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Reviews 2110 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The places on campus are generally good but there are problems with the variety of meals which can make it almost painful to eat on campus. I would absolutely suggest never buying a huge meal plan after freshman year.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Washington D.C. is a amazing city to be living near. The campus is located a few minutes outside of the heart of the city but this allows for a nice suburban atmosphere with the added benefit of city life. Going to locally owned restaurants and businesses really shows you the community feeling that is alive in D.C. and in its many cultural districts. Living in the same city as the President and members of the government is also a huge plus.

3 College Sophomore

Technology: The computer labs at American University are normally rather crowed and there can be a long line to use the printers, but the computers are all up to date and well maintained. The WIFI at school is extreme reliable and really fast which makes owning a laptop or computer very useful.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The main dining hall, TDR, has its great days and its horrible days. The food can get repetitive and sometimes is barely edible but you just have to learn to get creative. They always have sandwich materials and a salad bar. The Tavern and Salsa also take meal swipes as another alternative. The ice cream bar is phenomenal!

5 College Sophomore

Academics: I am a Public Communications and Marketing Minor at school and so far it has been going great. The teachers in the School of Communication are very involved in and outside the classroom, and a lot of them are active participants in the work-field they teach. The workload is reasonable and the internship opportunities are countless.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: American University is really great for some majors. For example, the SPA school, the Kogod Business School, The School of Communications and of course the International Service School, all offer great strong majors. If you are interested in science, mathematics and some arts the majors may be weak. American makes it easy to switch and combine majors. They also offer programs like CLEG, communication, law, economics and government, which helps you get multiple degrees at once.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: American University has some phenomenal teachers who can change your life in terms of what you learn and the opportunities they present. With that said we do have a few that just absolutely suck. I suggest using ratemyprofessor.com when signing up for classes and you will be fine. The bad teachers are often weeded out eventually.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: American University is home to students from all 50 states and over 130 countries. Although the majority population is white, you will meet students from all over the world. My freshman year I had six international floor mates from Kuwait, Egypt, Honduras, Greece, Canada and Korea

4 College Sophomore

Majors: American University makes it really easy to change, combine and create majors. If you aren't sure what you want to study you can definitely find something here. American is especially great if you are interested in politics, international relations or communications.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I am a CLEG major at AU. I have loved my major classes and am incredibly interested in the subject area. The professors are great in SPA.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Housing is expensive, but the price tag feels a bit better when you see how expensive it is to live in DC. The dorms are fine, but freshmen dorms are nothing special. Upperclassmen can get suites, and I am trying for one next year. I live as a triple in a double room, so it's cramped. Doubles seem to have enough room for both of them, however.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The shuttle runs fairly often and has a couple of pick up places on campus. Sometimes the signs for not so popular stops are hard to find, but the drivers are nice and willing to help you. Public transportation consists of the metro and buses, and they have worked well for me so far.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: In some fields such as the Film and Media program are not diverse enough for my liking. It depends on what department and area you are interested in.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The shuttle comes often and the school is very accessible to public transportation though it can be very expensive.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There are plenty of city boys and girls on campus. Most of them are generous, friendly and unique because every year there are many incoming freshman who come from all over the U.S.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Students seem to party a lot in the Greek life outside of the academic realm. But whilst on campus, the Greek students appear to advocate some ambitious projects, such as rallying a petition for the disarmament of nuclear weapons.

2 College Freshman

Athletics: American University only has a very few competitive sports team, such as basketball and wrestling. Basketball is the sport that draws the most school spirit at athletic events. But otherwise, school spirit is very lacking.

4 College Freshman

Weather: Weather does not pose much of an impediment to my campus experience. The campus is relatively small and compact, so crossing between buildings is not difficult.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: They have a decent bus circulation from the main campus to the metro station, which is connected to all parts of D.C. No other form of transportation is necessary for a small campus like American University.

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: i was full time but they never sent the insurance card to me

5 College Sophomore

Administration: There is no curfew for the dormitories. Hookah is allowed on campus and so is smoking cigarettes. Their policy is "your body is not a container" meaning that what is inside your body can not convict you. If you come back to the dorms with alcohol in your system then they can not penalize you. However, it is a dry campus so if you look like you are incoherent or have bottle clanking in the dorms then you will be penalized. If a resident is really drunk then they will most likely be sent to the hospital in an ambulance.

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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Guys seem to not be that interested in females. The girls are desperate for male attention. As friend, the guys are ok as friends. The females are not so great.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: DC is full of diversity, culture, and internationalism. What else is there to say? World-renowned restaurants all over the city, great food, cheap food. My personal favorite aspect of the city is the FOOD TRUCK fad in DC!!! I honestly prefer following my favorite food trucks over the variety of restaurants in DC. You will not find good mexican food in DC, unless you visit a Mexican food truck--be forewarned.

3 College Freshman

Administration: Campus is a dry campus, meaning NO ONE can drink or do drugs on campus. However, you are allowed to come back as f***ed up as you would like as long as you're not on the verge of hospitalization. One particularly controversial rule that will go into effect in the 2013-2014 school year is the new smoking ban, which will ban students from smoking on campus. Because of this, many students have become quite upset with President Kerwin. However, it's still pretty easy to get off campus to parties to drink or smoke or whatever. Rides are always provided from campus to frat parties, and the Berks, where many upperclassmen live, is a short walk off campus. It's relatively easy to get off AU campus and escape campus strictness...

3 College Freshman

Technology: Eaglesecure, the wireless network on campus, is more lovingly referred to as eagle "insecure." The wifi on campus can sometimes be unreliable and slow, and may at times randomly disconnect. There are many computers on campus to use, including both desktop computers and laptop computers that one can check out. You have to know which desktop computers to use specifically, though, as some in the library are very slow and can cause a heart attack if you decided to print your 20-page essay ten minutes before class. For the most part, they are reliable, and the New Media Center has a variety of software that students can use, including Adobe programs and the latest versions of Final Cut Pro. You can survive at this school without a personal computer, most definitely. Printing is also at times unreliable, especially with the printers located inside dorm buildings.

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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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