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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) 

UC is a first-year student experience available 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, residence hall living, studying with top-notch professors, and finding your passion.

Joining our 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 professors and program leaders 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

University College reservation window for the 2022-2023 Academic Year is now closed. Please visit the How To Enroll page to learn how to reserve your space for the 2023-2024 Academic Year.

For the 2022-2023 Academic Year, UC students can expect to find themselves in the following AU Housing: 

Anderson Hall - Cohort D, Cohort E, Cohort G, Cohort H
Letts Hall - Cohort B & Cohort C
Leonard Hall - Cohort A & Cohort F

students on campus

Fall 2022 Seminars

Click below to see our list of seminars for Fall 2022. 

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University College Program Leaders

Information Sessions

Want to learn more about University College? Click below to register or to view a recording from past webinars. 


Living and Learning at AU: University College


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

8 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

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


  • 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