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Reviews 2024 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: It takes forever to get downtown so fraternity parties are the best option. Join a sorority, fraternity, or sport and you'll have plenty of house parties close by to choose from.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: Dining at AU is awesome, albeit repetitive. Lots of Veg. options

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: While there are a significant number of restaurants in the DC area that are known for excellent food, the area directly around American (Tenleytown) leaves a lot to be offered. There are several burger/beer restaurants that are off-campus favorites and Guapo's, the local mexican chain restaurant, is a must-do. Aside from a handful of other decent local restaurants (italian, pizza, chicken to-go, Panera, Thai) that's all you can get without hopping on a bus or metro. It gets tiresome after four years.

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: There is a shuttle that will take you from just about anywhere on campus to the metro. If you choose to not take the shuttle then the walk is not bad and if the weather is nice, can be beautiful. There are bus stations close to campus as well to take you to certain parts of DC but most of your time will probably be spent going from the shuttle to the metro. The metro will take you just about anywhere you want to go in DC. But, the district is also a great city to walk in so plan on doing a decent amount of that unless you want to spend money going from metro to bus to another bus, etc. in order to get put out directly in front of where you are trying to go.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm from the south and Greek life is everything at universities back home. At AU, they certainly have a large presence on campus but don't join one unless you really want to be involved in it, pay the fees, etc. You don't have to join Greek life to go to parties or have fun, but I do think it is a good outlet for people who are not as outgoing or do not easily make friends because, well, then friends are kind of given to you. If you're a guy, it is a bigger deal to be in a frat because after a certain point it gets difficult to get into their parties. So my advice is, if you're not a guy who is into the frat seen (more power to you for being a GDI) but it wouldn't hurt to become close with some frat guys if you still want to go to their parties.

4 College Junior

Academics: The professors are fantastic and very hopeful. Some dislike quizzes so they are more for group discussion than plainly memorizing what you remember from your text.

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: While it is nothing too spectacular Leonard Hall provides the basic needs for one to live comfortably namely a desk, TV , closet a warm bed etc..

3 College Junior

Campus Quality: It is very academically motivated unlike my previous school. There is also more pride here at AU then there as well. I adore the fact that there are several events on International Affairs where one can take part in the discussion on topics like Foreign Policy and Global Security. The curriculum is great with an engaging faculty and student body and the skills needed so I can become a foreign service officer.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I don't have an internship but I plan on getting one hopefully next year. The career center has already helped me multiple times with my resume. Our schedule is also set up so that most classes are Monday/Thursday and Tuesday/Friday so Wednesdays are open for internships. About 85% of AU's undergrads will do AT LEAST one internship before they graduate.

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4 College Freshman

Technology: The wifi reliability and speed are fine. Nothing horrible but the average you'd find everywhere else. There's tons of stationary computers in the library and also ones you can check in. There's also ways to print all over campus-wherever you want really.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Students love to hang out on the quad when the weather is nice. It's a great way to be social. The amphitheater is also gorgeous in nice weather and is a great outdoor study spot (anywhere is really, our campus is an arborietum). We're NCAA Divison 1 Patriot League and our men's basketball team serves as the athletic rallying point.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The professors here are generally very approachable and love talking to students. Registration can be frustrating just in terms of getting the classes you want (the less credits you have the longer you have to wait to pick classes). The curriculum is challenging but doable.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I'm a history major. I just declared and the department has already reached out to me and asked for my interests and any way they can assist me. I always get emails too about internship and job opportunities especially for history majors. My advisors have also been helpful about picking classes that cater to my interests and making sure I'm on track with my major requirements.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: There's a great community feel here and everyone is always open to questions. They genuinely want to see you succeed. Teachers and staff are always approachable and you'll learn to push yourself in the classroom. The Gen-Ed program is great too

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Being part of SOC, School of Communication there is constant communication between the SOC Staff and the students majoring in that department. There are always activities and events happening for SOC students and we are always notified ahead of time. Its a wonderful program and everyone is super nice and passionate about their major.

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4 College Sophomore

Administration: As far as the dry campus policies: Honestly, the policies are reasonable. Just be smart and reasonable about what you're doing - don't be obnoxious or put yourselves or others in danger. No one throws a fit if you come back to the dorms obviously drunk, just be able to handle yourself and don't have alcohol on you.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports are only a huge thing if you're involved in them at AU. For me, this is a positive this, as I'd much rather go to a school that places a higher emphasis on academics and cultural and social experiences than athletics. However, I should qualify this with the fact that, if you want to play a sport, there is an ample amount of varsity, club, and intramural teams - from basketball to ultimate frisbee to rugby to equestrian. The athletic teams seem very supportive and invested within themselves, but you don't really see the whole school go out to support the basketball team on a Friday night.

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4 College Junior

Party Scene: Grades are really difficult to give when it comes to nightlife because its so subjective to everyone's opinion. Nightlife around AU is certainly a 21+ focused area: most DC bars WILL NOT allow underage bar-hoppers into their bars. That being said, there are plenty of house parties that fraternities throw, which are free. Welcome week (first week of school) is well known for the plethora of parties thrown. Clubs are also another option, but few are 18+ and while they boast 'college nights,' most cover charges are so outrageous it ends up not being worth it.

5 College Junior

Majors: Most of the internships in DC are unpaid, but you can't beat the experience. A "hill internship" is typical around AU, meaning that you got a job with your congressman or senator from your home state. Time commitment never stresses you out, and responsibilities at a hill internship are strictly clerical. I've had worked for a lobbying firm as a paid social media intern and was given control of the company's soc. media content. I've also worked at a magazine as a web/marketing/design intern that gave me phenomenal responsibilities and the chance to network with other local professionals in the immediate area.

3 College Junior

Majors: I'd sooner complain about my education in the School of Communication than compliment it, but I first have to comment on the amount of internships in the area and the willingness of professors to help you get those internships. Be wary of the academic advisers though--they're notoriously the worst at AU and I have to say that my own has been incompetent at best. In film, you can expect somewhere around 4-6 hours of homework per class, per work. Print journalism is around the same. Curriculum is poorly designed and the credit restrictions have only hindered me from doing the things I want to do.

3 College Junior

Majors: Though the restrictive GenEd program largely hinders the work of the program, my professors have been the good kind of challenging on the print journalism track and have provided plenty of internship opportunities. The application process isn't necessarily strict, but the School of Communication does require a 2.5 GPA compared to a 2.0 from most other programs at the university.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: If you're measuring the amount of diversity, it is everywhere, but I do not necessarily think this is a good thing. It just is what it is and doesn't actually matter.

4 College Junior

Technology: Most students have their own computers, but there are a lot available in case you need them! The desk at the basement of the library lets you borrow laptops and other AV equipment and there is at least one computer in most residence halls near the printer. IT is also pretty good about updating software on them and fixing them if you report something wrong with the computer.

3 College Junior

Transportation: AU has shuttles to take you to the metro and Tenleytown, but they don't always run on time or might get snared in traffic. The metro system can take you most places in DC, which is a plus. However, parking is super expensive if you chose to bring a car.

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4 College Junior

Majors: I like the academic programs at AU a lot and they make it fairly easy to double major or graduate early. Some majors, such as economics and philosophy, are only 39 credits, thus making it easy to pair with another major in the School of International Service or School of Public Affairs. Most majors also have a way to let you get credits for internships related to the field.

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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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