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Campus Quality


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3 College Junior

Campus Quality: Student life on campus is fine. There are many options for those who look for them, but it can get very monotonous.

2 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Completely honestly, I think the campus is pretty lack luster. Campus is small, at least, so there's not much to do if you're not studying or eating. The library is pretty cool, and all the architecture is okay, but nothing is all that memorable. I truly hate the dorms, though! They're terribly designed and super boring. As far as I know there aren't any "hang out" spots on campus except the library, in dorms, dining hall, and occasionally the quad. If everyone "hung out" on campus there would be 0 room. The campus is seriously so small. We don't really have any points of interest I guess other than the gym.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: It's a pretty campus - especially in the Fall.

3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Fine, but boring. No interesting events ever go on.

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4 College Senior

Campus Quality: I've been a film student and we always had access to great facilities and equipment.

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Most students would agree that the facilities are good enough, with Internet access and a decent choice when it comes to food. Some dorms are considerably nicer than others, but most would say that all dorms are adequate. The Jacobs Fitness Center is a popular spot and offers two floors of cardio machines and weight equipment, a swimming pool, and numerous basketball courts.

Facilities at AU may not be thrilling, but they are always clean and modernized. Students are far more active outside the confines of campus and in the city around them, which contributes to AU’s less-animated campus life compared to other universities.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
84 acres
Student Centers
Mary Graydon Center
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
  • American University Library
  • Pence Law Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Mary Graydon Center
  • The quad
  • Woods-Brown Amphitheater
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • Davenport Lounge in the School of International Service
  • Megabytes CafĂ© underneath the Tunnel
  • Pura Vida Fair Trade Coffee in Mary Graydon Center
Movie Theater on Campus
"Green" Initiatives
AU is a registered arboretum, meaning the campus is a botanical garden dedicated to specimen trees. The campus also has five green roofs, including one on the Media Production Center. There is also a farmers' market, green modes of transportation (bikes, electric buggies), and plenty of other sustainability amenities.
School Slang
  • "Once an eagle, always an eagle": The slogan for AU alums, especially sports fans
  • Flaming Cupcake: The flame design protruding from the roof of the Kay Spiritual Life Center
  • Floorcest: Hooking up with someone on your own floor
  • JAMed: Getting written up by your RA for various rule violations
  • Sexile: To kick your roommate out so you can hook up
  • TDR: Terrace Dining Room-the main cafeteria at AU
Primal Scream: Around finals time, students gather in the courtyard between Hughes and McDowell halls to yell their heads off for Primal Scream and watch other students flash them from the overlooking dorms. It's a stress reliever.
Urban Legends
  • A giant mutant beaver-type creature prowls the campus at night.
  • An old woman who lived near campus donated a huge sum of money before her death for the perpetual garden maintenance that goes on.
  • The black squirrels and gray squirrels that live on campus constantly fight each other.
Favorite Things To Do
Political speakers are popular on campus, and various clubs host impressive guests almost weekly. Recent speakers have included President Barack Obama, Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, Bolivian President Evo Morales, and congressman Ron Paul. When students aren't attending the numerous political events, they hang out on the quad for cookouts or Frisbee games, work out in the Bender Fitness Center, watch AU's Division I basketball team, and play intramural sports on the fields. Students can see shows and recitals at the Katzen Arts Center and the Greenberg Theatre, or watch movies, TV shows, and concerts in the Tavern. Bender Arena hosts sports games, including Division I basketball, while the Kennedy Political Union brings a large number of prominent speakers to campus.
Student Organizations Web Site
Student Newspaper
The Eagle
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes
Did You Know?
There are professional fraternities at AU that specialize in fields such as international service, business, and pre-law.

Student Polls

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 61 responses

  • 24% Drink coffee at the Dav/Starbucks
  • 12% Sit in MGC
  • 12% Work out at Cassell
  • 11% Go quadding
  • 11% Clubs
  • 8% Take other classes
  • 7% Reading at the library
  • 4% Work out in Bender
  • 4% Play soccer/frisbee
  • 3% There is nothing interesting to do on campus.
  • 2% Mud box
  • 1% Playing football on the quad
  • 1% Avoid people
  • 1% See one of the theatre/music performances
  • 1% Look at the art in Katzen
  • 1% Go into DC

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 127 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 55 responses

  • 25% Welcome Week
  • 23% Embassy trick-or-treat
  • 11% Primal Scream
  • 6% Euro Night
  • 6% Storming the Quad
  • 5% Men's Basketball Games
  • 5% Women
  • 4% Sandslam
  • 4% There are no interesting events or traditions.
  • 4% WVAU concerts
  • 4% All-American Weekend
  • 4% Being a WONK
  • 1% The City

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 65 responses

  • 38% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 48% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 14% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 126 responses

  • 23% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 60% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 14% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 3% I hate my school and have no school spirit.



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