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Classroom Space. Many classrooms hold 30 to 50 students. Almost all classrooms have built-in AV technology, including access to the campus wireless network. Two large style lecture halls have 275 and 200 seats, respectively. Bbiology labs are also available.

Residence Halls. Six residence halls on the main campus accommodate 2,900 students per year. Three residence halls on the Tenley Campus provide housing for 450 students during fall and spring semesters only. A typical dorm room consists of two beds, desks, and a built-in wall cabinet with dresser and closet space.

Katzen Arts Center. Includes studios for art, dance and music; instructional and faculty areas; rehearsal rooms; a performing arts library; a black box theatre; a 200-seat concert hall; and galleries for the Watkins and Katzen collections. Artwork by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Pablo Picasso, and Marc Chagall, as well as faculty and student pieces will be on display in the 3-floor, 30,000 sq. ft. gallery.

Kay Spiritual Life Center. This circular multipurpose building serves as the university’s nondenominational place of worship. The facility is also used for choral and orchestra concerts and as a site for guest speeches and panel discussions. Above and behind the stage are several stained-glass windows. Aisles of wooden pews serve as audience seating.

Capital Hall Chapel. A former chapel with stained, glass windows, the space has been redesigned to provide the dance program with a rehearsal and alternative performance space. The floor is outfitted with a sub-floor to create ‘give’ during performances.

Battelle-Tompkins Atrium. Just inside the main entrance to the Battelle-Tompkins building, this glass roof atrium provides a naturally lit space for performances and lectures.

Friedheim Journalism Center. Forty-four networked computers within two glass-enclosed classrooms help to create a newsroom atmosphere. Faculty offices surround the center.

Ed Bliss Broadcast Newsroom. This computer lab serves as a full-service broadcast newsroom. Used primarily as a newsroom to support the school’s broadcast journalism students, the lab is configured with AP’s newest Electronic News Production Service, a state-of-the-art news wire application.

TV Studio. Located in the lower level of the Media Production Center, the studio provides students with the hands-on experience necessary for a career in the television industry. Equipped with a functional set and a control room, students are able to produce stand-ups as well as short shows.

Greenberg Theatre. The 300-seat theatre, located at 4200 Wisconsin Avenue, includes a stage, orchestra pit, dressing rooms, and scene and costume design shops. The theatre recently received one of four 2003 excellence awards for interior architecture by the D.C. chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Wechsler Theatre. This 109-seat viewing theatre is equipped with technology to show digital and analog media. The theatre offers multimedia, 35mm, 16mm, miniDV, and Betacam capabilities.

University Library. The library holdings include more than 1 million volumes; 1 million microforms; 3,300 journals; 250 electronic resources; and 8,700 films, videos, and multimedia. The library provides individual carrels and group rooms for study. In addition to computer workstations, a separate computer library and electronic classroom with 12 workstations is located on the lower level. In addition, the Music Library, housed in the Katzen Arts Center, offers 35,000 recordings and more than 12,500 musical scores.

Law Library. The law library holds more than 500,000 volumes and 6,646 serial subscriptions. Special collections include depositories of United States and European Union documents, the Goodman Collection of Rare Law Books, the Richard Baxter Collection in International Law, and a collection of litigation documents with transcripts from the Iran contra controversy of the late 1980s.


Bender Arena. Besides commencement and varsity basketball and volleyball contests, Bender has hosted a wide variety of events over the last few years, including rock concerts such as The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, speakers such as Secretary of Defense William Cohen and President Clinton, summer camps, and high school basketball tournaments. Bender Arena is located in the geographic center of AU’s campus.

Reeves Field. Utilized as a soccer and lacrosse competition site, Reeves Field has gained notoriety throughout the collegiate and professional ranks as one of the finest fields in the nation. In the summer of 2000, AU served as the practice site for Newcastle United, one of England’s premier professional soccer clubs. Reeves Field also features a six-lane track to accommodate the track and field programs. Bleachers seat 700 for games.

William I Jacobs Recreation Complex. The state-of-the-art facility features an Astroturf playing surface, a softball diamond and two outdoor sand volleyball courtsm, Daktronics scoreboard, advanced watering system that will provide irrigation and keep the field wet during matches and practice, and a scorers/press area with a full compliment of electronics support including wireless internet.

Reeves Aquatic Center. This indoor space consists of two pools, an eight-lane 25-yard lap pool and a three-lane teaching pool. Audiences can view the pool from above through glass windows.

William I Jacobs Fitness Center. The fitness center provides a wide range of the latest fitness equipment. The cardio mezzanine, strength training area and team training room offers state-of-the-art equipment and facilities for health and fitness needs.

Outdoor Tennis Courts. Seven outdoor tennis courts and two outdoor basketball courts complete the outdoor recreational facility located next to Reeves Field and behind Bender Arena.

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Campus Retail Shops and Dining Services

Main Campus: Eagle’s Nest Convenience Store, numerous Cafés, Hair City, Chevy Chase Bank, the UPS Store, McDonald’s, Subway, Einstein Bagels, student cafeterias on main campus and tenley campus.

Catering Services: Bon Appetit, the university’s on-site dining service, provides a variety of catering services, including coffee breaks, and buffets. Services can be customized to suit your particular needs.

Nearby Dining and Stores

Within walking distance of main campus: Balducci's gourmet, Starbucks, Chef Geoff’s, many others

Tenleytown Restaurants: Starbucks, Guapo’s Mexican Restaurant, Whole Foods, Subway, Armand’s Pizzeria, Jandara Thai Restaurant

Stores: Best Buy; Container Store; Ace Hardware