

Health & Safety: Extremely Safe – The campus at the American University is extremely safe. Homeland security is right next store, and if an emergency call needed to be made, it is guaranteed professional help would be there in 10 seconds. However, the button for an emergency call was only pressed twice. Once during a storm as a tree fell and hit the button, and the second time as a prank.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: School of International Service -- SIS – Classes and teachers are great. Some adjuncts are lame. I'm not sure it is worth $54,000 a year for undergrad work.

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5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Very Political – It's all about politics in DC, and AU is fight in there with lots of clubs and activities and great speakers, like Bill Clinton last fall.

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4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Nation's Capital – Lots to do in DC! Big Greek scene, lots of clubbing, great access with the Metro and lots of parties.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: As for the health amenities and overall safety on-campus, I believe that American University deserves to be given an A+.

1 College Freshman

Computers: Computer Theft – This year there has been a ridiculous number of computers stolen, and AU security still hasn't been able to figure out who has taken them. If people merely lock their doors, but don't dead bolt them, it is not uncommon for people to break into their rooms, and their have been a number of reports of people waking up to people in their rooms at night stealing their laptops. I know, sounds ridiculous...like a rumor, but campus security posts notices everytime one of these incidences occurs and describes it, which is how I know.

1 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Overall Experiene – American University has no school spirit. If you are looking for the typical college experience....try again. Sports games are not a big deal at all, there is no football team. And most of the people on sports teams only hang out with each other.
Greek life is also really big, despite what they tell you on the tours. For the most part, the greek community is really close despite what sorority/fraternity you're in.
POLITICS. do not underestimate the amount of politics you will find here. you will find it in every class. even a statistics class, a psych class, a business class....EVERYWHERE.
overall, I have not enjoyed my experience at AU, as you may be able to see from my post. I wish someone had told me the things i mentioned above before I attended, because I probably wouldn't have chosen this school if I had known.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Theres some pretty good places to get take out from, and you are technically in DC so you can always find something. But just because you're in DC doesn't mean you're really in the city, and it takes a while to get downtown between the shuttle and the metro. So it's not like you can grab off campus lunch between classes...and its DC...so every things expensive.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: It's a Bit of a Mess – Although I did get financial aid, it still is not nearly enough to cover the outrageous costs of school. It really wasn't that hard, but the Financial Aid Office isn't that helpful if you have questions, either. If you have financial aid, you really have to stay on top of your own finances.

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4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Although AU is a dry campus, there is still plenty of nightlife. There are tons of clubs that allow 18+ students, and public transportation is cheap and convenient. There are also plenty of parties, with designated drivers shuttling students where they need to go. There are also plenty of concerts and free events, both on and off campus.

3 College Freshman

Computers: On campus, most people have no problems finding computers to use; but getting connected to the internet can be a serious issue. The network program that the school uses, called "Eaglesecure," is the bane of most students' existence. Slow, unreliable, and difficult to log on to, even when it is working, Eaglesecure makes it difficult to access the internet without a direct line (ethernet cable)

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Be Who You Are – Most students have a "be who you are" approach to most things on campus. If you're into Greek life, that's great. If you're not, it probably doesn't really affect you.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Men With Brains – The men here have goals, ideas, and brains so make sure that you do too otherwise you wont get a second look.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Living on or Off – Living on or off campus life is great for an American University student because the city has so much to offer and everyone is sure to find something interesting to them on or off campus.

2 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Nothing Much to Do – Despite being located in DC, there's not much going on at American University.

4 College Student

Weather: All Seasons! We literally get every season...except I hate the humidity in the summer, therefore A-

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Jesse MacDonald
Hometown
Brooklyn
Major
Law & Society
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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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