On campus, a majority of undergraduates live in one of seven recently renovated residence halls, all with laundry and cooking facilities on each floor. Dining options include AU's Terrace Dining Room, Subway, Einstein Bros. Bagels, McDonalds and many others. AU's completely wireless campus means that you can take your laptop, PDA or smart phone and work from anywhere. With NCAA Division I Patriot League championship teams, club and intramural sports and a state-of-the-art fitness center, staying active is easy. The over 200 clubs and organizations on AU's campus ensure that you can connect with a group that shares your interests and ideals.
Campus Facilities & Equipment
AU students have access to a 50,000-watt broadcast center, a state-of-the-art language resource center, multimedia design and development labs, science and computer science laboratories and well-equipped buildings for art and performing arts.
The Katzen Arts Center provides academic space for AU students studying the arts: music, dance, theatre, music theatre, studio art, sculpture, art history, multimedia and graphic design. The center also has a 30,000 square-foot museum that features art and performance installations by local, national and internationally known artists. The Greenberg Theatre hosts quality theatre, music and dance performances by the AU arts programs and professional companies for the AU and Washington, D.C. communities.
Computing resources are delivered via a fiber optic network as well as a wireless network. Wireless access for laptop computers and other devices is available everywhere on campus. A HelpDesk for assistance is available via telephone, Web and e-mail.
The Bender Library and Learning Resources Center serves campus information needs with over one million volumes and close to 50,000 sound recordings, videos and other media materials. Its electronic collections include nearly 15,000 electronic journals in all subjects. The library is part of the eight-member Washington Research Library Consortium with a shared online catalog.
Students enjoy our state-of-the-arts fitness center, sports center with indoor and outdoor tracks, soccer and intramural fields and pool. Reeves Field, which is used as a soccer and lacrosse competition site, is recognized as one of the finest fields in the nation.
Our Kay Spiritual Life Center is an interdenominational religious center for over 30 faiths. The center also sponsors a monthly Table Talk series, alternative Spring Break service opportunities and an Interfaith Council.
Going to school in Washington, D.C. opens up a world of possibilities. You have access to internship and career opportunities found no where else in the world. You can visit monuments and sights with national and international significance. With scores of libraries, museums and theatres, culture and knowledge is only ever a few minutes away. Add to that the city's world-renowned restaurants and entertainment venues, and it's clear you'll never be at a loss for something to do. The free shuttle service connecting AU's campus to the Tenleytown/AU Metro station ensures that all of Washington, D.C. is easily and safely accessible.
Student Organizations & Activities
AU students have more than 200 undergraduate organizations to choose from. Learn more about clubs and organizations ranging from social and political activity groups to religious and media organizations to student government and performing groups.
One of AU's largest student organizations, the award-winning, student-run Kennedy Political Union brings a diverse group of speakers to AU students. Past speakers include former president Bill Clinton, the Dalai Lama, Madeleine Albright, Rev. Jesse Jackson and Norman Mineta. AU's commencement ceremony offers another opportunity to hear prominent speakers each year.
In addition, the Student Union Board brings concerts and comedians to campus on a regular basis and welcomes volunteer help with production tasks. Previous performers include Jon Stewart, Chris Rock, Green Day and Weezer.
The Student Government represents the interests of undergraduate students at American University. Its objectives are met by sponsoring clubs and organizations that meet the diversified needs of the undergraduate student body and by standing as the voice of the undergraduate student body.
The AU Ambassador Program works with the admissions office to recruit prospective freshman and transfer students to American University. Ambassadors share experiences with prospective students during Showcase AU and Freshman Day, conduct daily tours and day visits, participate in online chats and respond to student e-mails. International students can become an AU Ambassador or participate in the similar AU Diplomat program.
“The greatest strength of AU is the activity level both politically and in the community,” students tell us, noting that the most recent election the campus “was a proxy holy war…Whether it was signs in windows, talk in the class or in the hallways, t-shirts, or canvassing in Metro-accessible Virginia, students on both sides took November 4 religiously.” As one student explains, “Let’s put it this way: A politician who comes to campus is likely to draw about 90 percent of the student population [and] an AU basketball game, about 9 [percent].” Students get involved in the community through “campus outreach by studentrun organizations,” which many see as “the school’s greatest asset.” The typical undergrad is “incredibly engaged and active…Students seek internships in every line of work, becoming actively involved in a field of interest before graduation.” When it’s time to relax, “Washington, D.C., offers limitless opportunities to explore.” Many “enjoy partying and hanging out off-campus and on campus (even though AU is a ’dry campus’),” but there are also “a lot of people who don’t drink and have a very good time just using what D.C. has to offer: museums, restaurants, parks, cinemas, theaters, and shops.” As one student sums it up: “The city is the school’s greatest resource. You will never run out of things to do in Washington.”