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Reviews 2024 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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5 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is great here. No pressure to join. Just understand that as a guy, if you aren't close with the brothers of a Fraternity or a brother yourself, you will have difficulty getting into the parties after freshmen year.

There is something for everyone, go ahead and find your community.

5 College Junior

Athletics: No football team, but the basketball and volleyball teams are great. Not to mention intramurals can get heated.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Honestly, this school has everything you need to succeed, is in a great city, and has a fun social life.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Clubs and bars are easy if you have a fake, happy hour at restaurants is nice. Otherwise you can probably find someone who can get you alcohol if you are lightweight social or above. Or you can just go to frats, get drunk and leave.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Mostly frats, try to make friends in clubs and sports and go to more chill apartment hangouts, they are much better in my opinion, but if you like greek life you should rush, first semster is easy to get in, but second is more exclusive unless you know people.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I'm in the science and psych programs. People are nice and since biology and chemistry are small you get to know your classmates. Psych is really popular so not as much, but the person who emails psych kids is really good about letting us know about opportunities all year.

2 College Freshman

Diversity: Accepting, but low diversity in race, high in religion, low in political beliefs and sexual orientation.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Pretty lenient, it's a "dry campus", but really you're just advised not be stupid. A lot of kids here seem to have been on a tight leash most of their lives and as soon as they get here go balls to the wall and get transported (by ambulance), but if you're smart and know your limits you should be fine.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It's good, expensive and could use ethnic diversity. But it is a challenging, fun environment,

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Very career oriented campus, I always feel like I being sent emails about opportunities for internships and jobs, there is always job fairs and etc.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I can walk around campus at 3 AM and be fine as a female and the surrounding area is generally fine. We've had some issues with sexual assault, like every campus, but people are working to make it better through consent training and people speaking out. Also there are great hotline and people in the Health and Wellness center.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: They force you to get it, which I don't appreciate, especially the high meal plan, but otherwise it's okay.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: It's a little too in your face for me, but if you want to participate good for you, it will take up a lot of your time though.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: No football team, but it's a relatively small campus with lots of girls so it is to be expected

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Great school, great academics, too much greek life for my taste. Science department is small but good.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Like all other universities and college campuses in America, American University runs like a business in many ways. It has its flaws, but I do not think that the flaws would be significantly lesser at other institutions. Still, being in DC makes AU worth it. It is easy to stay in the AU/NW DC bubble, but there is so much more that is in DC that could be available to you if you put an ounce of effort.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe on-campus. And I often walk to the library at night, alone, with my headphones in. It is such a safe environment in one of the wealthiest areas of the city.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Classes range in size, from small classroom types to large lecture halls. It's not hard to find great professors either. RateMyProfessor and AU's evaluations are super helpful when looking at future classes and professors for the next semester.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I have a job for the Smithsonian. It's the best. I wouldn't have the job if I hadn't gone to school at American. Internship possibilities are endless as well.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Dorm life is not for everyone. I personally made most of my friends on my floor and it was fabulous. Just watch out for those few people that might ruin it, such as people who were not taught to clean up after themselves growing up and find themselves not flushing, not cleaning their hair out of the shower, etc. There's always one person like that on each floor it seems. But that's a given at any school.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Panhellenic Greek Life is not my thing. My freshman roommate joined a sorority, and it worked out well for her. She loves her sisters. I joined a Professional Greek Fraternity and it was one the greatest decisions of my life. My big is one of my best friends now.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I never use the sporting facilities much. But I know people who do, and people who love the sports they play. While there is no football team, there is plenty else to have AU Pride for.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I would not trade my experiences at this school for anything in the world. I work at the Smithsonian, I'm in a great advanced BA program, and I've found a home with my friends and within my professional fraternity. People complain about a lack of Greek life online, but honestly, it's prevalent if you want it to be. But the school is not Penn State. It's driven by students who want to enter jobs in public service and politics, and it clearly shows. There are so many opportunities the school and city has given me, it's worth every penny.

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2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Had horrible roommates my first semester, moved off second semester freshman year. New dorms are nice with good facilities, older dorms could stand renovations. Roommate situation is luck of the draw first year.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: We have some good teams but sports are definitely not the mainstay here

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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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