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4 College Sophomore

Majors: You get into AU regardless of what major or school you want to be part of.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: My first year I really enjoyed getting to know the people on my floor even if my rooms weren't huge. I say that but they were by no means small and there was a lot of storage space. This year my rooms are more spacious, and I have more storage space(or so it seems) plus a bathroom. The downside is that we've also had mice.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The food is good but it just gets boring after a while. TDR has some really great days and some really shitty ones. Einsteins is nice to have bagels and megabytes if you ignore the rat problem is very yummy. (I mean that seriously) Could be better but could be a lot worse.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: People don't care much about athletics here. The only time was when we made it into the NCAA tournament.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: The strictness depends on the RA, and most of my teachers check for attendance despite how big the class is. If you're doing something not allowed on campus you just can't be stupid about it. If you are you'll be written up. Some RAs are assholes and some are cool. It is likely similar to other campuses in that regard. The one good thing about my school is that there's a "your body is not a container" rule so you can drink off campus as much as you want. American also encourages to call for public safety if a friend is very ill. You won't get in trouble but you will inevitably have to pay the medical bill.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: They can be a pain but most of the time their decisions are very fair.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: During basketball season, everyone goes crazy and attends most games. Especially since we went to March Madness.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I absolutely love Steak and Eggs which is very close to campus.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It's really great, most upperclassmen live in the nearby apartment but overall dorms are pretty big and have built-in furniture.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Safety is great but to be honest, the health centre isn't that great.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There are parties every single day, you just need to know the right people.

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: It's very nice and calm and there are very cool people living in the area.

3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: There are sports for those who want to play them--a great variety at that. Most of our teams are not very high-ranking, and it's not a huge part of school pride. We have two great fitness centers, and a couple of other training areas for athletes I think. We do have a pool.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: There's a good variety of housing around, from apartment complexes to basement apartments to renting rooms. Everything is expensive here in DC--you'll have to pay more than you expect for housing. Start hunting early when you're planning to move off campus.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: The process is pretty standard and straight-forward: you fill out the FAFSA every year and a couple other documents your first year. It has been the eleventh hour every year before I knew my award amount, but this school is fairly generous. Get an outside scholarship if you can; it's still expensive even with aid.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: There's everything and more! The only catch is that some of it takes a while to get to, especially on weekends when the metro and busses run less frequently.

4 Recent Alumnus

Administration: AU has very strict policies concerning drug use and alcohol on campus; we're also non-smoking. Students are not penalized for coming back drunk from off-campus parties. I guess inforcement is fairly strict if you're caught with prohibited substances.

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: It's nice because there are plenty of Greeks around, so if you want that it's available. However, there are plenty of non-Greeks like me, and there's no social stigma either way. Thgere are also a couple of co-ed fraternaties.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: I can't really complain at all. I have experienced no traumatic or uncomfortable situations while on campus.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: A lot of off-campus areas are expensive and take some travel time to get from campus to your designated spot.

4 College Junior

Athletics: It is overall pretty good. They have sports for those who play competitively, sports for those who want to play competitively, and sports for those who just want to learn and have fun. Pretty good for someone like me who doesn't play a lot of sports competitively.

5 College Junior

Scholarships: Once I got my financial aid letter, it only became a matter of choosing to accept the awards/loans on my portal and filling out the FAFSA every year; pretty simple.

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4 College Junior

Greek Life: There are a number of different fraternities and sororities to get into, some professional, others social. However, you won't feel socially unacceptable if you don't join one.

5 College Junior

Administration: We have zero tolerance for drugs and alcohol on campus and have just started to become more active in spotting underage drinkers.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Love my sorority - I'm a founding member!

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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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