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How do I get my AU ID?

AU IDs are made on the first floor of the Anderson dorms, in the Housing and Dining room. Anderson is located on the South side of campus (toward the library end of the quad) behind McKinley on your right. If you ask the person at the front desk where Housing and Dining is, they can point you in the right direction. They are open every day from 9:00 to 5:00. The ID card is free for new students, but you must be registered for classes to have one made.

How do I register?

Outside of the main Anthro/Socy office in Battelle T-21 there are registration forms on the right side of the sociology mailboxes. You will need the red, white, and blue form called Advisement/Registration Authorization. Fill out your personal information, list the courses you want to take, have it signed by your advisor or Dr. Leap, and take it to the Registrar where they will register you while you wait. If you have already registered and want to add another course, you need the red and white Drop/Add form. Fill out your personal information and list what you either want to drop or add and have it signed. That goes to the Registrar as well. As a courtesy to the front office, please retain a copy of these forms and give them to the administrative asssitant at the front desk. That way, in case there is a problem, there is always a record that the paperwork was completed.

Where is the Registrar’s office?

The Office of the Registrar is located in the Asbury building on the first floor. From Battelle, if you go out the back door and through the underpass past McDonalds, Asbury will be the first building on the right behind the trees and bushes. You’ll see the big blue sign on the side of the building. Student Accounts is also in there on the top floor.

Is there a way I can check my classes online? is the portal for all students that will show you everything you need during your time here. You’ll see your transcript, your course listings and grades. Your will also be able to register online the next time around for courses that do not require professor permission. On here you can also update your mailing address in the system, check your AU email, forward your AU email to another account, look at your library account status, sign timesheets (if you are employed on campus), see financial aid information, and link to Blackboard (a site that many professors post readings and papers to). To sign up, go to, scroll to the bottom of the page, and click on Create A New Account. It will guide you through the setup.

What about books?

Books for most classes have been posted online and you can see them two different ways. You can visit the Schedule of Classes, find the course you want to take and click on "Course Availability and Textbook Information." The next page will give you a direct link. You can also go to the AU bookstore and look up your class. If there are no books listed online, they are still in the process of being ordered by the bookstore and you can contact the professor directly if you are anxious. The other option would be to go to the bookstore, located in the Mary Graydon Center. The bottom floor holds all books ordered for every class on campus.

Where do I live? is a great resource for finding sublets, shared homes and apartments, or unfurnished apartments in the area. The other graduate students in the department are also helpful for knowing which areas you might want to live, especially if you don't have a car. The Berkshire Apartments are down the street at 4201 Massachusetts Ave and are a popular place for students. Also, Glover Park is walking distance from a bus that runs to AU and about a mile from campus. This area has several apartment complexes and homes with apartment units for rent. Connecticut Avenue in the Van Ness area is one metro stop from Tenleytown and the entire street is lined with apartment buildings of all sizes and price ranges. The Washington City Paper and the Washington Post are also good places to check, as well as the apartment finders online like,, or