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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Berks and Avalon are most common. Watch out for the roaches in the Berks, and watch out for the tools in the Av.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Stereotypical movie frat parties. Pretty cool, I guess?

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Cava, Chipotle, and Nando's are favorites. A few take Eagle Bucks - check the website. If you get bored of Tenley food, you're so close to the entire city that you can pretty much go anywhere.

3 College Freshman

Administration: AU Admin kinda sucks, but whatever. They're nice enough, but conduct board is awful.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I got a merit scholarship. If you lose it, get your appeals in QUICK.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Not much variety, and hours are weird. Go for Freshii and Einstein's. Avoid TDR at all costs.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Freshmen, try to live in Hughes or Clark/Roper. Upperclassmen, try for Cassell or Nebraska. Whatever you do, don't live in Leonard.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't lived off campus/ researched it much yet. But, from what I've heard, it's fairly easy and cheaper.

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: First semester, there were a lot more parties. Second semester, when people could rush, parties were must more exclusive--that is, they were typically bid parties or crushes. I found that if we did go out, it was usually a good time.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I am in love with the city, and DC/Maryland has so, so many different food options. While some can be extremely pricey, there are a lot of good (and affordable) finds wherever you may go.

4 College Freshman

Administration: Administration does not mess around. Follow the rules, and you'll be good. Don't slack off second semester. If you're caught violating a rule, you will be held accountable for your actions.

College Freshman

Scholarships: I never really dealt with financial aid. I had a few outside scholarships and they reimbursed us for those, but that was it. I never went there except at the very beginning to give them the checks.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: I am a vegetarian and really, really like eating healthy food. For me, Freshii was always the best option. However, they were usually out of tofu or falafel, which was super irritating. I ate at TDR a bit, but then stopped going second semester. It was just kind of time consuming and I got tired of the food. However, they do make a good effort to offer a variety. Ultimately timing is everything.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Campus housing at AU is fairly comparable to most college dorms. Anderson and Letts are the most common freshman dorms, the latter being newer. (Anderson was first to be renovated and thus last to be "second" renovated.) Even though Anderson is older, it was still clean, and the rooms were super large. I lived in a double on the fourth floor, and it was lovely. Communal living was not always my favorite simply because we did not have our own bathroom, but the rooms, as I mentioned, were very spacious and clean. My roommate and I also lucked out because we overlooked the "LA Quad" (greenery/street between Anderson and Letts), so we have a lovely view. The lounge was also nice as well as the study room. Nothing truly stood out, but they served their purposes and were very helpful when it came to wanting to make a home-cooked meal, catch up on a television show, or find a quiet place to study.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I know a lot of people off-campus and they like it a lot because its cheaper than the college housing and you have your own place.

2 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Frat parties are not worth it. It's nice to go every now and then just to dance and hang out, maybe meet new people, but to go on a regular would be out of the question. Clubs are much more fun, clean, maybe expensive, but worth it.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Tenleytown has a lot of my favorite places and its cheap and just a few bus stops away.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: I think they're as strict as any other college.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I just feel like everyone there is worrying about debt and trying to get multiple jobs to pay off tuition. It's been a huge distraction in my years here and worries me every day. They could give us more, there's always projects going on that don't feel needed and you just don't know really what the money is used for and if its feel. I feel like I could get the same education and experience somewhere cheaper.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Compared to all the college campuses I've been to, I think AU has great choices and its really good. Dining Hall and Global fresh changes a lot. The Tavern is very delicious but sometimes its the easiest thing to get but its unhealthy. I feel we have a lot of variety, except Asian Flavors is not good but I would love Chinese food on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms were convenient because they're all on the edge of the campus. They are clean, as you get older your choices get even better. But even the freshman dorms were not that bad. Especially for freshman, it was a great social atmosphere and I met some of my best friends on my floor from just hanging out in the lounge.

3 College Freshman

Majors: International Relations is the main major. Kind of hard. You have to study and read a lot.

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3 College Freshman

Majors: Most people here pursue something in either communication or politics. AU is known for these concentrations, although they have other programs. IR is a difficult and demanding program, though, so you should be prepared if that is your interest,

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College Freshman

Majors: I haven't had an internship, but there's a variety of kinds: paid, unpaid, for credit, etc.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: AU is one of the most diverse schools ever, statistically. But personality-wise, everyone is pretty much the same, with the same goals, so it's very competitive. But you'll find people of all kinds of sexuality, gender, race, religion, and political beliefs. But students tend to all lean towards either academics or partying, with not a lot of artists or athletes in the mix.

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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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