American University Reviews

  • 150 Reviews
  • Washington D.C.
  • Annual Tuition: $48,459
77% of 150 students said this degree improved their career prospects
89% of 150 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

  • Reviewed: 3/24/2021
  • Degree: Public Administration
"I graduated from American University over 20 years ago and I never got a job related to my degree. I have applied to thousands of jobs over the last 20 years and not one resulted in an interview because I went to American University. And the interviews I did get, no one ever said to me that they called me in for an interview because I went to American University. The employers were basically just looking for bodies to fill constant vacancies and were not looking to hire me because I went to American University. I tried using the Career Center over the years only to discover that a lot of the jobs in the American University Career Center are for entry-level nonprofits that really do not provide a salary you can live off of. I did not see any jobs listed in the Career Center that had a starting salary of at least $75,000. There are garbagemen and secretaries who make more than $75,000 a year and those jobs do not even require a college degree. When I looked up the jobs that some of the people I graduated with have, they were just regular jobs that you could pretty much get with a degree from any school and I am not even sure that some of those jobs even required a college degree. Some of them even had sales jobs for companies I never even heard of. I did not personally see any of the professors I had at American University do anything for students to help them find jobs. In my opinion, I do not think the vast majority of professors at American University have any contacts in the public or private sector to help students find jobs after graduating or to even help them find paying internships. Anyone can get an unpaid internship in the DC area. Who doesn't want free labor? And honestly, I think if American University was really looking out for the students, it would not allow the students to be used as a source for free labor. These are things to consider before spending approximately $50,000 a year / $200,000 for a Bachelor's degree. If you have $200,000 in student loans, you are looking at paying at least $1,000 a month for the next 30 years in student loan payments. How on earth are you going to buy a house or a new car or anything for that matter when you are paying $1,000 a month in student loan payments over the next 30 years? Especially when the jobs I've seen in the American University Career Center do not even pay $75,000 to start. You do not have to listen to anything I wrote. You can ignore it and enroll in American University and find out what will happen to you."
  • Reviewed: 3/8/2021
  • Degree: Political Science
"Executive MA for International Relations Topics and discussion are excellent, with more than plenty of relevant and current information to use and topics to discuss Discrepancies between Lead Professors who draft the course and the Professors that teach the course - It seems that some of these PhDs figure out some of the particulars of assignments out as they go Noticeable disorganization within some of the weekly assignments and Term assignments; the info is spread between the syllabus and the Reading Material, and there is a lack of clarity for exactly what is required for some of the Term assignments. the Guidance is not clear Some PhDs do not have that 'IT' that defines teachers and good teachers Web site is unorganized and inefficient, especially when it comes to paying bills. It is difficult for me to describe it in a professional manner - its marginal/C- School creates a GMAIL account, which is good, then floods that account with spam as well as pertinent information - be ready to swim through about 70 emails every seven days, most of which are either trivial or useless I enjoy the the topics and reading material but the infrastructure is substandard for the $5530 I pay for each class. It reminds me of trying to get things done through the Army supply chain American Military University is much more organized, from the manner in which standards for assignments are conveyed to the funding requests via GI BILL and/or grants I can only compare my experience with AU to my experience in AMU/APUS. AMU is hands down more efficient and precise in everything. The Finance Department requires considerable work to bring it from the level I rate it (a C-/D+) compared to AMU/APUS (an A / A+ over the course of 3 years, consistently)"
Jesse Davidson
  • Reviewed: 9/29/2019
  • Degree: Philosophy
"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."
  • Reviewed: 10/17/2018
  • Degree: Public Health
"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."
Bridget Burns
  • Reviewed: 5/10/2018
  • Degree: Law
"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."
  • Reviewed: 3/26/2018
  • Degree: Political Science
"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."
Stephanie Martinez
  • Reviewed: 1/18/2018
  • Degree: Psychology
"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!"
joseph bell
  • Reviewed: 11/9/2017
  • Degree: Management
"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."
  • Reviewed: 9/26/2017
  • Degree: Human Services
"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."
  • Reviewed: 9/25/2017
  • Degree: Human Services
"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."
Sarah H
  • Reviewed: 9/20/2017
  • Degree: Public Administration
"I have very much enjoyed my time in the American University MPA program! I'm currently a first year student studying. My negatives first, so we can end on a positive: about 75% of my professors are adjunct. Make of that what you will. Also, the bus system is confusing and frequently wrong. I've taken to ubering to the Metro stop in order to avoid ending up on the opposite side of campus. The positives! I love my professors. Their experience is present in the classroom, and the projects are very frequently applicable to my work out of school."
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Public Health
"They offered a fantastic program and the professors were incredibly knowledgeable."
Female Graduate, Age 42
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Engineering
"It is a well recognized school that provides a great education with excellent instructors,"
  • Reviewed: 8/8/2017
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
"American University is a fantastic University located in the wonderful suburbs of our nation's capital. AU is unique, diverse, beautiful and an incredible school filled with history, rigor and excellence. While it is in Washington DC, its location is ideal."
Juliana Yellin
  • Reviewed: 6/21/2017
  • Degree: Communications
"The facilities at American are really beautiful. Most of my professors were pretty helpful. I didn't like how easily my essays were graded. I feel like everyone got at least a B just for completing the assignments, which is kind of disturbing for graduate school."
Lorna Battista
  • Reviewed: 6/15/2017
  • Degree: Environmental Science
"American University is a great school, located in the Tenleytown neighborhood of D.C. It has a beautiful campus, and is convenient to access using the Metro or the bus system. I had a great experience with professors for my Master's- very engaged and willing to make sure you get as much out of your classes as you want. Coming from a huge state school at first the campus felt small, but not having any lectures with hundreds of students was a blessing. Career Services, Financial Aid etc. are easily accessed and very helpful."
  • Reviewed: 6/1/2017
  • Degree: Anthropology
"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."
Mona Hassan
  • Reviewed: 5/29/2017
  • Degree: Conflict Resolution
"American University (AU) attracts students because of its wide-range of internationally-focused curriculum, distinguished faculty and prime location in the heart of the nation's capital. Students who study at AU at any level meet a high standard of rigor and are pushed to expand their critical analysis capabilities while having the chance to network at any turn. If a student is looking to be primed to go onto a career in government, an NGO or NPO, AU will afford you the practical skills necessary to write policy briefs, understand high level research and develop the work ethic necessary in a fast-paced field. However AU lacks severely in diversity and does not offer much financial assistance to pursue a degree. The best they offer is a merit-based Research Assistant position that pays below minimum wage. Graduate students are not eligible for on-campus housing and do not receive a meal plan which creates many associated costs with this education. You will have the chance to negotiate your tuition before accepting their offer so if you are hard-pressed for cash, I recommend doing so. If you are looking for a rigorous program that is career-oriented and will develop your analytical and writing abilities, this is the program for you. However if you vie for student diversity and are not keen on networking then a less career-oriented program might be beneficial. (Please note I'm out of the country, contact via email will be best until August)."
  • Reviewed: 5/22/2017
  • Degree: History
"The school is located in an urban setting in our nation's capital. There are many domestic and international students from all walks of life to add to a well-rounded experience."
  • Reviewed: 5/22/2017
  • Degree: Business
"Expensive, but it worked out for me. I made lasting friendships, got my first job at the university, and learned a lot."