American University Graduate Program Reviews

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(3.74 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 162 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE and NASM
  • Programmatic Accreditation: AACSB
  • Campus Setting: City: Large
  • Student Population: 13,346 (7,900 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 12 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 43% part-time, 57% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $30,246
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4.08 out of 5.0
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2014

Pros: Quality of MBA program, MBA experience Cons: Support for extracurricular clubs (club council) needs improvements.
3.67 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2014

The School of Public Affairs has a Graduate Gateway Program to aide students with both Graduate School and a career path. This is a good program because it provides students with an internship in which has the potential to lead to a full time position. The professors actively seeks to help students in a seminar and one-on-one sessions. The negative side to this program is it does not accept FAFSA so students are forced to seek out private loans or third party scholarships to fund the cost of tuition and housing.
2.75 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2014

Very Support Staff. Interactive Classes. Area is safe, student body friendly. A bit secluded from city social life, but close to public transportation. Program offers flexibility in structure degree ( International Development) to have more specialized and reflective of your interests.
4.42 out of 5.0
Degree: Liberal Arts
Graduation Year: 2014

Very good university. The School of International Service has great faculty. I cannot think of any cons.
3.08 out of 5.0
Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2013

Pro:Great location and access to network. Con: Very Expensive location
5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Liberal Arts
Graduation Year: 2015

Lots of networking with relevant, upcoming and highly recognized published writers, publishers, academics and lecturers. Nice links with local DC writing scene. Could be more diverse, but they definitely seem to be interested this year in recruiting interested international and minority students.
3.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2013

DC is expensive, but this is a very good program.
4.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2011

American was a great supplement to my teaching experience
2.42 out of 5.0
Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2013

The professors at WCL are excellent. They generally want you to succeed and excel. The full-time professors are almost always available to students and willing to work with hectic schedules. Adjuncts (of which there are many) are generally less available and can be unresponsive to student attempts at contact outside of the classroom. The campus is very safe, located in the middle of a sleepy, upscale neighborhood in NW DC. AU has an excellent alert system when there are safety concerns. To put it frankly, OCPD needs to do more. Their job is to help us get jobs, and they can't seem to do it. The population of the school makes technological resources inadequate. Printers are constantly breaking, on busy days it can be impossible to get on and stay on the internet. There seems to be little, if any, difference in the workload of the 2 credit courses and 4 credit course- both have extreme amounts of reading and work associated with them (one justifiably). DC is an extremely expensive city to live in and the cost of living provided by AU for the purposes of financial aid, is extremely low. Unless you are in the top 5% of the class and diverse, there is no way that you are going to be awarded a scholarship from the school's scholarship program.
4.25 out of 5.0
Degree: Communications
Graduation Year: 2013

Most of the faculty will always try to help you. When I look for classes, if I'm on the fence between one class or another, I look at the teacher. If the teacher's good, the class will be even better. And the networking opportunities inherent with a program and faculty like AU's are astounding. They all want you to get published and do well. They're available to help with just about anything consistently.
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