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On-Campus Resources


In addition to our main Bender Library and the Pence Law Library, AU participates in the Washington Research Library Consortium and offers easy access to the Library of Congress, the US National Archives, and numerous US government and NGO resources.


Parking on Campus

There is an annual parking fee for full-time students and those who wish to park on campus before 5:00 p.m. Vehicles parked on campus during the day must be registered with the Public Safety office. Parking on campus is free after 5:00 p.m. and on weekends.


Shuttle Bus to/from Metro

AU’s shuttle buses run between the main campus and the Tenleytown Metrorail station and the Washington College of Law. A shuttle schedule is available here.


Katzen Arts Center

Opened in 2005 and winner of an American Institute of Architecture "Grand Honor" award, the Katzen Arts Center combines performance spaces, the AU Museum, and the Departments of Art and Performing Arts into a collaborative nexus.


Jacobs Fitness Center

The Jacobs Fitness Center is a state-of-the-art facility available to the AU community. The facility has standard exercise equipment such as treadmills, stairmasters and elliptical machines, plus an Olympic sized lap pool and fitness classes such as yoga, aerobics, tai chi, and cycling.


Kay Spiritual Life Center

The Kay Spiritual Life Center serves the university community as a center for religious life and spiritual growth. In keeping with AU's commitment to inquiry, diversity, service, and involvement, the Kay Center is an interfaith house of worship and a home to a rich array of faith communities as well as a crossroads where people of conscience, intellect, and spirit find a place for their questions and life struggles. Catholic, Muslim, Unitarian, Jewish, and Hindu/Vedic are just some of the denominations with regular services in the worship chapel.


Computer Labs and EagleNet Wireless Network

Since being named one of the 50 most wired campuses in the nation in a 1997 Yahoo! survey, American University has continuously invested in its campus network of infrastructure for the benefit of its students. Computing resources are delivered via a fiber optic network providing over 7,000 connection points throughout the campus. There are over 20 different computer laboratories on campus offering a variety of personal computer and Macintosh systems, as well as high-speed laser printing. In 2003, the university set a new networking standard by becoming the most “unwired” campus in the nation. By means of wireless cards and a distributed antenna system implemented throughout campus, you will have wireless network access in all buildings and out on the Quad for personal computers and handheld devices, as well as enhanced coverage for cellular telephone service on the Cingular network (which is available at a discount to AU students) inside of campus buildings.


CAS Graduate Leadership Council (GLC)

GLC represents the interests of graduate students at AU. Its primary goal is to ensure continuous improvement in all aspects of graduate student life on campus. For more information contact the GLC at 202-885-2472 or visit them online at