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Reviews 1771 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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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.

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.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Great locations and the rooms are very up to date.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Berks and Avalon are most common. Watch out for the roaches in the Berks, and watch out for the tools in the Av.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Stereotypical movie frat parties. Pretty cool, I guess?

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Cava, Chipotle, and Nando's are favorites. A few take Eagle Bucks - check the website. If you get bored of Tenley food, you're so close to the entire city that you can pretty much go anywhere.

3 College Freshman

Administration: AU Admin kinda sucks, but whatever. They're nice enough, but conduct board is awful.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I got a merit scholarship. If you lose it, get your appeals in QUICK.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Not much variety, and hours are weird. Go for Freshii and Einstein's. Avoid TDR at all costs.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Freshmen, try to live in Hughes or Clark/Roper. Upperclassmen, try for Cassell or Nebraska. Whatever you do, don't live in Leonard.

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: First semester, there were a lot more parties. Second semester, when people could rush, parties were must more exclusive--that is, they were typically bid parties or crushes. I found that if we did go out, it was usually a good time.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I am in love with the city, and DC/Maryland has so, so many different food options. While some can be extremely pricey, there are a lot of good (and affordable) finds wherever you may go.

4 College Freshman

Administration: Administration does not mess around. Follow the rules, and you'll be good. Don't slack off second semester. If you're caught violating a rule, you will be held accountable for your actions.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: I am a vegetarian and really, really like eating healthy food. For me, Freshii was always the best option. However, they were usually out of tofu or falafel, which was super irritating. I ate at TDR a bit, but then stopped going second semester. It was just kind of time consuming and I got tired of the food. However, they do make a good effort to offer a variety. Ultimately timing is everything.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Campus housing at AU is fairly comparable to most college dorms. Anderson and Letts are the most common freshman dorms, the latter being newer. (Anderson was first to be renovated and thus last to be "second" renovated.) Even though Anderson is older, it was still clean, and the rooms were super large. I lived in a double on the fourth floor, and it was lovely. Communal living was not always my favorite simply because we did not have our own bathroom, but the rooms, as I mentioned, were very spacious and clean. My roommate and I also lucked out because we overlooked the "LA Quad" (greenery/street between Anderson and Letts), so we have a lovely view. The lounge was also nice as well as the study room. Nothing truly stood out, but they served their purposes and were very helpful when it came to wanting to make a home-cooked meal, catch up on a television show, or find a quiet place to study.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I know a lot of people off-campus and they like it a lot because its cheaper than the college housing and you have your own place.

2 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Frat parties are not worth it. It's nice to go every now and then just to dance and hang out, maybe meet new people, but to go on a regular would be out of the question. Clubs are much more fun, clean, maybe expensive, but worth it.


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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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