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Reviews 1803 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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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-

5 College Student

Nightlife: Always Something to Do! Whether its a walk down by the White House, or partying, there is always something to do!

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: AU has a very strict drug and alcohol policy. The entire is campus is dry.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: diverse sexuality is readily embraced and not frowned upon at AU.

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3 College Freshman

Computers: Network Speed – American University's internet speed is average at best. It is about the same as my household internet in Maine.

5 College Junior

Transportation: Do Not Bring a Car – Do not bring a car. Its not necessary and its not green. AU provides shuttles to and from the metro and we are on the redline so everything is easy to get to. The bus system in DC is really reliable so its super easy to get where you need to go whether it be Columbia Heights, DuPont Circle, or Georgetown.

The shuttles run regularly and stop at midnight on weekdays and 3 am on weekends.

4 College Junior

Diversity: A True Melting Pot – As former President of the Black Student Alliance, I know that AU is working to increase the amount of domestic minorities at AU. Minority students can find comfort in the Multicultural Affairs Office which serves as a resource to minority and first-generation college students. AU is fill of international diversity which makes AU what it is. AU is extremely accepting to the GLBTQ community and we have a GLBTA resource center. In regards to economic background, everyone comes from a different one and you aren't judged based on where you come from. People accept you for who you are.
AU also has Kay Spiritual Life Center which offers over 25 different religions and if they don't offer a service for your religion, they will bring in someone so that you can worship. We have prayer rooms for all religions as well.
Politically, AU is pretty liberal but we are open to and appreciate political diversity.

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5 College Junior

Computers: Endless Possibilities – AU has a computer lab in every building along with printers including the residence halls. You can print wirelessly from your personal computer and just go pick it up from the computer. AU also has specialized labs for statistical research, graphic design, finance, and editing bays with editing equipment for film and production majors. AU also has free software that you can download to your own personal computer thats available through your student portal. The wireless connection is incredible and AU is always working to update the system to make it faster. Having a personal computer is nice but its honestly not necessary due to the abundance on computers on campus. The hours of the computer labs are great. The whole campus is also wireless.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: If You Want It You Can Get It – The drug scene at AU is not that big. Most kids stick with pot and don't do hard core drugs but if you really want to I'm sure you can find some. Drinking is definitely more popular.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Apartments a Little Cheaper Than Dorms – The off campus housing down the street from AU are a little less expensive than living on campus but you lose that sense of community. And you have to pay your own bills and clean your own bathroom, and who wants to do that?

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Great Sense of Community – American University has a great sense of community on campus. When there is a nice day you will see half of the student body on the quad hanging out either doing homework or throwing a football around. If you go to AU you will soon learn that the people on your floor in your dorm are like family and everyone does stuff together from getting lunch to going clubbing. Everyone is very accepting of everyone else, and it is just overall a great place.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I do plan on having an internship because there are great opportunities for my major in Washington, DC, which is why I came here.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I really don't know much about off-campus housing.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Off Campus dining can be good as well as cost effective as long as you are smart about where you go. There are always cheap places around, but also a share of rather expensive places.

3 College Senior

Transportation: Near a metro stop, constant shuttles to and from main campus and the law campus...overall it's pretty good. Do not try to catch a taxi at night, however. They are nearly impossible to find.

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3 College Senior

Parking: Parking is very available in the lot across from the main campus, but that there is no discount for employees (including staff) is really disgraceful. There is very little side-street parking, so you are basically required to pay the $2/hour fee.


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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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