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The Catholic University of America

  • Washington, DC
    location
  • Private
    type
  • Urban
    setting
  • 54%46%
    student ratio
  • 3,713
    total students
  • $39,200 | $39,200
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • February 15
    fall application deadline
  • 60%
    acceptance rate
  • Moderately Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • 559
    sat math
  • 555
    sat reading
  • Not
    Reported

    sat writing
  • 25
    act composite

Overview

The Catholic University of America (CUA) located in Washington, D.C., combines the resources of a major research university with the comfortable feel of a liberal arts college comprising roughly 3,700 undergraduates.

CUA is a place where students and faculty work together, and with more than 70 majors and more than 90 clubs, there is always a way at CUA for students to explore all of their interests.

At CUA, life is more than coursework. The family-like atmosphere of CUA will have students laughing with friends over exam week's Midnight Breakfast, volunteering their skills to help families through Habitat for Humanity, museum-hopping with their roommates, and exceeding their own expectations throughout their college careers.

While proudly a Catholic university, CUA embraces the spirit of inquiry and academic freedom while welcoming students of all faith backgrounds. Students find an inviting Catholic presence on campus. The door is always open for students who want the opportunity to pray, attend services, go on a retreat, or talk to a spiritual adviser.

Success begins at CUA

With more than 70 undergraduate majors, ten academic schools that grant undergraduate degrees, and small class sizes, CUA offers remarkably diverse areas of study. Students can delve deeply into their major interests while rooting their studies in the enduring liberal arts.

Catholic University professors are teachers as well as learners themselves. They research compelling issues in their fields, connecting knowledge of the past to the promise of the future. CUA's notable academic leadership has produced dozens of Fulbright, Guggenheim, Wilson, Mellon, and Oxford scholars. Yet, CUA stands out among research universities because undergraduate studies are a vital part of the faculty's interests. Four of every five CUA professors teach at the undergraduate level.

Catholic University offers all of the benefits of a major research university within a nurturing educational community.

Never a dull moment

CUA students are involved on campus and in the community in many different facets. With more than 90 student organizations, Catholic University makes it easy for students to pursue their interests in virtually every field and activity imaginable. Want to play in the band? Act in the latest musical or play? Tear it up on the intramural field? Get involved in student government? Help a child in the community learn how to read through DC Reads? Write for The Tower student newspaper? At CUA, all activities are open to all students regardless of major or year in college. Choose one or many activities in organizations that emphasize academics, professions, community service, multiculturalism, politics, spiritual life, recreation, singing, dancing, student government, media, and more!

Throughout the course of the year, there are over 2000 internship opportunities for CUA students. On average, 67% of student internships are paid while the other 33% are done for class credit during the semester or summer. Recent internships have included the FBI, Congress, JP Morgan, and Community Family Life Services ¿ such opportunities give students from all schools and majors the ability to develop their skills in their chosen field. The Office of Career Services works with students throughout the job/internship process from resume workshops to mock interviews while connecting students with CUA alumni throughout the country and around the world.

CUA students studying abroad in Brussels, Dublin, and London also have the opportunities to intern with the European Union, Irish Parliament, and British Parliament, respectively.

International outreach has been a central part of the University's mission since its founding. The Education Abroad Program continues that tradition. Any financial aid received on campus can be applied to an education abroad program. Students can choose to study and live in exciting countries like Australia, Belgium, Chile, China, England, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Poland, and Spain, to name a few. With opportunities in over 50 cities worldwide, CUA students of any major can spend a summer, a semester, or a year abroad immersed in a new culture.

Living in D.C.

The excitement of the nation's capital is just a Metrorail ride away from CUA's traditional college campus, the largest in the District of Columbia.

Washington, D.C., is one of the nation's largest college towns, with more than 400,000 other students studying at colleges and universities in the region. CUA participates in the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area, so students have access to courses at other universities, including American, Georgetown, George Washington, Howard, and the University of Maryland College Park. With 92 stations throughout the city and surrounding areas, including CUA's own stop, the Metrorail system is safe, fast, and convenient.


Location & Contact

Cardinal Station
Washington, DC 20064
USA

Ms.Christine Mica

Dean, University Admissions

Phone: 202-319-5305
Fax: 202-319-6533
Email: cua-admissions@cua.edu

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Architecture
    • Architecture
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biochemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Accounting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business/Commerce
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Finance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Human Resources Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Business/Trade/Commerce
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Finance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Management Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer and Information Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Computer Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Early Childhood Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Elementary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • English as a Second/Foreign Language (Teaching)
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • French Language Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • German Language Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • History Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Secondary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish Language Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Engineering
    • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Civil Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mechanical Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • Classics and Classical Languages
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • French
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • German
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Latin
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • General Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Religious Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Public administration and social services
    • Social Work
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Anthropology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Art
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Keyboard Instruments
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music History, Literature, and Theory
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Performance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Theory and Composition
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Voice and Opera
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

60% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied6,298
    • Accepted3,783
    • Acceptance Rate60%
    • Enrolled3,713
    • Female Applicants3,476
    • Females Accepted2,032
    • Female Acceptance Rate58%
    • Male Applicants2,822
    • Males Accepted1,751
    • Male Acceptance Rate62%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
    • Required for Some Interview
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.33
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen February 15th March 15th --
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer July 15th Yes
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 555 500 610
    • SAT Math 559 510 610
    • SAT Writing
    • ACT Composite 25 22 27
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$39,200
    • Out-of-state tuition *$39,200
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$525.00
    • Room and board *$14,518.00
    • Room only *Not Reported
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionChildren of Alumni, Employees or children of employees

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students3,713
    • Male Student Percentage46%
    • Female Student Percentage54%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino10.34%
    • Black or African American5.79%
    • White or Caucasian62%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.16%
    • Asian3.12%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.11%
    • Two or more races3.1%
    • Unknown10.56%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout4.82% representing 42 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students96% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements None
    • Housing options Coed housing , Female-only housing, Special housing for disabled, Male-only housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 59%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services Yes
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities Yes
    • Greek sororities Yes
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Student Nursing Association, College Republicans, CU Film Society, Alpha Phi Omega, Program Board
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other controlled access of academic buildings

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division III
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No Division 3 No
    • Basketball Yes Division 3 No
    • Cheerleading Yes No No
    • Crew Yes No No
    • Cross-country running No Division 3 No
    • Fencing Yes No No
    • Field hockey No No No
    • Football Yes Division 3 No
    • Ice hockey Yes No No
    • Lacrosse Yes Division 3 No
    • Rugby Yes No No
    • Sailing Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 3 No
    • Softball Yes No No
    • Swimming No Division 3 No
    • Tennis Yes Division 3 No
    • Track No Division 3 No
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes No No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 3 No
    • Cheerleading Yes No No
    • Crew Yes No No
    • Cross-country running No Division 3 No
    • Fencing Yes No No
    • Field hockey No Division 3 No
    • Football Yes No No
    • Ice hockey No No No
    • Lacrosse No Division 3 No
    • Rugby Yes No No
    • Sailing Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 3 No
    • Softball Yes Division 3 No
    • Swimming No Division 3 No
    • Tennis Yes Division 3 No
    • Track No Division 3 No
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 3 No

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty825
    • Full-time Percentage48%
    • Part-time Percentage52%
    • Female Percentage42%
    • Male Percentage58%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio8:1 or 3,542 students to 467 faculty


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