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What is the University College Living Learning Community?

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Students in the University College Living Learning Community (UC) will make new connections and fast friendships by participating in an academic living-learning community with other first-year students. As a UC student, you will take a unique Complex Problems course where you will approach intricate issues facing society with no clear solutions. When you choose the University College Living Learning Community, you will live on a floor with students studying similar topics under one common theme. Living together with other students taking Complex Problems courses creates an exceptional scholarly environment where learning moves beyond the classroom.


  • Earn General Education credit
  • Enjoy small class sizes, with 19 or fewer students
  • Form a diverse and inclusive community with your University College Living Learning Community peers
  • Grow intellectually and personally through curricular and co-curricular experiences
  • Experience the support of a dedicated Faculty Fellow and Peer Leader
  • Develop the skills and experiences that lead to future success

What is a Complex Problems First-Year Seminar?

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Complex Problems (CP) Seminars are introductory level general education courses designed for first semester students. As a UC student, you will have the opportunity to engage in university-level inquiry through the investigation of a complex problem. These courses encourage multiple points of view, voices, and ways of thinking. Your Faculty Fellow will create opportunities for frequent class discussion and active learning, as well as opportunities to meet with individual students and groups throughout the semester.

Most CP courses have a student mentor or Peer Leader (PL). Under the direction of your Faculty Fellow your PL will design thoughtful extra-curricular programming where you will engage with the resources and events of AU’s campus and the greater Washington, DC community. Examples include: The Smithsonian Network of Museums, Embassies, Government Agencies, DC Neighborhoods, Non-profits, and Non-Governmental Organizations.

For a full list of seminars, please visit our Complex Problems Courses tab.

How do I reserve my place in the University College?

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All first year students are invited to apply to the University College by selecting a Complex Problems course. If you are selected, your CP course will determine your housing placement for fall 2017. Please use this link to select your courses. If this link does not work for you follow the instructions below. Note: you must have an AU email address and password to access this form.

1. Log on to the portal at (Note: You must create a login to access the portal; if you have not done so, see instructions in your admissions packet.)

2. Click on Life@AU.

3. Click on University College Course Selection. Select the six seminars that most interest you. If none of your selections are available and you would like to be considered for an open Complex Problems course, select yes to indicate this option.

4. Submit your UC course selection online by May 5, 2017. We will email you to confirm receipt. Note: All email correspondence will go to your AU email address.