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Johnson, Kyle
Assistant Director, University College and Sophomore LLCs

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University College Program 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20016 United States

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University College (UC) 

University College is a one year experience for first-year students, and is open to all schools and majors who opt to live on campus and who are not already participating in another Living-Learning Community. The program combines limitless opportunities in DC with the best elements of college life—meeting new people, living in a residence hall, studying with top-notch professors, and finding your passions.

In the Fall semester, you will take a shared Complex Problems seminar with students who live on your residence hall floor. You will attend events, participate in co-curriculars tied to your seminar, and learn about what DC and the AU community have to offer. In the Spring semester, you will continue to attend events hosted by the University College team, while also strengthening your relationships with your peers and the larger AU community.

Joining AU's largest Living-Learning Community helps you make the most of your first year. Whether meeting with experts, collaborating with another class, or visiting DC institutions, your Complex Problems professor and program leader connect classroom and residential experiences to the real world.

Immersive Learning Experiences

Living-Learning Communities (LLCs) are immersive learning experiences designed to bring students with common academic interests together for heightened intellectual and social success. LLCs assist students by placing them in close-knit living environments that support scholastic success, cultivate safe and supportive environments, encourage personal growth, and foster social responsibility. The ultimate goal is to help students mature into the best version of themselves, both personally and professionally, so they can become leaders at AU and beyond.  

Join University College

Our reservation form for Academic Year 2023-2024 is now open. Once accepted to AU, you can reserve your spot by logging into your myAU portal and finding the reservation form under the "Academics" tab. A deposit to AU is not required to reserve your spot. The reservation form will close at 12pm EST on May 2, 2023, and deposits must be submitted by this deadline to confirm your placement in University College. 

AU Cornerstone

The AU Cornerstone Program is an enriching opportunity to jump start your professional career or international education. It is apart of the University College Living-Learning Community. Cornerstone students choose either a credited internship or study abroad experience during the spring semester. Cornerstone students live and learn together in the first-year residence halls and participate in special programming that fosters a shared experience.

AU Cornerstone 

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Information Sessions

Want to learn more about AU Compass? Hear from staff in virtual and in-person information sessions in the months of January and February. 

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UC Faculty and Students at the Fall 2022 Kickoff

Information Sessions

Want to learn more about University College? Click below to view a recording from past information sessions. Information session registration for Spring 2023 will be available in early 2023. 

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Living and Learning at AU: University College

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Get to know University College, AU's largest living-learning community. This exceptional opportunity for first-year students combines the best residential and academic experiences!

UC Builds Friendships

They're some of my best friends at AU.
UC builds community through small, intimate seminar classes. Students live together on the same floor in their residence hall and make close connections from the moment they arrive.
 

"I've made friends with some people in my UC class and they're some of my best friends at AU." — Grace Anderson

 

Oldest & Largest Living-Learning Community at AU

Residence Hall Classrooms

  • Newly renovated rooms and classrooms used exclusively by Living-Learning Community students

  • Many UC courses are held in the residence halls — just steps away from your room

  • Participate in community events inspired by floor themes and develop a sense of belonging with your residence hall community

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Floor Themes Guide UC Events and Conversations

Exciting Courses

  • Explore the DC metro area guided by Faculty and Program Leaders 

  • Acquire critical thinking skills and examine diverse perspectives on societal challenges

  • Connect with faculty who can serve as a resource throughout your time at AU

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Complex Problems Seminars taught by faculty who are subject matter experts and at the top of their field

Connections

  • Connect classroom and community to the real world

  • "It was an awesome experience to take conversations out of class, and made me feel like a college student for the first time." — Former UC Student

  • Make friendships and connections that last