American University Reviews

3.53 out of 5 stars
(31 Reviews)
70% of 31 students said this degree improved their career prospects
84% of 31 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars
Jesse Davidson - 9/29/2019
Degree: Philosophy
Graduation Year: 2014
"While I generally enjoyed my experience at American University (AU), I believe the university is caught in an identity crisis. The school has many departments that together can provide a very good liberal arts education. Historically, this type of education has been what AU has specialized in. However, the university is in the process of trying to remodel itself as a research institution. This change has come at the expense of instruction. Rather than supporting their professors in their pursuit of teaching good classes, the administration focuses on professors research output. It had reduced the number of tenured faculty in exchange for adjunct professors who get very poorly compensated. Meanwhile, AU has vastly increased enrollment despite not having the teaching or living space to accommodate all the students. I was housed in Letts Hall in a door room built as a single but used as a triple. They charged $900 a month to live in this space. Meanwhile, many apartment developments have been built around campus that prey off student's need for housing. With all this said, I really enjoyed the philosophy program. I had wonderful teachers that dedicated themselves to their classes despite the research constraints put on them. Who knows how great they could have been if they had the administrations support rather than needing to fight them every step of the way."
2.9 out of 5 stars
LA - 10/17/2018
Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2016
"American University is a prestigious school in Northwest Washington, DC. The main campus is beautiful and the school itself offers a large assortment of degree programs and classes. One of the strengths of the public health program is that it requires every student to participate in an internship in order to graduate. This provided me with an amazing opportunity to take what I learned in class into the real world. Three things I wish the school could improve upon are providing better mental health services, a greater emphasis on cultural sensitivity, and helping upcoming graduates secure jobs."
2.3 out of 5 stars
Bridget Burns - 5/10/2018
Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2014
"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."
4.2 out of 5 stars
Nabeelah - 3/26/2018
Degree: Political Science
Graduation Year: 2017
"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."
3.8 out of 5 stars
Stephanie Martinez - 1/18/2018
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2016
"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!"
4.9 out of 5 stars
joseph bell - 11/9/2017
Degree: Management
Graduation Year: 2013
"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."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Lisa - 9/26/2017
Degree: Human Services
Graduation Year: 2000
"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."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 9/25/2017
Degree: Human Services
Graduation Year: 2000
"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."
3.6 out of 5 stars
Anonameperson - 6/1/2017
Degree: Anthropology
Graduation Year: 2015
"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."
3.7 out of 5 stars
Rachel Lachenauer - 3/6/2017
Degree: Cultural Studies
Graduation Year: 2012
"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."