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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I found an internship at the Smithsonian from a graduate at AU. I believe that there are definitely plenty of options for post graduate job prospects, but I also think there's a lot of pressure straight off the bat.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I've loved the diversity of classes and I've loved my General Education courses. I just wish that I could take more Gen Ed courses throughout the entirety of AU as opposed to just for the first 2 years. I miss them.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I would say I definitely feel as safe as I could possibly feel on a campus in a city. There are always campus police roaming around and there's always access to public safety. However, I've seen a lot of people experience sexual assault, roommate abuse, etc. and the campus has done nothing for them. So for me, it hasn't been awful, but I've seen the school overlook a lot.

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: I've lived on campus, and I've lived off campus. Honestly, while living on campus is convenient for the first year or two, it's cheaper to live off campus and definitely less competitive! There's only like 2 good residence halls which are of course reserved for upperclassmen, but it's college dorm life, what do you expect?

4 College Junior

Greek Life: Honestly, this is the only thing keeping me at AU. It's a dry campus, so the Greeks and the Club athletes are the only ones who ever do anything fun. Join one or the other or don't enjoy your college experience at all.

3 College Junior

Athletics: I know more people involved in club sports than varsity. Varsity athletes are kind of off in their own little world, however if you're interested in sports without the commitment, there are plenty of club sports to satisfy those needs!

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Honestly, it's cut throat. Recent studies have released that AU students are on average, more unhappy than most college students. You have to be understanding of that, and know how to cut loose. Honestly, if you are susceptible to mental health issues such as depression or anxiety, American is not the place for you. While I've found my place here, it took about a year and a half to even feel like I wanted to go back.

5 College Senior

Diversity: Great diversity within this school everyone comes from different backgrounds which really contributes to a greater education and many different view points and experiences to contribute to each other

5 College Senior

Academics: i love the curriculum the school offers although I have not started my courses yet I am really excited to with the topics and courses offered.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: From what Ive read this school is great with ratios. I like the curriculum that is offered and It really sparks my interests

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: The student recruiters on campus really seemed to care for my admission and application. I had an advisor following up through out the application and he was there at the end to personally tell me I was admitted. The financial aid office was not at all helpful though and could only point me in the direction of student loans.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Education at AU is the one thing tht has been consistently great for me. I've only have very inteligent, engaging, caring, and helpful professors. I like that class sizes are typically small because it allows for a better teacher-student and student-student relationship.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I think a degree from American University, in DC, is extremely helpful for students in international relations, political science, and communications.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Have never felt unsafe on campus.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Dorms can either be very nice or pretty ugly depending on which building you live in. Showers have terrible water pressure. Floors have good social atmosphere. Housing lottery process is SO annoying.

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: No school spirit. No one attends games. Basketball games are slightly fun though.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My experience has been pretty good. I had roommate problems which roughened the experience a bit, but outside of that, the campus is gorgeous, the city is fun and easy to get around, the floor communities are close, and its generally a nice place to be. The financial aid office is quite annoying though and it seems like the school is always looking to make a dollar out of students.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: AU is my dream school and continues to be my number one choice. From the best professors available in the fields, to the most up-to-date facilities, this school has been wonderful in providing a great college experience.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: This school does so many things to ensure that students can find careers after they graduate with a degree. The career center as well as the professors help to connect students to professionals within the fields that they are interested in.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: AU actually over does it on the health and safety aspect. From having multiple mandatory courses and seminars that students have to complete, to forcing Greeks to take additional seminars. There are posters in every bathroom stall detail actions that can be taken, as well as contact information for support services, for those that have experienced unwanted attentions.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Campus housing is to be as expected for a small private college. The freshman rooms are large enough for the number of students living in them and there is ample living space for all students.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: While there are no Greek houses on campus since AU is a small school, Greek life is a large part of the campus atmosphere. Philanthropy events are constantly being held on campus that are open to the general student body. Greeks are generally viewed as accepting by the community as the chapters are non-discriminatory.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: There are always games to attend throughout the semesters that are open to all students. There is a large support form the student population as well

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The professors that I have had are highly skilled in their respective fields and are ever to share their experience with the students

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: So far, the application process of the American University was fairly understandable and not that big of a hassle. However, once enrolled, the registration of classes as well setting up for the dorms and the roommate selection was complicated and at times frustrating.

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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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