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| This school is all about the surrounding city and being involved. You have to make an effort to get out into the city and take advantage of all it has to offer. There is no better college town in America. |
|Aug 27 2006|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2008 |
| Academically AU is a great place to be, especially if you're a International Service or Public Affairs major. Influential political leaders (past & present) are always speaking at AU. The School of Communications also provides great opportunities for their students. The professors in SOC are very helpful. However, the advisors need to be more available for the students, especially when it comes time to schedule classes. Unlike the academic aspect, the social life at AU isn't that great. People tend to be in cliques, and most are not that friendly. Everyone tends to be doing their own thing, so there is no community-like feel around campus. Being in the minority does not help. Even the minorities don't stick together. It's pretty much every person for themselves. If you can find a good group of real friends, consider yourself very lucky. There are occasionally good parties thrown on campus, but most are off campus. The good thing is that DC has a lot things to do in the city, so you can make your own fun. And you can visit other schools in the area. The campus is beautiful and the school provides students the proper resources to be successful. AU and DC are very expensive, so if you plan on coming you should start saving now. The bookstore is a major rip-off. Just warning you in advance. |
|Jun 13 2006|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2009 |
| AU is the type of place where anybody can fit in. If you're into partying, not a problem. If you're not--also not a problem. DC is a great city to go to school in because there is so much to do.|
AU cares about its students, but sometimes they make up random policies that screw over some students.
The biggest downside of AU/DC is housing. The dorm rooms are great (lots of storage). However, there is a HUGE lack of options. There are regular dorm rooms (roommates, common bathroom, etc.) and Centennial hall rooms (2 rooms + shared bathroom) but that's it and they're very expensive for what you get. Off-campus housing is ridiculous as well. DC is a very expensive city when it comes to that. It can be cheaper (if you get a bunch of roommates) but it can also be a lot more expensive.
Students sometimes complain about AU for various reasons (myself included), but deep down I really love it and can't imagine myself going anywhere else.
I think college is what you make it. AU gives you lots of opportunities to be involved and be successful (academically & elsewhere) and it's up to the individual to do something about it.I highly recommend AU. It's not flawless, but it's definitely a great place to go to college.
|Apr 22 2006|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2008 |