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Washington, DC
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6,970
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$39,499
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Average
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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.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Countless Oppertunities to Enrich Your Classes – I'm majoring in International Studies, by far the largest undergraduate major at American University. The professors are all highly qualifyed, and many of them are national and international experts in their fields. There are many groups and clubs on campus that focus on various international issues, from ending Israeli occupation in Palestine to halting international human trafficing.
Many national and international conferences and seminars on important issues are held at American University, and students frequently attend. These events provide good learning oppertunities and sometimes networking oppertuni9ties as well.
In addition to all this on campus, Washington, DC offers a plethera of jobs and internships relevant to an International Studies major! American University if located on Embasy Row, and the many Thinktanks and international non-proffits around make these oppertunities boundless.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: THe facilities at AU are pretty good. THere is a great new school of international service building and most other buildings are really nice, the quad in the center of the school is really pretty. The campus is a national arboretum so there are always pretty flowers and trees.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: DC Is Awesome – The district of Colombia is a fantastic place to go to school, not only do you have a busy city feel but you also have the peaceful greenery of suburb life. You are minutes away from maryland and virginia as well as every major political building. The music scene is awesome, every band comes through DC. And the restaurants are all really great, so many to choose from!

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Popular Study Areas – International studies is very popular on campus. Almost everyone you meet is in the school of international service and wants to "save the world". International relations, traveling the world, and working for a non profit or NGO is a common goal for most SIS students. I love the school of SIS because all the teachers work in their field in real life and have so many connections globally. They are really busy though so you have to be persistent to get their attention, office hours are a sure way to gain their trust and attention.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Housing Renovations – The Housing at AU is taking a turn for the better! Recent renovations have led to some dorms being nicer than others (such as Anderson Hall being significantly better than the conjoining Letts Hall).

3 College Sophomore

Academics: The Science Department Could Use Some Help – While AU has great schools of International Service, Business, and Marketing. The College of Arts and Sciences is not up to par. After having taken two semesters of science classes, I am certain that I haven't learned anything more than what I had already learned in high school. The sciences at AU are not given the greatest attention and the professors are not very good. While being premed is supposed to be challenging, AU makes it even moreso by hiring a staff with little knowledge of how to teach. If you are interested in Healthcare, my suggestion is that you look elsewhere.

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5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Activities Galore. They have an abundance of activities, so even if you're a transfer student, you can find friends very quickly. It's great! there are so many clubs and organizations, if you don't join one, you're missing out!

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: It's Not That Bad – They have their strictness on alcohol and drug use and honor code violations, but they're sometimes a bit too lenient on noises.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Labs Are Pretty Much Usually Used – Sometimes they're crowded for students using them, but there are usually one or two open slots.

2 College Freshman

Athletics: Worth Showing up – The sporting events have a fairly lively following--mostly because they offer free domino's to attendees. The teams themselves are unsuccessful, with the exception of Basektball (Men's) and Volleyball. Basketball games tend to turn into social events, and can be a lot of fun... if its one of the few AU wins.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: They Ain't Got No Alibi – The term "AU goggles" is relevant for a reason. The guys here are HORRIBLE! So horrible that even the mediocre ones are jerks because the pretty girls all pay attentiont o them. The only semi-decent ones are all in fraternities.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: Not in the Classical Idea of the Word – When people think diversity, they tend to to think minoriites. While you don't notice too many hanging around campus (though we do have a fair Divine Nine representation) there is diversity in a more unexpected way--the international students. They're all over campus. Expect to hear at least 10 different languages on any given day. The cultural variety definitely keeps thigs interesting.

4 College Junior

Academics: Great Professors – Where AU really shines is the quality of professors. Active in their fields, AU professors are generally ble to give students a view from both the practical and academic sides of an issue. Every school has its bad professors, but the good ones go far beyond expectation.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: They're where the campus-are parties are. Whether or not they are fun I do not know. Most AU people are ugly so I avoid AU parties.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: Off Campus – Stick around campus and be disappointed. Students here suck, they don't know how to drink, and are forced to hook up with ugly people (we have a very ugly student body) at frat parties.
However, if you grab a few friends and head in to town you will have a good time. DC is packed with bars and clubs. Some places make it very easy for underaged to drink also; Hawk and Dove just requires an ID that says someone is over 21, not necessarily you.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Having never lived on campus I can not give a thorough review. I have never felt unsafe on campus, and the neighborhood is very good.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: American University is located in the suburbs so there are families who live around there but AU does a nice job of offering apartments up across the street in ties with the Berks (apartment complex). There are also other nice apartment buildings on that street that often work with AU students and it is conveinent to campus at most a 10 minute walk.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Campus is seperated into North Side and South Side. While north side has a quieter reputation, by living on both sides I can tell you the experience is what you make it. North side is smaller giving you the chance to know everyone on your floor and feel like you are apart of a community, and some of the dorm rooms are bigger. On south side you will see and here everything. Both sides are close to the where classes are held and on both sides there is a social atmosphere. The difference is what time you would like to go to sleep. The dorms are nice, though North side is cleaner and its easy to get into your choice of dorm.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Its a cute mexican restaurant right near the American University shuttle stop and near the Tenlytown metro. It is not that expensive and I believe it even takes eagle bucks. The food is pretty good and the place is usually full of college kids and they offer student jobs.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: The Greek life organziations on AU's campus work hard to make AU a better place. They raise money for various charities and initiatives and throw really fun parties.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: Fan Support & School Spirit – Woosh Go AU!!!! The fans aka AU's "Blue Crew" really make the sport games on campus exciting. Everyone comes out to cheer on our teams and the entire arena is filled with screaming fans!

4 College Freshman

Academics: Elementary Education – The classes needed for the major are very enjoyable, the professors are extremely approachable, and because it is a very small major the advisors really have the oppurtunity to focus on and get to know the students.

5 College Junior

Facilities: Environmentally Friendly – American University continuously becomes more environmentally friendly. The school even plans to become carbon neutral by 2020. American has been on its way to realizing this goal hrough the use of solar panels, buildings made of non toxic materials, wind turbines, rain water capturing systems, etc. There is always information and events regarding how to help the environment and save energy.

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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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