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As the capital of the United States, the District of Columbia offers students the opportunity to partake of the political, cultural and intellectual diversity that only such a location can provide.

With Washington, D.C., as our home base, American University offers the best of both worlds: A beautiful 84-acre residential campus just a 15-minute Metro (subway) ride away from downtown. The campus shuttle provides regular free service to the AU/Tenleytown Metro stop. American's unique core curriculum, its Washington, D.C., location, and its emphasis on the practical application of knowledge prepare students to be major contributors in their fields. Many AU students choose to study more than one field or design their own interdisciplinary major in order to prepare for their professional futures.

The Howard University campus is situated on one of the highest elevations in Washington D.C. overlooking downtown. The White House, Capitol and almost all of the historical institutions of the city are within minutes of the campus. Many of the University's academic programs are designed to make use of these resources and to serve the needs of the entire metropolitan area.

Students come to the District of Columbia recognizong the wealth of experience and exposure that life in Washington can provide. Georgetown University is set high on a bluff overlooking the picturesque Potomac River. The Lauinger Library provides a panoramic view of the Washington Monument, Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials and the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts.

Catholic University of America is the national university of the Catholic Church and the only higher education institution established by the U.S. Catholic bishops. CUA is noted for the traditional architecture found on its 144-acre residential campus. With housing guaranteed for four years, the majority of undergraduates live on campus in thirteen residence halls.Located three miles north of the Capitol in residential Washington, D.C., CUA is in the same residential neighborhood as a number other educational, medical, and research centers.