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Washington, DC
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6,970
Tuition
$39,499
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Drug Safety: If you want it, you can find it. It's not very noticeable unless you seek it out, even though most of the student body has smoked pot, at the very least.

College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The student population is all over the place. There are extremes toward both poles. The foreign chicks know how to dress, and there are some hot guys. Overall, it's average.

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Overall Experience: The school is pretty awesome, and I would do it all over again. The professors really care and try to make the classes interesting.

College Freshman

Nightlife: Parties can range from awkward to downright awesome. It all depends on the people really. There are plenty of bars and clubs, but most are 21 and over, and they are very strict about that.

College Freshman

Facilities: They're all nice, if a bit small. They look nice, are kept clean, serve their purpose, but just like everything else on this campus, they just need to be bigger.

College Freshman

Diversity: It's not. It is probably among the most homogeneous campuses in the country, with the possible exceptions of George Washington and Georgetown. Everyone is white, rich, liberal, from the East coast, and they all like guys. Whatever, I still like it, and DC is diverse enough to compensate. You can also take classes through the consortium service, and there are some pretty diverse options through that including Howard, UDC, UMD, and Catholic.

College Freshman

Campus Dining: I like the Terrace Dining Room a lot. There is a pretty good variety of stuff, and there are new things every day. There's pretty good vegetarian fare, but vegans beware.

College Freshman

Campus Housing: They're all, more or less, the same for freshmen. I like North side-Leonard, McDowell, and Hughes-because it's more laid back than South side. Remember to apply early for the nicer dorms, like Centennial and Nebraska-they are worth it.

College Freshman

Nightlife: Parties on campus kinda suck. There are too many restrictions and too many stupid people to get you caught. I mostly know the gay clubs: Town (mixed), B-Bar (mostly lesbians), Fuego (mostly men), and Apex (mostly men).

College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: I love DC! There is so much to do, from clubs and shopping to the Smithsonian museums and think tanks. There are constantly free conferences going on if your interested, and there are quite a few clubs that are 18 and over or easy to get into without ID.

College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There are a lot of women. For the most part, they are well-to-do preppy white girls, but there is some variety. I'd say they are pretty attractive for the most part, but I'm not into girls. The guys are the same. It's kind of hit-or-miss-some are drop-dead gorgeous, others are just not. On par, I would say they are above average. There are a lot of gay guys, too.

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College Freshman

Athletics: I'm not a sports person, but we do have good basketball teams, I think.

College Freshman

Greek Life: I really don't know anything about Greek life. I know there are some fraternities and sororities, but I've never been to one of their parties and only know one person who's in one. They don't really play a big role in my social scene, but I don't really drink so that may be why I'm so oblivious.

College Freshman

Academics: The teachers I've had are very good. The workload depends on the class. Go to American for the Public Affairs and International Affairs majors.

College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: AU is strict and is cracking down on everything. It's a dry campus.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: If you have the money, yes. If you are paying through loans, no.

College Freshman

Athletics: Varsity sports are not a huge deal at AU, though their importance is rising on campus.

College Sophomore

Parking: I wouldn't suggest it except for commuters. Zip cars are available, if necessary.

College Sophomore

Diversity: Very diverse in all manners.

College Sophomore

Campus Dining: It's survivable. The Tavern is mostly fried and greasy foods. TDR is the dining floor with food ranging from barely edible to delicious. It's really a hit or miss. When in doubt, there is always Subway, McDonald's, and Einsteins Bros. Bagels.

College Sophomore

Campus Housing: North side contains the "quiet" dorms. South side is more of the louder crowd. Leonard is the multicultural dorm and the furthest north. It is nicknamed the "Fat Camp Dorm" due to its location at the bottom of three hills.

College Student

Overall Experience: American University is very politically active. No matter what your political views are, you can find a club to suit your tastes. However, more liberal or left-leaning clubs dominate the campus, as well as the faculty. In general, the faculty is very qualified and concerned with the performance of students.

College Student

Facilities: The facilities are decent. The gym is frequently overcrowded but is still manageable. The campus itself is very attractive and contains a lot of flowers and trees.

College Student

Drug Safety: A large amount of people on campus drink and smoke. One thing that might come as a surprise to new students is that a very large population of the campus smoke hookah outside the dorms.

College Student

Computers: I would highly recommend bringing your own personal computer. Also, the Wi-Fi is not very good and nearly inexistent on some parts of campus. This will lead most people to use wired Internet in their rooms.

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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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