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5 College Freshman

Transportation: Thank God for the Shuttle – The AU shuttle bus drops you right in front of the tenley metro stop and the metro is an extremely convenient way to navigate the city. The metro is easy to navigate, but it doesn't run to georgetown. Fortunately you can take a metro bus to georgetown, which you can use your smartrip to pay for. Getting out of town is easy because you can take the red line straight to union station.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Gays, Foreigners and Wasps – AU has four main categories into which their students fall. You are either a gay man, an international student, a preppy white kid from the northeast, and there are some that can be described as normal and middle class. There is not an enormous black population here but the black students tend to stick together.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Interning in DC – I have not had an internship yet but I would like to have one. I may try to have one during the school year but if I can avoid that and do it over the summer I would because there is so much homework. There are tons of opportunities and the career center is one of the best in the country.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Not Many but Good – We don't have a wide variety of sports here, but the sports we do have are very good. We are a D-1 school.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Hard but Worth It – There is a ton of work and most of the professor and courses are very challenging, but it pays off and you learn a LOT. You will always find those certain classes and professor that you don't like, but the majority of professor are amazing and always willing to help you whenever you need and encourage you to do your best and try your hardest.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: It's really hard, at AU to not find some group, organization, or office that deals specifically with your background be it ethnic, economic, political, religious, or sexual orientation. In fact the thing that is most likely to get you discriminated against is an open prejudice against any of these groups.
The majority of AU students are white, rich, liberal, christian/jewish, and straight. However, there is significant representation of most other groups (including, surprisingly enough, conservatives). The one issue that I know of regarding diversity is there are some international students in the Kogod School of Business who feel judged because of the language barrier.
Also, for any students that have disabilities, there are two very active and helpful offices on campus and several student organizations dedicated to students with disabilities-- so even there you will find acceptance at AU.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Sick of TDR? If you're willing to walk down to the nearest shuttle stop you'll find that TDR and the Tavern aren't your only option. Tenleytown has a lot of good, cheep dining options. Z-Burger, Popeye's, Panera, Chipotle, Starbucks, etc. There are pizza and chicken places galore. For someone more interested in international food there's Neisha, a Thai restaurant right across the street from the metro stop.
As a freshman with the required meal plan most of these option are more expensive then just swiping in at TDR, The Tavern, or Salsa. However, as any upperclassman or grad student will tell you, once you no longer have to buy into the exceedingly expensive meal plan blocks you realize that TDR is $11 a meal and the Tavern can get pretty pricey as well. So in such cases it might be a better option to hope on the shuttle.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: DC Dining Is Amazing – Check out all of the options in Tenleytown - Z Burger is a campus favorite, as is Chipotle, the new Panera Bread, Whole Foods, and Dominoes. A quick metro ride away are options in Friendship Heights or Dupont Circle. A great mix up chain favorites that everyone knows and Washington, DC originals. Check out Crepe Amore in Georgetown...and our millions of cupcake places!

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Earn It and Keep It – The financial aid process at American University gives academic scholarships to a large percent of incoming students. The amount varies, but with a high tuition cost, it all counts. The key is keeping the scholarship. Students have to maintain a certain 3.2 GPA in order to retain academic scholarships. If a student does go below 3.2, however, it is still possible to keep the scholarship by writing a letter to the university explaining why you should retain it.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Everyone Can Find Their Niche – American University has a wide array of students who all have different interests and talents. Students often befriend the students they share academic interests with, but tend to find a different group to spend the majority of time with. Greek life is present on campus but is not the only social life on campus. Students are definitely able to find their own niche and will find that the majority of campus is very accepting of differences. AU is extremely LGBT friendly. The campus is a dry campus, but this typically does not hinder students' ability to engage in activities they want to engage in. Students simply have to be smart about what they do.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Active City With Great Culture – Washington, DC is a great location for a college and American University is located in the Northwest section of the city which is a very safe and beautiful area. The Metro System provides quick access to activities in DC including museums, government, and business, as well as mixed local culture. The best aspect of DC is that my local news is everyone else's national and international news. DC really does revolve around the US government, but there are also local street fairs (M Street Fair in the Fall) and well known local restaurants (Ben's Chili Bowl). The combination provides a great college town with never ending activities mixed with great culture.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Very Safe – I've always felt safe here at AU. There has been a few burglaries, but nothing bad and Public Safety is only a call away and have a very fast response time!

3 College Sophomore

Majors: When I applied to AU I applied to the School of International Service, but once you get on campus as a freshman there's a lot of flexibility when it comes to switching schools and majors. An advisor in your school is assigned to you when you enroll and they can be a useful resource if you take advantage of their office hours.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Just Be Smart – AU is technically a dry campus meaning that no one, not even those who are over 21, may have alcohol on campus. However, a majority of upperclassmen live off campus anyway, and students who are under 21 would get in trouble on any campus for being in possession of alcohol. That being said, there is definitely alcohol on campus and it's not particularly hard to find it if that's what you're into.

You have to be smart about it though, because RA's will not hesitate to write you up and report you to Student Conduct. First time alcohol offenses aren't the end of the world, but don't get caught a second time because you will be put on academic probation and your parents will be notified. Wuh-oh.

3 College Sophomore

Technology: Never Had a Problem – The campus-wide wireless internet is really great and I'm a big fan of the QuickPrint station in the library. It's also really handy having a small computer lab on the first floor of my dorm. I didn't bring a printer to college this year and I'm having no problems whatsoever relying on the school's printers. I have my own laptop, so I can't really speak to the availability of computers in the library during peak hours, but I do love the Mac labs that AU provides for design software.

1 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Worst experience of my life. I was initially very excited to attend American University, but I soon realized that it would be not at all was I was expecting. Attending this school has honestly been the worst experience of my life. I have never met such rude students till I came here. Most of the faculty are awful at doing their job because for the most part they just don't care. I thought that by attending American University that I would have a college experience, instead this has been a continuation of high school. So, if you are looking for a college experience look someplace else.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I got most of my tuition paid for by American University and most of my friends also received great financial aid packages, but IT IS IMPERATIVE that you meet the FAFSA and CSS Profile deadlines set by AU. My roommate failed to do so and AU didn't reward her with anything. I was short a couple grand and the aid office helped me get it covered. It took time and patience, but it was worth all the waiting.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: Pretty Accepting – AU is commonly known as "Gay U" around campus. It's not supposed to be insulting, but it shows that there is a large population of GLBT students, and people are completely accepting of it! There are a lot of international students and because there are several clubs to support minorities in any group, people are not bullied or left out. AU campus is extremely diverse, however the large majority of students tend to be liberal--so watch out if you're a passionate conservative. Keeping the political debates on the debate floor is essential.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Tenley Town – American University has a shuttle that takes students about every five minutes or so into the closest town (Tenley Town) which has an array of different restaurants. There's great Italian, Chinese/Thai/Japanese, and Mexican establishments right in the area that take AU credit. Angelico's Italian Restaurant is my favorite and I love them even more for taking AU dollars! If you're not feeling adventurous, there's also Papa John's, Dominoes, and Chipotle right around the corner! And if these restaurants aren't enough, jump on the metro and ride into the core of Washington D.C. for whatever food your heart desires.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: You get as much financial aid as you'd expect, not too much not too little. They certainly don't try to surprise you with awesome amounts of money but they try not to make attendance impossible for the few kids that go there and don't already own yachts.

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4 College Junior

Weather: Rain or Shine – The weather is really never TOO cold or TOO hot to do anything. It can get pretty humid sometimes but it doesn't really stop the few campus activities that are going outdoors. As long as it's not crazy enough to stop public transportation, which isn't often, then weather doesn't impede much of anything.

4 College Junior

Technology: Kogod Computer Labs – The computer labs in Kogod are certainly sufficient to do everything you need to do for any business assignment, and without any complications. There are two labs available pretty much whenever there aren't classes in them and they can be very useful to use Bloomberg and there are almost always TA's to help you out.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The sororities/fraternities are available if you like that kind of thing, but not annoyingly present if you don't. The university tries to create a sense of community in the dorms, so you don't need to be involved in Greek life just to have a group of friends.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I have not looked into off campus housing, but on campus has been great!

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Health and Safety – The safety services are very effective. At least one security vehicle is always within sight and they respond very quickly to emergency calls. I haven't ever felt unsafe on campus. The health center does not have very good doctors/physician assistants, but it's very convenient. If there is a serious problem, one would go to the hospital anyway, so it's not really an issue.


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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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