College starts the week before fall classes with community building activities
and a reception for University College students and their families.This is an opportunity for you and your
family to meet your classmates, Program
Associate, and UC professor before classes officially begin.
University College continue into the spring semester?
students in University College remain in their housing assignments and are
invited to participate in Common Events for the full academic year. There are
no formal academic requirements, but all students are invited to participate in
Spring Research, a 1-credit research opportunity.
University College students take all of their courses together?
University College students only take their 19- student University College seminar together.While some University College students may
end up in some of the same classes, most of your classmates in other classes
will be first-year and upper-level students outside of University College.
the residence hall that houses University College only for University College students?
While your roommate and floor mates in Anderson Hall will all be University
College students, residents of other floors are also first year students but not enrolled in
Do I have to
move out of my room midyear if I opt-out of spring research?
You may remain in the same room for the entire year and continue to participate
in the Common Events for University College students.
I have to live on campus to participate in the University College?
The residence hall experience is an integral part of University College, and
you cannot receive the full benefits of participation in UC if you are not
living in the residence hall with your seminar classmates.
is a Program Associate?
Program Associates (PAs) are carefully trained
upper-class AU students who have taken the class to which they are assigned and
have worked closely with the professor teaching the class.PAs attend the seminar class with students
and work with professors to plan the experiential and co-curricular aspects of the seminar (Wednesday labs
and other programming). PAs also live on the same floor as the students in the
seminar and serve as mentors and resources for them.
is the Wednesday lab portion of the program?
Wednesday lab gives you the opportunity to experience the real-life application
of ideas and concepts learned in class through supervised field experiences out
in the city led by your program associate. Labs are held between 9:45 a.m. and
2:10 p.m. every Wednesday. Your academic advisor is aware of this and will help
you plan your schedule accordingly.
it cost extra to participate in the University College?
is no extra cost for University College itself.While University College covers most expenses for Washington labs,
students are expected to pay for metro fare. Also, each of the seminars carries
one extra credit hour to account for the Wednesday lab time, which you will
spend with your Program Associate and your classmates both out in the city and
on campus engaged in class-related activities.Please note: ENVS-150 requires a
lab fee ($75) and COMM-105 requires a materials fee ($50) which are charged to
all students in those courses regardless of University College affiliation.
are the advantages of participating in University College?
current and former University College students report that the lasting bonds
they have formed with their fellow
classmates, Program Associates, and seminar professors proved to be
invaluable in their transition to college life.In addition, their academic experience was greatly enhanced by the small
class size and the lab experience, which gave them an opportunity to meet and
interact with Washington professionals in a way that that would not have been
possible had they not been part of University College.
Will I get my
first choice seminar? Am I guaranteed one of my choices?
strive to create a diverse mix
of students in each seminar with various interests, backgrounds, and qualities
to produce a stronger living, learning, and laboratory experience. We do our
best to honor one of your top five choices, but we also encourage you to keep
an open mind. The good news is that all of our courses fulfill a general
education requirement, so your UC seminar will count towards graduation
requirements no matter which seminar you take. You will always be given the
option to decline your place if you change your mind.
Can I still participate in the University College if I expect to receive credit for exams that I’ve taken in high school?
Yes, you may receive credit by exam and still participate in the UC. If you took IB, A Level, AP, or CAPE exams while in school, please visit www.american.edu/admissions/examcredit.cfm for full details on AU exam policies, and please do not choose a seminar for which you may receive exam credit as indicated on the credit-by-exam table.