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Reviews 2053 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: Lot's of different religions, sexual orientation and international students.

3 College Freshman

Academics: It's like they only care for SIS students, all other students mean nothing to them.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I like it. It's challenging although I wish it was more challenging.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: It's a pretty campus - especially in the Fall.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: I really don't like DC - metro and bus system doesn't work at all.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Bleh. Pretty hard to find someone straight.

2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I know a few people that have been sexually assaulted - and this only in my freshman year.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I wouldn't choose because people are snob and it's hard to make friends.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Too politically active for my taste.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I got an internship on my first semester so that was pretty amazing.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Wish it was way better.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: A lot of people do it but I wouldn't do it even in my wildest dreams.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I always end up eating on the same places.

4 College Freshman

Administration: It's good and I don't think it's very strict at all, but then again I don't drink or do drugs so I don't have to worry about being caught.

College Freshman

Scholarships: Didn't get financial aid or scholarship.

College Freshman

Party Scene: I don't really go out to party.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: It really misses out on a lot of good stuff that other universities are implementing on their food system.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I don't love it but I don't hate it also. It's an okay place, I guess.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life at AU sucks. Frats are only 40-50 people. Thats a pledge class at a real college. They are either safe, or fun. No combo. Either you run the risk of being raped, or you run the risk of having a boring night. Some frats base their judgement of the hierarchy by the hazing. Which is ridiculous considering hazing here is nothing compared to real greek life hazing. Sororities are stupid because every girl is guaranteed to get a bid if she attends all 2.5 days of rush. For this reason, stereotypes about sororities don't hold up, because they are all jam packed of girls with all different personalities and looks. Once sorority rush is over though, Sorority girls gain an amazingly large ego that basically entitles them to anything. Essentially, in the matter of a 3 hour ceremony to find out who gave you your one bid, all pledges are no longer attracted to non greek men and only devote their time to AU frats. While this isn't applicable for all sororities, it applies to a lot of them.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: We should not be D1, thats for sure.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is so much better then on campus housing, and its cheaper! The only annoying thing is that like anything in DC, its still way overpriced.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: You have the city of Washington to eat in, so you have options galore. That said, DC has never been famous for the food.

1 College Freshman

Administration: The administration is out to get you. They are all condescending people who think that empty bottles or paraphernalia that can be legally used for tobacco are the equivalent of possessing massive quantities of alcohol, marijuana, and other drugs. They have literally tested an advil pill from a students room to make sure it was not acid.

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: AU is here to take your money. A good portion of this campus is rich enough that they do not need to pay for tuition, their parents can. Thus, financial aid and scholarships aren't really important to the university. This is why the rest of us will be in debt for life.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Good amount of parties. Greek life at AU, across the spectrum, is a joke. Parties range from almost real college frat parties to full out high school quality parties hosted by frats. Best parties are typically the kickbacks.

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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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