McDowell Hall

McDowell Hall. Photo courtesy of Christine Chong.

McDowell Hall is home to sophomore students, housing approximately 370 residents.

The building has a traditional residence hall design with corridor-style rooms and shared floor bathrooms. The hall also has suite-style accommodations for six students. In these suites, six students in three double rooms share a bathroom and kitchen. Each floor community has a central lounge space with a kitchen, lounge furniture, and television for students to study or socialize with their community. Each floor also has a laundry room. The building is connected to Hughes Hall, a mixed sophomore and upperclass building. Nearby is the Woods Brown Amphitheatre, a peaceful and eventful green space for the AU community. The Cassell Fitness Center, open to all AU students, is across the street.

In-hall staff include resident assistants (RAs) and a community director (CD). McDowell’s seven RAs live in the building, acting as peer educators and helping residents connect to their community. The Hughes and McDowell community has one CD, a professional staff member who works with RAs to foster a living-learning environment to bridge the academic and residential experience. A faculty-in-residence, Joseph Campbell (SOC), works alongside residence life staff to create living-learning opportunities.

Interested in getting involved in event planning and making a difference in your community? Get in touch with the Hughes and McDowell Hall Council by contacting the Hughes and McDowell Community Director.

Approximate Dimensions

Room sizes and dimensions provided are approximate. Layouts or room configurations may vary due to the uniqueness of all residence hall accommodations.

McDowell Hall
Description Approximate Dimensions


15'1" x 9'9"

Built-in shelves

1'10.25" (W) x 1'11" (D) x Adjustable (H)


1'10" (W) x 10.5" (D) x 2'6" (H)


3'6" (W) x 1'11.75" (D) x 2'6.25" (H)

Wardrobe or built-in closet

3'4.75" (W) x 1'10" (D) x 5'8.5" (H)

Dresser or built-in drawers

2'8" (W) x 1'5" (D) x 3'.25" (H)

Bed frame

3'6" (W) x 2'4" (H) x 6'7" (L)


Standard twin


Your Community

  • In addition to your RA, you're always welcome to reach out to your community director, a full-time student affairs professional.

  • Get involved in your Residence Hall Association or Hall Council.

  • Check out the history plaque in the front lobby!