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Reviews 1785 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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2 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The facilities on campus do not really match, as some buildings are old and look old while others are brand new and have more modern feel to them. I think in the future, it would be best to put more effort into making the buildings look more alike, at least on the outside.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The shuttle system set up at AU is wonderful and gives students a very easy and fast way to get to public transportation in Tenleytown.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: It's Washington, DC. You can find anything that you want to eat in the nation's capital. It might be a little pricey but it's usually great food.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Local Area: In the city, there is quite a bit to do! Around the "town" closes to AU there is some to do, mostly restaurants, apartments, and grocery stores.

5 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Majors: I am an anthropology major and they have a great range of courses available. I have had mostly good professors thus far with a few questionable ones.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I do not usually drink and have never felt peer pressure to do so. Smoking is popular, but I have never felt peer pressure there either.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe on campus. Public safety is always around. Dorms are safe too. Although campus is in a big city, American University does a great job keeping the campus safe.

7 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: We have a very diverse student body, so there is a group out there for everyone and if there isn't its really easy to create an organization.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: it all depends on where you end up living. The berks, apartments, are very dorm style, but you can also rent a house with a group of friends its very flexible. And sometimes you can exchange housing for childcare and tutoring.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Administration: everything is pretty fair, just don't be stupid.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Weather: so far no complaints just make sure you dress for the appropriate weather.

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3 College Junior

Parking: They don't offer reasonable parking for students. I understand there are lots of commuters but it's still frustrating.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: I would say that when it comes to looks the school is very underrated. Of course, not everyone looks like an Abercrombie model but if you look hard enough due to the diverse student body, you can find pretty much anything you like. From the typical frat boy to an exotic looking lad. When it comes to girls, if you open up your eyes, you can easily find a cute girl here and there.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Pretty solid. It's not hard to get to Tenleytown, where they have nine or ten different restaurants of all kinds of cuisines.

3 people found this useful Report
2 College Freshman

Administration: Mostly, it's don't ask don't tell. Ostensibly, drinking and smoking cigarettes are not permitted on campus, but it happens all the time anyway and nobody ever gets in trouble for smoking, even in broad daylight.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus is pretty safe. The security response time is extremely fast, and if you're stuck in some random part of DC they'll even send somebody to give you a ride back to campus.

1 person found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Highly diverse population, with students from all over the world.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Big Greek population. It's not so big that you have to join, but they provide a lot of the nightlife and a lot of the social scene you see walking around campus. Some frats suck and some are cool. Same for the sororities. It's something that is worth consideration.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There is a wide range of girls at AU. A lot of good looking girls and a lot of not so good looking girls. Some are your typical sorority girls, stuck-up, not very friendly and very cliquey. Some are very nice and smart. It all depends what you're looking for.

4 people found this useful Report
1 College Sophomore

Majors: I am currently not happy with my major. I wish there was a variety of different options at AU. This is a great school if you are certain you want to do Political Science, Public Affairs, or something related to Business. Otherwise, don't bother. If you are undecided, I would not recommend AU to you.

6 people found this useful Report
1 College Sophomore

Athletics: There is little to no school spirit. The Dance and Cheer teams are not present at any games besides "Phil Bender/Phil Reeves/Bender Blue Out" games for sports. They are only present at Men's and Women's home basketball game. Hardly anyone ever shows up to any athletic event. Athletes, parents, and few fans show up to athletic games.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of apartments and houses to rent. Very pricy, but easy to find if yo don't want to live on campus.

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5 College Junior

Local Area: It's Washington, DC - it's one of the greatest cities in the world. There is absolutely no reason to complain about the campus location.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Safety is an A+ by far, however, health is lower because the university doesn't show very much respect to those who wish to participate in recreational fitness

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3 College Junior

Campus Quality: American University would have been an A+ for facilities, last year. This year, they closed off the powerlifting room to anyone who is not on a varsity sports team, and the dining services have become substantially less accommodating to the student body at large.

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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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