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University Center Operating Status

Student Center Hours
Mary Graydon Center (MGC): Monday—Sunday, 6 a.m. - Midnight (AU One Card required for entry after hours)
MGC Information Desk: Monday—Friday, 7:30 a.m. - Midnight; Saturday—Sunday, 9 a.m. - Midnight
The Bridge Cafe: Monday—Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. (hours subject to change)
University Center OfficeMonday—Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Event Scheduling Status
For the remainder of the spring semester, campus events are allowed back in person.  

More information and clarification on the AU Forward plan which includes the Spring Event Scheduling guidelines can be found on the university's response to Covid-19 website. 

Welcome to the University Center

Are you looking to find more information about American University's student center or union? Then you've come to the right place! We may not be known by these traditional names; however, we are the office working to create spaces for students to gather, to grow, and to create their own communities, programs, and connections. Already involved with a campus organization and looking to schedule an event? Then we're your resource as well.

The University Center office believes in creating paths outside of the classroom for our students that will help them flourish during their time at AU. In our work to achieve that, we serve as a catalyst for developing unique spaces and services, facilitate co-curricular endeavors through event scheduling, and provide developmental student jobs. We invite everyone to explore our spaces and find the community, opportunity, or just that cup of coffee they've been looking for.

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Exterior of Mary Graydon Center at dusk as student walk across the quad.

The University Center

The University Center is a space for you by you. It’s where friends hang out, you can grab a bite to eat, get involved with clubs, and more!

Explore The Student Center

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The Bridge Cafe

The Bridge Cafe is our student run coffee shop. From cold brews to open mic nights, this is a social space to be with friends or finish that final report. 

See What's Brewing

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Event Scheduling

With over 40,000 events annually, there is never a dull moment at AU. University Event Scheduling keeps gears turning and the activities rolling. 

Schedule An Event

Student Employee Spotlight

How has working for UC and being involved on-campus enhanced your AU experience?

Working for UC has enhanced my experience over the last three years because it gave me opportunity to meet new people, compelled me to thoroughly know campus, and helped me stay updated on events. Being at the center of campus life allowed me to further appreciate the work that is done but not seen when putting on events, regardless of size. My campus involvement allowed me to speak out and advocate for issues that Black students face on campus, enhanced my communication skills, and expanded the connections I have in DC, both on and off campus.