Washington, DC
American University


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Recent Reviews

Katherine
What is your overall opinion of this school?

It seems like the dream come true school until you get there. It still has some pluses, but after being there for a few month...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

It seems like the dream come true school until you get there. It still has some pluses, but after being there for a few months you can start to see the various flaws in the system, especially when it comes to how the school responds to student concerns and safety.

marvin
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Way overpriced and being slightly removed from the city creates the illusion that AU is comparable to any other schools in DC...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Way overpriced and being slightly removed from the city creates the illusion that AU is comparable to any other schools in DC. Some facilities are nice and new, while others - the library being a perfect example, 9/10 chairs you practically fall through. Some students are genuinely interested in academics, but overall most of the student body gives off a less than academically inclined vibe. Ironically, the student body is also generally amongst the most pretentious and self-absorbed I've encountered, relative to those I've come across visiting friends and GU and even GWU. Anyone who attributes prestige with AU is delusional. Can't wait to transfer.

Madeleine
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Some students have a hard time adjusting but I think the school does a good job of pushing mental health services and the Cen...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Some students have a hard time adjusting but I think the school does a good job of pushing mental health services and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI). You can find a group for any part of your identity and there are services for students with disabilities as well as some gender neutral bathrooms for anyone worried about that. It's also a small campus so you can get everywhere easily as well as a lot of nature on campus (it is a certified arboretum) which is very beneficial to mental health so if going to college is going to be stressful for you, there are people you can go to as well as just being in nature.

Alexandra
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Very intense, but you do what you got to do. American University is extremely competitive overall, not just to get in, but in...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Very intense, but you do what you got to do. American University is extremely competitive overall, not just to get in, but in the classroom setting as well. However, everyone comes from very different backgrounds and is well respected. The campus also offers a wide range of opportunities for help, but sometimes are not always the best. However, it is a good thing to try. Overall, I really enjoy American, but there are just some minor problems.

Dana
What is your overall opinion of this school?

American University is a wonderful place to learn, grow, and be challenged. I have enjoyed earning my master's degree from th...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

American University is a wonderful place to learn, grow, and be challenged. I have enjoyed earning my master's degree from there, and the opportunities afforded during and after my education have been invaluable. As a student of the School of International Service, I am proud to be part of one of the highest ranked universities in its field. It is a privilege to participate in small class sizes with engaging and thought provoking professors who are quite distinguished, in their fields.

Taylor
What is your overall opinion of this school?

In the heart of Washington, D.C, American is the perfect institution to get the best education possible. The professors at AU...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

In the heart of Washington, D.C, American is the perfect institution to get the best education possible. The professors at AU are very hands on and get you career-ready for life after graduation. The campus is beautiful and in a safe neighborhood, has plenty of dining choices and 4 metro stops away from tourist attractions.

Nyshayla
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The school is prestigious and is very active in anything political from campus sustainability to having discussions about rac...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The school is prestigious and is very active in anything political from campus sustainability to having discussions about race at this predominantly white institution. It does well even though it still inhabits some hate and prejudice, but I just look at AU as a work in progress like any other college or university; there’s always work that needs to be done and no institution is perfect because there are different perceptions of perfect. You just have to make and own your own experience.

Leon
What is your overall opinion of this school?

It's a great school, especially for politics and social related majors. The campus is not too large or too small and in gener...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

It's a great school, especially for politics and social related majors. The campus is not too large or too small and in general, its just a great school. Very politically active with many connections and internship opportunities to be taken. Its food is alright, could be better.

A
What is your overall opinion of this school?

It's an extremely prestigious and fantastic institution! There are three or four career centers, each specific school (CAS, S...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

It's an extremely prestigious and fantastic institution! There are three or four career centers, each specific school (CAS, SIS, Kogod, SPA) has their own career center and then there is a university wide career center! There is no possible way that a student can leave the university without a confirmed job before they graduate! I would recommend that all students apply and if accepted, come to AU!

John
What is your overall opinion of this school?

An excellent university without the overbearing costs or reputation of ivy league. I cannot attest to clubs, sports, or frate...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

An excellent university without the overbearing costs or reputation of ivy league. I cannot attest to clubs, sports, or fraternity life, but I must say that the teachers are incredibly qualified and forthright with students' education. Whereas some might see the stereotype of "college campuses" rife with political bias, my professors routinely exemplified an impartial and factual curriculum on issues ranging from civics and law to domestic and foreign policy that remain relevant to this day. While yes, interpretation and argument is unavoidable, that is integral to the charm of this university. Debating ideas and concepts freshly learned from my courses was some of the most intellectually enriching experiences of my young adult life. Even in cases where the professor exhibits a preference for certain interpretations, there are no limits on how students might contravene and argue. My active participation in courses taught me both history and perspective, and professors were more than happy to refer students to internships and organizations suited for their talents. My only "criticism" - and I use that word lightly - would be some of the exigent pressures on the university. I was enrolled at an indisputably controversial time in American politics, and to some, the title "American" University has served as a proving-ground for political ideology. Some may protest, others will deliberately offend to rile some broader opponent. To my knowledge, such interactions have been unequivocally civil compared to other universities. And I would actually recommend such a contentious environment for anyone seeking to prove themselves as a civil servant. Debate is healthy, and American University has, either directly or not, facilitated such an environment. It is up to the applicant whether they would like to test themselves, hone their skills, and develop their intellect as an active and well-informed citizen of these United States. If they would prefer a coddling of ideas and biases developed during high school, there are many other universities that can offer such a product. Taken altogether, I loved my time in college. My only regret now is that I hadn't taken more classes on more subjects I had not yet known. Food is food. Housing is housing. Give me an intellectually stimulating conversation, and I would just as happily attend school in the Russian Federation (which I did, lol - study abroad is great and very extensive). If you are a student looking for an education on how to become the greatest politician of our age, but hey, you don't got the grades or money for Georgetown, look no further. If you are a parent nervously examining your son or daughter's prospects for a career in government, law, or economics, rest assured your child will be happy, safe, and surrounded by people who will challenge them and allow them to grow.

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  • 7,900
  • Tuition & Fees
  • $44,853
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  • 26%

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