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Reviews 2140 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Decidedly average. Rooms are crowded and pricey, but the experience is decent overall. Most students move off campus after first or second year.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Its just as easy to not be involved as it is to be involved. You can still go to parties without joining a fraternity or sorority, but most of the parties are at fraternities. Professional fraternities and sororities also play a large role in the campus.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: We have a few very strong varsity teams, and a large participation in club sports. Its also easy to not be involved and not attend games, but still have a social life.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love my classes, but I am a bit disappointed with the other students. They don't seem to be as engaged as I am and I am often bored by the discussions I have.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: in ever corner you look there is information regarding sexual assault. Workshops are always being held in order to spread information.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Class size is perfect. Professors are kind and helpful, extremely experienced in their field and allow for networking.

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Most students obtain and internship while handing a whole course load. We live in DC therefore most of our internships come from looking ourselves.

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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: American is expanding its housing options and the current dorms. Perfect proximity to classes. I can get up 5 minutes before class and still make it on time.

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4 College Junior

Greek Life: You do need to be greek life to have a social life at American. Regardless, American University's student body is very unique and seems very unfazed by the Greek Life. There is no animosity between greeks and non-greeks, or inferiority/superiority complex. As a member of a greek organization, the Greek system has been an amazing experience for me. It is not stereotypical or traditional like that of movies. I found people I connect with and genuinely care about. People in general at American do not go greek for the image, but rather to be part of something bigger than themselves. Most greek organizations spend most of the semester planning for their philanthropy events. The greek system here is not superficial nor exclusive.

1 College Junior

Athletics: There is no school spirit whatsoever. The lack of keeps the community unengaged.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: American University has shaped me into the person I am today. I have a more worldly and humanitarian perspective about the world around me. I care about issues that affect the environment, people in developing countries, and other world issues. I know for a fact that if I went to another school I would not understand the complexity of the issues that people face around the world daily. This school makes you selfless in the way you encounter the world. For that I am grateful for the experiences I received attending here. The environment and community that American has keeps you motivated to strived to do more academically and professionally. The competitive nature of this school is at times overwhelming, but motivational and necessary for many of career paths many of us want to take. Socially, this school is not worth it. There is no school spirit, no sport teams that keep the community engaged. Greek Life is rising in numbers and adequately fulfills the population at this school, but it is very untraditional and in that sense unique and more welcoming than that of a state school.

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: I'm looking forward to studying abroad next year and next semester i'm taking astronomy, which i think will be interesting. Last semester, I learned how to develop black and white pictures, which was cool.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel safe on campus and security is really good about notifying everyone about any security concerns. We get texts when there is a problem and when the problem is over.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I like all of my SOC courses and do well. I'm not very good at math and improving with my writing. Overall, the professors are available and great to learn from.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: American University has a wonderful reputation. I intend to participate in the job fairs this semester because I'm looking to intern this summer. Campus jobs are hard to get because they are mostly for workstudy students and I don't qualify.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I like the independence and convenience of living on campus, but it's real expensive and isn't tax deductible.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm not really into Greek life.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Most students are supportive of the sports teams.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I'm learning alot about photography and have made some great friends with similar interests.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Policy is focused on covering AU's liability, not ruining your life. Off campus everyone drinks and smokes weed, safely and legally. People don't end up getting criminal records and people don't end up getting into serious drugs. Some people do Coke. Many do adderall (with or without a prescription). Some smoke tobacco, off campus (campus stays beautiful and smoke free).

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Definitely suggest looking into AU. For the majors that it recruits, it's a great school.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: It's very diverse and accepting. Islamaphobia is rather prevalent. Very PC and will persecute anyone who violates the PC atmosphere.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Crime in general is rare. Rape and sexual assault is a prevalent problem as it is on many college campuse. You could leave your laptop on a table and come back to it 2 hours later. You still have to watch out for chargers though.

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: Good academics. If it's not sis or spa, they don't care about the quality of the teachers so your first year or two you'll get some questionable professors.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Lots of frats and sports teams that throw some good parties. Pretty rapey, but there's always a party going on and you can easily find a group to have fun and party with.

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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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