a past student here
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.