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Laiko C. Quintero
Program Manager, University College

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4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016

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.

What is a Complex Problems course?

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All first year students are invited to register for a Complex Problems course. Most students taking Complex Problems courses are in the University College living-learning community. There are very few sections available that are not part of University College but, provide the same benefits. These benefits include small class sizes (19 students of fewer), an undergraduate Peer Mentor, and an opportunity to take a class with only first-year students. Most of the classes are held in Anderson or Letts halls, which are easily accessible from your residence hall room. Students in Complex Problems will learn unique ways to tackle enduring questions from diverse perspectives. To select your Complex Problems course please review this PDF and then add it to your planner!