American University is a research institution located in a residential neighborhood of Washington, DC. AU has eight schools on its carbon-neutral campus featuring more than 160 programs. American University is also home to many research centers, including the Alper Initiative for Washington Art, Nuclear Studies Institute, Antiracist Research & Policy Center, and the Center for Environmental Policy. Students can take advantage of special programs offered at AU, including the Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars program which recognizes "exceptional incoming first-year student leaders committed to multidimensional excellence."
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.
AU is perfect for International Relations, great for liberal arts majors and good for science majors.