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<p>Hey everyone! I am looking at AU right now. I want my major to be computer science and journalism. Does anybody know if AU have strong department in journalism and computer science. And does AU allow students to double major in different colleges?
thank you</p>

<p>Welcome :)</p>

<p>AU's journalism department is fantastic -- sporting impressive alumni who are news anchors, producers and a vice president of the Washington Post. There are loads of internships available in both online, print, media (video/photo) journalism around the city -- anything you could possibly think up. The SOC is a wonderful school, with classrooms set up to mirror a board-room environment that you'll encounter once you graduate. The ONLY con is that the school newspaper is...a joke. It's fairly widely read but doesn't have much hard hitting journalism, and the current Editor in Chief is not even a journalism major. Maybe you could change that?</p>

<p>As for CompSci, I know the facilities are good and that the people who do major in it are happy with their choice. I just wouldn't say that people COME here for that or that you'll receive loads of special recognition (like this year, one of the nation's Truman scholars was an AU journalism student). But AU is all about what YOU do with the resources they give you.</p>

<p>And yes, you are more than able to major in different colleges. I actually don't know many people who double major in the same school (excluding the College of Arts and Sciences because it's so broad) -- because there is a lot of overlap in information.</p>

<p>Let me know if you have any other questions.</p>

<p>thanks you help me so much giving me confidence, Now I'm gonna apply to American
just like you said, what I DO can make a difference.
so how is the social life there?-a lot of partying? how much is the asian population? does au allow score choice? and what is the average score for sat? do I have to take sat 2? and if i take act with writing do i have to send my sat 2 score? do they offer ap credits ?</p>

<p>sorry, i know this is a lot of question, but i don't have a luxury to visit AU, but I will try to visit, but I saw the picture it look so beautiful</p>

<p>thank you you are like my fav person right now
you are so helpful to me with that one answer</p>

<p>Social life is great -- thanks to the mobility of Washington DC, you make friends with students from UDC, Howard University, Georgetown, GWU, UMD, and sometimes even George Mason and Johns Hopkins. So you meet just a huge assortment of different people. Partying is all what you make of it. Are there fraternities that host parties during the week and weekends? Yes. People also go to clubs and bars since AU is so close to public transportation. But DC also has a bustling nightlife completely unrelated to partying - there are free concerts at the Kennedy center, 5$ tickets to the Washington Nationals games, movies playing for free around the city, concerts. Again its all up to you. Like partying? Great. You don't like partying? You'll never be alone or bored.</p>

<p>I'm almost positive that AU does participate in Score Choice, but to be absolutely certain you may want to call your admissions representative (Contact</a> Undergraduate Admissions Staff | Undergraduate Admissions | American University, Washington, DC) it shows interest, answers your question AND you can ask if they're sending any representatives your way to talk to about the school since you don't think you'll be able to visit. For SAT scores I would get at least a 600 in every category (or an 1800), and that's the low end of the middle 50% for last year's admissions. Keep in mind that AU's acceptance rate dropped 10% this year as it grows more popular -- it's still a relatively young school.</p>

<p>SAT2 scores are recommended, but not required. So if you decide to take the ACT (avg. score 26-30 middle 50%), again it's just a recommendation -- if you're confident that your scores and grades are high enough that it won't matter, don't send them in.</p>

<p>They do offer AP credits -- that count towards fulfilling GenEd requirements. Here's a table so you know what things you will be able to get out of.
Credit</a> By Exam</p>

<p>Don't worry about asking a lot of questions. Applying to colleges should be exciting, fun, and an informed decision. :)</p>

<p>what are the accpetance rate? is the professor good every course is taught by professor right? what is the average sat score? I have a 95 average and got a 1810(plan to take it again in october aiming ofr 2000 or higher), but I have a great extra curricular acitivies and have a lot of leadership. extra curricular activites is one of my forte. what are my chances?</p>

<p>The acceptance rate for this fall was 43% (dropping from 53% last fall).</p>

<p>When you pick your classes, go to ratemyprofessor.com to get a professor that most people think is a good teacher. 0% of classes are taught by TAs so yes, every class is taught by a professor. </p>

<p>I would say the average SAT score (last reported) was an 1800, but obviously you'd be much better off if you got above a 2000. As it currently stands, I'd say you're accepted but getting money on top of acceptance is always better.</p>

<p>I think the average SAT is actually around a 1900. Still, I think with a 95 average and good extra curriculars you have an excellent chance.</p>

<p>so how diverse is it? is the food good? how about athletics?does a lot of kids do activites?
how are the dorms? do they have honors program? how much does it cost per year?</p>

<p>The school is somewhat ethnically diverse, done so mainly through international students. I wouldn't say it's very racially diverse but not a lot of the schools in the area are. AU is also the most financially diverse school of the big 3 DC schools (AU, GWU, and Georgetown).</p>

<p>AU is a Division I school, and last year our basketball team made it into the March Madness tournament -- but I wouldn't say sports or school spirit are HUGE here. (ie. We live in DC, where land is at a premium so we have no football team). Club and intramural sports are much more prevalent. </p>

<p>Kids here are busy. In fact -- if you don't like being busy, I would advise rethinking your application here. Most students have school, internship, sometimes another job, as well as activities around campus and going out and exploring the city. </p>

<p>The dorms are dorms. They're fairly new and well kept because the school is so young. Just keep in mind that housing is only guaranteed for 2 years (4 semesters) -- and while housing in the city is often cheaper than the dorms, keep that in mind.</p>

<p>Yes, AU does have an honors program, but it is very competitive.</p>

<p>This year's tuition and room and board costs $48,583, excluding any lab fees you may incur by taking a science class etc.</p>

<p>I myself actually wanted to be busy, I hate football so thats good to-i am indifferent about it. do they have fencing club?
Is there a lot of drinking or partying here? Can you describe any bad characteristics of students?is there a lot of cliques,snobby people?</p>

<p>cliques and snobby people are present at just about any expensive ($50,000 +) Private University in the USA, so that is always a given. Drinking... AU is a dry campus, if you are in dire need of boos you can go find your fun off campus. I don't think AU has a fencing club but I know there are nearby DC fencing clubs in NW i think.</p>

<p>AUTransfer couldn't have said it any better. Do check rate your professors when picking teachers, because their classes fill up real quick. For example right now some great teachers have close to 20 students on their wait-list.</p>

<p>thank you
so how is the food? and is there a lot of drugs or no? yeah, thank you I am def gonna go to AU now
how are the professors and the academic rigor?</p>

<p>The professors are great from what I have seen. what is your major ? for example some of the Kogod faculty have worked at Goldman Sachs before, SOC have staff that have directed movies with Denzel Washington, SIS & SPA have faculty that have worked in high governmental position. I think the academic rigor would be quite challenging.</p>

<p>I am a junior, I already stated the good major-journalism and comp. sci.
what is the difference between south and north
rather than just being quiet and one being loud?</p>

<p>for computer science. AU is somewhat good, as they have produced people like Michael Chasen (CEO of Blackboard learn), who is regarded as one of the top CEOs under 40. You can check out the link here: Blackboard</a> - Investor Relations - Management Team</p>

<p>how about the campus?</p>