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Basic Statistics

Washington, DC
Full-Time Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
Large city
In-State Tuition
Out-of-State Tuition
Room & Board
Acceptance Rate
44 %
Admission Difficulty
Average SAT Scores
Average ACT Scores

Best ThingsMore . . .

  • AU Abroad program for studying internationally
  • The Career Center
  • Comfortable, clean, and friendly dorms
  • Engaging and expert professors

Worst ThingsMore . . .

  • Administrative bureaucracy
  • Cost of living
  • Dry campus
  • Expensive tuition

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Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

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.

American Student Reviews

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: If you want to take part in it, you can. If you don't want to, you don't have to.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: There's usually a frat party if you're looking for one, especially in the fall. Frat parties can be a great time but they get boring quickly. Less open parties in the spring, but you can still find one. Bars in DC are annoyingly strict with ID, clubs less so. Lots of 18+ nights at clubs, but they're usually not so great. Metro isn't open that late which is also annoying.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: As a freshman I was put into a forced triple in Anderson Hall. Was a bit tight for sure, but we ended up staying together anyway. The closets are bigger than most freshman dorms and you have a decent amount of space. Very big windows are nice. Cleanliness is the biggest problem. Though we've been lucky, most of my friends have had mice or rats in their dorms, and we've had them in our floor lounge. The bathrooms are usually pretty gross as well. Next year I'll be living in a 6 person suite in Cassell which is one of the nicer dorms on campus. Overall I think housing is pretty great here, but cleanliness was a big issue for me.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: American University is one of the most accepting places I've ever been, and I'm coming from NYC. The school is incredibly supportive of LGBTQ* rights and is constantly supporting inclusion and safety for everyone on campus.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Feel very safe on campus, always comfortable walking alone, even at night. There's been a few incidents here and there, but its rare you hear of anything alarming happening. Student health center is a joke, they'll charge you $30 to tell you that you have a cold.


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