American University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (30)
American University is a really great place to go if you are interested in working in Washington D.C. AU offers you a unique opportunity to build a very substantial network that can help you get a job post graduation. The School of International Service itself offers a more theory-based program, and does not necessarily equip you with the skills you will need to pursue a career in foreign service or international development.
American university is a great place for highly ambitious young people with an interest in global affairs. In fact, the trend of global affairs exist throughout the university, in all areas of study. The university reflects Washington, DC in that people are very politically aware and liberal. Professors lead challenging courses and always have a background in the field of study. Financial aid is disappointing, however if you make a point to push for any assistance you can get more.
American University was the best choice for me for so many reasons. The campus is located in the Washington, D.C. area, which gives students so many internship, volunteering, and professional opportunities! The professors I had were informed and engaged in new and upcoming topics in the field!
Instructors were professional. Many possessed significant expertise in the courses taught. Time management is crucial for anyone considering attending. You have 8 weeks in which to cram a full 16 week semester- you know this going in. Again, I cannot stress enough about time management. As with anything, you reap what you sow. Requirements are posted before you apply. Why pay the fees/tuition and then complain about the course load? Do the work with full understanding that it is going to be time consuming. In the end I finished my BA and moved into the MA program. I highly recommend the University to those willing to put forth the effort.
This school did absolutely nothing to improve my circumstances in life. I graduated years ago and I have not had one good job since graduating from this school. People I know who only have a high school diploma make more money than me even though I graduated from American University. I now have student loans to pay back and nothing to show for it. I was poor before I went to American University and I am still poor after graduating from American University. The professors and career center do not know anyone in the private or public sector to help you get a good job. There are better jobs listed on careerbuilder than they have listed in the career center. This school was a complete waste of time and money. I went to this school because I thought it would improve my standard of living. It never did.
I have not been able to get a good permanent job since graduating from American University almost 20 years ago. I was poor before I went to American University and I am still poor after graduating. Graduating from this school did not create any opportunities for me and I have to pay back student loans which keeps me poor. Everyone I know who graduated from this school never got a good job either. This school does not improve your circumstances in life. If anything, it makes you worse off because you end up with an expensive degree that no one values.
I loved it. It has been the best experience of my life. :))) amazing. Mostly because everyone is very supportive and the university encourages you to get together and incorporate many new ideas. Group discussions, labs etc. are a priority. I am a major in Medical Anthropology, It was an amazing experience.
American University provided me with a well rounded, career focused education. Upon graduation I entered a position in my chosen career and was prepared both academically and professionally. AU is not only focused on an exceptional education but also creating ethical and responsible leaders. The student services enhanced the class time with major specific career services, supportive faculty, and unique speakers and networking events. My experience at AU was so powerful that I recently applied and was accepted to a Master's program in their Public Affairs school.
The amount of diversity and professor involvement and care in the curriculum is high. The professors there truly encourage you to seek higher education and are willing to meet and discuss with you at any point in time. Financial aid is very tricky to work with and quite difficult to receive there, but I felt prepared and overqualified for a lot of positions after graduation, specifically because of the push for and surplus of opportunities for students to engage in internships during their time at AU.
Studying international relations and history at AU really sharpened my critical thinking, researching, and writing skills. My best advice would be to look for the best professors because they make a huge difference. I was very lucky and had amazing professors. Happy I went here!