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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.

1 College Freshman

Campus Food: All on campus meal plan vendors are run through Aramark. They are guaranteed your money through the meal plan you pay for when you show up. Thus, the result is poor and remarkably inefficient service and terrible quality.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Campus housing includes RAs who want to bust you for any violation as well as a cleaning and maintenance staff that rarely does their job. Aside from that, location is great and the rooms are relatively big.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: AU is in a very safe area, so there's very little concern about living in dangerous apartment complexes. There are complezes (the Berks/Avalon) very close to campus, where many students live. While off-campus housing is less expensive than living on-campus, it's still expensive because of DC rates.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: DC is known for having a wide variety of (somewhat expensive, but tasty and healthy) food options - Tenleytown is no exception. The AU shuttle takes you straight to the hub of local dining areas, which have pizza places, Mediterranean and Mexican cuisine, frozen yogurt, and much more. If you're willing to explore outside of Tenleytown (which is very easy with the metro and bus system) the options get more diverse and interesting. I highly recommend everything.

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5 College Sophomore

Administration: With the exception of drinking, cheating, and the usage of drugs, AU is very tolerant of many controversial activities. Students are allowed to protest as much as they want (and often do - there's at least a protest a week) and are allowed to have as many guests as they like for as long as they like, if their room mate consents to it. You are allowed up to 3 absences without penalty, but after that, you may be in danger of failing a class - and you are allowed warnings before you get a citation for noise violations.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: My AU grant is quite substantial, and though it doesn't cover my entire tuition, it's more than most other colleges of this caliber give their students. For example, Georgetown gave me $5,000 - and AU gave me $40,000. This varies year to year and occasionally students need to haggle with AU Central to adjust their aid, but in my experience, it's been a smooth process.

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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: If you seek out parties, you'll find them every weekend at frats and club houses. Frats are the best-known for throwing ragers, but the quieter, more intimate parties happen in the Berks apartments - and club houses are something in between. The party scene has a positive impact if you want it to, but students should beware of drinking in the dorms, which is in direct violation of the University code and could get them in a lot of trouble.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Freshii is healthy and definitely tasty; everything else is either expensive or repetitive. You don't get the full value of your meal when you use a meal swipe, which is definitely frustrating - for example, an $8 sub at Subway costs you a $20 meal swipe. TDR is either hit-or-mis.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living on campus is incredibly expensive in comparison to living off-campus - you're also required to buy an overpriced meal plan when you live on campus, which can be a source of irritation to many students here. However, the dorms are relatively nice, and you're never more than five minutes away from any of your classes.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Not as important as it is at most schools.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: I do club and intramural and I like it. Varsity is something most don't really pay attention to though.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't live off campus.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I end up there a lot.

3 College Freshman

Administration: Could be stricter in some aspects and lenient in others.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Even with my low amount of need, I still have some financial need.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Really not that important to me, but its decent.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: If I want food it is very accessible. Thats important.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The Berks and the Avalon seem like the only two options available.

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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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