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4 College Sophomore

Majors: Some majors are really good, some are bad. AU is very oriented towards Political Science and International Relations. The hard sciences are less prominent though I wouldn't call the programs bad. The Audio Production/Technology program is really good as well though not many people know about it.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: I am an Atec and Computer Science double major. The ATEC program is awesome though it's starting to grow a bit too big for the current facilities on campus. The Computer Science program is okay though they need more class sections and professors to meet the demand for Computer Science courses on campus.

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: Most people don't care though our basketball teams have been doing really well lately. This might turn the tide for interest in sports on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Some dorms are not that great like Anderson, Letts, and Mcdowell. Cassell and Nebraska though are really nice, but they are for upperclassmen. That being said they are all livable and people generally complain about them too much.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: A lot of people seem to get screwed over with money at this school. I'm from a low income family from a state that is under represented at AU so I got lucky and received a good scholarship and need based aid. A lot of my peers who are from the middle class did not get nearly as much money as I did. Also if your financial circumstances change while at AU do not expect them to help you out. I have had friends being forced to leave the university because one of their parents lost a job and the university would not help them out.

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3 College Sophomore

Computers: Probably best to bring your own laptop. The labs can be useful, but they get crowded, especially in the library.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: As long as you're not stupid and don't make it too obvious you're breaking rules you should be fine.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Very safe campus in a safe neighborhood. I see people walking alone at all times of night without issue. I've never had problem walking on or around campus.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: If you want to drink/use people wont judge you, but if that's not your thing that's cool too. You are going to find a group no matter what that has similar interests to you. As long as you are not hurting yourself or others people are pretty chill about it.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: If you love the city environment it's great. Plenty of great restaurants and clubs to go to. That being said you are always near someone's house or office building so it's sometimes hard to find spots where you can be by yourself like you can in a more rural area.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Metro is easy to get to since AU has free shuttles to the Tenleytown station. The Metro train and bus system pretty much allows you to go anywhere you want to in the city. There are also plenty of Taxis around if you need to go somewhere out of reach of public transportation.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: American University is a college with college students. If they want to drink and do drugs, they will find a way to do so. However, not a lot of students take part in on-campus partying. Most of the drinking is done off-campus since AU is essentially a dry campus.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Living off-campus is both convenient and simple to do. There are plenty of apartment that are no more than a 10 minute walk from campus. If you wish to live farther, there are also other options that will elongate the walk to about 20 minutes. The apartment buildings along Massachusetts Avenue are extremely convenient, cheap, and very close to public transportation.

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Living in campus housing is not bad at all. However, the lottery system and how clear housing is about the process is what causes the major problems. All of the other things are manageable and tolerable. The housing department just makes the process more complicated than what it actually has to be.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Being so close to downtown DC, public transportation is easy, affordable and convenient to use. The closest metro stop is at Tenleytown, which can be reached by the AU shuttle service, and it is on the red line.

4 College Junior

Diversity: AU takes pride in flaunting how diverse the university is and how accommodating it is.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life at AU is present and prominent, but not to the point of being overbearing and annoying. They sponsor events on campus and throw various parties that are fun to attend. The thing that I appreciate the most about the Greek like at AU is that it is not in your face.

4 College Junior

Athletics: I am a part of a Varsity sport on campus and the only thing that is lacking is the student support at some of the games. Besides the Bender Blue-Out during Welcome Week and various Bender games throughout the year, the school lacks student attendance at games.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Since it is a private school, the financial aid office does the best that it can allocating the money that it has available for scholarships. However, the one thing they lack is the availability to give to not only freshmen and transfers, but also students who have to apply for financial aid throughout their college career because of a change in their financial situation.

4 College Junior

Academics: Academics are the one of the things that AU takes great pride in. We consider ourselves as a baby-ivy because we have a very talented and experienced group of professors who will go above and beyond to make sure the students succeed. The classes are challenging yet rewarding at the same time.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: The only issues that I have noticed are all the laptop being stolen in the dorms because students decided not to deadbolt their doors. Other than that, I haven't witnessed or heard of any drastic violations of safety.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: I only lived on campus my first year at AU and I have never had any issues with the strictness of campus.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: Welcome Week is the highlight of the college year. Although you have plenty of fraternity parties throughout the year, they are mainly invite only and if you know most of the brothers. Since I am an athlete, I attend athletics parties which are some of the best parties I have been to.

4 College Freshman

Weather: It's been cold this year but DC is pretty in the snow and usually the weather is nicely moderate. There are seasons but they aren't as brutal as they could be.

2 College Freshman

Computers: There are almost exclusively PCs. Wifi is usually quick and available in the buildings but since the campus is compact I think there could be more signal in between buildings.


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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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