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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The classes I've taken freshman year have been great. I've learned a lot of both theoretical and practical information. The class sizes are small, the professors expect a lot of participation, and there is a lot of variety. Most kids are more than willing to speak up in class so you have to be proactive with raising your hand and seizing opportunity. Participation is part of your grade most of the times and you likely won't be called on. Of course, classes are what you make of them. If you do the required reading, pay attention in class, do the assignments, and study for tests, you will genuinely feel as if you gained knowledge. But if you slack off and don't go to class, you won't realize the value of what you're getting.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Most upperclassmen I know intern in cool places around the DMV area and have jobs lined up for after they graduate. Even freshman and sophomores are interning around DC and therefore have great job prospects in the future. The culture of the school emphasizes getting a job after graduation and that is very apparent in students' behavior. Since AU is one of the big 3 schools in DC, getting a job or internship is no big deal as employers are very familiar with the school. Almost any company you go to in DC will have alumni and interns from AU, GU, and GW. My biggest advice would be to take advantage of the on campus recruiting events and the career center. Many companies and agencies come on campus to recruit so attend the workshops.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The campus is really safe, I've never felt uncomfortable walking around at 2AM. Even the surrounding area is pretty safe at night. Of course, this is a major city so there is going to be some crime near the metro stops but generally it is okay. There are public safety officers and cops roaming around everywhere as well, both on and off campus. Thanks to Empower AU and the many other initiatives our school takes to tackle the problem of sexual assault on campus, most students are pretty aware about the issue and some go so far as to stop any situation that looks like it might be headed in the wrong direction. Even at parties where people are drinking, there are guys and girls who are looking out for their fellow students in my experience.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: If you are a freshman, I recommend living on south campus in either Anderson or Letts because that is where the social scene is. You will meet the most amount of people there and it will probably be a lot more fun than living in Leonard or any other building on north campus. The freshman dorms are pretty spacious and have more than enough space to fit everything. I recommend getting a double but if you are stuck in a triple like I was for first semester, it's not the worst thing. Some people end up liking it and choose not to detriple. The lounge is the main social spot during first semester and I recommend going there a lot to meet people on your floor. Trust me, college is not as fun if you don't know people on your floor. There are so many opportunities to, just take advantage of them. Of course, meet people on other floors to because the more friends you have, the better. The bathrooms are cleaned daily so they're usually fine but on friday and saturday nights, things get a bit messy.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Most non greeks and greeks get along pretty well. The greek social scene isn't very exclusive, so even if you have some friends who are greek, you can get into the parties. Almost anyone can get into a sorority or fraternity if they want to, you just have to rush. Sorority recruitment ensures that everyone gets a bid, even if it's not from your first choice, and most guys who do fraternity recruitment rush a frat that they have connections in. If you want to find out which organization is for you, attend parties, go to information events, and talk to people.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Honestly, most people don't pay attention to sports and it's not a big part of campus life. At AU, politics is our sport and students are more likely to watch debates than football matches.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I'm going to be a sophomore this year and my freshman year at AU has been the best! I've met so many great people and learned more new things in just one semester than I have ever learned in my top 50 high school. Many of my general education classes have fundamentally changed the way I think and see the world and I am excited to see what my major classes are going to be like. The whole campus is beautiful and there are so many spots to study or hang out. I must recommend the quad on sunny days because it feels like the whole campus is outside and enjoying the sun. The people are motivated and driven, however most people are just as willing to have a good time when they are not studying or interning. The general motto is "work hard play harder" and if you prefer to live like that, I would recommend attending AU. However, if you want to party like a state school frat bro, I would not recommend AU as kids here put academics first. Coming here will honestly allow you to have so many once in a lifetime experiences that you can't get anywhere else in the country. For example, as a freshman, I interned on Capitol Hill, got to walk in the House of Representatives voting chamber, saw the pope, attended balls at various embassies, and met various ambassadors and the president of the EU. I'm excited to see what the next year brings and I recommend high schoolers to come to the school if they feel like they belong.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: For the money I pay to attend, I think the school could improve.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Faculty and fellow students appear to help each other with career prospects. Our location in Washington DC is a plus.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: The students and faculty take campus assault very seriously. Consent is a very important concept.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: I expected more considering my school is an expensive private schools. To be honest, I think I had better professors and an overall better experience at the community college I went to prior. I like my current university, it just didn't meet my expectations. I've had several professors who seem more concerned about the research money they receive than about the wellbeing of their students. If I had to choose again, I am not sure if I would choose this school.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: In Welcome Week and all throughout the year, Greeks are always present and very welcoming to recruit new members. They are always doing something fun out in the quad and involves non-members to join on the fun. Greek life is very sociable and can be relied on for fun and entertainment.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I loved all the courses I took in my freshmen year. I got to get involved in my major courses and also my minor courses. They were all self-absorbing and the professors made every work that I had put into an essay or homework worth the effort. All the professors were my friends and of course scholars. During their office hours, I can talk about the course material or something in my private life. The professors always focus on each student no matter how big (my largest class was 70 students) the class was. I really liked my Biology professor and she would always ask me if I was alright when I was feeling down. In American, there are variety of courses such as Women's Rights, Religion, sports courses such as swimming or running. American University also requires 2 courses from 5 different genres so you are exposed to variety of topics outside of your major or your minor.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Student getting jobs and internships are one of many goals of being a student at American University. There is a center where you can go and look for jobs or you can go online to look up jobs on campus and also off campus according to your major or other specifics. It is very useful and many counselors encourage every student to be involved on campus through jobs and internships.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There is always police men in their patrol cars going around campus every day and every night. Even when I am pulling an all nighter and I go outside to the library in pitch darkness, I always see the police men looking out for students. I have never encountered any danger on campus, but once I leave the campus, I feel tense and I am cautious. So the change in my attitude from being on campus to off campus exemplifies the safety and security of the campus.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Everything is close, classes, dinning halls, activities (which are usually outside of the dorm or in the dorm) and even the people are close. You also have options to live in a single, double or triple rooms when you sign up for dorms. Even if it costs a little more money than living off campus, it is worth it because it is very accessible. Living off campus usually takes more than 15 minutes of walking to the main campus so living on campus is very beneficial.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: There are different groups that support the athletics teams and they technically become cheerleaders. Anyone can join so it is very diverse. Almost all the varsity abs intramural teams require try outs so it can be competitive but at the same time, very welcoming to beginners. The facilities include 3 different gyms for work outs, swimming pool, tennis courts, baseball field, inside court, etc. All the facilities are beautiful and well kept.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love the professors who are always eager to teach and talk about things that is related or not related to the class: they are very approachable for conversations and questions. My favorite experience that I had was in my musicianship class. It was the final exam and I had to sight sing music pieces and after I sang all the pieces, my professor grabbed my hands and we both jumped up and down saying that she was proud of me for doing everything right. I was super nervous during the exam but my professor wiped it away as we both celebrated by jumping.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I love AU, I love the professors and organizations and people

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: There are lots of opportunities in DC

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: It is in a safe area and I never feel unsafe

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: After freshman year, housing options are pretty good

4 College Junior

Greek Life: I love greek life at AU because it has the best of what greek life has to offer, i.e. leadership opportunities, philanthropy sisterhood/brotherhood and a fun social atmosphere, without being as catty and cliquey as state schools.

3 College Junior

Athletics: I love going to the basketball games, which is our biggest sport, but I wish the rest of the student population was passionate about it as well.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: All the people are extremely driven and hard working. They are also fun and nice. The campus atmosphere is very liberal. The campus itself is beautiful.

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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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