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American University

Breakdown of “Collaboration/Competitive” at American

By Gender
By Major
Business - Management and AdministrationB+
Civil EngineeringA+
Computer ScienceA-
History/Histories (art history/etc.)A-
Language - French/Spanish/etc.A-
Music - PerformanceF
Political ScienceB
PreLaw and LegalB-
Public PolicyB+
School of InformationA-

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American University
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Academically, AU is sound, if not particularly stellar, especially its schools of international service and public affairs. It is "quite good for what...Read full comment
I am freshman here, and I hate it. I plan on leaving for GWU next semester. Even though AU is on embassy row, the university doesn't fully utilize the...Read full comment
... It all seems to be a competition or a race to the top instead of a scholarly environment where ideas are drawn from each other ...Read full comment
I hated this school in Fall 2001 when i came here. It was a rough year to be new in DC, especially since 9/11 was about 3 weeks into my first semster...Read full comment
American University was quite possibly one of the worst decisions of my life. I went here because I planned on majoring in International Relations and...Read full comment
Having just finished my third semester here, I have to say that while there are many things I can't stand about AU, I couldn't see myself anywhere els...Read full comment
American has been a wonderful experience. I looked at several DC area schools before coming here last year, and couldn't be happier that I decided on ...Read full comment
just a quick rant - went in the early 90s - was clueless like most kids but worse off since my parents were the same - one parent an academic name in ...Read full comment
American is a great place, especially if you are interested in international relations or political science. SIS and SPA are not easily matched in bot...Read full comment
AU is located in Washington, DC an amazing city in its own right, but because we have a campus you have the best of both worlds. There are so many thi...Read full comment
First of all, I said I would write a StudentsReview review to myself on AU when I came to AU because I had read practically every review on this websi...Read full comment
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 ...Read full comment
American University has a perfect location in a semi-residential part of the safest area in DC; yet with easy metro access, you can get anywhere in th...Read full comment
I actually graduated in 2002, but there is no option for that one. I had a great time in college - AU is not the school for those who want to spend th...Read full comment
Academically AU is a great place to be, especially if you're a International Service or Public Affairs major. Influential political leaders (past & pr...Read full comment
-Although it is so close to the city, it takes forever to get downtown (45 minutes if you're lucky.) -The campus floods a little when it rains. -Fo...Read full comment
This university lets you do as much as you want and go as deep as you would like. While you are in DC, and you have the best access to the city, they ...Read full comment
American University was quite possibly one of the worst decisions of my life. I went here because I planned on majoring in International Relations and...Read full comment
I am just starting my freshman year and things are great here. The city is the perfect place. I am originally from Minnesota and a small town so it's ...Read full comment
I believe that American University is a great school, and the majority of my experiences here have been positive and insightful. Coming from a poor/lo...Read full comment
... You WILL be judged on your appearance, because the competition to get internships is so intense, speaking of which ...Read full comment
First off, I'm a transfer student from a competitive liberal arts school in the midwest. The Departments: SPA, SIS, SOC and Kogod are fantastic, f...Read full comment
I transferred into AU after 1 1/2 years at a small liberal arts college. I was excited by the stimulation at AU where there were students from all ov...Read full comment
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 ha...Read full comment
If I had the chance to redo it I would.... While American University looks great on paper (and they will try to sell you on tours), once you get here,...Read full comment
American has its strengths and weaknesses. It's unique because it will truly give you the greatest mix of students - you'll find the jocks and fratboy...Read full comment
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