McDowell Hall

mcdowell hall exterior building

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

About The Hall

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 upperclassman building. Nearby is the Woods Brown Amphitheater, a peaceful and eventful green space for the AU community. The Cassell Fitness Center, open to all AU students, is across the street.

Personalize Your Room

Decorative and additional items can be purchased from the HRL coordinated vendors through our Personalize Your Room webpage. Each room will include the furniture noted on this webpage.

In-Hall Staff

In-hall staff include resident assistants (RAs) and a community director(CD). McDowell’s 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.

  • Wi-fi throughout building
  • Gender neutral bathrooms on each floor 

  • Community kitchen/lounge

    • Microwave 
    • Stove cooktop 

    • Oven  

    • Sink with garage disposal  

    • Dining room table and chairs

  • 24-hour front desk service
  • Printer in lobby 

  • Elevators 
  • Mailrooms
  • Laundry rooms
  • All carpeted floors  

  • Cable-ready outlet
  • Windows with cellular shades  

  • Built in closet with vanity 

  • In-room Wi-Fi and Ethernet connections

  • Twin sized adjustable beds  

  • Dual/firm mattress 

  • Desk, chair, and bookshelf (newly replaced)

Virtual Tours

Our virtual tours are representative of a given room type. Each space varies based on room sizes and dimensions. Each virtual tour includes some decorative items and a MicroFridge to show what the room looks like when occupied, but these items are not included in rooms. 

Click below to view virtual tours of McDowell Hall:

Your Community

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

  • Check out the history plaque in the front lobby!

Community Director