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Washington, DC
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$39,499
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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: DC has every type of food you could imagine, and anything you could want is just a metro ride away. There are a lot of places that are within walking distance of campus too, and there are a ton of opportunities for discounts and stuff with student ID or Blue Crew card.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: There are multiple free school shuttles that go around campus, to the grocery store, and to the nearest metro stop. Metro is seriously the easiest way to get around the city, and don't be afraid to try the buses, they're really convenient once you get the hang of it. Should you be stranded in teh city, call the school's public safety and they'll send a cab to you and take the cab fee out of your student account, so you're never stuck somewhere.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Hidden Presence – AU is a dry campus, which means no alcohol on campus, even if you're 21. That doesn't mean people don't drink here, it just means they go off campus, or if they're doing it here they do it a little more quietly. Alcohol and weed are present, but avoidable.

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Student population is really liberal – The student population is really liberal, but in a school that is 60% female and gay friendly, sorry ladies but the outlook for getting a guy here isn't so good.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Great Choice – I chose to come here not entirely sold on it, but knowing that I wanted to be in DC and at a school that actually had a campus to hang out on. Since I started coming here I have fallen more and more in love with the school. The campus is gorgeous, there's sucha wide range our people here you're BOUND to make friends no matter what personality you are, the classes are interesting and the city is AMAZING. All I can say negative is make sur eyou check out ratemyprofessor.com before scheduling classes because who teaches can make all the difference in how enjoyable aa class is.

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3 College Freshman

Parking: Really Don't Need One – Parking permits are expensive for the year, but I've never heard of anyone having trouble getting a spot. Most people I know don't have cars here, and if you don't have one, don't worry. Actually, even if you do have one it might not be worth it. DC traffic is awful and it may be more expensive to have a car in this city than its really worth having one around.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: The school tries to put on a lot of events during the weekend to keep people out of trouble, since this is a dry campus, but I'm not sure how much that works. Be sure to go to any oncampus concerts though! I saw some of my favorite bands here for free. The rule here is no alcohol oncampus even if you're 21 and over. However, should you really want to party, there are plenty of frat houses in the area that are usually doing something. And don't forget, this is DC so there are PLENTY of good clubs and dance halls to go to. Take advantage of the city!

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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Be smart with dorm drinking – dorm drinking is fun, but the noise level has to be kept at a minimum. i got written up for being in a friends room and in the presence of alcohol, which could have been avoided. yet because there were a lot of drunk people, people acted stupid. they didn't tell my parents, and i argued that i didn't know there was alcohol, and their judicial system was just and listened to everyone's side of the story. now i have to write a 3 page paper on what noise means. just don't be loud if you're going to drink or smoke! and act straight in the dorms, if they see you being a fool you'll get transported and have to pay for the ambulance.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Diverse in Some Ways – everyone has a different life story, and everyone is really cultural. the one thing so many people have in common at this school is that they come from wealthy families. AU does give out a lot of financial aid, but it's still so expensive that it's hard to reach out to any other groups. there aren't many african americans either.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Letts Hall 09-10 – i'm a freshman in letts hall right now. i signed up for both halls on south side, considering that it's the louder, more fun side of campus. north is known for being quiet. when getting a ride to parties, mainly frat parties, they tend to meet right outside of letts and anderson, and they round people up. letts is a lot of fun, and very clean. my only complaints about the dorms is that letts is known as "the lett-o" (ghetto) compared to anderson. anderson has the nicest lounges also, why is the package system always down on south side? i don't know if it's like that on north side but it's mad annoying. living on campus is very convenient, but a little overpriced.

3 College Junior

Facilities: Student center is good, library is awful – The student center is pretty good and a great place to hang out. The library is awful for the size and prestige of the University, and I study at the Washington School of Law library every chance I get because of how much better it is. Campus is an oasis in DC, but doesn't look like Hogwarts by any stretch.

3 College Junior

Computers: Eaglenet Is Horrible. They boast a wireless campus but often its very slow or not working altogether.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: It's Pretty Safe – However, just don't walk alone late at night.

3 College Junior

Academics: Many Gen Eds – AU requires you to take 10 classes across 5 areas of study, as well as two writing classes, and a math class. That is a lot of time not devoted to your major, but they want to make sure that what you're majoring in, is what you want to be majoring in. Registration goes by number of credits completed, with RAs getting priority registration.

3 College Junior

Academics: Great Professors – The SIS, SPA, and SOC are top programs in their field. Workload depends on your teachers. Facilities in most majors are state of the art -- including the brand new, green, SIS building. ENDLESS internship opportunities thanks to the large alumni base.

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3 College Junior

Weather: Late July and August are insufferable, but the dorms are air conditioned. Falls are amazing. Spring it rains constantly. Winter is chilly, with little snow.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: It is easy to be social and not involved in greek life. However, because the campus is dry, a lot of night life exists because of Greek Life. It is not a large part of campus, at about 25%, but visibly present. Obviously, no Greek houses.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Great Atmosphere – DC was tied for number one as the top town kids go to after they graduate college. There is always something to see and do. Free concerts at the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonians, Clubs, free showings of movies, etc. As long as you're smart about it it's a really safe place, just don't go anywhere late at night by yourself. Great shopping at Pentagon City, or Eastern Market if you want a less traditional shopping experience. It's easy to see sports at the Verizon Center, or Nationals Stadium -- and they have $5 game day tickets -- even if the Nationals aren't very good. The locals hate tourists, not students: so as long as you stand on the right and walk on the left on metro escalators, you should be fine with locals.

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College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I've never had a problem. I could be pretty loud in my room and outside, and if the RA came by we would just quickly hide the alcohol, and he would tell us to quiet down. Nothing was ever documented.

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College Freshman

Greek Life: I am very involved in Greek life, but I still have a number of friends who are not. It was one of those friends that said the following, "Greeks may only make up 20 percent of the student body, but they're like 90 people of the fun people." Enough said.

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College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: AU is very strict. If you get caught, you are in serious trouble! Yet, the campus is far from being actually "dry"—there is a lot of drinking going on. Every Monday, the police blotter in The Eagle reports how many people were transported to the nearby hospital—usually, there is at least one.

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College Sophomore

Academics: All my professors were good. All are interesting, some are easy, and some are quite tough. And professors in the Honors Program are simply great! Some of them made me completely rethink my life.

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College Junior

Campus Strictness: The freshmen I lived next to sophmore year in the dorms had a stash of Jack Daniels and Everclear in their ceiling (the ceiling tiles in the dorms pop out, so it's a common smuggling spot). RAs can't enter your room without knocking, so as long as you're not disruptive and are smart enough to hide your alcohol, there's no problem drinking. If you get caught however, then you'll have hell to pay.

College Junior

Parking: Permits are EXPENSIVE. Only bring a car if for some reason you're living in Georgetown, since there's no metro access (and even then, parking in Georgetown is worse than at AU). Never bring one if you're living on campus, unless you're a masochist.

College Freshman

Academics: I love all of my teachers. The majority are still extremely active in their fields and tend to show up on TV or in the newspaper. One of my professors is currently in Africa working with the UN on issues that he was teaching about last semester. Most are welcoming and completely willing to sit down and talk over coffee. The professors are what made me come to this school and why I have decided to stay.

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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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