The Catholic University of America

The Catholic University of America

Washington, DC
location
Private
type
Urban
setting
55%
45%
student ratio
3,241
total students
$41,800 | $41,800
in-state | out-of-state tuition
Not Reported
fall application deadline
Not Reported
acceptance rate
Not Reported
admission difficulty
Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
567
sat math
575
sat reading
Not
Reported
sat writing
26
act composite

Overview

Located in the nation’s capital, The Catholic University of America is a national research university with the comfortable feel of a nurturing educational community. Anchored by our Catholic identity and inspired by our rich intellectual tradition, the University welcomes undergraduate and graduate students from around the globe to study with world-class faculty at the forefront of their fields. The University comprises 12 schools and 26 research facilities and is home to 3,250 undergraduate and 2,835 graduate students. 

At Catholic University, life is more than coursework. The family-like atmosphere 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 Catholic, the University fosters a spirit of inquiry, embraces academic freedom, and welcomes students of all faith backgrounds. Students find an inviting Catholic presence on campus. The door is always open for those who want the opportunity to pray, attend services, go on a retreat, or talk to a spiritual advisor.

Success begins with the academic experience

With more than 70 undergraduate majors, 10 academic schools that grant undergraduate degrees, and small class sizes, Catholic University offers remarkably diverse areas of study. Students can delve deeply into their major interests while rooting their studies in the enduring liberal arts. 

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

Never a dull moment

Students are involved on campus and in the community in a wide array of activities. With more than 100 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 student newspaper? 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 2,000 internship opportunities for 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 been offered at the FBI, U.S. Congress, J.P. 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 at every point throughout the job/internship process, from providing résumé workshops and mock interviews to connecting students with Catholic University alumni throughout the country and around the world. 

Catholic University 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 just some. With opportunities in more than 50 cities worldwide, students of any major can spend a summer, a semester, or a year abroad immersed in a new culture.

The Rome Center of The Catholic University of America and Australian Catholic University offers semester-long programs, primarily for students enrolled in the schools of arts and sciences, business and economics, music, and architecture; a month-long Summer Experience Abroad for architecture majors; short courses in law, canon law, business and economics, and theology and religious studies; and a summer program as part of the First-Year Experience.

Living in D.C.

The excitement of the nation's capital is just a short Metrorail ride away from the University's residential college campus, the greenest in the District of Columbia. 

Washington, D.C., is one of the nation's largest college towns, with more than 100,000 other students studying at colleges and universities in the region. The University 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. With 91 stations throughout the city and surrounding areas, including Catholic University's own stop, the Metrorail system is safe, fast, and convenient.


Location & Contact

Cardinal Station
Washington, DC 20064
USA

Dr.Christopher Lydon

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 Administration and Management
      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.
    • Marketing/Marketing Management
      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.
    • Mathematics 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
    • Human Services
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • 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

  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied
    • Accepted
    • Acceptance Rate
    • Enrolled3,241
    • Female Applicants
    • Females Accepted
    • Female Acceptance Rate
    • Male Applicants
    • Males Accepted
    • Male Acceptance Rate
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.36
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 575 520 630
    • SAT Math 567 520 620
    • SAT Writing
    • ACT Composite 26 23 29
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$41,800
    • Out-of-state tuition *$41,800
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$736
    • Room and board *$13,820
    • 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 Students3,238
    • Male Student Percentage45%
    • Female Student Percentage55%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino12.84%
    • Black or African American5.37%
    • White or Caucasian65.04%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.19%
    • Asian3.61%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.03%
    • Two or more races4.97%
    • Unknown or International Student2.99%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout4.97% representing 27 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students96% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements None
    • Housing options Female-only housing, Male-only housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 57%
  • 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 College Republicans, Habitat for Humanity, Student Nurse's Association, Cardinals for Life, College Democrats
  • 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
    • Badminton Yes No No
    • 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
    • Field hockey No No No
    • Football Yes Division 3 No
    • Ice hockey Yes No No
    • Lacrosse Yes Division 3 No
    • Racquetball Yes No 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
    • Badminton Yes No No
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 3 No
    • Cheerleading Yes No No
    • Crew Yes No No
    • Cross-country running No Division 3 No
    • Field hockey No Division 3 No
    • Football Yes No No
    • Ice hockey Yes No No
    • Lacrosse No Division 3 No
    • Racquetball Yes No 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 Breakdown
    • Total Faculty736
    • Full-time Percentage56%
    • Part-time Percentage44%
    • Female Percentage38%
    • Male Percentage62%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio7:1 or 3,144 students to 454 faculty


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