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| During my time at AU, I absolutely loved it. The program that I was in was well run and supportive. Part of my grad program was in the Peace Corps, so after I completed my classwork, I headed off to serve. During my time abroad, the director of the program was terminated for "political" reasons (not sure) and the entire program fell apart. I came back to find that I had no idea of what was going on or what was expected. I finally finished my work and walked in the graduation in May. I waited for my diploma for a couple of months, called the school only to find that they didn't agree with the former director that I had completed my coursework! No one bothered to call me about this. I only found out when I spoke to the graduate assistant to the program. Thanks. Eventually, after two more months of agonizing phone calls, they agreed to honor the classes, but for a fee. I will never go to that school again and seriously do not recommend it to ANYONE! Don't think it couldn't happen to you! |
|Sep 07 2012|| Alumna Female --
Class 2000 |
| American University is a school that expects excellence in both academics and extra-curricular activities. The school's faculty advises all students to get involved on campus beyond just their performance in the classroom. Do not come to AU if you're not willing to push yourself, because you will most likely struggle. |
|Apr 27 2010|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2013 |
|Not so bright|
| AU is a school that gets better every year. We have not always been a good school but within the last two years we have come to rival or exceed GW in many areas.|
The academic faculty and many staff members are, for the most part, very helpful and accessible. Many faculty members are adjuncts, working in their field and teaching on the side. This makes many faculty members have unique prospectives and they are very helpful in creating networking connections.
The president and deans are also very kind and hold regular get-togethers with students. The career center is also an invaluable resource for students.The university has bad elements, and they are the people who staff the offices of Financial Aid and Housing & Dining. Both offices are very unresponsive to students needs, and I have had to result to threats several times to get action taken on important matters. Members of the financial aid office have blatantly insulted me because they felt "I was irresponsible and that was why I didn't know they had changed my financial aid awards." After I asked them to show me a copy of the message they sent me notifying me of the change (a record they are legally obligated to retain), and they were unable to locate it in their records, they told me it was a "glitch in the system" and offered no apology. While poor service in these offices shouldn't deter you from coming to AU, you must arrive on day one understanding that you have to be active and stern when dealing with these people.
|Mar 07 2008|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2010 |