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Reviews 1784 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: American University is a college with college students. If they want to drink and do drugs, they will find a way to do so. However, not a lot of students take part in on-campus partying. Most of the drinking is done off-campus since AU is essentially a dry campus.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Living off-campus is both convenient and simple to do. There are plenty of apartment that are no more than a 10 minute walk from campus. If you wish to live farther, there are also other options that will elongate the walk to about 20 minutes. The apartment buildings along Massachusetts Avenue are extremely convenient, cheap, and very close to public transportation.

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Living in campus housing is not bad at all. However, the lottery system and how clear housing is about the process is what causes the major problems. All of the other things are manageable and tolerable. The housing department just makes the process more complicated than what it actually has to be.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Being so close to downtown DC, public transportation is easy, affordable and convenient to use. The closest metro stop is at Tenleytown, which can be reached by the AU shuttle service, and it is on the red line.

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4 College Junior

Diversity: AU takes pride in flaunting how diverse the university is and how accommodating it is.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life at AU is present and prominent, but not to the point of being overbearing and annoying. They sponsor events on campus and throw various parties that are fun to attend. The thing that I appreciate the most about the Greek like at AU is that it is not in your face.

4 College Junior

Athletics: I am a part of a Varsity sport on campus and the only thing that is lacking is the student support at some of the games. Besides the Bender Blue-Out during Welcome Week and various Bender games throughout the year, the school lacks student attendance at games.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Since it is a private school, the financial aid office does the best that it can allocating the money that it has available for scholarships. However, the one thing they lack is the availability to give to not only freshmen and transfers, but also students who have to apply for financial aid throughout their college career because of a change in their financial situation.

4 College Junior

Academics: Academics are the one of the things that AU takes great pride in. We consider ourselves as a baby-ivy because we have a very talented and experienced group of professors who will go above and beyond to make sure the students succeed. The classes are challenging yet rewarding at the same time.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: The only issues that I have noticed are all the laptop being stolen in the dorms because students decided not to deadbolt their doors. Other than that, I haven't witnessed or heard of any drastic violations of safety.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: I only lived on campus my first year at AU and I have never had any issues with the strictness of campus.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: Welcome Week is the highlight of the college year. Although you have plenty of fraternity parties throughout the year, they are mainly invite only and if you know most of the brothers. Since I am an athlete, I attend athletics parties which are some of the best parties I have been to.

4 College Freshman

Weather: It's been cold this year but DC is pretty in the snow and usually the weather is nicely moderate. There are seasons but they aren't as brutal as they could be.

2 College Freshman

Computers: There are almost exclusively PCs. Wifi is usually quick and available in the buildings but since the campus is compact I think there could be more signal in between buildings.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There is off-campus housing that I've heard good and bad things about but I live on campus and don't know enough about it to say much more than that.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: People go out of their way to be accepting in regards to everything. Saying that faculty and most students here are "politically correct" would be an understatement.

4 College Freshman

Weather: Very temperate. All four seasons. School closes ALL THE TIME for snow days!

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Great metro location. Easy to get into the city but the campus is in the more beautiful, residential area. Easy to get into Georgetown for shopping or around Connecticut to club.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Socioeconomics are hardly diverse. Lots of well off kids. Expect a certain standard of attire and dedication to designer labels. No one is intolerant towards variety in sexual orientation!

4 College Freshman

Athletics: No school spirit, which is too bad for the great teams we do have. Some teams throw great parties, though!

1 College Freshman

Computers: Haven't seen a computer lab on campus... There are a few desktops in the library.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Prices are ridiculous! Most students live at the Berks or Avalon apartments. The former is pretty dank but pretty comparable in price to the Av.

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: They give out aid based on merit.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The RAs have to call an ambulance for kids who come back to the dorms super wasted. Just make sure you and your friends don't over do it and can at least walk through the front lobby on your own.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The shuttle usually comes every ten minutes, depending on the weather. It's too bad that there aren't stops to the Berks or Avalon apartments. Also expect crowdedness on the Tenley and Katzen stops.

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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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