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4 College Freshman

Diversity: Diversity is better than average. However, AU has many problems in regard to being more helpful toward students with disabilities. If you have even a minor disability I would consider another school or some HEAVY research before accepting AU.

And while the general student body is diverse, the friend groups are not. Black christians still mostly hang out with other black christians and white atheists hang out with other white atheists, etc. This is not necessarily a bad thing but socially AU is less diverse than they would have you think.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Party Scene: If you like to party you will do fine at AU, given you know what you're doing. Surprisingly big party school. I didn't know that when I came here and it was very annoying. Most parties are at frats. You have to know someone to get in after welcome week (which isn't that hard) and kickbacks are hard to come by (at least decently interesting ones). By "party" school I mean "drinking" school. Plenty of drinking goes on in dorms although its a dry campus. Make your connections in the first week: basically just be nice to everyone and try a bit of everything. Not a lot of smokers and drug-users here. Adderal is fairly popular but most drugs are frowned upon, even decriminalized drugs like weed. So if you like to trip or tweak you will almost definitely have to make friends off campus. People are very judgmental towards those who don't drink and it will be almost impossible to make friends with those who don't. People at AU are very close-minded and one-minded. Lots of frats are also infamous for sexual assault and making kids sick, so be careful. It's always safe to be the first to leave.

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2 College Freshman

Scholarships: AU is incredibly bureaucratic. Clear at every turn they are only interested in making money. Everything has a charge.

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3 College Freshman

Majors: For some majors, AU has good placement. I simply didn't like my major and there is not very much selection. If you are not interested in majoring with some relation to politics, don't come here. Even if you major in biology, half your credits will be forced Gen eds about policy.

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2 College Freshman

Local Area: Tenleytown is 'blah'. Barely convenient. However, still better than main campus... and that's saying something.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Nobody I know raves about it. There definitely isn't a big sense of community around the sport events or teams. Sports teams are very clicky and have a reputation for being basically mean whenever they get the chance. Very highschool-y in that sense. The gym is ok but not large enough.

1 College Freshman

Administration: Not interested in helping you. I think your overall experience will depend on your RA. My RA couldn't care less about anything so noisy neighbors and drunks got away with everything scott free. The administration has a very do-it-yourself attitude. Most people are impossible to get a hold of. If you can contact them they will be as rude as you can imagine. They are not interested in helping anyone, least of all those who are not paying out of pocket.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Tenleytown is boring but not terrible. There are enough places to eat between here and Friendship that you'll be ok. However, like everything else in DC, gets super expensive.

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2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Not remotely worth the price. Equivalent to army barracks, with the price-tag of an apartment in Georgetown. The "amenities" are a joke. The rooms aren't so bad but MUCH too overpriced, therefore making everyone feel a chump for much more than they bargained for. Communal bathrooms and showers often disgusting and not cleaned reliably - same with communal kitchens. I live in Anderson though and don't know about the other dorms. The dorm walls are incredibly thin. Be prepared to hear every word your neighbor is saying. And vice versa. Not spacious at all, particularly for triple rooms. The housing and dining services are notoriously terrible. If you have an issue with your room, even one detrimental to your health, you're on your own. Heating unpredictable. Also, expect to have fire drills at 2am multiple times a month. Honestly no fun to live here. You're paying way too much to have such a sub-par experience.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Pretty safe. Some areas could be better-lit and some buildings could remain open later so students coming back to dorms later have a place to rest if they need it. During the winter, the ground is not salted enough and can be unsafe.

3 College Senior

Academics: The teachers do not provide much feedback. Grades seem adequate but most of the work is evalutaed through papers and the teachers provide very little feedback or focus too much on citing and grammar rather thank knowledge.

4 College Freshman

Administration: Yes it is a dry campus. Yes we all drink anyways. Keep it quiet, and you will not get in trouble. They are big on noise violations, so definitely keep it quiet!

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5 College Freshman

Majors: I haven't had an internship but the ones they offer are professional, interactive, and sometimes paid! Most people find ones in their field, and are passionate about the work!

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: You live in the nations capital, there are many places to eat. The local town near the University has a couple of great small places, but you have to take a 10 minute shuttle to get there. It is not walking distance, but it is a nice excuse to get off campus!

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: This is a politically active school of self aware student constantly fighting issues of sexual assault. There is the danger of being in D.C but never on campus would something like this occur.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Most freshman live in forced triples, and are given the lowest quality housing, but in comparison to other schools, these facilities are wonderful! I live in a forced triple, and there is more than enough room for all three of us to live together. The double rooms are enormous, and the school keeps it very clean. Most 1st year students are in living-learning communities which is a great way the school helps you socialize, by putting you with students you'll have classes with, or be in programs with. The non freshman housing is mostly suite style, and very nice option for students.

It can be very expensive for very average dorm living arrangements, as well as different dorms cost different amount depending how good they are. This is frustrating as all dorms should cost the same!

2 College Freshman

Athletics: The only people who care about sports are those who participate in them. The teams are very close and bond very well, but rarely does the school come together for a game. The most people I have ever seen at a basketball game is When Michelle Obama came! There is not football team.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There are two girls for every one boy. As a female student this can be very frustrating as your classes have less males or you find most men you meet are gay. (huge gay population for males and females!) But I will say that the city has many schools and chances to meet people. Be aware that this dynamic exists.

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: If you had to join Greek Life at any school this would be the school to do it. The greek life is not very judgmental and supportive of the other groups. There is not bad blood between sororities and fraternities, and they tend to work together. I am not part of a group myself, but my friends love the bonding and relationships that it build.

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: The Frat parties are gross, lots of drinks they people make for you, over crowded, and trashy. Although it is a dry campus, it is very easy to drink in the dorms, as well as you are given D.C as an option. I like to go into the city, there are clubs, music halls, embassies (you can drink at 18 at an embassy event) and get drunk there. Biggest rule at AU, your body is not a container, and you cannot get in trouble for being drunk on campus.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: The School of International Service is number 10 in the nation and rising! The undergraduate international studies degree an interdisciplinary program that forces you to look at aspects within international studies that go beyond your intended focus. At first this really bothered me, why do I have to take a class on X if I want to study Y? Although the more classes I have take the more advanced my perspective becomes. It is an effective system.

SIS is arguably the best school within the university. Most 2nd semester freshman are able to find internships through their amazing career center. The career advisors are realistic and show results.

Every professor I have had in SIS is an expert in their field, written books, and still conduct research for their studies. They teach classes that they are passionate about and this lingers with the students.

There can be a lot of work, it can be essay heavy. The first semester really challenged some people, but if this is truly your passion, you will make it through!

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Its not a huge thing here, but it is easy to be involved if you want to be.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Amazing program if you are interested in international relations/politics. Many other great programs, but most students are in SIS.

4 College Freshman

Academics: General education requirements give you room to take classes in things you enjoy that aren't necessarily related to your major. Sometimes hard to find places to study on campus because it is so small.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Small school, not many incidents, but they are taken extremely seriously.

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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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