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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 a incoming student. Apply through the freshman application process.

  • Application opens for 2018-2019: April 2, 2018
  • Priority deadline: May 4, 2018

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 2018-2019: April 16, 2018
  • Priority deadline: July 6, 2018

Additional First-Year 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 program's individual application process on the additional first-year 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 on their 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; double or single room placement, and/or support animals.

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