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Describe the students at your school.


My classmates are some of the most interesting, most frustrating, kindest, most engaging, challenging and questioning people I have ever come into contact with.


It is hard to describe the students at my school as one homogeneous group of people because the student body at American University is so diverse in their backgrounds, beliefs, and attitudes. Overall, the students are kind, ambitious, and very helpful. Students dress up for class as if they are going to have the most important day of their lives thus far. Unlike other schools, where the students reluctantly roll out of bed, students at my school look forward to class and the discussions we hold in the classroom.


My classmates are the most amazing people I have met. They are deeply passionate about their majors, because they have a strong interest and desire to study a certain field. They are ambitious and motivated to meet the dreams they have set out. Some want to become politicians, lawyers, or even world leaders, and at such a young age they already have a plan. Most of my classmates are also very open minded and study and do their coursework out of strong interest.


My classmates are smart, funny, kind, politically aware and active, and fun to be around.


Over-the-top liberals.




My classmates are driven, politically active, and confident. I feel like students on my campus are some of the geekiest and nerdiest people I've met and they've managed to fully embrace that and use the skills they've learned to their fullest ability. I think the fact that 95{4a082faed443b016e84c6ea63012b481c58f64867aa2dc62fff66e22ad7dff6c} of students intern and more than half of those intern more than once is more telling about the passion and determination of my classmates than it is about the career center.


A few odd balls mixed in with political junkies, makes for good discussion in political science classes.


Everyone is super accepting to LGBT, racial, religious, and social differences in my experience. Like I said, even though there are a lot of white, upper-middle class students, 10{4a082faed443b016e84c6ea63012b481c58f64867aa2dc62fff66e22ad7dff6c} are international, a lot are gay, and I do feel like we have a varied school population, even if we are predominantly female. Kids are generally politically active and liberal, but there is a vocal, though outnumbered, Republican presence on campus. A lot of people wear the Northface-Uggs combination. To class, you can just wear jeans/sweats and a t-shirt. A lot of people wear school clothing. Some of the business school kids dress up everyday in case they meet some CEO or whatever. There's an unofficial dress code for the business school (Kogod). Some kids go through the Greek system, but no one really cares if you do or don't. There are lots of clubs, and they are featured at a big involvement fair twice a year. You can get involved in a variety of ways.


AU boasts a highly diverse student body, but I beg to differ. My high school was abnormally diverse, the minority being white students, so I was shocked by the lack of diversity at AU. I will say AU has a lot of international students; my first roommate was from Panama. AU does have a very large LGBT population and is a perfect place for those who are trying to figure out what they want to be in life. AU students are very open to alternate lifestyles. Students' wardrobes vary greatly. Some students will come to class looking like they literally rolled out of bed into their desk, while a Delta Gamma girl will come proudly wearing her letters. Being different is a staple at AU, so most students are comfortable talking to someone who might seem a little strange at first. Students are VERY liberal, but clubs such as the Kennedy Political Union try to stay as bipartisan as possible.


American University (AU) is a very liberal university. It has a large LGBT population and prides itself on an accepting and loving community. Anyone who has any qualms with members of the LGBT community and feels the need to voice their opinion about it, should probably not attend AU. Although the school provides itself on giving all students a voice, it has a no tolerance policy for disrespect and prejudice. AU has a very large group of international students. However, I would not say at first glance that the university screams diversity. Students are often dressed up and very fashionable. A friend from a different university is always in awe of how nicely dressed the students appear. In large, due to the number of internships/jobs and other professional opportunities offered at AU and in DC, you'll often see students in professional/business attire. Males as well as females often dress with fancy shoes, nice tops and designer clothes. This isn't to say that one will be looked down upon for dressing in jeans and a t-shirt or a sweatshirt, but it is definitely less common than may be seen at other schools.


AU students are really diverse. There is a vast amount of interests, but I must say that everyone is really focused on social issues and wants to make a change in whatever area they are studying. In addition, a lot of students have a strong international focus. Many of them study abroad during their college career or do an alternative break to volunteer in another country or domestically.


Diversity is seen as a strength, though most students are white and spoiled.


American University prides itself on Diversity. While the majority of students are are white and upper-middle class, there is a lot of diversity in terms sexual orientation and nationality. AU has a HUGE LGBT community that is very open and very active! Ladies beware! The joke around AU is a guy is gay until proven straight. While this may be a slight exaggeration, it does go to show you how prevalent the LGBT community is on campus. Also, AU has a lot of international students, both degree-seeking and study abroad. I helped with Abroad at AU orientation this past year and met students from all over Asia, the Middle East, and Europe! The strong international element allows for a really rich and multicultural community. In general, students at American are very friendly and open - they pride themselves on being really accepting of all sorts of people. Intolerance is not an option! AU students are pretty driven and very politically active. While mostly liberal, the Young Republicans are present on campus. Political arguments are VERY common - we are in the nation's capitol after all! Even at college parties, politics always come up. People with absolutely no interest in politics probably shouldn't go here.


The students at AU are such a diverse conglomerate of people - there are so many people of different races, religions, and sexual orientations and they are all supported by particularly active groups on campus. As a matter of fact, I am a member of the Latin American Student Organization (LASO) and have gone to a LGBT workshop that was promoted nearly everywhere at AU. The activeness of the groups resemble that of the students - AU students are some of the most politically active in the nation, receiving the title for number one in 2010 by the Princeton Review. There is a clear liberal majority at AU, but many students are also center and right-leaning (as I said, practically every group is represented on campus). Concerning what we wear, a lot of students come to class dressed casually, but there are quite a few that have to go to internships or jobs in the city right after class and therefore wear business attire.


American University students are some of the most passionate people I know. Whether it's about politics, the environment, or international affairs, you can rest assured there are a group of students dedicated to the cause. Sometimes the vigor students have for causes get in the way of their ability to be social, but this obviously depends on the social group one chooses to associate with. For the most part, AU students are very liberal, but the campus is hugely diverse and there really are groups for every type of lifestyle, political party, and interest.


I've never had such a diverse group of friends. My floor here alone includes five students somewhere on the LGBT spectrum, members of every racial background I can think of, students with physical disabilities, students with all varieties of different religious and political views, the artsiest people I know, the most practical people I know, and from every possible corner of the earth. My roommate is an abroad student from Montenegro, and some of my other floor mates come from New York, Florida, Japan, Washington, Louisiana, California, Texas, and Maryland. There's also a British guy whose family lives in Brazil, but who spent most of his life in New Jersey, so I'm not entirely sure how to classify him. Our floor's very close-knit, and we hang out and watch movies together every week. I love knowing people from such different backgrounds. I even have a few friends who are hard-partying frat guys, the farthest possible thing I could imagine from myself. Because AU's a private school, some people assume that only rich kids go here, and while there are a lot of wealthy students, I've discovered that I am far from the only one here on a scholarship. In fact, I think most students get at least a little financial aid. I've seen students show up in class wearing everything from pajamas to suits. I think most students dress up a little bit more here than at other schools-- there are some pretty fashion-forward statements going on. I used to wear dresses to class almost every day, and didn't receive odd looks for it. Now that I go to class straight after working at a preschool, I have to wear my uniform of jeans and a t-shirt, and still don't feel out of place. Students usually sit in smallish groups in the dining hall, and they're not easy to classify by 'clique' as you would in high school. The large groups of frat bros or sorority sisters are easy to spot, as are the occasional sports team, but other than that,they're usually just floormates, classmates, or friends hanging out together. There's also no real stigma against eating alone in the dining hall, especially if you're busy with homework or in a hurry.


.AU is know throughout the other DC Metropolitan Area universities as "Gay Jew". There is a strong LGBT community on campus. The LGBT organizations often host interesting and informative programs that raise awareness and inform students about the distinctions within the LGBT community as well as the treatment that the community faces. (Apparently) There is also a large Jewish community at AU, though I have not experienced this in my time here. Many students are wealthy. Coming from a much less wealthy demographic, I found it a little interesting adjusting to the new culture at AU but most people are by no means arrogant or even exhibit their wealth openly.


We have a VERY diverse and tolerant student body. People come from all over the world, but are also of different religions and sexual orientations. There is not a lot of socio-economic or political differences, and most American students are from the East Coast. Students wear anything from business suits to sweat pants in class, though professors are always business or business casual. Students tend to sit with people from their dorm floors or ethnic backgrounds.


Mostly rich prep school kids who couldn't get into a better school, leavened with smart poor kids who needed scholarships and a ton of international students. Overall very liberal. Douchebag quotient about what you'd expect for an East Coast private school.


There is a somewhat diverse body of students at American University, though it really depends on what department you're in. In the School of Public Affairs, for example, there is little diversity amongst the student body, while in the School of International Service, there tends to be a lot more diversity. There are a number of groups on campus for students that identify with a particular racial, ethnic, and religious groups in addition to groups that advocate for LGBT rights and an inclusive atmosphere for LGBT students. Generally speaking the undergraduate students and master's students, tend to be more affluent and this is not as readily observable at the PhD level due to the fact that most students in PhD programs at American get funding. I think most students can find a place at AU, but depending on what their major is and what department they are in, it might require exploring student groups and initiatives/events outside of one's own department.


You will meet all sorts of people here. There are the typical cliques here but you can find very unique people all over the place. I have met people form all over the world - Italy, France, Morocco, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Haiti... the list goes on. Students here are very much politically aware and active, we are considered the most politically active school in the nation. AU is a very interesting place to go to school.


Most of the kids are white, but we still have a ton of international kids. Lots of Middle eastern and Asian kids. Its a pretty liberal campus on most issues, which is probably why we are one of the most gay friendly schools in the country. I dont think any kid would feel out of place because there are so many different types of kids. The school is very politically active, but kids are also very lazy. The conversations vary on topic. There is pretty much something for everyone


The students at AU come from every background imaginable. Be it racial, socio-economic, or religious diversity, AU has it all. Students are from all over the country and all over the world. But most importantly, AU students are open, to the differences of other students and the new ideas those differences bring. And this leads to people of all backgrounds interacting on a regular basis, both in class and in the social parts of college as well. The openness and diversity of AU are part of why I love this school as much as I do. And its so relaxed. You won't be judged by something as minor as what you wear to class, sweatpants are just as accepted as suits.


My classmates are fun and unique individuals who work hard, but still know how to have fun and relax.


My classmates are a mix of a privilieged white majority and an ethnic middle-class minority.


Students are well versed on current events, and posess a general open-mindedness towards new ideas and learning; most students are active in areas beyond academics in order to make an impact in their communinty.


There is no typical American University student. Everyone is different and everyone has a passion- that is really what sets AU apart. There is a theme of giving back to the community, and really to the world, that runs through everything at AU and it makes the students feel like there's something MORE out there. About 20{4a082faed443b016e84c6ea63012b481c58f64867aa2dc62fff66e22ad7dff6c} of AU students are involved in greek life, which is a lot for about 5000 undergrad but there are lots of other ways to get involved including clubs and professional organizations.


My classmates are interested in politics, motivated, and very willing to share their opinions.


My classmates are intelligent, interested in learning, and driven to change the world.


My class mates are engaging, diverse and friendly.


The students at American are extremely politically active and are not afraid to voice their opinions. Living in Washington, DC, at our nation's capital gives everyone a great opportunity toget involved in the world and our country. We have many future governors, ambassadors, and possibly presidents.


They are detemined, focused, driven, but also know how to party.


AU students tend to be quite focused success in their classes, engaging with the material and frusterated when professors don't expect enough of their students, but students don't neglect their strong friendships and cohesive social groups because of their academics.


Focused, liberal, politically active, and worldly.


So far my classmates have been challenging and openminded, we work off each other so that we can learn more about the subjects we are taking.


Most had a focus on their studies and future career, but still made time to explore and enjoy all of what DC has to offer.


My classmates are priviledged, a little out-of-touch, but most are passionate and intelligent.


My classmates tend to be interested in the class subject, fairly hardworking, busy, kind, willing to work in groups and/or study together, friendly, but sometimes can be lazy.


My classmates are intelligent and engaging. They seem to know what they are talking about and provide valid arguments.


AU students are people who care about the world around them and are aware of what's going on. Coming from a largely apathetic high school, this was a welcome change. We didn't earn the "most politically active" student body designation for nothing! Just be aware of cliques. Like I said above, you should probably get involved with something on campus if you want to make friends -- that includes greek life. Speaking of greek life, I believe about 25 percent of us are greeks -- I'm not part of that. We don't have legit frat houses here, though many unofficial ones exist. I honestly don't see the point or incentive for doing it -- many people have even said that greek life at AU is "like paying for friends."


My classmates are motivated to do well and eager to help others do the same.


The students at American University are diverse in personality but not in the typical demographics.


I feel like the bulk of my classmates are not trying hard enough to justify the amount of money they pay to be at this school.


Everyone thinks they are smart and that they know alot. Fortunately, most actually do know a lot. It is competitive and challenging. So it is easy to learn from others.


A majority of my classmates are culturally ignorant.


There are two types of American students. There are the conservative, driven, academically focused students, and the liberal, laid-back, life-focused students.


My classmates can be insane, but in the end, most of them pull through, whether it's social or academic.


Often driven, and well-read in many different aspects. We're also very adventurous, with over half of our undergraduates studying abroad sometime in pursuit of our bachelor's degrees.


The majority of them are from white upper middle class families that live in northeast suburbia.