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3 College Junior

Campus Quality: Student life on campus is fine. There are many options for those who look for them, but it can get very monotonous.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: My overall experience at American University has been somewhat unsatisfactory, though I am not sure how much of that experience was the school's fault. I loved meeting people my Freshman year and have found some of my best friends there, but ultimately AU has stripped me of any political interest I ever had and has made me cynical to institutions that claim to have students' with mental health issues best interests at heart. AU claims this, but they do not.

On an unrelated note though, AU is a good school for those who are adept at working the system of school--people who are not necessarily intelligent, but who are good at appearing put-together and who can brush of bureaucratic nonsense. This kind of attitude is perfect for AU (a school with a reputation for people many people's second or third choice behind Georgetown and GW), and is perfect for DC.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Overall, professors have been good and caring. In my major (Psychology) though, there is not a wide variety of classes, but they are adding some.

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2 College Junior

Overall Experience: I once met a homeless woman in downtown DC with a degree from AU (she showed me her ID). That should provide a good illustration of the value of a degree from AU. It works well for some students who are good at "playing the game", but ultimately it is not worth the money and stress it costs.

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3 College Junior

Local Area: DC is obviously a great place for some people. It's an active atmosphere and there are lots of attractions. In my opinion however, the city is too politically-active and pretentious. Everyone seems to put on a false air of superiority.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Casual dating is not as big as it might initially seem. A lot of people are in serious relationships. A lot of guys on campus are pretentious because they think are smarter then they are and/or think they are going to change the world and deserve to be honored for it.

2 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life isn't huge, but it's a big part of social life on-campus, which is frustrating.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Athletics are not a very big part of student life, but those who are interested have an avenue to be interested and participate in athletics as both athletes and/or spectators.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is pretty accessible and reasonably near transportation and campus, but it is often too expensive for what it offers (namely, the ever-popular Birkshire apartments).

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dining is easily accessible, but there is not a lot of variety and most options are too expensive for what they are.

2 College Junior

Administration: Overall the administration does its best to keep students safe and protected, but, in doing so, it is extremely flawed. Mainly, the administration prides itself on advocating for students, but, in reality, it does very little to help students in need and holds bureaucratic processes above students' well-being.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: American does it's best to provide adequate scholarships to students, but sometimes it is difficult to have aid renewed.

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Living on campus at American University is okay, but by no means great. The housing process is rather difficult to enroll in particularly for Junior and Senior students for whom housing is not guaranteed. And, unfortunately, it can even be difficult for students for whom housing is guaranteed. Housing is also far too expensive for a relatively low amount of space. Residential communities are virtually non-existent after freshman year. By sophomore year, most people do not even interact with floor-mates at all.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: This is a well-respected university that prepares students well.

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: I love Washington D.C. and the surrounding area.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Beautiful women everywhere on campus and in the city.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Every university has problems with sexual assault.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I hate greek life, but some insist on being stupid.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: This is an academic oriented school, but students do enjoy sports.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It is different depending on where you live.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: You can find a party practically anywhere. It is not a major party school though.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Washington DC is an amazing city with many options.

3 College Freshman

Administration: The campus is strict enough to avoid chaos, but not too strict to have fun.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: The financial aid process is confusing and they do not mention everything you can complete to receive aid.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: It is a typically college campus. However, the meals are extremely expensive.

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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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