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Reviews 2154 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Everyone is in a triple their freshman year. No real way to get out of it.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: It's really hard to get into parties if you're not a part of Greek life. Like really hard.

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: We have a good basketball team, but no one really cares about sports.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It's a good school, but some stuff about it I definitely don't like.

4 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek Life is not the end all be all of AU but it definitely is big here. Unlike state schools, there is definitely an inclusive feel to the Greek Life here and it's often hard to pick out who is involved in it and who isn't. Being in D.C. a lot of the Greek organizations put on really cool events at bars and clubs downtown!

4 College Senior

Athletics: Gym memberships are free at AU and all of the facilities are modern and beautifully renovated. It's easy to get there from anywhere on campus! AU also offers semester class passes for $7 a class or $75 unlimited. The classes are amazing and offer everything from kettle bell exercises to cycling!

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: American is a perfect fit for a wide array of students. The professors are real professionals who have relevant experience outside of teaching. Often, professors have unique networking opportunities for students because they are working professionals. Class sizes are small and engaging. There is very much an opportunity to graduate early, study abroad, or tack on multiple degrees all within the 4 year window at American. Going to school in D.C. opens up an entire world of internships and job opportunities!

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Variety of classes. Professors are experts and friendly. Class sizes are small; my biggest class is 40 students.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The city is home to a multitude of jobs. The career center points you in the right direction on how to obtain them

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There have been problems in the past, but AU has taken action to help further prevent incidents from happening. They have been stressing safety and consent especially to freshmen

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Room is relatively big, and bathrooms are comparably nice. It can get loud at night and you can hear through the walls. Housing is way too expensive.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: The Greek life is pretty sketchy. It's lowkey, and doesn't start recruitment until spring.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Our teams are pretty good but no one goes to any games. There's little school spirit when it comes to sports. The club teams are generally small as well. Our gym is really nice, but it's relatively small and you're lucky if you find an open treadmill.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Everyone is very nice and cares a lot about each other. It's easy to find a friend or group that you connect with. The professors are pretty serious and seem a bit hard to approach but are friendlier over time.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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