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| AU is a great school with lots of opportunities. I have had friends that are freshmen intern at the Pentagon. We have lots of alum in lots of different places, so finding an internship or part time job is really easy. Study abroad programs are great and if you plan carefully you can complete your major requirements while you are gone.|
That said, AU is a great school for international studies/business/economics. NOT for voice, acting, theater, or any sort of hard sciences. Premed program is okay, not the best, but you get a lot of hands on experience. There is not a lot of leadership in fields that are rare or uncommon for undergrads. SIS is AMAZING, of course they need the new building but the program is really good.
The professors are all very approachable, and seem genuinely concerned with getting students to pass and actually understand the principles of their fields. I wasn't a fan of the gen-ed program- so take APs before you go and get it out of the way. But professors are so helpful and are such a good resource for experience and knowledge about their particular subject.
The student health center is definetly the weakest point on campus. Its never open and 95% of the time they either diagnose you as pregnant or having bronchitis (that is, if you ever get an appointment). The strongest point is probably the actual courses and the library, which is open 24 hours on weekdays, sunday nights, and exam weeks, and the librarians are super helpful (free red bull and cookies during exams?!!).
Kids on campus are kind of nerds. Don't come to this campus if you want to party hard. People think they're hard core if they go out to a bar on a Tuesday night. And everyone else on campus agrees with them. Yeah you will get some power nerds in your classes, and you have to adjust to AU goggles when it comes to attractiveness, but these people know what they're talking about. Mostly everyone is very smart and those who aren't transfer out.
Your courseload the first year or so will seem rediculous. There will be a lot of busy work and bullshit that you have to get through before you get to the serious classes. Then you get slammed because you think it will be easy. Most classes 200+ levels WILL require high performance from you.All that said, the best part about AU is how it is in DC and if students learn to take that to their advantage, they can go far.
|Dec 30 2007|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2010 |
| I transferred into AU from Dallas, Texas. I have had both positive and negative experiences, which I will list below:|
First, the Good News:
AU is a first rate school, especially when it comes to Public Affairs and International Relations. The faculty are brilliant and are some of the top experts in their fields. The Business and Communication Departments are also top notch.
The student body is diverse and more politically savvy than you will find anywhere. There are always things to do. DC is probably the best background for a college student you could ask for. In addition to this, there are so many activites on campus that it is impossible to be bored.
Now the Bad News:
It's extremely expensive. I am having to take a semester off because I can't afford it. AU makes it very difficult for those without financial support to attend. This is because we are still paying off the ex-president who embezzled a ton of money from us.
There are snobby kids who whine a lot, can not hold their liquor, and have a serious entitlement complex. The dorms are small and overpriced.(living off campus is actually cheaper) Science and Psych majors are at a major disadvantage here and should look elsewhere.In conclusion, I still recommend this school due to its one of a kind educational experience. I also met a small group of friends here that I will remain close with for the rest of my life. If you are into politics or human rights, this is the place for you!
|Nov 25 2007|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2009 |
| Professors at the Economics Department are very friendly and supportive. If you want to work hard, you will be given chances to take harder classes. The entire university system is also flexible and reacheable. Class size is small, and most classes are around 15 students especially in the major courses. I had many homework, but learned and improved a lot. I appreciate my experience on campus. It was the best choice to come to AU. I would definately return to AU and recommend to international students as well. However, the tuition is costly, so I suggest to transfer to the school and take as much as courses before coming here. Internship opportunity is plenty in DC. Many economics professors are experienced professionals as well and bring their experience into classes and it is very exciting. |
|May 24 2007|| 3rd Year Female --
Class 2006 |