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3 College Junior

Athletics: For a D1 school, school spirit for athletics is pretty low. But when teams are doing well, the University often organizes activities around that or incentives to go to games like food or fan buses. The main athletic center is set up kind of weird, but a new one just opened that is supposed to be much nicer.

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4 College Junior

Drug Safety: No noticeable problems, however Master's students typically just spend time on campus for classes and to study.

4 College Junior

Academics: Even though most students typically only take 9 credits each semester at the Masters level, it is very challenging. Some courses don't have a lot of assignments, but a lot of reading. Class participation is essential. Washington, D.C. offers many internship opportunities, but it is still competitive.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Your average four seasons you would get in any schools in this region.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I transferred to AU from Baylor University so the little amount of attention sports receive at AU was very surprising coming from a D1 Big 12 Conference school. I definitely think that the facilities for working out are nice but the lack of school spirit is kind of disappointing.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Its your average college dorm room, nothing special. Finding housing on campus after you are a first year student is a bit of a headache though.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Really good off campus selection especially if you make the trip to Georgetown or the heart of DC.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Really great free bus transportation to the red line and to the law school.

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5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: You are located in DC. Three miles from the heart of DC for great nightlife and three miles from Georgetown for great food. You really cant do much better than DC in terms of parties and nightlife.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: Depending on the program you want it will be less / more selective. If you want to do any major that would fall under the School of International Service, School of Public Affairs, or even Kogod School of Business it is much more competitive than for example the College of Arts and Sciences.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: I really like being a public health major here. They have great connections for internships and they are really making a big effort to expand the program

3 College Sophomore

Technology: You're average college computer network. Ive never had a problem with wireless but no provider is ever 100% perfect. Speed is fine in my opinion. Computer labs and school computers aren't really used by a ton of students so you can find one if you need to use one.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Academics here are really great. Compared to some of the other schools in the area its not surprising that the teachers here teach really well for the most part and have great connections outside the classroom.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Have not heard many great things about greek life at AU but some of the service fraternities do really great work.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: The strictness at AU is pretty normal compared to most schools so there really is not anything serious to complain about. The only thing is that most surrounding schools are not dry campuses and this school is, so if you're 21 you cant have alcohol on campus. This is not that terrible though, since most people live off when they are older anyways.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Some majors are really good, some are bad. AU is very oriented towards Political Science and International Relations. The hard sciences are less prominent though I wouldn't call the programs bad. The Audio Production/Technology program is really good as well though not many people know about it.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: I am an Atec and Computer Science double major. The ATEC program is awesome though it's starting to grow a bit too big for the current facilities on campus. The Computer Science program is okay though they need more class sections and professors to meet the demand for Computer Science courses on campus.

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: Most people don't care though our basketball teams have been doing really well lately. This might turn the tide for interest in sports on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Some dorms are not that great like Anderson, Letts, and Mcdowell. Cassell and Nebraska though are really nice, but they are for upperclassmen. That being said they are all livable and people generally complain about them too much.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: A lot of people seem to get screwed over with money at this school. I'm from a low income family from a state that is under represented at AU so I got lucky and received a good scholarship and need based aid. A lot of my peers who are from the middle class did not get nearly as much money as I did. Also if your financial circumstances change while at AU do not expect them to help you out. I have had friends being forced to leave the university because one of their parents lost a job and the university would not help them out.

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3 College Sophomore

Technology: Probably best to bring your own laptop. The labs can be useful, but they get crowded, especially in the library.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: As long as you're not stupid and don't make it too obvious you're breaking rules you should be fine.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Very safe campus in a safe neighborhood. I see people walking alone at all times of night without issue. I've never had problem walking on or around campus.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: If you want to drink/use people wont judge you, but if that's not your thing that's cool too. You are going to find a group no matter what that has similar interests to you. As long as you are not hurting yourself or others people are pretty chill about it.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: If you love the city environment it's great. Plenty of great restaurants and clubs to go to. That being said you are always near someone's house or office building so it's sometimes hard to find spots where you can be by yourself like you can in a more rural area.

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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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