American University Music Lib

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    Washington, DC 20016

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As a graduate of this institution, i've got plenty of firsthand knowledge about it. I'd say that overall i'm pretty content with the fact that I got a good education, lived in a great city like DC, and am generally complimented about my alma mater.

The good includes a campus small enough that you can see people you want to see often and easily, but large enough that you don't know everyone. If you do your research, you can get some really stellar professors; if you don't, you can get some who make you wonder why the hell you're paying all that cash, which is addressed in the "bad" part of my review. The greek system is big enough that it provides good times to those who don't like club going, but also not so sprawling that it's tough to find out where you fit in in that equation, or that you won't enjoy life at AU if you don't join one, which most do not. Lastly, this university provides students with tremendous opportunities for internships and travel abroad. I didn't go abroad while there, which is something I really regret now...

The negatives of this university are not great in number, but pack a punch. The price tag of almost $40K/year is still stinging my eyes and wallet. The school has little to no school spirit, a dismal Alumni donation rate (10% at best--perhaps we'd give more if we didn't still owe them so much cash!), and no really powerful sports teams that attract any media attention (George Mason's enrollment and application numbers shot up on account of last year's March Madness, our school could use that). These factors, combined with an administration that seemingly prefers getting in the way of students doing what they'd like with ease, rather than facilitating it, make AU a great institution to go into, make friends at, get out what you put into it, but expect little else in the way of satisfying experiences.

PROS: DC location, Great Profs, Abroad programs, generous w/ scholarships/grants
CONS: Pigheaded Administration, no big sports teams, no school spirit, $$$$$$$$

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★★★☆☆

As a graduate of this institution, i've got plenty of firsthand knowledge about it. I'd say that overall i'm pretty content with the fact that I got a good education, lived in a great city like DC, and am generally complimented about my alma mater.

The good includes a campus small enough that you can see people you want to see often and easily, but large enough that you don't know everyone. If you do your research, you can get some really stellar professors; if you don't, you can get some who make you wonder why the hell you're paying all that cash, which is addressed in the "bad" part of my review. The greek system is big enough that it provides good times to those who don't like club going, but also not so sprawling that it's tough to find out where you fit in in that equation, or that you won't enjoy life at AU if you don't join one, which most do not. Lastly, this university provides students with tremendous opportunities for internships and travel abroad. I didn't go abroad while there, which is something I really regret now...

The negatives of this university are not great in number, but pack a punch. The price tag of almost $40K/year is still stinging my eyes and wallet. The school has little to no school spirit, a dismal Alumni donation rate (10% at best--perhaps we'd give more if we didn't still owe them so much cash!), and no really powerful sports teams that attract any media attention (George Mason's enrollment and application numbers shot up on account of last year's March Madness, our school could use that). These factors, combined with an administration that seemingly prefers getting in the way of students doing what they'd like with ease, rather than facilitating it, make AU a great institution to go into, make friends at, get out what you put into it, but expect little else in the way of satisfying experiences.

PROS: DC location, Great Profs, Abroad programs, generous w/ scholarships/grants
CONS: Pigheaded Administration, no big sports teams, no school spirit, $$$$$$$$

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American Univeristy is a great institution, however it is very expensive. It is worth the price if you have a political slant to your career goal, whether it be business or communications. The campus is nice and the staff overall is friendly and helpful.

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CONS: Price

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American Univeristy is a great institution, however it is very expensive. It is worth the price if you have a political slant to your career goal, whether it be business or communications. The campus is nice and the staff overall is friendly and helpful.

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American University spends a lot of time, energy, and money in portraying itself as a premier intellectual sanctuary of cutting-edge international political thought.

Don't be fooled.

The professors aren't all that bad, but the student body is packed with nit-wits and Georgetown rejects, and the administration seems to enjoy wrapping the campus in red tape.

PROS: Generous with scholarship money.
CONS: No school spirit.

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American University spends a lot of time, energy, and money in portraying itself as a premier intellectual sanctuary of cutting-edge international political thought.

Don't be fooled.

The professors aren't all that bad, but the student body is packed with nit-wits and Georgetown rejects, and the administration seems to enjoy wrapping the campus in red tape.

PROS: Generous with scholarship money.
CONS: No school spirit.

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American University is located in the Northwest quadrant of Washington, DC, just like The George Washington University and Georgetown. However, it is located a bit more toward the outskirts of the City. There is a stop for it on the Metro.

The campus is very nice, but small in comparison to other universities, such as University of Maryland - College Park. It is also very quiet there. However, there are a lot of activities for students, including an extensive Greek system.

You don't really need a car at this school, as the Metro will get you virtually anywhere you want to go. However, it is a lot easier to keep a car here than it is on the more urban campuses.

American University is a part of the 13-school consortium that includes the colleges and universities inside and around DC.

PROS: quiet, great academics, nice campus, lots to do
CONS: removed from other schools in DC

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American University is located in the Northwest quadrant of Washington, DC, just like The George Washington University and Georgetown. However, it is located a bit more toward the outskirts of the City. There is a stop for it on the Metro.

The campus is very nice, but small in comparison to other universities, such as University of Maryland - College Park. It is also very quiet there. However, there are a lot of activities for students, including an extensive Greek system.

You don't really need a car at this school, as the Metro will get you virtually anywhere you want to go. However, it is a lot easier to keep a car here than it is on the more urban campuses.

American University is a part of the 13-school consortium that includes the colleges and universities inside and around DC.

PROS: quiet, great academics, nice campus, lots to do
CONS: removed from other schools in DC

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