lol @ American
Go to GW or GULC unless you're going to WCL for free.
Oh shit it is the presitge police.
What a bright young critical thinker you must be.
Not that critical. UNC and American are basically peer schools.
HURP DURP I IZ NOT CRITICAL THINKER U GOT ME!!!!!!!!!11
FYI I had the same choice and I picked UNC over American for so many reasons. One reason included not being seriously in debt for the rest of my life, since tuition is lower even without a scholarship. In fact, American was my #1 for a time this cycle because of the PIPS program, but I didn't get the full ride and American doesn't have a great rep compared to GW/GULC. That school is not worth full price and they are seriously stringy with money (the highest scholarship they give besides the PIPS is 10k, which is not enough). Their students, unless they are near the top of the class, get last dibs on jobs in D.C. and often fall behind UVa, GW, GULC, and even George Mason for jobs. If you want to have so-so prospects in D.C. and outside of D.C., go to American.
Personally, as an N.C. resident I'd take UNC any day of the week for the 17k tuition and lower COL. Also, UNC is highly respected in NC and gets more respect in it's region than American does in D.C. Like I said before ITT, if you're a resident or can get residency it is a fantastic deal. And one more point-- I also chose UNC over GW (sticker) and American (10k scholarship) since I have connections in NC and it was waayyyy cheaper. American, and even GW at full price are just not worth it unless you are not debt-averse.
Obviously these were my personal situations, but you can ask just about any regular on this site about American and they'd tell you something similar. Go to GW with scholly, maybe GULC at sticker, or don't go to D.C.