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Reviews 2110 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Sophomore

Administration: It's alright. They punish who needs to get punished, but some of their priorities are a bit mixed up. Personally, I don't think the administration should be taking parking violations more seriously than drug use or underage drinking, but they do.

2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: It's just kind of sad. Again, it's a bunch of academically motivated students trying to pretend like they go to some huge, Greek-driven state school and they mostly just make fools of themselves. Not to mention you're tacking an extra $1,000 or so onto your school payments just for an extra handful of friends.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There's tons of apartments around, they're just all pretty expensive because it's a nice area of the city. The only off-campus housing offered through the university is notorious for being one of the worst apartment buildings in the area.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: So far, I'm not incredibly impressed with my major. The full-time professors I've had were great, but the School of Communication loves to bring in adjunct professors, which doesn't usually go over so well. Every adjunct I've had has been ill-prepared, unorganized, and overall difficult to work with. The program itself seems good, but with all the adjuncts, I just feel like I'm not getting everything I should be getting out of it.

1 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I had the absolute worst experience with scholarships and financial aid at American University. To say it's an absolute joke is an understatement. Including myself, five students from my high school applied to American University. Of the five of us, I had the highest GPA, highest SAT scores, and the most extra curriculars; yet, when we each received our acceptance letters, they had all received generous scholarships, while I had received nothing. Not only did this not make any sense, I still have yet to been given an answer as to why this happened by the Undergraduate Admissions office. When I tried to contact them, they dodged my emails and phone calls up until about a week before the May 1 deadline. Ironically enough, the person that I needed to speak with was somehow always in a meeting or at lunch. When they finally got back to me, I appealed, and was only rewarded a $6,000 per year scholarship. Let's keep in mind that this school costs upwards of $60,000 per year. I've been trying to argue my case ever since, but no one in any administrative office on this campus wants to hear it.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Being in Washington, D.C., there's obviously a ton going on around you and even more career opportunities. American University is located in a residential area as well, which means that you don't have to deal with any of the hustle-and-bustle of living in a major city. Downtown is easily accessible via public transit within a few minutes, but it isn't always so reliable, especially on the weekends. There are always major events in the city, most of which are free, which is great when you're drowning in debt because your school costs way too much money. Areas on the outskirts, such as where American is located, honestly just feel like normal suburban neighborhoods with plenty of grass, trees, parks, etc., so it's not like you ever feel like you're trapped in a city setting. Overall, D.C. is a fantastic city with plenty going on in and around it and is definitely exciting to explore during your time in college.

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1 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The lottery system is an absolute joke. If you are in an odd-numbered group, you're automatically screwed out of the good housing, unless you're a rich little white girl who complains enough to the Housing and Dining office to get bumped up in the order. It's ridiculously expensive, considering the dorms leave a lot to be desired. Don't expect any of the appliances to work regularly, and certainly don't expect anyone to properly fix them when asked. Laundry is expensive, the machines always flood, and the online tracking system doesn't work at all. The school was so overcrowded this year that they housed 15-20 people in lounges during the beginning of the semester, which is in no way moral or sanitary. If you can afford it, move off campus as soon as you can, rather than stuffing the pockets of the scumbags in Housing and Dining.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm in Greek Life but barely

4 College Freshman

Administration: It varies hall by hall and class by class. Some RAs are strict, some aren't. Some professors are strict, aren't. Etc., etc., etc.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: It's DC! Lots to do and lots to see all of the time.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I know a lot of people that had a great experience, and I know a lot of people that didn't. The financial aid office is definitely a hassle. They're also very unorganized and are constantly asking for information that was already given to them.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There's quite a few options, but mostly upperclassmen choose off-campus housing.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: You have to know where to look and who to ask. But if you know, you're golden.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: My scholarship was extremely helpful, and they were very generous...nonetheless, it's an expensive school, and you'll likely be paying an astronomical amount now matter what.

3 College Freshman

Administration: We'll see whether they choose to divest from fossil fuels...

5 College Freshman

Majors: Internships are almost literally unlimited.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I always feel safe on campus

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: So much variety from around the world

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: AU is a good school.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Internships are one of the main reasons I came here, and I am excited by the opportunity to work at the Washington Post and USA Today.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: overpriced for the dorms, the resident halls are not that nice, but everything is close

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3 College Freshman

Administration: Not very noticeable but good i guess.

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5 College Freshman

Local Area: DC is the place to be. There is always something to do in the city or on the Mall. There are pro teams for almost every sport and with the metro/shuttles, everything is easily accessible.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: No football team=No one cares about athletics

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5 College Freshman

Majors: Definitely a liberal arts school, but AU has a decent math and statistics program. The SIS is one of the top in the country and there is also a really strong journalism program.

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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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