Welcome to American University!

Below is information to assist with planning your arrival and participation in the Community of Scholars campus program. If you still have additional questions, please email us at communityofscholars@american.edu.


Airport Transportation

The DC metropolitan area is serviced by three airports: Washington Reagan National (DCA), Baltimore Washington International (BWI), and Dulles International (IAD). DCA is the closest airport to AU; however, transportation to campus from all three airports can be arranged with Super Shuttle, car services, or taxis.  AU will have staff at DCA on opening day from noon to 4 pm to facilitate group taxis. 

Arriving by Car

Please use AU's campus map to locate Constitution Hall and nearby parking. Constitution Hall is located on AU's East Campus. The entrance is on Nebraska Avenue NW between New Mexico Avenue NW and Ward Circle.

Arriving by Train

The Amtrak station closest to AU is Union Station, which is a stop on Metro's Red Line. AU is a 20-minute walk to the Red Line's AU/Tenleytown Metro stop. AU shuttles run between AU and the Tenleytown stop every 10 minutes.


Dormitory Information

You will be staying in doubles or triples in AU's centrally located Constitutional Hall. The front desk of the dormitory is staffed throughout the night, seven days a week. We have hired experienced Resident Assistants who will live in the dorms and serve as chaperones. An experienced senior RA will also be living on the floor. The front doors of the dormitory are kept locked at all times; students swipe their access cards every time they enter. WiFi is accessible in the dorms as are laundry facilities. All buildings on campus are air-conditioned.

Packing List

  • Casual summer clothing
  • Sweater, sweatshirt, or light jacket
  • Several business casual outfits for downtown site visits. Appropriate business casual attire includes khakis/nice pants (no jeans), a shirt, and dress shoes (Sperry's are fine) for boys; nice pants/appropriate skirt or dress, blouse, and sandals or ballet flats (no flip-flops) for girls.
  • Comfortable walking shoes (essential)
  • Toiletries and bathroom caddy
  • Any prescription medications
  • Flip flops (for showering)
  • Umbrella and/or rainwear
  • Pencils/pens/paper
  • Photo-ID (license or passport)
  • Spending money (for a few off-campus lunches, extra snacks, souvenirs, or personal needs)
  • Laptop or tablet (preferable but computers are available on campus)
  • Washcloth and soap
  • Other linens- optional Note: Constitution Hall will provide two flat sheets, a blanket, a pillow, a towell and washcloth. However, if you have room in your luggage, you may prefer to pack your own towel and linen sets. The beds are regular twins (not twin XL).
  • Sunscreen and bug repellent (optional)


Residential students will be enrolled in a meal plan at AU's Tenley Dining Room (TDR), which is located in the Mary Graydon Center. TDR's hours are the following: Breakfast (7 to 9 a.m.), Lunch (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.), and Dinner (5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.) Students will be given an access card with meal swipes. In addition, a few catered meals will be arranged for students. These include the Sunday evening opening picnic, the first day lunch with professors, "International Night," and the closing lunch.

Student Mail

Should a student need to be sent anything during the campus segment, please use the following address:

Student Name c/o
Page Hogan, Director of Pre-College Programs
Community of Scholars
School of International Service
American University
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016-8071



Residential students may check-in to Constitution Hall on Sunday, July 9, 2023, between 3 and 5 p.m. Constitution Hall is located on AU's East Campus. The entrance is on Nebraska Avenue NW between New Mexico Avenue NW and Ward Circle. See campus map

Resident Assistants will be on site to welcome students to assist students with student check-in. Students should remember to bring their Covid-19 vaccination records as well as their PCR negative test results.


The campus program concludes on Friday, July 21, with a ceremony beginning at 11:30 a.m., followed by a slideshow and lunch. Students must check out of their dorms and store luggage in a designated classroom. The closing program will end at approximately 1 pm. Students should plan to leave campus by 2 p.m. AU staff will assist in facilitating departures. 

Check-in at Constitution Hall
3-5 p.m.(residential students)
Scavenger Hunt
3-6 p.m. (Students in groups of 3 or 4 explore AU campus)
Icebreakers at SIS
6 p.m. (residential and commuting students)
Picnic dinner on quad near SIS
7 p.m.(residential and commuting students)
Meeting in Constitution Hall Lounge
9 p.m. (residential students only)