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Reviews 1657 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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5 College Freshman

Transportation: Shuttles Are Great. The AU campus shuttles run to Tenleytown, Tenleytown Campus and the Washington College of Law regularly - they're so easy to catch and they run 20 minutes past the metro closing time every night. Public transportation in DC is otherwise pretty expensive, but once you're downtown, it's really easy to just walk around to whatever you want to see.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many off campus options at AU! The AU bus picks you up right in front of your dorm every 15 minutes, and once you get to Tenley there are tons of places to eat. Starbucks, a brand new Panera, italian food, an asian restaurant that delivers called Satay (online ordering too!), and many many more. DC has tons of neat restaurants, you just have to be ready to try new things!

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Tons of Variety – There is a lot to eat at AU. TDR has so many different options: the Fire Wok (which has make your own stir fry, an omelet bar, and sometimes a sundae bar), they have cereal served all day, bagels and cream cheese, gluten free products, farm fresh products, fresh fruit, comfort food, an endless salad bar--the list goes on and on. There are many small cafes around campus with your late night coffee and tea essentials. For fast food options, there is both a McDonalds and a Subway on campus. You will never run out of things to eat!

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Shuttles=Your Best Friend – AU shuttles are free. They run till about 12:30AM and take you various AU campuses across the district. The Tenley Town stop is definitely the most popular since it's right by the Metro station and a shopping district (Best Buy, The Container Store, Payless, etc.)
There are many shuttle stops on campus so it's really easy to get on-- though depending on the time of day it can be VERY crowded. Also the shuttles are handicap accessible and the drivers are very helpful.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Dry Dry Dry – AU is a dry campus-- though they don't consider the body to be a 'container' so you can come back hammered so long as you don't run down the halls screaming 'I'M DRUNK AND UNDER-AGED!'. But since it is a dry campus there is no real pressure to drink
In the Letts/Anderson (LA) Quad there are occasional Hookah-smoking circles. There are quite a few cigarette smokers on campus who will smoke anywhere outside. And occasionally you will walk past a dorm room and get a strong whiff of marijuana. In the end though it's all up to how you want to play it-- as long as you don't get caught

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There are a wide variety of people on campus-- you can probably find someone who turns your crank. The problem is weather or not your orientations work out. For instance, as a straight girl, your options are pretty limited since the college is 40(m)/60(f). Plus-- at least half of those guys are gay.
So AU wins when it comes to eye-candy-- just be prepared to have a lot of them end up as great shopping buddies.
(Oh and the GLBTA community is vibrant and awesome! Of course :D)

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: Rome weather is pretty reasonable. During the winter there is hardly any snow, and sometimes it can pass for fall temperatures. During the Spring it rains quite a lot but again it is never too cold. Most of the year you have sun and nice weather, which means students can spend a lo of time outside.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Rome is a city where the night life is always there. There is no age limit for people to go out, and if you look there is a place for everyone. The University is located in one of the main places in the city to go out, therefore, it is really easy to find anything from a relaxing bar scene to an Italian club scene. Also, because it's Rome there is a large number of different ethnicities and therefore many different times of places to go. Transportation can be a problem because the transportation system in Rome does not work, however, there are plenty of Taxis available.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: AUR is located in Monte Verde, so finding apartments is not difficult, however it is expensive. Because the University does not provide housing, finding acceptable housing and good landlords can be hard, but it's Rome, and this happens in every big city. However, the University is in a perfect location, so it is not too hard to find living close to campus.

4 College Junior

Majors: Internship/Job Opportunities – American U. provides students with a multitude of internships and job possibilities. They provide students with the best match for what type of career they are looking to get into. Most of my friends said it was really easy to get an internship and they are really happy with how easy it is to get one.

5 College Junior

Academics: The professors are overqualified and know exactly what they are talking about. Students can feel free to approach them about future careers or inquiries they have. Its a wonderful student to professor atmosphere since its so accessible and comfortable. The professors are really understanding and they provide students with an engaging lesson plan everyday.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: AU always provides students with a multitude of activities to become involved in! And all the activities are aimed towards any type of student with different customs or beliefs

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: Average cafeteria food, there are some fast food options on campus besides the famous cafeteria but nothing spectacular. The meal plan is not worth it if you live off campus or have steady access to a kitchen and dont mind cooking. If you live in the dorms then you'll probably need it but even then, TDR gets old very fast

4 College Senior

Academics: The psych department is the biggest one in the college of arts and sciences but it feels so cozy. The professors are all very nice people and accomplished scholars in their respective fields. The head of the department Anthony Riley is the coolest professor ever. He only teaches one class and he is the toughest professor I've ever had but don't let that stop you. You will learn a lot not only in his class but in all other classes as well

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5 College Junior

Diversity: AU is known for being one of the most diverse campuses in the United States. Enough said. We have a very large GLBTQ community that comes with a very large ally community as well. AU offers of 25 different religious service on campus and will bring a chaplain on campus to meet your specific needs. We also have over 180 countries represented at AU and many domestic minorities.

5 College Junior

Academics: The Definition of Higher Intellect – AU is the epitome of higher intellect. I originally came to the school because of the School of International Service and Washington, DC but I soon realized that the academics are easily on the same level as Georgetown. Our professors are experts in their fields and definitely challenge you to think beyond what you thought was possible.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: Always Sunny – I love DC weather. It's almost always sunny. The winters are really mild and spring in DC is just beautiful.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: TDR is honestly pretty good in comparison to most schools out there. Most of the food is healthy, there are plenty of options, too. I do wish they had better hours, less vegan food, and more locations around campus.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Papers Papers Papers – Get ready to discuss, write, and analyze everything in class. This is not a school where you can memorize and regurgitate information. I don't think I have EVER taken a scan-tron test while at AU. You have to actually understand and be able to process the information that your professor is asking you to know. Get ready for a LOT of paper writing, reading, note taking, and long nights.

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1 College Junior

Scholarships: Easily the most stressful part of the American University experience. While I've been provided with a fairly decent amount of financial aid during the my time here the amount of red tape that I have had to go through to ensure that I keep my package has been ridiculous. The financial aid office is easily the slowest and most unorganized office at our school.

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: There isn't a really big drug scene at American. Most students drink on occasion and some smoke marijuana (but not really a large portion of the population). A lot of people on campus smoke hookah and there is no policy against it.

3 College Junior

Academics: What initially attracted me to American University was its School of Public Affairs, one of the highest ranked in the nation. So far my government classes have lived up to the expectations. Many of my professors are also still working in their respective fields, which makes the material which helps to maintain the relevance within the courses. While challenging the workload is very manageable.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Not Worth It – Parking is expensive and a hassle on campus. Public transportation is very reliable and convenient..you really really don't need a car.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Professors Are Talented, Impressive and Incredibly Helpful – Almost every single professor you will encounter at AU has amazing experiences related to their field that they love to share with students when prompted. The majority of instructors are personal and approachable. Attend office hours!

3 College Junior

Academics: Professors are always there for help, but advisors are not.


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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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