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Incoming Residents

Who you are determines the details of your housing application process and eligibility. Read the information that is relevant to you to determine your next steps.

Freshman Students

Freshman students are defined as those who have been directly admitted to an undergraduate degree program at American University and have not attended another postsecondary institution (not including dual-enrollment credits completed during high school tenure). The housing status will be parallel to how the Office of Admissions has classified an incoming student. Apply through the freshman application process.

  • Application opens for 2019-2020: March 18, 2019 at 12 p.m.
  • Priority deadline: May 6, 2019

Transfer Students

Transfer students are defined as those who have been directly admitted to an undergraduate degree program at American University and have previously attended another postsecondary institution. The housing status will be parallel to how the Office of Admissions has classified an incoming student. Apply through the transfer application process.

  • Application opens for 2019-2020: April 16, 2019 at 12 p.m.
  • Priority deadline: July 5, 2019

Special Programs

Housing & Residence Life offers on-campus and AU affiliated housing opportunities for many different program participants including:

  • Washington Semester Program
  • Washington Mentorship Program
  • Abroad at AU
  • International Accelerator Program

Read more about each special program's individual application process on the special programs process page.

Housing Accommodation Needs

American University is committed to ensuring access to university programs and activities for all qualified students with disabilities. Students should contact the Academic Support and Access Center (ASAC) to initiate requests for housing accommodations related to a documented disability. Additional information about the housing accommodations request process can be found the ASAC website.

Some examples of accommodations that American University may provide include: visual fire/smoke alarms; wheelchair accessible housing; accessibility features in room, bathroom, or common areas.

Housing accommodations are not generally provided for academic-related needs, and allergen-free or quiet living environments are not guaranteed.

All-Gender Housing

All-gender housing allows students to reside with other students regardless of sex, gender, gender identity, or gender expression. This option is intended for students who wish to share a room or suite with other students who identify differently than themselves.