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  • 08/18/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    49 out of 49 people found this review useful. 1 person found this inaccurate. 1 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    AU is the place to be for future politicians, political activists and international studies majors. It's for the independent and outgoing who will enjoy exploring it's great location.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know your academic advisor. Feeling comfortable going to them makes your entire freshmen experience so much easier. They want to help you, let them. If you find that you really enjoy a specific professor, they want you to go to office hours and get to know them - it will pay off, and having a staff member that write great recommendations for you will give you an edge for internships. It's a very academic school, but there's still a large greek life and a great basketball team.

    Bang for the buck

    While the school is very expensive, I really feel that its giving me the best education for me, and allowing me to have an edge in my education. I feel that the price is worth it, and there are so many people at the school that want to help you lower the burden of cost. Don't let it deter you from the opportunity of a lifetime.

    Am enjoying being here

    I come from a rather small, everyone knows everyone town. Being in Washington D.C. is an experience unlike any other. It's a big city with a town feeling, especially because American is located more in the suburbs. The city itself has so much to offer to students, and there's no better place to learn about the government.

    Am learning a lot

    I've found that the edge that American University has is the range of classes offered. The classes required for each major and much more focused than other schools I've looked into. I fell in love with only taking glasses that truly interest and intrigue me as oppose to a large number of broad requirements. I've learned more because of the extra interest and direction that the school allows its students.

  • 01/28/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    23 out of 23 people found this review useful. 2 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    AU is perfect for all types of students that want to be actively involved on campus. I don't know a single person at American that doesn't do at least two extra-curriculars outside of their class load.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely come visit the campus before making a decision, because that's what sold me on coming here. Especially in the spring you can really see how active students are in and outside the classroom, and how much a college with a campus in a city has to offer.

    Bang for the buck

    While the tuition is very high, the quality of things on campus is very good. There are multiple different construction projects going on, but housing is currently a big issue. Many freshman find themselves in triples, and due to limited housing, juniors and seniors are having a harder time getting into campus housing. The food here is ok, though there are only two different options for places to use your meal swipes on campus.

    Am enjoying being here

    DC is such a great environment for college students, because there's always something going on in the city. American is unique because it has a campus, while still being inside the city.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors here at American are some of the best I've met between visiting campuses or friends at other colleges. They are very approachable, and dedicated to their fields of study. I haven't met one yet that doesn't have some sort of higher degree, and all have extra activities going on outside being a teacher.

  • 11/05/2010

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    21 out of 21 people found this review useful. 3 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Anyone interested in international studies, including regional studies (African Studies, European Business, etc.), future MBAs and students interested in business, students who want to have great internship opportunities, or anyone interested in politics.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know your professors! AU professors are a wealth of information, and they're eager to help their students (future AU alum) succeed both in and outside the classroom. I've gotten great recommendations, internships, and even a job from visiting my professors during their office hours. Don't be shy!

    Bang for the buck

    Yes, AU is expensive, but I tend to look at it as an investment in my future. Potential employers respect an AU degree because they know that AU graduates are well-rounded competent and professional. Plus, AU offers a lot of merit and need-based scholarships; contact the Financial Aid office if the cost is your biggest concern.

    Did enjoy being here

    AU is not only a great school, it's in a GREAT city. In DC, you can spend your weekends attending gala affairs at embassies or free swing-dancing lessons at the Kennedy Center or doing one of a million other things, mostly for free. Plus DC has so many NGOs and, obviously, government offices that it's easy to find an internship to gain real-world experience (and get credit for it!). AU also offers a lot in terms of student activities: concerts, forums and guest speakers, volunteer trips abroad, Greek life, etc. Trust me, you'll never be bored.

    Did learn a lot

    As a student of International Relations, I don't think I could have chosen a better school. My professors were not only well-versed on theory, but they had made (and were STILL making) valuable contributions to their fields. Relative to other schools, AU also has VERY small class sizes (particularly in the Honors program), which makes professors very approachable, and AU offers a wide variety of specialized one-time-only classes that expand the course offerings DRAMATICALLY. In my 4 years there, I took classes on the Baby Boomer's influence on the sexual revolution, the politics of human rights in Cuba, drug cartels in Colombia, and humanitarian response in complex emergencies.

  • 10/13/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    13 out of 13 people found this review useful. 4 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Motivated students who would like to have a more meaningful college experience than a lot of forgotten drunken nights. (Though if that's your thing, it's still easy to do that at American)

    Tips for prospective students

    Try talking to a few of the students while on campus and asking any questions you might have. The tour guides don't tell lies on the tours, but they are discouraged from discussing a few topics such as the gender imbalance.

    Bang for the buck

    I don't think I'll be able to correctly judge this until I have graduated, but so far I think I am more than getting my money's worth. The classroom experience has been good and the speakers that come to campus have been excellent. I feel very fortunate to be where I'm at.

    Am enjoying being here

    It has been so easy to get involved on campus and even easier to do things off campus. D.C. is the best college town because everything is free. It's hard to complain about being bored when there are free events happening every day in addition to the free museums and free concerts.

    Am learning a lot

    American University is by far one of the most under ranked universities in my opinion. The courses I've taken thus far have all been taught by professors that are not only passionate about the subject but have also made major contributions to their field. I am continuously challenged and have begun to look at domestic and world affairs in a new light.

  • 02/28/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    10 out of 10 people found this review useful. 5 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for students that love diversity! There are so many different cultures represented here at AU. Great for students looking to get an International Relations degree. The School of International Services is the largest school of its kind in the United States and second largest in the world!

    Tips for prospective students

    Come to a campus visit! I came on a visit as a junior in high school and it was well worth it. Seeing the campus really helped me to make my decision about attending AU. Meet with your admissions counselor. My dad emailed my admissions counselor and I met with him during my campus visit. It was very helpful and possibly helped my chances of being excepted. It shows that you are very interested in attending the school and will help the admissions counselor to remember your name when he or she reads your application.

    Bang for the buck

    As you might know, American University has a rather high tuition rate. I believe that the conditions, for example, student housing, could be much better for the amount of money we are paying. But with the educational aspect in mind, the money is worth getting such a highly acclaimed degree/ education.

    Am enjoying being here

    Although American University has great academics, I have found the campus community to be lacking. As a sports fan, I was disappointed to find that sports are not very important at AU and the student body does not have much school spirit. But don't be discouraged, there are always plenty of activities to do on campus.

    Am learning a lot

    American University has a wonderful, intensive general education program. It gives a great foundation and helps you to become a well-rounded student. In addition, the School of International Service (SIS) has an excellent International Relations major/program. I am very happy with the amount of learning I'm receiving here.

  • 06/29/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    9 out of 9 people found this review useful. 6 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    AU is for students who are used to the big-city, cultural-hub, fashionista, rich kid lifestyle. Each school has a roughly different personality of students though: SIS: kids with dreams of living in Africa or Asia and improving the lives of indigenous tribes Kogod: kids who wear business suits to class and are never on campus because they're always at work in the city SOC: social media interns. Facebook all day. Everyday and they call it a job. SPA: the stereotypical AU student who works on the hill and touts their newest political argument in front of their senator friend. CAS: kids majoring in the most random things possible. Typically something having to do with History, Philosophy or Sociology, but typically it's all just about Social justice. Most of the professors are really really biased and don't allow different arguments into the classroom. Most of the students overall are competitive, non-athletic folks with an interest in politics. Lots of Europeans and international students also.

    Tips for prospective students

    Welcome week: don't go to EI. Stay with a close group of people that you know you can depend on, even if that's just your roommate. Don't get out of control and make mistakes that will stick with your reputation on campus for a long time. Classes: Get to know your professors, your TAs, and your classmates. When you know your professors, you may be able to use them as a contact later on in the semester, or in life. Sometimes they'll even take you into the city for drinks! Greek life: rush

    Bang for the buck

    The school is ridiculously over priced and the administration is blind to student needs when it comes to financial aid or social well-being. The opportunities in the city and the location of the school, however, seem to outweigh the frustration most students encounter with the administration or AU Central (financial aid office).

    Am enjoying being here

    The social aspect is a little rough. People here aren't afraid to step on others to get to the top. Most of the people are from the east coast and aren't afraid to dominate the social scene with their fashion and strong personalities. Greek life runs the social atmosphere on weekends. Most of the social interactions between people are because of networking. Clawing your way to the top like an Eagle. Should probably be the school's motto.

    Academic Rigor

    The education is wonderful. It's a lot of work though. Get ready for long papers, huge readings, and lots of large assignments. I've never taken a quick scan tron test. Most of the classes are discussion, paper, and reading based so don't expect to be able to memorize and regurgitate information to your professor. Forming your own opinions is important. But overall, I learn MUCH MUCH MUCH more than anyone I know that's attending a state school.

  • 04/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 7 people found this review useful. 7 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Safety on campus is something that AU takes very seriously. The Public Safety building can be found on the south side of campus and there is always an officer walking around campus. We have the blue light phones on various parts of campus. Also Public Safety is not just concerned with the well being of students on campus but that of the city as a whole. We are located right across the street from Homeland Security and that always has made me feel a bit safer.

    Greek Life

    There is a greek life on campus. There are 7 Panhellenic Sororities and 12 North American Interfraternity Conference members. The majority of students are not a part of greek life and there is no pressure to join but know that it is a part of campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    If there is a club that you want to join then they have it here. I can't even tell you off the top of my head how many clubs we actually have here but I know that there is a lot. One of more unique ones to campus is our student government and all of the different aspects that they control. Anyone who wants to be involved in politics should consider joining.

    Great for these types of students

    International students. Those who are very interested in politics or international relations. We have really good programs for both of those majors.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    You will see wonk on campus. It's a DC term and something you will come to have a love/hate relationship with. As far as traditions go it varies depending on what groups you are involved with. But putting everything in a short form is one of the most common. We really like acronyms. Location wise there is the beach, which is on south side and on a sunny day you can see why it is called that. Then the quad. That's about it.

    Bang for the buck

    Yes AU is a bit high in cost, but the aid greatly reduces the cost of attendance. For all that is available on campus, in terms of jobs and internships that are open to AU students it is totally worth the cost of attendance.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do in DC. Getting off of campus is one of the best things that you can do. Going to the monuments, the Smithsonian (which is free!!), the Kennedy Center, Rock Creek Park or anything else in DC. There is always something happening on campus as well, my Facebook invite box is always full of things to do. On campus one of the big things are the speakers that come. This past year Bill Clinton came to speak at that has been the highlight of my year, it was a free event. The University Center also puts on movies every two weeks. Also for those that want to there are frat parties on the weekend or you can go down to K Street and go clubbing.

    Food and Dining

    We have one traditional dinning hall, Terrace Dinning Room, known around campus as TDR. But there are other options as well. The main source for food is in the Mary Graydon Center where TDR is, as well as an Einstein's Bagels, a salad stop, Pronto (sandwiches), Eagle Express (box lunch), Salsa (Tex-Mex), and then Tavern (burgers). TDR, Eagle Express, Salsa, and Tav take meal swipes and everything else on campus takes Eagle Bucks or dinning dollars. In addition to what is in MGC there is a cafe in Ward, Katzen, SIS, the Mudbox in the library and a Subway by Bender Arena. Here is a tip on Eagle Bucks and Dinning Dollars. Dinning Dollars can only be used on campus where Eagle Bucks can be used off campus and on. I use my Eagle Bucks to buy food at Whole Foods.

    Dorm Life

    The majority of freshman students live on the south side of campus. One of those dorms is being remodeled this summer and the dorm I live in was done a year or two ago. AU is also building a few new dorms next year so that is going to be exciting. As far as the dorm rooms go they are about the average size of a college dorm. There is a lot of storage space to keep all of your things, but I also recommend getting under the bed storage from the container store by campus, Target which is about a 20 minute bus ride away, or at Ikea which you would have to drive to when you move in. Living on campus is great and there are always a lot of actives that the residence halls put on. You will have a RA on your floor and they are there to help. Get to know your RA and those on your floor. Each floor as a common room with a TV, kitchen and couches. My floor does a lot of cooking and its a nice break from eating at TDR all the time. Each floor also has a study room for the times that you just don't want to go to the library.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors demand a high quality of students. I have yet to have a professor where there was not a lot demanded out of me but I have come out of each class extremely happy that I took it. AU is set up with a system of general education requirements that make you take classes in 5 different areas so that you get a well rounded liberal arts education. As one of the few biology majors on campus I have also taken a theater class and have learned just as much as I have in my bio classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come visit campus! It is the best thing that you can do for yourself while looking at schools. Come in with an idea of which of our five colleges you would be in so that you can take a look at that college and ask questions on your tour that are related to that college. Have a list of things that you are looking for in a school and have things that you will not take off that list. That's how I knew AU was the right school for me.

    In three sentences

    American is a school that is made up of a student body that passionate about several different areas but we all come together on campus. There is someone who is interested in just about every type of field and major that we have to offer and often people have multiple interests that will overlap with each other. To me AU brings the best parts of college and living in DC together.

  • 06/05/2009

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    6 out of 16 people found this review useful. 8 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who love politics, love city life, outgoing, and friendly.

    Tips for prospective students

    When visiting the campus, ask a lot of questions about how to obtain a scholarship. American University is one of the most expensive colleges in the nation, and the tour guides can share a lot of information about available scholarships and how to get one.

  • 12/24/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 7 people found this review useful. 9 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Politically active, creative, opinionated, motivated.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit campus, and see if the area feels right to you. Speak to students in your intended field of study- AU students are always willing to talk about their experiences.

    Bang for the buck

    AU is expensive. It's undeniable. However, if you can make it work with loans and scholarships, it is worth it for the internship opportunities alone.

    Am enjoying being here

    AU is located in a wonderful area of DC. It's close to the shops downtown, the monuments, and the museums while still having a distinct campus. There are a ton of student groups and activities to participate in- there is something for everyone.

    Am learning a lot

    The General Education program provides a wide variety of topics to explore outside of your major.

  • 05/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 10 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    We are so safe! We have public safety but we are also in the safest quadrant of DC.

    Greek Life

    We have two types: social (the normal college greek like) and professional (which all have an aim like community service, honors, etc.) We have a small percentage so it's here if you want it, but it doesn't harm you in any way if you don't.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have over 150! There's basically something for everyone. And if we don't have what you want, it's really easy to make a club.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to live on a campus, but still in a city. Also, it's great for students who are serious about their studies but also want to go out and experience things.

    Bang for the buck

    Our school is really expensive, but we have great resources here too. We are number one in the nation for internships and we have a great career center that can help you find a job even once you're an alumni!

    Food and Dining

    Our dining hall, Terrace Dining Room, can have its ups and its downs but there is always something to eat. We also have a lot of other options such as a panini place, Einstein Bagels, the tavern, and our own place that's kind of like Chipotle.

    Dorm Life

    I love living in a dorm. They are pretty nice and almost all of them have wall units filled with storage. Living in a dorm has been a great experience because there is always someone around to hang out with.

    Academic Rigor

    The work at my school was the hardest part to get used to. However, it has made me a better student and person and I have much better time management skills than before. I also have learned how to not procrastinate.

    Tips for prospective students

    My number one tip is to take your college search seriously. Choosing the right college for you is a big decision and honestly, transferring is a pain. It's an exciting time, so make sure to get excited about it!

    In three sentences

    AU is the best school in the nation for Internships. It really helps you widen your horizons with an extreme amount of opportunities. It is a tight community and I wouldn't change my decision for the world.

  • 03/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 11 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Great blue light system, I never felt unsafe on campus or in its surroundings.

    Greek Life

    Never was a part of it, but I've heard good things from friends who are Greek.

    Clubs and Activities

    Something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Policy wonks, left-wing students, environmentalists.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    My favorite place on campus is the amphitheater.

    Bang for the buck

    A bit pricey, but expected.

    What to do for fun

    DC is the best place for nightlife, cultural events, etc.

    Food and Dining

    Good food, I just wish that there were more (and cheaper) options.

    Dorm Life

    Better than most schools, I just wish that the walls were more sound-proofed. I was sleep-deprived for the 2 years that I lived on-campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors at AU are top-notch and made my experience here indispensable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to supplement your in-class education with internships! It will not only give you great real world experience, but it will also allow you excellent networking opportunities.

    In three sentences

    I have had a great time during my four years at AU. Not only did I receive an excellent in-class education, but I was able to supplement this part of my education with an internship every semester. In addition, the study abroad program that I did was excellent and gave me many great memories of my time as an AU student.

  • 08/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 12 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    AU's campus security is amazing. There are of course, the blue boxes all around campus, but campus security also has free self defense courses every few weeks. They also have the safe ride home program in which they will send a car to come get you in D.C., Virginia, or Maryland to get you back to campus safely.

    What to do for fun

    During the first week of school, there are carnivals, glow-in-the-dark soccer and Frisbee games, and movie nights on the quad and in the amphitheater. Students flock to these events for the free food and entertainment. These are also great socializing events for students. AU also has a huge variety of clubs for students, from the book club to the extreme sports club, and, of course, the quidditch team, there's a club for anyone.

    Food and Dining

    TDR is amazing. Most of the food is organic and grown locally, because the dining hall staff and students that help make decisions are environmentally conscious. The menu is different every day and one could go for every meal and never get bored of the food. They have a comfort food bar, an amazing salad bar, and a stir-fry station every day as well as several other stations around the cafeteria.

    Dorm Life

    You get a chance to pick your roommates through a survey and messaging before school, so if you should be able to find someone you like easily. The RAs are readily available for help in any problem, especially those issues that might crop up when first sharing a room with other people. The rooms themselves are small, but easily made cozy and home-like.

    Academic Rigor

    Pick good classes and you'll be challenged. Like any place, if you pick slacker courses, you'll get to slack off, but all the best teachers will be the ones that challenge you to do your best in their classes and those teachers are abundant here.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's the little things that set you apart from others that AU really appreciates in their students. If you can be unique and still maintain good standing in high school, AU will love you.

    In three sentences

    AU is a wonderful place for students wanting to be in Washington D.C. for future careers in government, the mentorship program for all SIS students is a perfect way to introduce the students to this part of D.C. AU is a very tied-in community with tons of clubs, political activism, and campus activities on the quad all the time.

  • 06/29/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 13 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    people interested in international topics, foreign cultures and languages, and living in an awesome city

    Tips for prospective students

    Walk around campus and talk with the students. Look at the dorms and try the food to see if you fit in there!

    Bang for the buck

    It's really expensive, but I got great financial aid: a huge grant, some small federal grants, and a few loans. I'm still trying to decrease the loan amounts.

    Will enjoy being here

    The students are friendly and TDR's food is pretty good. Also, the campus is a national arboretum, so there are beautiful gardens and trees everywhere.

    Will learn a lot

    AU offers a lot and I am so psyched to start my freshman year! The School of International Service is superb.

  • 06/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 14 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I never feel like my safety is in jeopardy while on campus or around campus!

    Greek Life

    Do it!

    Clubs and Activities

    Join clubs/activities! Great way to meet new people!

    Great for these types of students

    Any type of student! Theres a wide variety of people at AU.

    Bang for the buck

    Although AU is expensive, its worth it with all of the opportunities that it provides you.

    What to do for fun

    Join some clubs or activities. Go explore downtown or Georgetown!

    Food and Dining

    Being renovated this summer, bringing a Starbucks and Sweetgreen to campus -- defiantly a plus.

    Dorm Life

    New dorms are being built, but the existing ones are not too shabby.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are tough, but if you put the time and effort in, it is defiantly doable. Also, take advantage of office hours, and get to know the professors. Trust me, it helps.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus -- you will fall in love.

    In three sentences

    While being in the nation's capital, American University is the perfect size for everyone, not too big and not too small. The academics are fantastic, with many opportunities for internships and jobs. Among its various clubs, varsity sports and greek life everyone is sure to find their place at AU.

  • 05/11/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 4 people found this review useful. 15 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    It's great if you're into politics and debate. Kids here are smart and vocal about their opinions.

    Tips for prospective students

    You'll love it here. Don't go anywhere else!

    Bang for the buck

    It's a little on the expensive side, with with enough scholarship money and loans, it's manageable.

    Am enjoying being here

    This is my dream school. I honestly can't picture myself going anywhere else.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes are phenomenal, and D.C offers great learning opportunities in and of itself!

  • 06/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 16 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Awesome

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is very overpriced for a film degree.

    What to do for fun

    Go to DC's many unique neighborhoods for bars, clubs, sports, music performances and the nations greatest history museums.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall is a rollercoaster of good and bad days but there are good commercial places on campus.

    Dorm Life

    RA's can be very strict but all the shenanigans that you exect to have in college are waiting in the AU dorms. North side tends to be quieter and more studious than the raging south side.

    Academic Rigor

    There are many nerds at AU, but most of them are people you would never expect to be smart. Many of the frat stars, hipsters and club rats are also striving to be head of the class. You have to be on your A game at AU.

    Tips for prospective students

    Before you sign up for your first semester of classes. Make an appointment with your academic advisor and DEMAND to see the entire course layout for your intended major. If you have a back up plan, get the entire layout for that too. Talk about the best order to take these classes and when all of the deadlines are for changing your mind. This will alliviate most of the stress from being in college.

    In three sentences

    The AU community is a cultural hub and exposure point to all walks of life. Like many colleges, there is something for eveyone, from politics to business, music production, law, art and film. The thing that unites all of these unique people at AU is passion and creativity.

  • 09/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 17 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus is actually very safe. If you don't feel safe? Just call up Public Saftey, and they'll come meet you and escort you where you need to go.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 300 on campus!

    Great for these types of students

    American University is great for wealthy students who are grounded, and wish to be in an intelligent and grounded community.

    Bang for the buck

    It is a great school -really-, but no school is worth causing a middle-class family to become a lower-class family.

    What to do for fun

    In complete honesty, there is no time for me to have regular fun here at A.U.. The school delivered not quite half of the financial aid they promised me (which means that the cost for one year here, is more than half of my family's total yearly net income), so I must find a different University which I can transfer to for the years to come. This being said, all my time here is dedicated to activities which, yes are fun, but MUST double in positively adding to my Transfer-Student application. For example, I am taking 20 credit hours instead of the maximum of 17 (you must get special, individual-case reviewed permission to exceed 17 credit hours), because there are courses here that I am extremely interested in taking, but will miss my chance on if I do not take them now. With most of the time I do not spend wrapped up in classes, instead of relaxing on the Quad (a popular hangout) or going out to Frat Parties (they start around 9pm and end at 12midnight, here at A.U. ...they're so early...), I attend [free] meetings, information sessions, and Guest-Speaker lectures. I partake in many other random activities, which I do enjoy of course, but would probably be partaking in differently were I not concerned with how they could look to a potential admissions committee.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall (T.D.R.), seems to always be low on certain foods (they do not make a large enough amount, and they do not put more food out in place, fast enough), and out of forks, frequently knives as well. There are a variety of meal options, but none of the food, beside the typical fast-food items, is very good.

    Dorm Life

    Housing and Dining is very difficult to work with, regardless of any issue or concern. The dorm rooms have great storage, though, especially when compared to typical dorms at other universities. **Disease spreads like wild-fire through the dorms, so make sure you to do whatever you personally need to so you stay healthy!**

    Academic Rigor

    Courses require a lot of time outside the classroom.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not choose this university based on the amount of financial aid they promise you. Assuming they do deliver the entire promised amount (not uncommon for them not to), it is very plausible that the money will be taken away come future years at the university -without the student doing anything wrong or his/her financial situations improving.

    In three sentences

    Phenomenal professors, and a potential to design your own major and/or minor. The Financial Aid office is not very trustworthy; they frequently promise students more aid than they end up delivering. The campus is big, but also small enough to get to any class from any point on main campus within ten minutes (walking).

  • 01/23/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 4 people found this review useful. 18 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Politically Active Global minded Those who want a city feel minus the crowded streets Eco-Friendly Students (the new SIS building is amazing!!)

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the school - do this for any school you want to apply at. Visiting schools tells them that you're serious, its not just another option or backup plan.

    Bang for the buck

    There are times where I question the tuition, but then I see the career center (I think #3 in the nation), think of all the professors (that are former ambassadors, state department officers, advised this famous person, and so much more),Bender Arena with its fitness center (medium sized, but well equipped), and the green campus (a national arboretum), then I realize that I am getting my money's worth I just have to actually enjoy it. Sure, AU costs an absorbent amount, but there are opportunities to really get back that money that are sometimes overlooked.

    Will enjoy being here

    AU is in a great part of DC, it is as safe as you can get in a big city, has things to do on and off campus, and has great food options on and off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    AU is really one of the top Universities for my major. When I realized what I wanted to study AU was a no-brainer. The Professors are very knowledgeable and have experience in the field. There are multiple class options to fulfill the same requirement allowing you to shape your academic experience to your needs and aspirations.

  • 12/01/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 19 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Politically minded, DC lovers, international studies students and those looking to major in business.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're really serious about going here definitely request an interview, preferably with the college rep from your state or region. It gives them the chance to get to know the person behind the application.

    Bang for the buck

    I think so, the campus is so beautiful and the location is to die for. Not to mention the limitless opportunities and internships available.

    Will enjoy being here

    With out a doubt. There are so many clubs on campus and things to do that it will be hard to not find something to do after studying.

    Will learn a lot

    Just by going to the accepted students day and meeting the professors I could tell that the university was well staffed.

  • 01/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 20 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    au is in a very quiet area of dc and campus security seems good. some frats have the pledges steal laptops during rush week, so beware.be city smart in other areas of dc.

    Greek Life

    there is a smaller greek community at au. no on campus houses.

    Clubs and Activities

    lots of politics here at au, and each group has a club. also full of community service organizations and religious groups.

    Great for these types of students

    there is a high nerd factor at au. most students are uber -smart and come into school with many college credits from ap classes.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    most dc colleges go trick or treating at the foreign embassies along mass. ave nw. most welcome it and show you into the buildings with a tour of their culture and a treat from that country.

    Bang for the buck

    au has lots of international students and they all have clubs with socials and great food.(mostly free) lots of other event have receptions with free food.

    What to do for fun

    lots of social options and the school has tons of stuff going on all the time.... games, movies, political stuff. dc has a hugh club scene that you can get in without being 21. the city's museums are world class and mostly free.... great for a cheap date.

    Food and Dining

    very vegetarian friendly but that means very little meat entrees. the menu repeats too often. you have to be creative and take time to make something different, but it can be done.

    Dorm Life

    it is what you make of it. au's dorms are old but typical of most college dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    these professors mean business. they even come to class in 3 piece suits when it is 95 degrees out.

    Tips for prospective students

    save all the money you can because au is crazy expensive.

    In three sentences

    au is very hard academically but still full of opportunities. life in dc is overflowing with options for jobs,internships and politics. the small nature of au is very welcoming.

  • 02/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 21 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    the campus police are helpful, well-trained, and there to protect the students, but with that being said, don't let them catch you break any laws!

    Greek Life

    from the wild animal house frats to the community-service driven sororities, au has the perfect greek organization for everybody

    Clubs and Activities

    clubs are ok, they are mostly small but its a great way to meet people with similar interests. the eco-sense club has made a tremendous impact on greening au.

    Great for these types of students

    multicultural, glbt-friendly, open-minded, willing to work hard and play harder.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    try sneaking on to the roof of mgc for a great view of the campus.

    Bang for the buck

    it's expensive, but the experience you will have in dc is so worth it.

    What to do for fun

    gotta go with the greek life and club scene. the frats throw down hard nearly every weekend, hosting parties with over a hundred people! pregaming in the dorms is essential before hitting up the nightlife in dupont circle.

    Food and Dining

    the main cafeteria is an all-you-can eat wonderland with ice-creams, cereals, and pizza and burger bar, and (my favorite) so many vegetarian and vegan options!

    Dorm Life

    dorm life at au is great for freshmen trying to make some new friends. the rules are pretty strict but the furnishings are new and the buildings are clean.

    Academic Rigor

    the classes are tough! luckily there are plenty of quiet spots to study around campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    hope you like politics and keep an open mind! be prepared to meet tons of interesting people and have a life-changing experience.

    In three sentences

    american university is a small, tight-knit private university in a wonderful homey dc neighborhood. american's students are extremely smart and multicultural, you'll meet people from every pocket of the world!

  • 08/21/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 22 of 94

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of different opportunities in DC, there are various clubs, and even museums to visit for free if you do the right things. This is definitely for the 18+ scene.

    Food and Dining

    There are various dining facilities on campus however they shut down the McDonald's and past Chik-Fil-A that used to be on campus. TDR can be very cliche after a couple of visits, and you will actually begin to think that the food isn't as appetizing.

    Dorm Life

    Majority of the dorms are definitely in a sustainable living condition, I would recommend not to stay in Hughes Hall which is the dorm that I have actually heard the most problems about it and it is the most unsanitary.

    Academic Rigor

    American University has very rigorous courses in which the professors are very knowledgeable in there respective areas of study. American hires professors that come from the highest caliber of institutions.

    Tips for prospective students

    When applying to American University make sure that you take advantage of the resources that AU provides. American University has many scholarships such as the Frederick Douglas scholarship that students should definitely apply for.

    In three sentences

    American University is a prestigious institution in which offers you an abundant amount of opportunities for internships and other jobs so that you can be better prepared for the work force.

  • 01/05/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 23 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Our campus safety is top notch. Some were hired from huge government organizations like the CIA, and know exactly how to handle situations big and small. Even though AU is in one of the safer DC areas, we've still got plenty of security to keep everyone at ease. Campus safety also does a great job of notifying parents, many who are out of state or even in another country, of campus alerts to keep families and friends in the loop if anything happens. Every call is taken seriously, and dealt with swiftly and appropriately.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 250 clubs at AU, and plenty of room for more! Everyone at AU has a passion for something, and each club is bound to feel like family once you find your niche.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone with a passion for anything. From politics to pokemon, AU has communities within communities. The most popular majors on campus tend to be Poli-sci, communications, and the math and science community seems to be growing quickly too! A capella is more popular than our most popular sports (Basketball and Women's Volleyball). AU is big on volunteering and teaming up with non-profits to make a difference, so advocates are welcome!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Rumor has it that during the spring semester finals week, a boat load of puppies can be found on the quad to relieve stress!

    Bang for the buck

    Being a private school, it's expensive to attend. However, if you can get financial aid from the university it kicks some serious butt. AU ended up being my cheapest school to attend after I receiving my financial aid package, making it the best and most affordable fit for me. But the resources are incredible, and the professors are top notch.

    What to do for fun

    The capitol is no NYC, but there's rarely a quiet night downtown. There are plenty of clubs and concerts (a popular small venue is The 9:30 club) where well-known bands and DJs come to play. Tuesday nights there are live poetry readings at Busboys and Poets on K street. If you're not one to travel downtown often, there's plenty happening on campus! Sororities have hosted some dance parties in Mary Graydon Center, movies have been shown before they premier in theaters, local metal/alternative bands have played in the basement of the Kay Spiritual Life Center, a zip line was set up down the length of the quad, as well as a petting zoo! The list goes on for miles.

    Food and Dining

    The Terrace Dining Room, AU's main dining location, is buffet style. You're welcome to get as much as you want and stay as long as you'd like (between 7am and 9pm on week days). There are always constant dishes, like pizza, pasta, fruit, yogurt, and cereal that are served most all day; and theme nights to break routine. There are a ton of gluten-free options and a giant salad bar, along with Meatless Mondays and various tofu dishes served on occasion. Apart from TDR, there are various cafes on campus, including MegaBytes (the best sandwiches on campus), the MudBox (primarily for coffee and snacks) in the library, and the Davenport (in our SIS building). Not to mention Einstein's Bagels, Subway, Beni, and Elevation Burger.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms, like cheese, will get better with age. Although, as a freshman you've already got a pretty sweet set up! With roughly eighty people on each side of a floor, it's hard to be lonely. Although if you're someone who likes solitude, there's a study lounge on each floor, as well as a separate coves in each main lounge usually occupied by big study groups or group projects.

    Academic Rigor

    For a small school, AU is on the big side, but it's still small enough for non-lecture sized class professors to know your name and personality. They're not going to hold your hand, but they're not going to let you slip between the cracks too easily. Your advisor and professors will be keeping an eye on you, but with the amount of resources available you'll always have help if you need it and multiple ways to get it.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're considering visiting the school, or even the capital more than once, pick up a Smart Trip Metro Card as soon as you can. It'll save you a lot of money as you travel around the city! If you have the opportunity to sign up for the University College program, please take advantage of it. Living with classmates makes the adjustment to college a lot easier than and you have a lot more fun than most freshman. And be there for Welcome Week! There's something for everyone every single night and it's a great chance for you to make some friends before classes start.

    In three sentences

    AU is always alive with activity. Networking and building relationships is a huge part of the Eagle lifestyle. American U students are in the know, and in it together.

  • 01/14/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 24 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe on campus. The messaging system alerts us if there is an issue nearby. We need an ID to enter the dorms

    Greek Life

    Yes, off campus

    Clubs and Activities

    Yes, lots.

    Great for these types of students

    International Politically active Socially active Enjoy the busy city nearby, but prefer a quiet campus

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Flowers and trees make the campus very beautiful. There are a few pranks that go on, but nothing unusual.

    What to do for fun

    Explore DC! Depending on your focus, there are many outside activities that are school related, but fun as well. DC is an active city; people are biking and running everywhere. Malls and theaters are close by (via the Metro) if you have time on the weekends.

    Food and Dining

    The food options last year were terrible, but this year everyone is so much happier. We can use our meal swipes at different locations so we don't feel like we're eating the same food every day.

    Dorm Life

    Awesome dorms. They are close to everything. Most of the buildings are new or not too old. Nothing negative.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors are tough, but good. I haven't had a difficult time registering for the classes that I want. My academic adviser is amazing. Overall, I believe AU is quite academically focused, more than other campuses I've visited.

    Tips for prospective students

    Living in DC can be expensive, AU offers the ability to live on campus all 4 years. There are tons of clubs and events that can be helpful deciding on what you would like to do with your life. Internships are everywhere. The students are from all over the world and everyone seems to fit in.

    In three sentences

    Academically strong and geographically ideal, AU is a great school. I enjoy how we are in DC, but not immediately downtown so there is a traditional campus feeling. The students are quite focused; it's not a party school, but we do have fun.

  • 05/19/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    0 out of 9 people found this review useful. 25 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    ap students and honor roll students.

    Tips for prospective students

    to make good great grades.

    Bang for the buck

    it's not that bad.

    Will enjoy being here

    yes Because your in the nations capitol.

    Will learn a lot

    yes because yuor in the art of dc.

  • 11/16/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 26 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Will enjoy being here

    Washington DC is an exciting place to be and American University is right in the center of the excitement!

    Will learn a lot

    American University seems to be an amazing place to learn new things, meet new people and try new things.

  • 11/16/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    27 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Politically active, focused, and driven.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you take a tour and go to the meeting that's held by students for students. It gives you a real perspective on what the college is all about because there aren't any adults they have to sugar coat it for.

    Bang for the buck

    Beautiful campus and amazing programs, just wish it were a little more affordable.

    Will enjoy being here

    Great place for political activists such as myself! Also is a dry campus so if you want to party you can obviously find places but if you don't, it isn't like you're missing out. Same with Greek life, small enough that you don't have to join to feel like you have a social life, but large enough that its fun if you do join.

    Will learn a lot

    Has a wide range of amazing programs. Great school so the education will obviously be good. Also has great programs such as University College, to get hands on learning outside of the classroom.

  • 01/23/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    0 out of 6 people found this review useful. 28 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    perfect

    Greek Life

    nice

    Clubs and Activities

    excellent

    Great for these types of students

    good

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    basket ball court

    Bang for the buck

    good

    What to do for fun

    playing

    Food and Dining

    perfect

    Dorm Life

    perfect

    Tips for prospective students

    good

    In three sentences

    excellent

  • 03/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 2 people found this review useful. 1 person found this inaccurate. 29 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    runs the school, but if you're in it, make sure you're in a top tier organization.

    Great for these types of students

    exotic, rich kids

    Bang for the buck

    tuition is ridiculous and the administration doesn't listen to students opinions

    Food and Dining

    vegan food. all the time.

  • 05/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    30 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very safe...

    Great for these types of students

    All types who want a great education...

    Bang for the buck

    It is the college other colleges and universities send their students for the Washington, DC opportunities...!

    What to do for fun

    It Washigton,DC!!!

    Food and Dining

    Great variety!

    Dorm Life

    I lived off campus

    Academic Rigor

    Great professors! Always there to challenge and assist to give their best to make you give your best. A feel good education!

    Tips for prospective students

    It is in Washinton,DC which provides the best of all worlds. The food is great! Always someone around to help with anything you need. I love the feel the Quad area has, reminds of an Ivy league school quad.

    In three sentences

    American University provides every type of student with the opportunity for a great education. The students, faculty and staff are extremely helpful and friendly. The campus allows for the perfect college experience.

  • 05/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    31 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    safety is great, the campus is out in the open and public safety works 4/7 duty to make sure we are all in line or to offer assistance.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is prevalent because the members are everywhere. They throw decent to trashy parties however don't add very much toe the American Community.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a ton of clubs and activities just have to find the right one.

    Great for these types of students

    American is great for positively active students who are interested in DC and what goes on in DC. They are very hard workers without anxiety about writing and they should be tolerant of gay people and Jewish people because they are represented wll on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    American is a great school that has a lot going for it but it simply is not worth the $50,000+ tuition and expenses, especially with the condition of some of the dorms and the limited activities on campus. but one major positive is the opportunities that present itself in DC like internships, jobs, and whatever else the city has to offer.

    What to do for fun

    American doesn't not have a lot to do most of the time. We do get emails daily about acitvities, but if there are activities involving speakers or important figures on campus either they are during the day when no one has 3 hours to attend the events or one or two Big Name people come to speak at Bender Arena and tickets sell out in 5 min. I know the Activities club works on screening movies that are new (fresh out of theaters) but these are usually only once a month. The only real places to go for fun on campus is the gym to either work out or play basketball and swim or to hang out in the dorm lounges.

    Food and Dining

    The main dining hall on campus is above mediocre but is still missing something. I gave it 3/5 stars because although there are options for anyone who is vegan, vegetarian, or anything else, sometimes there just isn't anything good to eat. The weekends don't usually have a lot of choices but there are always the main go to foods that are there (soup, salad, hamburgers, sandwiches, waffles all day (in case you feel like breakfast at dinner), and homemade ice cream). Beside the main dining area there are the Tavern, Salsa, Megabytes, and an Asian cuisine place which also serve food. Although these places aren't as popular and widely known the variety of options at American is a plus!. Besides the other dining areas, there are little cafe/snack stores in the library and in a couple academic buildings on campus. They are ridiculously expensive but if you budget how much you spend eahc week it should be okay.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is mediocre. I don't think anyone would give dorm life at AU (especially as a freshman a 5/5 for many reasons 1. They are in the process of renovating the dorms on campus so some dorms are polished and new while others are falling a part and or in dire need of repairs and renovations. 2. Housing and Dining is also very up and down because they are constantly making changes and new rules to the dorm and they do not have a strong handle over tripling and detripling, nor do they have a fair criterion for room fees. The reason why I gave the dorms a 3/5 is because each floor has two washers and dryers, a lounge with a full kitchen, microwave, tv (flatscreen for some), and chairs and couches. The RA's are pretty friendly and very open to help if there are situations involving possible alcohol poisoning or other emergencies, and the communal bathrooms are cleaned daily.

    Academic Rigor

    Since I have only completed freshman year American University varies in academic rigor depending on the course and /or the School that the course is in. The courses for School of International Service, Justice Law, and Society, and literature are very rigorous and heavy reading and writing courses. I rated American 4/5 stars because it is a private university that has small to medium sized classes and highly intelligible professors that have done research, written books, and are experts in their field. With that being said, they expect a lot out of their students and are serious about teaching.

    Tips for prospective students

    The tips I would give to prospective students are simple. 1. Stay focused on your school work, especially during freshman year because you will impress your freshman professors and experience growth in you academics. DC is an amazing city to explore, go partying at Georgetown and Howard University, or what have you, but so many freshman students that I know are not returning or are in danger of loosing scholarships because they did not take freshman year seriously. 2. You have 150 or more meal swipes, $300 eagle bucks, and $200 dining dollars so use them wisely. DC is expensive and so is American that is why its smart to use your Eaglebucks (instead of your own money) at the available off campus vendors and restaurants because it comes with the housing and dining plan. And please don't get coffee and a bagel everyday before class because your money will dry up in a month or less. 3. Try to join and get a feel for the clubs on campus. American has a ton of clubs for almost anything you could imagine. When you go to the club fairs, follow up and go to a meeting. It is easy to just party and then sit around and do nothing but once you take steps to be a part of the school you will feel like a community and it doesn't hurt your resume. 4. If you are intending on majoring in International Studies/Relations, which is the largest school at American University make sure you understand the requirements and limitations as it is also the largest major on campus and it is difficult to have space to either double major or minor in other areas.

    In three sentences

    American is a beautiful school in Northwest DC located in an affluent neighborhood and neighboring the Japanese and Korean Embassies. I rate the school at a 7 out of 10 based on the opportunities it presents to students who are looking to either intern on Capitol Hill or get involved in the district. The helpfulness of the professors and academic advisers vary depending on which school you are enrolled and International Service is the most popular School at the University.

  • 05/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    32 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe (homeland security is even down the street), so public safety is more of an annoyance than anything else.

    Greek Life

    There is certainly a Greek Life presence at the school, but there are other options if being in a Fraternity or a Sorority isn't really your thing. It's not as if you won't have a social life if you don't go greek, but there are still plenty of options if you do choose greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    Everything and anything! There is a rugby club which is really cool, and if there isn't a club that strikes your interest, it's very easy to start one!

    Great for these types of students

    International students, bilingual students, and students interested in other cultures! There are also endless opportunities for people interested in the School of Public Affairs, because we live so close to the Capitol.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is an underground tunnel between the School of International Service and the Library! And the student-run coffee shop (The Dav) has great coffee at even better prices!

    Bang for the buck

    To be frank, $50,000 is a lot of money. It is a private school, so the prices are a bit ridiculous. However, they do provide you with quite a few excellent services that you can't find on other campuses.

    What to do for fun

    You're in DC! There are any number of things to do, and if you ever get bored you can just run in to the city and go to museums, the zoo, shopping (up-scale or bargain shopping, plus tons of thrift stores!), or basically whatever else! There are also plenty of clubs to visit and frat parties to attend, so if you're in to that, don't worry! You can still have a good time here even though we're not a state school.

    Food and Dining

    Personally, I have mixed feelings about the food. You can definitely eat more healthily in the cafeteria at American than many other schools, and they provide gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options. However, the food can get a bit old after eating there every day for nine months, and it's a little on the bland side.

    Dorm Life

    A group of about eight people from my floor became like family, so I loved being in a dorm. Yes, sharing showers is obviously annoying (don't forget shower shoes!), but as compared to most colleges the dorms are decently sized, and you get a ton of storage space!

    Academic Rigor

    Be ready for hard work! The classes demand dedication, but you really do learn a lot. American University provides you with an excellent education, with fantastic professors; if you are willing to work for it!

    Tips for prospective students

    Buy a metro card, first of all. You'll be in the city a lot, because there is so much to do there! In addition to that, if you are looking to grocery shop on a budget, go to the Safeway down the street; don't shop at CVS or Whole Foods.

    In three sentences

    In all honesty, I would not trade my experiences at American for the world. Not only is it an academically excellent school, but American also provides an international student rate of around forty percent that makes the social life there very interesting. I would venture to say that the people, the local environment, and the schooling are some of the best out there.

  • 05/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    33 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Northwest DC is one of the safest places you could ever imagine. Public safety rides around on Segways...

    Greek Life

    See above. I love it. Never thought I would.

    Clubs and Activities

    Everything you could ever imagine.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    THE DAV. I hate the workers, but it's the coffeeshop that makes life on this campus as good as it is.

    Bang for the buck

    Pretty expensive sticker price, but most people get good financial aid packages.

    What to do for fun

    Greek life is one of the best options for having fun. Don't be scared. It's not as bad as you think. It's not like the South where everything is Greek, but realistically, if you want to go out on weekends, Frats are some of the best places to do it. What that means is that all different kinds of people end up going Greek here. There are also several requisite club nights that you'll go to your Freshman year, and once you are 21, you'll spend a lot of time at bars and start migrating away from campus, but don't worry -- by then you'll be ready to.

    Food and Dining

    I love TDR. There, I said it. But the cafeteria does a great job of keeping around healthy, nutritious options. Tavern and Salsa do a good job of fulfilling your junk food needs. As for other options around campus, it's pretty awful. Tenleytown is okay, but it's ultimately too far away. Campusfoods takes too long and it's too expensive.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are fine. Too expensive, but you'll meet some of your best friends. They just need more, and then upperclassmen would stick around as well.

    Academic Rigor

    Excellent professors, but sometimes I wish they would just lecture. Most classes are very participant-driven, but that fails when many of the students are only there for the grade.

    In three sentences

    AU has one of the best IR programs in the country, an excellent Polisci programs, and surprisingly good programs for everything in between. I even hear great things about the science programs. But sometimes, it feels like there is a massive population of kids who do great things and will have great jobs, and then there is another group who is just there for a good time and a degree. I wish there were more people (like me!) who can work hard and play hard, and weren't always so concerned with political correctness.

  • 05/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    34 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Is so annoying and unneccesary here.

    Greek Life

    Although there are about 1,000 students in Greek Life it feels much smaller. There is a pretty big divide among students who are in greek life and those who aren't which some people really resent. However, Greek Life offers students a great sense of community and is a lot of fun.

    Clubs and Activities

    A lot of great clubs and opportunities on campus. Just have to go find them!

    Great for these types of students

    People who can't wait to intern. People who want to become involved with politics. People who like to walk around campus and see familiar faces.

    What to do for fun

    There is tons to do in the area. There are a lot of 18+ clubs and once you're 21 the bar scene is great. There are off-campus parties and if you are in greek life there are always parties.

    Food and Dining

    There are extremely limited options of dining on campus. There is only one dining hall on the main campus and I would rate the food about a 6 out of 10. There a few other greasy options but for the most part you will eat at the same place for every meal.

    Dorm Life

    The insides of the dorms are all the same no matter what dorm you are in for the most part. They are very spacious and there is a lot of closet room which is great. Depending on what dorm you're in the common rooms and bathrooms really differ. Some are really old whereas others are newly renovated. Housing is a little over 1,000 each month but all the dorms are conveniently right on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    It can be very challenging or easy depending on the teacher you get. I've had some incredible professors but I've also had some lousy ones. Make sure to research prior to reigstering for classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of the resources around you and the locations when you come here. DC has so many opportunities and AU can help you to find those opportunities. If you're looking to have a great resume with lots of internships, this is the place for you. However, if you're looking to party everynight like they do at USCB this is not the place for you.

    In three sentences

    American University is not a a state school experience if that is what you're looking for; however, going to AU gives you more opportunities than you could image. Classes are small, it's a tight knit community, and the school has an incredible location. American University is what you make of it.

  • 06/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    AU is a very safe campus. You'll become familiar with the faces of our campus safety officers and spread throughout campus are blue call boxes that allow you to contact AU campus security at your exact location if there is ever an emergency. I've only heard of those call boxes being used once though, and that was to see if they really worked.

    Greek Life

    AU has a very active Greek life, however we do not Sorority or Fraternity rows. Greek life housing is located within fifteen minutes of campus. Most Greek life students choose to live on campus and only utilize their Greek houses when they have special events.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many different clubs and activities one can get involved in such as, pie club where you bake and eat pies, blends with benefits where you sing and perform at special events, or whatever club you want to start. AU is very open to new ideas; if you think there isn't a club that has something you're interesting in you are free to start that club yourself.

    Great for these types of students

    American University is great for students who are ambitious and care passionately about doing well in school while having a little fun. American is also a great environment for those who love diversity and are not afraid to mix with ideas, beliefs, and values that are different from your own.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    On campus we have a strip of green land that we refer to as the beach even though there isn't any water in sight. Students love to sit out on the grass and pass time by tanning, playing music, throwing a football or even double dutch. The beach is a great place to watch the sunset. This isn't a tradition or location but it is unusual that we have black squirrels-they're pretty cool.

    Bang for the buck

    American University is a private university, which means you will pay more here than if you went to a state college. However, American provides students with many academic tools that most students don't fully take advantage of or even discover until their second year here. While the cost of attendance is steep, I definitely would say it's worth the experiences that I've had and that I have yet to have.

    What to do for fun

    American University's events committee plans activities such as Welcome Week for new and returning students at the beginning of each school year, movie nights once a week, and once we even had laser tag. Being in DC provides students with metro access to be able to enjoy the fun of the city. You could go to the movies, the National Mall, museums, concerts, etc. Studying in a major city makes the possibilities for fun endless.

    Food and Dining

    American University has plenty of eateries on campus outside of the main dining hall. If the cuisine on campus isn't exactly what you're looking for, metro access is within a fifteen minute walk from campus if you want to venture out into the city for finer dining.

    Dorm Life

    Living with your classmates makes adjusting to college life easier. It's fun and lively. There seems to be a residence for each type of student here at American. If you are very energetic and young at heart, there are the residence halls on south side campus but if you're looking for rooming in a more relaxed environment there is north side of campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Being in DC makes everyone politics-crazy so American University's School of Public Affairs and other public service curriculum are very popular. If politics aren't your thing, that's okay too because each set of faculty for different curriculum is dedicated and enthusiastic about what they teach and they want you to do well. Keep in mind though, doing well doesn't mean just getting by. These professors will push you but their pushing only shapes you into a better student.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! Freshman year at college can be very scary at times but it helps knowing people and making friends who share your interests. American University offers students a variety of different student activities and volunteer opportunities that will help you get settled in comfortably. Being involved and busying yourself with activities and people you enjoy spending time with keeps your mind off of missing home.

    In three sentences

    I absolutely love American University. I would rate it on a scale from one to ten at a nine. The faculty and staff are committed to helping students succeed.

  • 06/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus always feels very safe, and it is in a nice neighborhood of DC. However, last year the school had a huge problem with laptop thefts- mine got stolen out of my dorm room. They definitely increased measures to find the person responsible for the 40+ laptops stolen...but as far as I know no one was ever caught. Besides that, I have never felt unsafe walking around at night.

    Greek Life

    I am not involved in Greek life, but I know many people who are. It is out there as an option, but does not run the whole school. It is also not non-existent, though. Its a good balance.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs, and they all tend to be very involved and active. We are a Division I sports school, and even though we don't have a football team, basketball tends to be well-supported. The arts programs are great, and there are also student run groups like the AU Players, Rude Mechanicals, and four A Capella groups that perform on and off campus. Next year there will be a new Center for Diversity and Inclusion, made up of the former GLBTA resource center, Multicultural Affairs, and the Women's resource center. So much to do!

    Great for these types of students

    Hard-working and driven; goal oriented; interested in multiple areas or just in the ways the world connects together; likes being in a big city, but also wants a campus; open-minded; informed

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The welcome week programs are unique- you can do Discover DC or the Freshmen Service Experience, both of which are a fun way to get to know the city. Before finals there is a night were everyone goes outside and lets out a primal scream...

    Bang for the buck

    American is expensive, there is no doubt about it. However if you can swing it, there are many aspects of an AU experience that are unparalleled. Sure, it may seem to cater to international relations/political science, but almost all the programs are gaining national recognition- just look up the Kogod School of Business or the theater department. Few other universities offer so much involvement in the international scene, and few other universities make it possible to get such great first hand experience while in school (through internships, etc) for ALL fields- not just the ones you may think of in relation to Washington, DC.

    What to do for fun

    DC seriously has so much to offer. Museums are free, of course. Not to mention the fabulous cultural offerings- there is a killer theater scene. Wonderful restaurants, all easy to access from the metro stop by campus. On campus, they try to organize student events, and some of them can be fun- improv and movie nights, carnivals on the quad, etc. There is a party scene if that is what you are into, but all off campus.

    Food and Dining

    There is one main dining hall-TDR. This can be great, or it can be...less than great. Honestly it depends on the day. However, going to TDR is sure to be a social experience. They have great options for vegan and gluten free eaters, and were very accommodating during passover for those that celebrated it. Its also nice that TDR has to go boxes. The other campus eateries can get expensive, but they are nice to have around. Too much of my money went towards coffee and bagels from Mega Bytes and/or the Eagles Nest.

    Dorm Life

    Honestly, the freshmen dorms can be kinda disappointing- but most of them are under renovation this summer! After they finish renovating all of Letts Hall, I believe all the dorms will have been updated within the last several years and should all be pretty nice. They are also building several brand new dorms. Dorm community is friendly; my floor was very close because we were in the University College program- a great way to get to know people.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are absolutely challenging, but I have never felt that they were unbearable. American attracts the type of students that care about their school work so you most likely wont find yourself floundering- there are always study groups, etc. to help you out. Also, in my experience every professor I have had has been extremely approachable and helpful. Almost all classes are small. If you did well in high school, especially in APs/IB, academics here should be a natural continuation.

    Tips for prospective students

    Leadership and strong academics seem to be important. American is big on diversity though so don't feel like anything about your application would definitely discount you- it might just set you apart. It is harder to get accepted every year, so I think visiting and/or showing you are seriously interested would help.

    In three sentences

    American combines many great aspects of the college experience- renowned academics, a fascinating location, and a fun and open minded social community. Downsides: sports are not huge, and the housing on and off campus is pricey. You will get incredible opportunities here no matter what your field.

  • 06/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt unsafe at the university

    Greek Life

    AU has a decent sized Greek life that is very active in the general student body.

    Great for these types of students

    Motivated and ambitious students who are not afraid to work hard and involve themselves in all types of activities.

    Bang for the buck

    American University is extremely expensive.

    What to do for fun

    Conveniently enough the university is located in a metro environment with many exciting things to do. There are museums and an amazing nightlife.

    Food and Dining

    Many healthy options available in the main dining hall. The other options however are somewhat limited.

    Tips for prospective students

    Participate in as many of the extra curricular activities as possible.

    In three sentences

    American University is a college with a myriad of opportunities to achieve your goals and grow your interests. The internships are outstanding and the professors are helpful. The financial aid department however is less than satisfying.

  • 07/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I've never had any issues with safety on campus, although Public Safety can be a little slow after you call them for something.

    Greek Life

    Not too important, but it's there for people who are interested.

    Clubs and Activities

    Getting involved in activities on campus makes AU all the more enjoyable to attend.

    Great for these types of students

    Political Junkies, Hard Workers, Party People, International Students, Environmentally Conscious People

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Saying Caw caw! after Eagle Summit (orientation) Anderson Lower Level is IMPOSSIBLE to find for classes!

    Bang for the buck

    AU is a pretty expensive school and I think the tuition is worth it, but the experience is what you make it.

    What to do for fun

    DC is FULL of things to do for fun! A Google search for Free Things to Do in DC can tell you more than I ever could. I grew up in the area so my favorite things to do include: going to the National Zoo, taking advantage of all the free museums, having picnics on the National Mall, biking and jogging down all the bike trails that are around

    Food and Dining

    The food that is available is great but I've heard that the choices can get old after a couple of years.

    Dorm Life

    I've never lived in the dorms, so this is a guess rating from what I've heard.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes aren't hard if you are willing to put in work for them. Make sure to focus on your classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to continue working hard toward being well rounded in high school. AU likes to see that a student will use the resources that the school is offering.

    In three sentences

    The school gives diversity a new meaning. The professors are so dedicated in their respective areas. AU is small enough that faces become familiar after the first year but not big enough to feel lonely.

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Very good!! (y)

    What to do for fun

    On campus activites, fitness centers and out-doors opportunities to get the most of Washington's life!

    Food and Dining

    Healthy and very affordable according to meal plans

    Dorm Life

    Great, very clean, and joyful

    Academic Rigor

    Great, and they impose strict rules to follow for academic excellence!

    Tips for prospective students

    Prepare very well your finances, get informed about the city and most importantly, be prepared to live one of the greatest adventures in your whole life as an international student!

    In three sentences

    A great university, the service is available for upcoming students, great atmosphere for studies, really !!

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They're on top of everything, very safe school.

    Greek Life

    Pi Kappa Phi!!!

    Bang for the buck

    The school is private, so obviously its expensive. The school does provide a lot of scholarship opportunities though.

    What to do for fun

    Greek Life, intramural sports, the gym, clubs, and a sightseeing in beautiful DC!!

    Food and Dining

    Hit and miss here. Sometimes its great and other times its grilled cheese.... We also have a chronic fork shortage problem.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are all nice, many have recently been renovated.

    Academic Rigor

    Again, classes are pretty tough.

    Tips for prospective students

    STUDY!!! This school is pretty tough, but its not so bad once you know what you're learning.

    In three sentences

    This school has very good political science and international studies programs. The food is okay, not the best, but its edible. The parties are all pretty much run by Greeks, if you don't know any when you're on campus, get to know them so you can have more fun at college.

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I've always felt safe, but there has been a problem with thefts in the residence halls. However, if doors are properly locked, that can be alleviated.

    Bang for the buck

    The job and internship opportunities and name recognition in DC and the East Coast is what your massive tuition pays for.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something going on, whether its a club meeting, a guest speaker, a performance, or a party. Plus, if you don't want to do anything on campus, DC is just a Metro or Bus ride away.

    Food and Dining

    TDR is good, and has lots of organic and vegan/vegetarian options, but it can get old after a while. Also, food in the Eagle's Nest, MegaBytes, and other on campus eateries is rather expensive.

    Dorm Life

    Living in Roper Hall last year meant that I was living with about 50 people, as opposed to the several hundred in the residence halls. We became a huge family, and still communicate over the summer.

    Academic Rigor

    Non- Gen Ed courses are fairly challenging. Even in the Department of Performing Arts, professors are demanding and expect a lot out of you for your grade.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be aware that this is not a school for sciences; the School of International Service, Kogod School of Business, and Arts Management Masters Program are the jewels in the school's crown. Those are the best, but the others (with the exception of the sciences) get pretty good attention and funding. Also, do as many AP courses as possible; they are invaluable in clearing out your Gen Ed classes that you need to graduate.

    In three sentences

    AU is very LGBT friendly, and has one of the best internship programs of any university in the country. It's nice to be in DC and have all of the opportunities that come with that, but then having an actual campus with a quad and trees that makes it seem like the city is far away.

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Police is a very active presence in the area, although hardly needed, since AU is in one of the safest parts of DC.

    Greek Life

    While not of the same class as one might find at a major state or party school, AU nonetheless has a thriving greek life with a number of different fraternities and sororities. There is no Greek Row, although there are Greek Games and plenty of parties. Fraternities at AU do not charge to gain entry to parties.

    Clubs and Activities

    AU has a wide variety of different clubs and student organizations, which are generally well funded and active on campus. There are clubs for every political party and issue, sports organizations, and game and hobby clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    AU is great for students who are really passionate about politics or international affairs, and for those who want to go to school in the city without being inside the city 24/7.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    AU is the most politically active campus in the country. Accordingly, there are an unusually high number of political speakers and politically motivated events, almost all of which are usually being protested by one or another of the school's many clubs or political organizations.

    Bang for the buck

    AU is absurdly expensive. Absurdly. Add the high cost of living to AU's already high tuition and dorm prices and you get what is indisputably one of the most expensive schools in the country. The quality of education is good, but hardly worth the price.

    What to do for fun

    One of the best parts of AU is that, being in DC, it has a TON of different things to do. There are a bunch of different museums and landmarks to visit, restaurants with every kind of cuisine imaginable,and concerts and sports events to go to. DC also has a vibrant nightlife, with many bars and clubs to go to. Several clubs are even 18+ on select nights, usually weekends or Tuesdays.

    Food and Dining

    Meal plans at AU come in several varieties, most of which have varying amounts of meal swipes, dining dollars, and eagle bucks. Meal swipes are used at the fewest number of on-campus locations and give access to the basic dining halls, as well as a place to get sandwiches and a tavern style grill. This food is average/mediocre quality, although the dining halls notably have a decent variety of vegan and vegetarian options. Dining dollars and Eaglebucks are refillable and come in dollar amounts. Dining dollars are usable at all on-campus locations, and give discounts at several locations. Eaglebucks are usable anywhere on campus and at several locations in the area, but don't give any discounts and are basically a substitute for cash in the area.

    Dorm Life

    The rooms are small and, although designed for two students, are often shared by three( a triple). RAs are friendly and make a genuine effort to build a community on their floor. There are common and study spaces, but the main reason for giving this 3 stars is the room size and occasionally cleanliness ( or lack thereof) .

    Academic Rigor

    The workload isn't overwhelming, but it will be substantial and has to be taken seriously.Make good use of office hours, as students who do are usually the ones who do well. The library is usually open 24 hours a day during the weekdays and all through finals, but it gets so crowded its important to find other places to study too.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved. AU throws tons of resources at freshmen, but they only help if you take advantage of them. Go to the career center early and make friends with one of the advisers, they can help you land an internship as early as freshman year and will follow-up with you throughout your college career. Also make sure to leave Tenleytown whenever possible, too many AU students get caught in the Tenley Trap of never wanting to leave the area around campus.Finally, get in the habit of going to your professors' office hours.

    In three sentences

    AU is great because of its location, the resources available to help get you an internship, and the incredibly diverse faculty and student body. The downsides are that the dorm rooms are kind of small and everything in DC is super-expensive. It's a great school to go to if you're a serious student or career oriented person, and if you're really interested in foreign affairs or politics.

  • 07/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Dc is full of adventure and American University will light the way to all the DC attractions. There is honestly an endless amount of fun to have in the DC area. Night life, historical monuments, museums, art, national and international politicians, musicians and any type of mover and shaker you can think of. You'll get a chance to meet them all, and experience it all while living or visiting DC.

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining at American University is pretty good. I honestly haven't had any bad qualms or run ins with any bad service here at American.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is pretty cool. I personally do not stay in the dorms but some friends of mine do. They seem to enjoy dorm life. There is definitely time for studying and partying however, party time doesn't interfere with sleep or study time. That is a major plus for campus life.

    Academic Rigor

    American University will prepare you for life and the real world. Life and climbing to the top can be difficult. American will train and teach you to always try harder to reach the ultimate goal of success.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should be aware of all the amazing opportunities American University has to offer. The networking possibilities, friendly faculty and student body will allow any student to excel in a positive environment.

    In three sentences

    An excellent place to further your education, fun, exciting and challenging. American university will help you meet any goals you have set for college life and life in general. At American you'll learn to use all types of different skills to help you capture the world at your finger tips.

  • 07/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    AU is in a very safe part of D.C. Also homeland security is literally our neighbor!

    Greek Life

    Greek life takes up about 30% of campus life. So its there if you want it to be but if you don't then you won't feel left out.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and activities from Fraternities to Anime Club. And if you can't find a club that you're interested you can make your own.

    Great for these types of students

    AU if great for everyone!! But especially for students who are politically active, not because everyone here is into politics, but because we are in such a great location!!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The flaming cupcake on campus is always an attraction. Theres not actually a flaming cupcake but there sure looks like there is one on the top of the Kay Spiritual Life Center.

    Bang for the buck

    DC can get expensive but if you know the good cheaper places you'll be fine.

    What to do for fun

    There is an unlimited amount of things to do for fun on campus and off campus. DC is literally in our backyard so my advice would be to utilize it as much as possible.

    Food and Dining

    TDR, the dining hall on campus, is pretty good. Like most others there are good days and bad days. The only problem I have with it is that it is the only dining hall on campus so the food gets repetitive after a while.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are awesome. Your floor is like your second family, you do almost everything together.

    Academic Rigor

    Some of your classes are going to be very difficult, others aren't. So be sure to have a good balance of the hard and easy classes in your schedule.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get your application in as early as you can. Then make your decision and put in your deposit early so you can have a better chance of being out into a double instead of a triple.

    In three sentences

    American University is an amazing school. The students have such a great sense of community. And the classes are so interesting

  • 08/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are so many fun event held at the university and there are also so many fun places around the campuse to spend time with friends.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dinning options are a lot and quality of the food that is served in the universities buffet is great and very diverse.

    Dorm Life

    I do not leave in the dorm but according to what my friends tell me, the dorm environment is clean and friendly and it is very safe.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors are amazing and they mostly hold degrees from very high rank universities such as Harvard, Yale and etc.

    Tips for prospective students

    For sure take American University into consideration before applying to other colleges. Do not pay attention to the universities ranking websites because they are mostly based on the number of publications that the university has and it does not mean that a university with a lower ranking is not a good place to study.

    In three sentences

    American university is the best place ever for international students, who need a supportive and friendly environment to forget their home sickness and just focuse on studying.

  • 09/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The Washington, DC are has plenty to do including museums, the zoo, sporting and cultural events.

    Food and Dining

    Dining at the cafeteria is expensive, but the food is good.

    Dorm Life

    I have not lived on campus and cannot comment on dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    For Graduate school, a 3.0 GPA is expected.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take responsibilty for your education. Keep in touch with professors after classes end.

    In three sentences

    People at American University are very friendly. Students are less competitive compared to some other schools. Professors enjoy interacting with students.

  • 10/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is across from Homeland Security and has great campus public safety. It's safer than my suburban home in my opinion.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for driven, type-A students

    What to do for fun

    Besides frequent campus events that range from a panel discussing the Presidential debates to a Doctor Who club, DC is our playing grounds. There is always something to do!

    Food and Dining

    Amazing food! There are many choices for students to choose from on and off campus. In the dining hall, food is all made from scratch, veg friendly, and many of the products are local. There is truly something for everyone. If you need a little variation in your diet, the meal plan comes with money to be used at on and off campus dining locations.

    Dorm Life

    The community in the dorms is strong and while our rooms aren't the Hilton, they are nice enough for dorm rooms. Things are clean.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging and full of intelligent discussion.

    Tips for prospective students

    I recommend visiting the school before you commit, just to make sure that it is for you, as I would recommend for any college you are deciding upon.

    In three sentences

    American University is a fabulous school, filled with driven students who are ready to take on the world. AU supports students in changing the world with the education they receive here. Since we're in the middle of DC, internships are big, as are opportunities in the community, which AU helps you take full advantage of.

  • 10/12/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You'll see Public Safety officers riding around on segways, but in general they aren't needed. Any issues like reports of sexual harassment usually occur off-campus, but the Public Safety officers still put out reports across campus to alert the students of the situation and give safety tips to avoid dangerous situations. There are some instances of laptops being stolen from places like the library if students leave their laptops unattended, but laptop locks are available to check out from the library like you would a book, so keeping your belongings safe is easy.

    Greek Life

    You don't have to be involved in Greek Life if you don't want to, and a lot of the fraternities and sororities on campus pledge themselves towards scholarly endeavors (like pre-law) or community service. It seems like less than half of the students on campus are in a fraternity or sorority, though this may be because they aren't allowed to keep their houses on campus. This doesn't stop students from finding their way to frat parties, but AU is a dry campus so it's probably better that the frat houses are kept off-campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of clubs and activities on campus, from club sports to language clubs to community service fraternities. AU will have a lot of university activities days where representatives from these groups will sit at tables (often on the Quad) so you can see what your options are.

    Great for these types of students

    AU is great for students who want to experience DC, from internships to the night-life. In particular, students interested in politics or international relations find a home at AU.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    On the Quad, you will frequently see carnival-esque games, farmer's markets, and AU traditions such as Coming Out Day and a celebration for marriage equality where you can be married for a day!

    Bang for the buck

    AU seems to be expensive, though a lot less so after scholarships and grants are taken into account. Even so, the quality of education you receive, both in general education courses and major-specific courses, are fantastic. The political science and international relations majors have professors who actually work in the field, including ambassadors and those professors who are only able to admit that they work in intelligence but can't tell you where they work or what they do...

    What to do for fun

    You are in DC, close to the metro and a lot of bus lines that can take you through the city. Experience it! Take a self-guided tour of the city. Visit the Smithsonian museums (which are free!). Walk along the Potomac. And definitely take part in DC's Restaurant Week, where popular (but expensive) restaurants offer special discounts to eat fantastic food at a better rate.

    Food and Dining

    The campus has recently focused on providing information on what is gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian, which has been great for the students here. There are too many fast-food options that students turn to, though Subway provides a relatively cheap alternative if you prefer a healthier lifestyle.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms can be pretty cramped, especially as the school's popularity grows. But the campus is expanding starting in 2013 to add more dormitories, which will make dorm life more comfortable.

    Academic Rigor

    This honestly depends on the program, and on the professor. If you major in International Studies, Business, or Literature, the classes will be challenging. I have heard from other majors such as Education majors that those classes are not particularly challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be turned off of AU just because of its high tuition. It is a private institution, but it also has great financial aid and scholarship opportunities for students that make this school more affordable.

    In three sentences

    AU is one of the best schools in the nation for International Studies and Political Science. Its Business and Literature departments are slightly underrated because they both produce great graduates who excel quickly after graduation. The campus atmosphere is one of complete acceptance no matter how you identify and gives you a sense of security in yourself that allows you to focus on why you're at school - to learn.

  • 10/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This is too long.

    Clubs and Activities

    oh geez.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Nope.

    Bang for the buck

    Good deal.

    What to do for fun

    I work hard.

    Food and Dining

    I eat at home.

    Dorm Life

    No dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    Not really sure.

    Tips for prospective students

    No real tips to offer. Just work hard.

    In three sentences

    I love the flexibility that AMU offers. The staff is very helpful. I enjoy school.

  • 10/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I haven't heard about anything wrong going on since I have been here! The worst that has happened so far is people accidentally hit the emergency exit which triggered the alarm. Although it was annoying, we all remained safe! :)

    Greek Life

    You many not think of AU as being a party school with a bunch of frats, but there are plenty. Never a dull moment around here...

    Clubs and Activities

    If can think of it, there is a club for it. If not, create it.

    Great for these types of students

    International students galore!! AU has students from 120+ countries.

    Bang for the buck

    Super dooper expensive, but in the end, it is an elite school so I think that it is going to pay off...

    What to do for fun

    What isn't there to do for fun?! You can go to parties, to clubs (18+), the movies, monumenting at night is the best!!, you can simply just hang out because every now and then that is the most fun thing that you can do and best of all it is relaxing.

    Food and Dining

    For college food, I would say that TDR is pretty far up there... I want to give it 3 and 1/2 stars, but I can't...

    Dorm Life

    Everyone is soooo diverse!! It is great getting to learn about so many different cultures just by living :)

    Academic Rigor

    The professors understand that college is about more than spending all of your time in class, so they don't fill their classes with fluff. They teach you what they need to teach you and send you into enjoying life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of the four years you get to spend in college, they will be the best four years of your life! Work hard, but play harder ;)

    In three sentences

    It is an absolutely beautiful campus with so much to offer! All of the professors seem to generally care about you and so the classes are actually enjoyable. It is a great location because there is always something fun and exciting to do whether it be on or off campus :)

  • 10/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    cameras, police, private school buses to transport to trains and campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Some of the best study abroad programs.

    Bang for the buck

    Expensive and private-but you get what you pay for. Education is superb, with the room and tools for you to succeed. Music rooms, dance rooms, huge 4 story library opened 24/7, groups catered to almost any topic from photography, to touring, to debates, to cultural...etc. Bring an open mind and the desire to learn.

    What to do for fun

    There is not enough time when everything is fun.

    Food and Dining

    Variety of options, but average meal will cost about $10.

    Academic Rigor

    The school focuses on pushing the student to develop his/her own thoughts towards life and topics learned. Evolves you into an expert in any field.

    Tips for prospective students

    Involve yourself 150%, this is a school for tons of research and fulfilling your dreams...enjoy what you study, and you will find activities of all sorts to help and guide you towards your heart's goal.

    In three sentences

    One of the most academically enhanced experiences I've ever lived. Encouraging, empowering and fulfilling. I think the first two sentences cover my true feelings towards this school/campus.

  • 11/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe, public safety is always patrolling and there are blue boxes everywhere in case of an emergency.

    Greek Life

    Although a lot of students do not participate in greek life, it seems to be quite prominent throughout campus. Everywhere you walk you can see someone wearing greek letters, and there are events held every weekend by the fraternities and sororities. There are also professional fraternities for business, law, and other specific majors.

    Clubs and Activities

    The clubs on campus are very active; they oftentimes bring important speakers to campus or hold fun events. The AU Democrats and AU Republicans are two of the largest clubs. If nothing catches your interest at the activities fair at the beginning of the year, you can even create your own club!

    Great for these types of students

    Students interested in international relations, business, marketing, political science, law and justice, and communications.

    Bang for the buck

    American is very expensive, but the quality of the professors is well worth it. The opportunities that are present in D.C. could easily set you up for a career in the future and a path for the rest of your life.

    What to do for fun

    Living in Washington, D.C. means that there is never a boring night. Visiting the monument and museums, shopping, going out to eat, visiting the National Zoo or Chinatown, and attending concerts and shows at the Verizon center are just a few of the amazing things that you can do. Anything you could imagine wanting to do, D.C. has it.

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus is well-known for being vegetarian and vegan friendly. Everything is from locally grown farmers, so the types of food they have depends on the day and the season. They have themed days and celebrate the holidays extravagantly. The dessert and ice cream bar is delicious!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are not too bad, most have been renovated in the past few years or are currently being renovated. Most freshmen live in a community style dorm located on the same part of campus. The people are very welcoming and it is easy to make friends with the people on your floor. As upperclassmen, students are allowed the option to live in suites or they may choose to live off-campus in the apartment buildings nearby.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses can be very challenging, but if you put in the work that the professors require and attend office hours, you will have a greater chance of being successful.

    In three sentences

    American University is a very politically involved campus with every sort of club imaginable. The professors are some of the best in that nation and their professional and personal experience in specific fields are helpful both in class and when searching for internship opportunities. The location in Washington, D.C. allows students to apply for any internship they can think of, from working at Non-governmental organizations to interning for a senator on Capitol Hill.

  • 11/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I hang out with friends and shop.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good, I usually eat off campus. There are alot of nice restaurants around the area.

    Dorm Life

    Very easy going friendly students. Dorm life is exciting and gives me a sense of family away from home.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are not hard if you focus and apply yourself.

    Tips for prospective students

    For prospective students be focused and ready to learn.

    In three sentences

    The American University has good teachers that are very understanding and helpful with class expectations. The courses are outlined and easy to follow. The classes are not too big so no feels left out.

  • 11/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria has some pretty great options, and the food tastes pretty great. I just wish the hours were better.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are kept in pretty good condition. I love the feeling of community it offers.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are tough. Professors expect a lot out of you, but they are always willing to help. However, it feels great to be challenged. Just make sure you manage your time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you talk to your professors and advisors. They can be super helpful. Try and get as involved as you can. There are so many different clubs and activities to try.

    In three sentences

    American University is a great community. The campus is beautiful and is surrounded by a very safe area. There are so many opportunities at American and the surrounding DC area.

  • 12/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The fun part is working with people from different states, countries, and timezones. Everyone at this school brings something new and genuine to the table that sets them apart. Lastly most things activities you did for fun before you started school here you can continue.

    Food and Dining

    The food you eat at home or out on dates is just fine. You are at a online institution, so think of it as being at home getting home schooled. You don't have to pay for anything out of pocket.

    Dorm Life

    There is no dorm life here at American Military University Online. You can enjoy your own comforts of home. You can also leave class and comeback that same day, which is the best cause we have jobs, children and other things going on in life that pulls us sometimes.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics here great and they really push in the right direction. It's awesome that the classes are online because it's seems like your professors tend to be even closer than mortar and brick schools with their students. In online schools you really need to check in daily because you can miss something very important if you don't use your time wisely and if you are not self-motivated.

    Tips for prospective students

    When applying make sure look for some career choices you are most interested in and where you can benefit from. Actually call your counselors and administrators they are very happy to hear from prospective students. Make sure look for different scholarships and grants that you can apply for which will only help take away some the cost burdens of going to school getting and education.

    In three sentences

    My school (American Military University) has some of the best instructors and student counselors around. They tend to focus on the working adult which is good for me because I'm currently in the military. Lastly this school has some of the best tuition rates compared to most others.

  • 12/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    AU is nestled in a very, very, very safe part of DC. You should feel safe about anywhere on AU's campus. However, petty theft is an issue at any university.

    Greek Life

    It's there if you want it and if you don't, it's easy to ignore.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many clubs on campus they will make your head spin! From AU Democrats to AU Queers and Allies, AU's clubs are as diverse as the student population.

    Great for these types of students

    Politically active students

    Bang for the buck

    you're paying A LOT to go to AU! But if you take advantage of all of the events and activities happening on campus, it will be more than worth it!

    What to do for fun

    Go out into the city! Visit the numerous museums or monuments or just explore the many diverse neighborhoods Washington, DC has to offer!

    Food and Dining

    The food is ok. It's fuel for studying, and you should just expect that and that's it.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is amazing! You can meet some of your best friends on your floor or on the floor just above you! Everyone is excited to meet you and are wanting to make new friends, making your first year in college memorable and a smooth transition into college.

    Academic Rigor

    It's not easy to get an A in any AU class! All of the professors here challenge you with challenging work and they will test your work ethic!

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are sure AU is the school for you, apply Early Decision! However, if you aren't sure, be in contact with your regional representative from AU, they are an amazing resource!

    In three sentences

    AU is an amazing university, with excellent professors, in an amazing location. Opportunities at AU are endless! No matter what you are interested in, American University can provide!

  • 12/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of ways to have fun on campus and off campus alike. Performance classes put on free recitals at the end of the semester to showcase the progress of students, and the drama department performs regularly. Basketball games are regularly announced, and the campus museum is open to everyone. There is an abundance of events and activities off campus -- visiting the memorials and museums around the national mall, going to a Nationals game, shopping, going to a movie, attending live performances at one of D.C.'s many theaters, and going out to eat with friends are several of the many things to do for fun.

    Food and Dining

    There is a variety of options from which to choose for food: for a few EagleBucks (money on your school ID) you can buy ingredients or instant meals at the Eagle's Nest, or a sandwich at Subway or Megabytes. Salsa, Tavern, Einstein Bros. Bagels, and the Salad Bar are all located on the first floor of the Mary Graydon Center, and the terrace dining room (TDR) is located on the ground floor. There are four main course stations, two salad bars and a dessert station all of which serve healthy and delicious food. If you get tired of one or the other, there's always the option of going into town to grab a bite.

    Dorm Life

    American University freshmen usually live on south campus in Letts, Roper, Centennial and Anderson halls. Each floor has a communal lounge and a study lounge, and two bathrooms. Most floors are co-ed, but there is are several gender-specific floors. Students living in Roper hall are permitted to live in co-ed rooms. There is a designated RA for each floor to ensure the safety and well-being of his/her residents.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors at American University are dedicated to improving and cultivating the abilities of their students. That said, the courses are not particularly easy, as they require students to actively participate during in-class discussions and spend significant time studying material outside of class. Classes tend to be challenging, thus stimulating the growth of knowledge and interest in each field.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find opportunities to find friends. Become involved in an organization, find a job, go to university-organized events, and hang out in your lounge. There are concerts in the Mary Graydon Center (student union) every few months, and there are plenty of clubs to choose from.

    In three sentences

    A fifteen-minute metro ride from the center of D.C., American University is a colorful community of curious and intelligent students and professors. This school strongly supports the acceptance of all sexualities and ethnic and social backgrounds, and seriously values diversity as a societal standard. Professors are engaging and enthusiastic, and are genuinely interested in the success of their pupils.

  • 12/27/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    AU is a very safe campus!

    Bang for the buck

    The education level is amazing. I think it is a little pricy but well worth the money.

    What to do for fun

    Considering that AU is located in one of the most dynamic cities in America, there is always something to do. Washington DC is full of events and networking is everywhere. Take advantage of all your opportunities to market yourself and network!

    Food and Dining

    AU has the best cafeteria I have ever seen! They even have a full vegan buffet!

    Dorm Life

    I do not live on campus

    Academic Rigor

    American is a private university that gives you a high level of education. The work load is compatible with this. Expect to work hard if you want to make good grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you give your admissions counselor a full scope on what your plans are for the future, any extra activities you are involved in. Also do your best to stand out from the crowd by highlighting any activities you might be involved in the community. American is very keen on students that are involved in the community. Whether it be volunteering or starting your own non-profit, make sure you bring that up.

    In three sentences

    American is a progressive university that is in tune with its current students. A college that is innovative and is constantly looking for progress. American gives you the college experience in one of the most dynamic cities in America.

  • 01/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe. The neighbor hood that American University is located in is very nice and safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's are many organizations for each person to join. There are different political organizations, which are the biggest and arguably the best part of American University. There are eco-friendly organizations as well as different theater groups.

    Great for these types of students

    Students that want to learn it all. American University allows students to study in any department without much hassle. There is a large foreign language department that offers many languages, such as Arabic and German.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Greek life is very popular on campus. While many students do not affiliate with it, those that do are very active within the different organizations.

    Bang for the buck

    At American University you'll study alongside many foreign students. The different perspectives and experience with them is a serious advancement when comparing your college experience with other colleges. American University's staff as well as it's student body is composed of many citizens from other countries.

    What to do for fun

    American University is in the heart of the Nation's capital. Washington DC has a bit of everything for everyone. A very lively theater scene, sports scene, arts scene, and a very strong business community.

    Food and Dining

    While small for the size of the campus, the food and dining at American University has been described as being the most friendly and open menu in the country. Many students are vegetarian and vegans, and American University accommodates everyone's different tastes.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is pretty traditional. American University does offer highly active and specialized dinning services -- whereas residential assistants that live with students are traditionally students themselves, being upper class men.

    Academic Rigor

    The campus offers a diverse and fulfilling selection of majors. The departments have very close and strongly recommended professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    This place emphasizes that its students come willing to be challenged and open. Everyone is friendly and very welcoming.

    In three sentences

    American University is one of the most diverse and thought-provoking Universities in American today. The student population is very active. Students meet and interact with many foreign students here, whereas they will converse about global issues and values.

  • 01/09/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus seems and feels safe.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Even though drugs and alcohol are prohibited on campus, they are still present on campus. Make the right choices.

    Bang for the buck

    If you can find a job quickly, it is worth it. From what I heard, many students come out with at least $30K in student loans. The housing is expensive and not to my standards. The food plans are expensive, but convenient, although I prefer cooking for myself. It's cheaper and I know what's in it.

    What to do for fun

    DC offers a lot to do, depends on your preferences. Anyone can find something to do.

    Food and Dining

    They offer a variety of foods from traditional American to international foods in a buffet style dining facility. The dining room is clean and bright. There are also coffee shops and fast food restaurants on campus and near campus.

    Dorm Life

    I did not like the dorms at American. They are small and feel cramped. The bathroom facilities are in the hallway and do not offer much privacy. I am considering alternative arrangements for my housing or paying more to live in a suite on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    I am planning to attend in 2013, so I haven't had a chance to take classes, but from what I know, they require to have additional English and Math exams. I think it is a good thing because they ensure that the students have the skills necessary to be successful in advanced classes, especially research. I took some college classes in my high school, and most of the classes transferred and were applied towards my degree.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to visit the campus before you commit, get the feel of it, meet the faculty ans staff, as well as the fellow students with whom you will share many classes.

    In three sentences

    American is in a great location for the degrees they offer. It has a lot of cultural and political events happening throughout the year. The facilities are very nice.

  • 02/05/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Roam the city and attended different events.

    Food and Dining

    Uncooked food or poor quality

    Dorm Life

    Typical dorm life. But a lot of triple or three people per room, so it can get a little crowded.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on your intended/ declared major

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit and talk to students that are not a part of AU Ambassadors, they will tell you an honest opinion of the university.

    In three sentences

    In a great location. However, only worth it if you get a large scholarship. Additionally, the best programs are political science and international studies.

  • 03/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    AMU is wonderful for people who have busy lives but are looking to get an education.

    Bang for the buck

    AMU keeps their rates and fees minimal so that it is an affordable education for thier military members. Military TA would cover several classes a FY.

    Food and Dining

    There is no food/dining for online school.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms for an online school.

    Academic Rigor

    AMU has the BEST Intelligence program, all of the professors have worked or are currently working in the field. Almost all of the students have experience as well so there is a duo of knowledge in each class, both academic and experience based.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't wait to apply, it's easier than you think it will be and you will be so happy that you chose AMU.

    In three sentences

    American Military Univeristy is the best online university available. The flexibility, and ease of use coupled with the professionalism of the staff is paramount. I would not consider attending another online university.

  • 03/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Being across the street from homeland security makes it very safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    Model United Nations is a blast.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for people interested in politics or international relations.

    What to do for fun

    You can go into the city, or rent a zip-car and travel around the east coast.

    Food and Dining

    The tavern is good, but can be repetitive. TDR is not the best of food places, but it is good sometimes.

    Dorm Life

    It is what you make it out to be.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are very rigorous and also very fun.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for a lot of scholarships and be open to the opportunities that are presented to you.

    In three sentences

    The level of education is excellent. The internship opportunities are wonderful. The tuition is very high.

  • 03/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    You are very close to the metro that can take you wherever in DC. As a city DC has a lot to offer.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do as much research as possible and go on preview days during the summer.

    In three sentences

    It is a great school with a great location, careers services and faculty.

  • 04/09/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for a lot of external scholarships!

    In three sentences

    American University has all of the opportunities and benefits of George Washington and Georgetown without the crazy high price tag. It also has the number 1 rate of internships in the country. In a liberal arts college, its important to have job experience and AU gives us that.

  • 04/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    AU has lots of academic and social programs that really help students get the most out of their education, but you have to be proactive and go out to find them. This university really prides itself in having one of the highest percentages of graduating students with a job and they do everything they can to keep up that reputation, so they really make sure that all students are fully prepared to enter the workforce after graduating. They host career fairs, help you write your resume and cover letters, tell you what to wear, practice interviewing skills, and provide lots of networking and internship connections. If you take advantage of these opportunities, you'll be set do enter the field you chose.

    What to do for fun

    You are in DC!! Go to the capitol, have a picnic on the National Mall, take pictures in front of the White House, get a library card at the Library of Congress (cool place to study for finals), go shopping in Bethesda or Georgetown. We are located really close to a metro and you can access anywhere within a few stops. DC United and Nationals games often have college nights where you can get cheap tickets and have lots of fun. Of course, our campus also hosts lots of events, and international events, like Holi, and Indian tradition where students dance to blaring music on the quad and through paint at each other for 2 hours. If we do something, we go all out.

    Food and Dining

    Although AU gives you $400 in additional dining money on (and in some cases off) campus--which is seriously awesome--the main dining hall its self (TDR) could be a little better. Its a buffet style dining hall that has lots of options, as well as international ones to serve our global community. If you have a specific diet or allergy, don't worry, your covered. TDR has plenty of options for gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, organic, locally grown, or whatever other dietary preferences your could possibly think of. Wednesdays are also Mac-n-Cheese days that everyone goes crazy over.

    Dorm Life

    Of the freshman dorms, Anderson Hall is more studious and interested in either global, social, political, environmental issues, etc. Letts Hall is more party-oriented (but still relatively low-key) and they host lots of really cool events throughout the year. The rooms themselves have lots of storage place, which is a giant plus. People generally go to bed around 2am, so if you need to catch an early nights sleep, be sure to bring a small fan to block out any potential noise.

    Academic Rigor

    Students here really care about their studies, so you'll always have people who are trying to do their best in all of their classes. Its really nice, because everyone really encourages each other to do well and get the best grade they can. Professors are also really passionate about their subjects, but their main concern is to make sure their students succeed. They're really great about office hours and making sure you are doing well with the material. Classes are also really small so professors have a lot more time and ability to really connect with students, that really really helps with your grades. That being said, the academic environment at AU is in no way competitive. No one will be gouging your eyes out to be top of the class. Its amazing because its like getting a higher-level education without the higher levels of stress, anxiety, and competition with your classmates. Everyone is really chill and helpful.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to carefully review the course catalogue before choosing your classes, as it is absolutely wonderful in laying out recommended courses for different majors or course directions. Something that is really awesome about AU is that it is ridiculously easy to switch between majors and schools here, so make sure that all of your GenEDs fit many different requirements for different majors if your not exactly sure what you want to study yet. Also, the unlimited meal plan is completely unnecessary and way to expensive. You'll be just fine with a 150 meal plan (don't worry, thats what I have, and I eat a lot!).

    In three sentences

    American University is perfect for people who are passionate about an issue, or are looking for something to be passionate about. No matter what it is, how big or small, people here will support you in standing for what you believe in. AU is located so close to the capitol, which calls for a lot of politically motivated people on campus, but there is not pressure to be involved if politics isn't really your thing. People here will help you challenge your opinions, but also help you support them. This is in no way a get-in-your-face campus about issues either. There are often a lot of events on campus and protests, but the atmosphere here is one of the most open-minded I've experienced.

  • 04/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    great

    Greek Life

    annoying, i would recommend professional frats and sororities... the rest are pretentious. its small.you don't notice them till second semester

    Clubs and Activities

    lots of them, join soemthing and get really involved in it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    cat aids??? lol

    Bang for the buck

    depends on the professor.everything else... sure

    What to do for fun

    go out and enjoy DC, there is always something happening. even if you stay on campus, there is lots to do.

    Food and Dining

    good food, might get better!

    Tips for prospective students

    socialize and join groups to ensure long lasting relationships.

    In three sentences

    it is a very expensive school and city. Quality of classes highly depends on the professors you have. Be ready to write a lot of papers in SIS.

  • 04/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    people who care about effecting national and global change

    What to do for fun

    Explore DC! It's an amazing, vibrant city.

    Tips for prospective students

    American University is expensive, so loan debt can pile up fast. Don't risk paying for your entire degree with loans...I would make sure to have scholarships and fellowships and outside help.

    In three sentences

    Coming to American University was a great decision. The professors are all accomplished leaders in my field and have a genuine interest in the careers of their students.

  • 05/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    On all the college tours, you'll hear that Greek life is only a small percentage of the student population. However, wherever you go on campus, you'll be sure to see someone who went Greek and they make their presence known. They take over the tables in Marketplace and when the sun shines, the Quad and the steps of MGC is where you'll sight them the most. If you want a guaranteed social scene every weekend as well as a wide group of individuals that you can call brothers or sisters, then go Greek.

    What to do for fun

    For those students over 21, the nightlife of D.C. has much to offer - there are a lot of great bars and clubs all over the city that are frequented by students from Georgetown, GW, Catholic, and AU. For those under 21, the monuments, shopping, and just wandering the city will provide most entertainment. In regards to the party scene, unless you have a fake, you'll only be drinking at frat parties or house parties. But many of the clubs in the city have under 21 nights on Fridays that provide another option.

    Food and Dining

    There is one main dining hall - Terrace Dining Hall (better known as TDR) - with the classic stations of salad, grill, pasta/pizza, and wok. In 2013, there should be implemented several other food options, such as Elevation Burger and Starbucks. They will join the ones already on campus such as Einstein Bros. Bagels, Megabytes, Eagle's Nest, and Tavern (got to get the tenders!).

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are the hub of the freshmen life. Letts and Anderson Halls are mainly freshmen dorms and you will find the L.A. quad to be the center of the social scene for those living there. The dorms are the best places for get togethers and meeting new people; and while they do have study rooms on each floor, they mainly serve as another social setting. So head to the library or someplace quiet to get work done.

    Academic Rigor

    Your education is what you make of it. There are always those that blow off their readings, skip class, and don't make the most out of the connection with their professors. However, the majority of students at AU respect and admire their professors and appreciate the quality of teaching and education they are offered. The ones that take advantage of the small class sizes and office hours provided by their professors will find themselves both successful in the classroom as well as when they move on.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's quite beneficial to come into your freshman year with credits already earned - so do take those AP/ IB courses or any CLEP exams. They make a difference, and help you get out of the general education requirements! Also, don't be afraid to experiment your first semester if you're still unsure what you want to do. There is a freshmen forgiveness policy that does not count a class with a C- or below as part of your GPA and you are allowed to retake the class for credit if you wish.

    In three sentences

    Typically stereotyped for students wanting to become diplomats, American University offers quality programs in business and political science. While it's main pull comes from the International Studies program, it's location in Washington, D.C. is ideal for many different career paths. The university's location and educational offerings is the perfect combination for a student looking to gain experience both in the classroom and out.

  • 05/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    There's a fraternity or sorority for everyone looking to be involved in one.

    Great for these types of students

    Those looking for a diverse campus, interested in an array of clubs and organizations, and an accepting atmosphere.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Bag pipes are played at graduation and there was even a bag piper at a few home basketball games.

    What to do for fun

    There's almost always plenty to do from events on campus to parties and clubs at neighboring schools and in DC.

    Tips for prospective students

    A prospective student should definitely see the campus and talk to current students.

    In three sentences

    AU is a diverse campus. The proximity to the main attractions of DC is definitely desirable, and the campus itself is located in a beautiful neighborhood.

  • 05/28/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Dining at AU is actually quite excellent. There are plenty of on-campus eateries, and the cafeteria isn't too bad either. Plans are currently in the works for more on-campus eateries too.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is heavily dependent on who you end up living with in the dorms. On some floors, you'll never see a single living soul. On others, it's a non-stop party. I strongly encourage transferring rooms onto floors that match your ideal type of community. Once you make friends, you can then all move into the best dorm/apartment possible.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic rigor is always high, but whether or not that translates into a harsh grade is entirely dependent on the professor. Beware grade deflation: one professor's idea of a B- is another's A+.

    Tips for prospective students

    Show your eagerness to learn through your activities. And seriously consider attending another university if you're not actually all that interested in what's happening in the world.

    In three sentences

    The pros: awesome professors, internships, classes, and friends. The cons: shabby dorms (new ones are being built, but they're way overdue), inadequate resources for non-international relations students, and the feeling that the constant political typhoon of AU is only going in circles. The consensus: go â?? but prepare to become more cynical, as well as more knowledgeable.

  • 06/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Hang out at the apartment complexes down the street, relax on the Quad, hop the Metro to explore all that DC has to offer you.

    Food and Dining

    Excellent food service.

    Dorm Life

    Excellent living spaces, but note that the residence halls are dry.

    Academic Rigor

    Extremely rigorous. Classes range from challenging to quite difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    This is definitely a school that you want to program-match with. You should have at least a vague idea of what you'd like to study, so that you know which AU school you'd like to focus on.

    In three sentences

    American University is an excellent school nestled perfectly in North West D.C. It offers a beautiful campus, comfortable proximity to the city, and robust academic programs geared towards professional success. Networking, internships, and extracurricular enrichment are the norm here.

  • 06/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Definitely one of the safest campuses in the country. The university hosts a well-equipped and devoted team of security guards. Not to mention that the university is located near to two police stations, a fire-fighter station, the Department of Homeland Security, numerous embassies, each with its own security, and is located in the richest part of DC. One could not feel safer at AU.

    Greek Life

    I would not know much about Greek life as I am not in a fraternity. But I can tell you that people in frats and sororities have a blast and make great friends and connections.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are numerous clubs and activities ranging from outdoor club to rugby to MUN. Yet, for those people not in clubs do not have the greatest interaction with others as these clubs provide great friend connections. Despite this, many people find solace in other clubs and jobs off campus in DC.

    Great for these types of students

    The university caters to a wide-range of degrees and majors as it is a liberal-arts college. Yet, political science, business, international relations, pre-law, and history majors enjoy all the university has to offer as there are job and club affiliates to these degrees.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I am not aware of unusual traditions. Greek Life has a lot more knowledge of that. There are many spots on campus that are under appreciated like the amphiteatre which is rarely used except to relax and read. Most people prefer checking out the sites and tourist around the city.

    Bang for the buck

    The university overcharges for what it is. While it is a good priced university for being locate din the richest part of DC and being in DC, the university's tuition fees are overzealous. Too much is spent on books that are not used as much (one chapter is used for a 40 dollar book). While dining is spot on for what its worth, housing is too expensive as the dorms are a little bad and cramped.

    What to do for fun

    Most people prefer going into the city to the Mall, Georgetown, Adams Morgan or any of the numerous neighborhoods. Bars, hookah lounges, bookstores, museums, etc., are key to fun in DC. For those looking to stay on campus, clubs are the way to go as well as visiting the nearby town called Tenleytown.

    Food and Dining

    Like all college cafeterias, the food is regular, at best. The cafeteria does cater to vegetarians and fickle eaters, which is good. Yet most people prefer eating at their dorm lounges, Tavern (which is fast food), Subway or out in DC.

    Dorm Life

    Depends on where you live and your personality. The smaller, honors dorms are quite nice as you interact immensely with floormates. The bigger dorms are a little weird as you find all types of people, especially at the later hours of the week, where people are strolling or yelling in dorm hallways at 3 in the morning. Yet, like any college, dorm life does offer new friendships and connections that are not lightly thrown away.

    Academic Rigor

    The university does offer overqualified professors that make classes enjoyable. Like any professor, those who take their job too seriously cause frustration, anxiety, and (almost) hate for the class. While the university offers a wide range of general educaiton classes for those who do not know what to major in, they become a joke as most people prefer taking classes related to their major. One's class schedule for a semester can range from literature to another language to history to political science. Some classes discourage students from entering a particular degree as they are difficult but tend to be the get-it-over-with class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go into DC as much as possible. There is not much to do on campus except for classes and clubs. Due to AU's proximity with DC (3 metro stops away to downtown), the university offers students the ability to go anywhere ranging from museums to lounges to whatever. This includes taking weekend trips to New York, Boston, Philly, wherever. Another tip is to disregard grades the first year as one needs to get accustomed to a new scenery, friends, and education. Another tip is to make as many friends as possible and get into clubs as they provide the on-campus fun.

    In three sentences

    The university is incredible due to its proximity to Downtown DC which offers off-campus fun, job opportunities and much more. The university is too overpriced for what it is yet one can enjoy all it can offer. Lastly, one makes all kinds of friends due to clubs and activities - one has to be open to new things.

  • 06/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    74 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Security officers patrolling through campus all night, so you feel pretty safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    The huge variety of clubs that passionate students have started on campus will keep you busy!

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing students who are passionate of an issue.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Mass. Ave walk sign voice is a voice you will hear in your dreams by the end of second semester.

    What to do for fun

    Explore the city, eat different foods, and meet new people! You have the monuments at your fingertips and great internship opportunities at the Embassies.

    Food and Dining

    The school doesn't provide that many options and you get stuck going to the same places.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are great! RAs are really understanding and empathetic. The renovated side of Letts and the Anderson Hall are preferred.

    Academic Rigor

    I just finished my freshman year, and so the workload was not too bad, but overall, your professors give you a fair amount of work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Meet as many new people as you possibly can! It's always great to see a familiar face around campus and the students on campus come from all over the world so it's so easy to get connections through these relationships.

    In three sentences

    American University is a great school for students who love to get involved! The environment is encouraging and pressuring in a great way that gets students off campus on into the real world. Overall, it is a community of students and professors who love to serve the world and fight for issues that need attention.

  • 06/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We live the safest part of D.C., the northwest. Campus security is always patrolling and the Blue Light system is in place. However, laptops can get stolen if you leave them unguarded in the library or public places.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is a great way for students to come together in a social setting. Going Greek is good for more than just fun, too. They take part in and host great philanthropy events that really make a difference.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs galore! Basically any political affiliation is a club. In regards to sports teams, some have had success and some are in an infancy stage, so not that well established.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for any student interested in international relations, politics, anything of that nature. The departments and staff really let the well-to-do student flourish.

    Bang for the buck

    It's expensive, like most private academic institutions. And you're in an expensive city. Neither of those factors are too attractive. However, Financial Aid can help and part-time jobs are definitely possible.

    What to do for fun

    Check out the city! The location of AU is perfect. We're in a residential area so we aren't bogged down by the city. But, the city is only a metro ride away so see a musical performance or some sporting events! Bring your ID too, student discounts are great.

    Food and Dining

    The options are there, even if it does seem like sandwich shops run rampant. So many food options that cater to any diet, and the university makes sure of that. Also, Mac 'n Cheese Wednesdays, doesn't get much better than that.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are dorms, closed-quarter living and shared bathrooms. But to say they're horrible is not true. They're a great place to meet new people and make great friends.

    Academic Rigor

    AU staff has some top-notch names that have some outstanding resumes. That sort of experience is great for any student who is seeking experience in the classroom. It's never an easy A, but always worth the time.

    Tips for prospective students

    The job market is competitive, so be a competitive student. AU can guide you to internships and opportunities that will make you a competitive option if an employer is looking at a list applications.

    In three sentences

    American University is the place to be if you are a career conscious student who is ready to take on the real world. AU will prepare you for a professional career in whatever field you feel passionate towards. Its location in Washington, D.C. and internship reputation is reason enough to attend the university.

  • 07/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Not the best food on campus but we are getting a new supplier this year so we will see how that goes. Good food around the school, you just can't use your EagleBucks.

    Dorm Life

    Depends on your room and roommate situation but just remember you don't have to be best friends with your roommate.

    Academic Rigor

    Not easy to get an A but try to participate so the professor knows who you are, it can help in the end. Pay attention to due dates and the syllabus and you will do fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to get involved and don't stress yourself too much about friends. The right people will gravitate towards you, especially because you'll start taking classes with people who are interested in your major/minor.

    In three sentences

    Great city but the school is expensive. Take advantage of what is offered to you in every way.

  • 07/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is always campus security officers patrolling campus all hours of the day. If you're leaving the library at 3 in the morning, you don't have to worry too much, because there are always campus officers parked in front of the library and around the Quad. However, if you're planning on living off-campus it might be a big more dangerous because officers aren't patrolling these areas, but overall AU is surrounded by safe neighborhoods.

    Greek Life

    There are a lot of sororities and fraternities on campus, and many of these groups are professional. There are numerous social groups but overall, many of them join for political/business/social connections. The sororities and frats are really involved on campus and always hold events to get everyone involved.

    Clubs and Activities

    Like I said, there are hundreds of clubs and organizations on campus because there are so many individuals with different interests. I believe that it is one of the greatest aspects to this campus. The diversity of interests and students make the school a vibrant campus to live on.

    Great for these types of students

    American University is the most politically active school in the country. That being said, it's a great place for active, passionate students who are looking to get involved with the world's greatest problems and issues. There are hundreds of campus groups that address issues like the Palestinian conflict and even clean water in Africa. Be prepared to have debates thrown at you, and also be prepared to defend your beliefs.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Quad is the hot spot in the spring and early fall. Students lay out on the field in between classes to just relax and hang with friends. The Tavern, one of the dining options at the school, is also very famous for their tenders. They may be fattening, but they are definitely a school favorite.

    Bang for the buck

    American University is the second most expensive school in the country. That being said, you may shy away from the school, however like I said earlier the resources and the professors are definitely worth it! Although some of the facilities are a little old, and in need of renovation, the students and professors make it a quality school to attend.

    What to do for fun

    The city has great opportunities and resources for your weekends and time in-between classes. If you're bored and have nothing to do, the monuments are a great place to go to, to just relax and have fun with peers. There are also many embassy events throughout the year that students love attending. For the upperclassmen, there are awesome bars and clubs that students go to, to relieve stress.

    Food and Dining

    American University is also in the process of changing dining options. There aren't that many options on campus and most of the food is over-priced. However, there are a bunch of campus favorites that almost all students always go to. There are currently in the process of putting a Starbucks on campus and many of the students are excited for this change.

    Dorm Life

    The campus is currently in the process of renovating its dorm halls. Some halls, like Letts north, are very nice to live in compared to the halls that have yet to renovate like Letts south. Anderson is definitely the biggest and cleanest hall to live in and one of the more upgraded halls on campus. However, beware! These halls are very expensive and it is much cheaper to live off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Like I said, the campus has great experienced professors who definitely know what they are talking about! The workload isn't too bad but for some of the core classes, definitely expect to get a lot of work, but at the same time learn a lot from the work! The main core classes for your major will definitely get you thinking and will definitely keep you up at night.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should definitely do their best to build good relationships with professors and fellow peers! The campus is filled with so many different types of people with all different types of passions and it's a great place to start networking. Also, try your best freshman year because courses and classes only get harder and harder as you go up.

    In three sentences

    American University may be an expensive school to attend, but it is one of those schools where the resources and professors are all worth the time and money. The campus is filled with passionate individuals and professors working to make a change in the world and it is so easy to get involved with one of these programs. Overall, it is a great school to attend to and although it may be a little small and expensive, the learning and experience gained from attending the school is worth it!

  • 08/17/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is some stuff happening there. Hidden stuff.

    Greek Life

    All that runs AU. If you are not popular, handsome, pretty or skinny, you will be sad.

    Clubs and Activities

    Good but pretentious and only those from well-connected families will do well.

    Great for these types of students

    Pretentious, east coast, wealthy, the know it all kinds and braggers.

    Bang for the buck

    Outrageously expensive and a waste of a large sum of money. Glad I transferred when I did. Debt from AU would have destroyed me. If you are not connected to a political or wealthy east coast family, jobs are not plentiful. The students with family connections are the first to be hooked up with high paying jobs after graduation.

    What to do for fun

    If you're not from a reputable east coast family, rich in politics, you can go back home for fun! Fun won't be found at AU, unless you are pretentious and gifted only on the outside.

    Food and Dining

    Food is horrible.

    Academic Rigor

    Graduated from Texas A & M and enjoyed the classes more than AU. If you are well-connected on the east coast, you will pass any class at AU. Be prepared to be stepped all over too. Those students are ruthless and you won't make any real friends there. The professors are biased and arrogant too.

    Tips for prospective students

    Save your money. As long as you are good looking and rich, you will be good. Anyone from the west coast or mid west isn't welcome there If you aren't sociable, fashionable, come from the country club or politically connected families, you will be miserable.

    In three sentences

    Too expensive, too pretentious and overrated.

  • 08/17/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Greek Life

    Huge presence

    Clubs and Activities

    If you are granted access to one, watch your back.

    Great for these types of students

    Snobby, model-like and cut throat types

    What to do for fun

    Find another university

    Food and Dining

    The DC food scene is bad.

    Dorm Life

    Who can afford that? Only the rich or those with connections. A waste of money. From those I knew who lived in the dorms, it was a bad experience and extremely overpriced.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors are smart but extremely biased. If you are a politicians family member, you will pass any class. If not, you will be fiercely competing against those people who are and no matter how smart you are, the ones with the connections will always be ahead. You will not make any real friends at AU. People will step all over you. Very glad that I was able to escape when I did.

    Tips for prospective students

    Run, don't walk, while you are ahead. I attended AU for two semesters before transferring to a California university. Speaking from AU experience, the amount of money you will pay to AU will be carried with you forever. You should set aside all of that career center stuff they throw at you too. Unless you are a) very rich b) politically connected c) look like a model or d) all of the above, your career will be spent trying to pay back the outrageous debt incurred from attending AU. It isn't what you think. Cut throat tactics from the student body all the way up to the administration. If you aren't fashion savvy, rich or well connected, you should consider another college experience. You will not do well at AU. Smart or not, you will not be accepted. I speak from experience. As much as I wanted to believe that AU was a good place for me, I found out my first week, that there were better places out there.

    In three sentences

    AU is not a friendly place to those looking for a place to learn. Speaking from experience, unless your daddy, mother, or grandfather is a politician or you come from perfect genetics, you may want to consider another university setting. I cried after coming to the reality that I handed AU tens of thousands of dollars (for only two semesters) and ended up receiving a better education from the University of California.

  • 08/22/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    If you're sociable, academically curious and motivated, then AU could be your match. Like most educational institutions, it's up to the student to engage their institution and AU's ready, willing and able to provide the environment to meet you more than half way.

    Bang for the buck

    AU's among the most costly universities in the nation and it not only survives as such, but, prospers because of the perception of value it provides. The ratio of professors to students/class size, the high standard of academicians that teach there, the quality of the physical facilities and the location all combine to make the American University one of the nation's finest universities. AU has not made its mark in the hard sciences, if engineering is your desired field of endeavor - you're better off elsewhere. However, the social sciences are AU's bread and butter, and AU provides an outstanding menu of these for those with a hardy appetite for same.

    What to do for fun

    Get... involved. Even at the undergraduate level, your professors are readily available to you and thrive on your engagement. Student organizations of all kinds abound and you may find among your greatest challenges at AU being able to decide which not to participate in. Of course, the nation's capital offers all sorts of engaging activities, whether they be musical, theatrical, sporting, culinary, religious and/or whatever floats your boat.

    Food and Dining

    The meal plan at AU is more than adequate - by any standards.

    Dorm Life

    AU's dorms are, well - dorms. They're totally adequate and conveniently located. The dorms are particularly well suited to incoming freshman and sophomores in providing ready access to getting involved with academic life and other members of the student community; they're also a good value - considering the costs of off-campus housing in D.C.

    Academic Rigor

    Like most things in life, you get out of it what you put into it. While AU doesn't expect their undergraduates to have read the classics - in Greek, nor to be fluent in Latin by the time they enter; it's not a University for those who expect to slide by - regardless of major. Both the School of Public Affairs and the School of International Service are among the most prestigious and rigorous in the country;, so, if you're capable, fortunate enough to have/be able to put together the where with all to pay for it and get accepted to attend AU - be prepared to study and to become truly engaged.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're interested in political-science, international-relations, criminal-justice, law, languages and/or communications, AU's hard to beat. If you're motivated to take advantage of all that the nation's capital has to offer - yet, in a true campus/green-space environment, AU's a great choice. Be prepared to make the most of your time at AU, it's not a cake-walk and it comes at a price {costs aren't low}.

    In three sentences

    AU's in a great location - with the nation's capital at your door-step {along with the Metro}. In key fields of study the faculty is simply outstanding, after all, they've the nation's capital to draw from and the world is represented in the student-body.

  • 09/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Located at the end of embassy row, this is probably the safest part of DC. The campus is well patrolled, and buildings are very secure

    Greek Life

    Greek like is not a huge deal hear; there are not any fraternity or sorority houses.

    Clubs and Activities

    Honestly, not much different than high school.

    Great for these types of students

    American is great if you are a activate, history nerd, or a wonk (or just a wonk wannabe)

    Bang for the buck

    As a first semester college freshman, I have an internship within the State Department. The classes are small; and you actually get to know all of the teachers.

    What to do for fun

    DC is the capital of free and inexpensive fun. American also offers discounted tickets to Nationals games, and the Kennedy Center.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of options on campus

    Dorm Life

    With a dry and smoke free campus, the parties need to look off-campus for entertainment.

    Academic Rigor

    My classes are definitely more challenging than any I took in high school, including AP. The pace is very fast, and staying ahead is critical to success

    Tips for prospective students

    American is stingy with financial aid. If your family can't afford tuition, plan on spending a lot of time applying for scholarships.

    In three sentences

    American University is absolutely amazing! It is located in Washington, DC, the political capital of the world. The school is filled with intelligent, thoughtful young women and men, who are preparing to improve our world. Washington, and the surrounding area, is filled with so much American history; I could live here for ten years without exploring all of it.

  • 09/18/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    Great

  • 09/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Plenty of clubs to join. Sports on campus. Good workout facilities. Off campus...Washington DC!

    Tips for prospective students

    Have interesting and 'different' non-academic activities. Visit and show your interest. Have a strong academic background with challenging courses.

    In three sentences

    Academically rigorous. Great location. Good size with diverse student population.

  • 12/11/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    people going into international studies or political science

    Bang for the buck

    American is very expensive, but if you are looking to go into international relations or politics it's totally worth it because you're provided with the experiences, education, and connections in order to get a great start in your career.

    What to do for fun

    I've researched so many clubs and activities that you can join at American, and also it's in DC so if you can't find something on campus, you can go to one of the many cool spots in the city. Also, many great speakers come to American's campus multiple times during the year such as presidents and other famous politicians and activists.

    Food and Dining

    I didn't eat in the cafeteria when I was there, but the students told me it was pretty good.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm I stayed in was extremely nice. It was suite style with two shared bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a living room space with a pull out couch. It was much more like a hotel room than a college dorm. Also, the Perch which located in one of the dorms is a really nice communal area for students to hang out and watch tv, play board games, or enjoy some hot tea. All the students I met in the dorms were really nice and welcoming.

    Academic Rigor

    I did and overnight stay and a presentation on the School of International Service/ tour of the campus and they really stressed the importance of academics and keeping your GPA up.

    In three sentences

    American has a beautiful campus and a lot of opportunities. Many students get internships in D.C. which most school can't offer. If you're accepted and can pay tuition, you should definitely go.

  • 12/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    85 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The school is focused on school safety.

    Greek Life

    It is available.

    Clubs and Activities

    Everything you want to do, except football (U.S.).

    Great for these types of students

    International, Left or Right wing - we have some of the best forums in the country. Recently, President Obama spoke at our school. What an honor!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We are creating our own tradition of doing evening tours of DC with all of the beautiful buildings to view.

    Bang for the buck

    The school is expensive but it is a great international environment.

    What to do for fun

    We enjoy exploring Washington, DC. There are many opportunities to join sports teams, educational forums, or just touring the city.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to view the college at least one time before attending. Sign-up for tutoring in any classes that you need assistance. Enjoy the surrounding community for all that it has to offer.

    In three sentences

    I would give my school an A overall because the school gives great support to the students, creates a good environment to learn and is in a great location for professional opportunities.

  • 12/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The main parts of DC are a few metro stops away, giving you easy access to the National Mall, museums, shopping, food, and other amazing parts of DC. Also, Tenleytown has a lot of stuff for students, such as good food and a CVS.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the school before you apply. Many students (like myself) fall in love with the school the second they see it. Others are turned off by it. Also, try and go to an overnight session if you can. You learn all about the good and the bad things about American and get a nice look at college life.

    In three sentences

    American University is a great school that offers a lot of opportunities and is very accommodating for students. It is in the perfect area - close enough to the city to enjoy all of its benefits, while in a nice, quiet, and safe part of the district. The price is certainly an issue, but I have found it to be well worth it and I would make the decision to attend AU all over again.

  • 12/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    in edition to campus police, American University is right across the street from Homeland Security insuring that our campus is safe and secure at all time.

    Greek Life

    Seen, but does not run the school.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a MASSIVE amount of clubs on campus as well as very easy to start your own club!

    What to do for fun

    Dance, barista at a campus coffee shop, participate in community service projects

    Food and Dining

    There are not a bunch of food variety and not a whole lot of health eating options.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are well kept and a great place to meet new friends!

    Academic Rigor

    Professors will push you to think and work harder than you ever have before.

    Tips for prospective students

    American University is a relatively small campus with minimal sports and not a crazy amount of school spirit.

    In three sentences

    Overall, American University is a place for students who want to take advantage of DC, while learning how to be an active contributor to society. Students do not simply wait for opportunities to jump out at them-- they seek them for themselves. This university segways students into becoming ready for a career of their interest through intern opportunities, study abroad programs, and well respected professors.

  • 12/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Go out into DC!

    Tips for prospective students

    GET INVOLVED!

    In three sentences

    AU has great internship opportunities and a supportive career center.

  • 12/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    89 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    AU is in a really safe part of town, and campus safety is fairly active. Things can happen anywhere, but I feel very safe in AU's vicinity.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's a sizable Greek presence on campus, so if you like that you will have plenty of oppertunities. On the other hand, Greeks are not typically obtrusive, and it's totally ok not to be in a frat.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Hard workers who like a challenge. Also, it's a very liberal school.

    Bang for the buck

    There's a non-profit coffee shop run by students in the SIS building. Every spring, there's a power-saving and recycling contest in the dorms, which is pretty cool and aparently somewhat effective.

    Food and Dining

    There's literally always something going on campus, and it's easy to get involved. The trick is to stay on top of things, because some clubs announce stuff on very, very short notice. The city has lots of things to do as well.

    Dorm Life

    The food is actually pretty decent here, although meal plans are super expensive. The dining dollars are helpful, and some off campus locations will take eagle bucks.

    Academic Rigor

    Dorm life here is decent, about average I'd say.

    Tips for prospective students

    In general, AU has very high standards. It varies some by professor, but as a whole the university has high expectations of students.

    In three sentences

    Don't overload yourself the first semester; this school has high standards, and it's better to ease into it. Go to campus events from the very beginning, as it's much easier to find a niche if you start early before clicks form. Also, buy your books from Amazon or half.com; the bookstore cheats you.

  • 01/04/2014

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    90 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Though there is Greek Life, there is no Greek housing on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who is different, gays, lesbians, transgenders, liberals

    Bang for the buck

    American University is a hefty price tag being a private school. Unless you are interested in government, international relations, or law, you should go somewhere else. The school's math and science department is placed on the backburner, so save your money and go elsewhere if you intend to be an engineer or pre med student

    What to do for fun

    American University is easily accessible to the DC metro and to numerous bus stops, so its easy to get around the city. Friendship heights is located just one metro stop away and offers a plethora of shopping, both high end and mid priced and also a variety of restaurants. Lots of students go to Dupont Circle in the evenings. There are many clubs and bars located at Dupont.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor at this school is average. It has the typical gen ed program that makes you take classes that you will never use so you have a well rounded education.

    Tips for prospective students

    In your college essay, definitely stress any community service you have done in the past or if you are diverse in any way, express it. American University loves diversity and is continually trying to make the school more diverse

    In three sentences

    American University tends to attract liberal students who are more politically active and passionate than other similarly situated schools. American University has an ideal location, nested in wealthy tenleytown with a small town safe feel yet minutes from the city. Has a very large gay/lesbian population and is extremely gay/lesbian friendly

  • 01/12/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Anything because it is all online

    Tips for prospective students

    Prepare to learn

    In three sentences

    This University is great

  • 01/17/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 92 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    political type

    In three sentences

    love the area and their scholarships and programs offered

  • 01/17/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 93 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    political type

    In three sentences

    love the area and their scholarships and programs offered

  • 03/29/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for one of the three-year accelerated programs, there is no obligation if you are accepted and it shows that you are serious about your education at AU.

    In three sentences

    American University has been very good at keeping applicants in the loop and reaching out to admitted students with information and opportunities to ask questions.