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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.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: STEAK N EGG IS DA BOMB

4 College Freshman

Administration: The campus respects you if you respect and follow their rules.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: I was promised a scholarship which was removed halfway through first semester.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: For a non-state school/dry campus, the parties are pretty good.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The limit on options and lack of quality food at TDR severely hurt AU's dining plans.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I enjoy being in a living learning community, but the rooms themselves are a tad on the small side, especially if you are three to a room.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of options, but not always affordable.

College Freshman

Party Scene: Only people who have parties are club sports, frats and sororities. LA Quad transports to be expected every weekend.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I got overcharged initially for rooming, but was supplied with grants to cover half tuition. If you have problems with financial aid, keep calling the office until it's resolved.

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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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