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| AU is not your typical college experience. If you are looking to go to a big state school, party only and take soft classes- do not go here!|
On the other hand, if you come to AU looking for a challenging environment, filled with people where no one is like you and and you really want to learn something this is the place for you.
AU is a place for you to become your own person, to try new things and become independent. In order to be at AU, you need to be independent and self-reliant. You have an amazing resource at you feet in DC and some of the Aboard Programms are amazing!Go here, if you want something beyond your own fishbowl...
|May 06 2009|| 3rd Year Female --
Class 2009 |
| At American University I expected a certain level of sophistication with a balance of genuine concern for the students. Much to my dismay, I find that University official offices, especially those dealing with students, financial aid, student accounts, housing, admissions, are all unhelpful and give meaningless and shallow explanations to many questions. Students are treated as tuition payments, not as productive members of the university's community. The professors are mostly focused on publishing and promoting their own work and often miss class for conferences, interviews, panels, etc. The student body is large and diverse but the university in general should be more focused on them then the university's affect on the D.C. metro area. If you are a student who is concerned about receiving a higher and valuable education, I would not recommend American. If you are an adult student who is serious about their future line of work, I would not recommend American. If you are financing your own education, I would definitely not recommend American. If you are a trust-fund kid, who doesn't have to worry about money or their future, and just want somewhere to waste your 18-24 years, American is for you. |
|Oct 31 2008|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2010 |
| American is a great place, especially if you are interested in international relations or political science. SIS and SPA are not easily matched in both expertise of faculty and availability of internships in the city. |
|Oct 26 2008|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2012 |