Hurst Robins Anderson was president of American University from 1952 until 1968, during which he oversaw one of the institution's most important periods of growth and development. He was previously a faculty member of Allegheny College and president of Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota. In 1966, construction began on Anderson Hall. At the time, it was designed to be the largest residence hall on campus to make way for a larger student body. Anderson Hall was completed in 1972.
Anderson Hall is home to the largest first-year population on campus with over 770 residents. Anderson houses the University College program and is also home to the Transfer Living Learning Community. The building has a traditional residence hall design with corridor-style rooms and shared hall bathrooms broken down by north and south corridors. Each floor community has a central lounge space containing a kitchen, lounge furniture and a TV where students are often found studying and relaxing with friends. Each floor also has a study lounge for residents to utilize as a quite study location or a common meeting space for group projects.
Anderson also has two large common spaces as well as a classroom to meet the needs of our residents and the university community. Resident Assistants often host building-wide programs in Anderson 2U, while Anderson 3K and 6J are great community classroom spaces. Anderson Hall also hosts the largest front desk area, as well as the main offices of Housing and Dining Programs, the Residence Hall Association and the University College Program. The South Campus computer lab is also accessible from Anderson Hall, and is home to Greek chapter rooms on campus.
At least two of Anderson’s 20 Resident Assistants (RAs) live on each floor. The RAs serve as peer educators on the floor, helping residents transition to the university and get connected to the community through a variety of initiatives. Within the University College LLC floors, Program Associates (PAs) are an integral part of the community. PAs are connected to a specific University College class and work closely with professors to design a weekly lab that enhances your out of classroom learning experience. Program Associates also live on the floor and play a large role in developing the community. PAs and RAs work collaboratively to develop a cohesive community of global citizen scholars.
Along with our student staff members, Anderson Hall is also home to three Community Directors (CDs) who supervise Anderson and Centennial Halls. These professional staff members work closely with the Resident Assistants and Program Associates to create the best living-learning environment possible for our residents. Anderson is lucky to also serve as home to Professor Scott Talan, our Faculty in Residence. Professor Talan holds monthly events called “Tea with Talan” where professor Talan engages in fascinating conversations with residents about a wide array of topics from “creating your personal social media brand” to “how to get the most out of your study abroad experience.”