Impressions Of
American University

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Reasons to attend and to not attend American University

To Attend

  • “The education is world-class. I’ve never taken a class that I haven’t come out of it loving my professor and the subject.”
  • “It is small enough to where you’ll feel a community and not a giant city.”
  • “It has a very good mix of suburb and city. You’re in the suburbs when you want to be, but if you want to be in the city, it’s just a 30-40-minute metro or bus ride away.”
  • “The class sizes.” [The average class has 22 students.]
  • “It’s fun and has a good social scene that you can choose to be part of or not. You don’t have to be in Greek life to have fun and know people.”
  • “It’s a really good school for international services and public affairs.”
  • “A lot of the professors are great and you’re going to make connections with them if you put in the effort.”

To Not Attend

  • “The population is very introverted, which is why it has a weak social scene. Sometimes people struggle to make friends.”
  • “People are very ambitious, so if you don’t like a fast pace or don’t want to hear about people talking about their careers a lot.”
  • “It can be a very competitive and driven environment. If you don’t want to be working while taking classes, that’s fine, but maybe don’t go here because many people do that.”
  • “The food situation is very important to freshmen. The cafeteria is not good and not bad. It’s okay.” [See The Eagle article, “Fall semester ushers in a new wave of on-campus foods.”]
  • “If you’re looking for a stereotypical college experience, this is probably not the place for you.”
  • “If you’re worried about mental health or accommodating services, it may not be the best fit.” [See The Eagle article, “AU students express concerns over new Title IX regulations,” and article, “Staff Editorial: Email on mental health aid reveals out-of-touch view of administration.”]
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