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Reviews 2093 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: AU is extremely diverse. From ethnic/racial background to economic standing. Our school is made up of student from all 50 states and 139 different countries. Girls outweigh the amount of guys 61% to 49% and the school is very diverse in sexual orientation. There are many openly gay and openly transgender student and there are just as many straight students. AU is all in all a truly diverse school and really represents what our country is all about; the acceptance of everyone.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: So Many Possibilities – I am a Political Science major in the School of Public Affairs, and the classes I've taken for my major so far have been great. The teacher are all still pretty active in their fields , so you know you are being taught by the best. Also most of my teacher have brought in their friends to speak to us and give us a great perspective on what they do and talk about how to get into the fields of work we want to be in. The coolest thing the department does is every week they send out an email with a list of internships and jobs available for students looking to kickstart their possible careers and gain experience. Plus all the teachers are always willing to help you make the most of their class and help you to get the best possible grade.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: So Much to Chose from!! AU allows you to switch majors and take classes in any subject very easily. If your not 100% sure on what you want to do, which basically no one is, your fine at AU because you are not locked into anything by any means. If you are a Political Science major and want to take a class in the history of opera or theatre you totally can!! If you decide half way through your freshman year, after taking classes, that education is no longer for you, thats fine! Just make sure you visit your advisor often, they really do help you decide what your interested in and how to go about majoring in whatever you want to major in. So the key to figuring out what you want at AU is just to dive into everything and don't be afraid to rely on your advisor and teachers because they are there for you and most people forget that.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: 3 Strikes and Your Out – AU really tries their hardest to make sure you don't get in trouble. We are technically a 'dry campus' but its not a one strike and your out system. And most RA's, at least on south campus, try to ignore things but there are times when they can't ignore a room full of drunk kids blasting music. So with your first offense comes a warning. They make you write an essay, take a survey to show you've learned something, and take a 2 hour seminar. That is for alcohol abuse, its different for illegal drugs such as marijuana. The second offense with alcohol they send a letter home to your parents and basically go through the same process as the first. With the third offense they kick you out of the dorms. So if you really want to drink underage find a friend off campus or wait till your of age!!

College Sophomore

Diversity: It Shouldn't Matter – I personally disagree with affirmative action and believe that the racial diversity does not and should not matter when rating the school. We have students from all over the country and all over the world attending our school but I don't believe the color of the students' skin is not necessarily a good indicator of the character of a school.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Not the Best but Pretty Good – Overall the transportation is pretty good, the shuttle can be late and unreliable at times but for the most part I can always count on going where I need to go at the time I need to go in

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Help Is There If You Ask, Sometimes – If you have a query, make sure you submit it! You can in fact get aid when something unexpected happens, like a parent losing a job.

5 College Senior

Transportation: Shuttles for Free – We have shuttles at campus that run nearly every 15 minutes to the nearest Metro stop-- free! It's the Metro that tends to have more complications...

College Senior

Administration: Living Off Campus – I actually wouldn't know because I live off campus. It is a dry campus, though, and from what I hear most people are "smart" about that.

3 College Senior

Weather: You'll love DC. 90+ all summer long but the humidity is what makes it unbearable. It's not pleasant trying to club hop when it's 97 degrees at 11pm. The fall and spring really don't exist. There is usually one week in October and another in April when the temperatures do a dramatic shift then even out. Winter is hit or miss. Most years it's very mild, may get below 40 degrees only a handful of times. Then every few years DC experiences a true winter with snow that lasts longer than a day and temperatures below 20. But it's very uncommon.

5 College Senior

Transportation: Shuttles Are Good, Parking Not So Much – The shuttle drivers are polite and reliable, the schedule is pretty accurate. They pick up and drop off from the metro and go to the main campus, tenley campus, and the law school. Just make sure you get on the right shuttle. Parking, like everywhere in DC, is terrible. You can drive around for an hour looking for street parking to pay $2 per hour to park. AU takes advantage of this and charges a ridiculous price for student parking. Nearly $1000 for the year. Do yourself a favor and schedule evening classes because the parking lots are free after 5.

5 College Senior

Academics: 2Nd Best Place to Learn Journalism. Besides New York, DC is a great classroom and American gives you significant access to the city. The professors are seasoned professionals who offer the most reliable expertise. The access to technology and networking resources is phenomenal.

College Senior

Health & Safety: I Am a New Student, Cannot Grade. I am a new graduate student and have not been at the university long enough to develop a reliable opinion.

4 College Senior

Academics: I can only speak for the graduate department in the School of Communication. Many of the exceptional courses are only offered at the same time which places a limit on the depth of coverage you can get from learning.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drinking Is More Popular but – AU is technically a dry campus so you can't drink or get away with any drugs on the campus easily. Off campus frats are really the only place to drink. Other drugs are tougher to run in to.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Extremley Good – AU Professors really like what they do. Some are better one on one but nonetheless they want to help. If they see you trying and asking for help, thats a bonus. Most Professors give their SKYPE or Cell phone numbers. But there is always office hours. They all want to get to know their students as well as teach them

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Asthetically Pleasing – AU's campus is no doubt gorgeous. You forget that your in the city because of the enclosed campus. Most buildings are renovated and give a nice look. The only thing is som of the dorms aren't so pleasant. But if you know where to stay out of then you'll love it. The ampitheater is also a realy nnice place to visit.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: AU has a 60 to 40 percent ration of women to men. And the majority of the guys are either hippseters or gay. It can be difficult to find a nice guy whose straight, but they do exist. There are a ton of girls.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Rain Vs Sun – DC is usually very nice. It has the shining sun and beautiful blue skies. But it rains. ALOT. so always be prepared and carry an unbrella if you leave your rain boots at home.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Social Scene – It can be overwhelming at first because theres alot going on on campus. But nonetheless, with so much happening and being in the nation's capital you're going to meet new friends. You'll also learn alot about yourself and the people around you. There's more than just parties. The great thing about AU is that there is so much to offer that there's no pressure to lean in a certain direction. There is alot get involved in.

3 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Lots of Greek Wannabes and Odd Balls – Overall AU is not known for being the cool place to go in DC. Most of the students are wealthy kids from NY, NJ and MA who didn't have the grades for Georgetown and didn't want to go to GW. Additionally, there are many, many complete tools. Just weird folks who have intense interests in Middle East conflict or Slavic languages etc. Weird crowd but plenty of normal folks too and you have the whole city to do to so it doesn't matter.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: I Got a Lot of Money – I can't speak for everyone but I was considered a low income student so I received quite a bit of aid and when my mother failed to file her taxes and my FAFSA was rejected, my academic counselor found my $20k out of nowhere and saved me from having to drop out. It was a lifesaver. I was deeply appreciative and found the fin aid office to be responsive and competent.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Mostly Good, a Few (Not So Much) – Overall there were many good options at AU in terms of both course offerings and professors. However, I had a couple complete duds. People who just shouldn't have been teaching at all. Like all universities, AU's business model is towards hiring adjuncts from the field so they don't have to pay them as well or provide good benefits. They come in on contract and if they don't work out, they aren't rehired. Problem with this is that you end up with people who aren't qualified and bring in their own agendas, biases which may or may not be based on research. Most professors were absolutely fantastic.

Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Paid No Attention at All – I have no idea about the sports. Didn't care then, still don't.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Bs Economics – why was i willing to pay 18,777 in tuition a semester? because American university is the best when it comes to economics, international relations, and public policy

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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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