The Catholic University of America (CUA) is the national university of the Catholic Church in the U.S. Founded in 1887 as a graduate, research center, it expanded its offerings to undergraduate students in 1904, and today houses 13 schools and 21 research facilities. CUA currently has approximately 3,694 undergraduate and 3,144 graduate students enrolled from every state in the U.S. and more than 85 countries worldwide. The campus is situated on 180-acres, giving students ample space and opportunities to partake of the rich, cultural and political opportunities found only in Washington, D.C.
There are 72 undergraduate programs, 103 master’s degree programs and 66 doctoral or terminal degrees at CUA. The undergraduate programs are based widely in the liberal arts, and high school and non-traditional students are welcome to pursue educational opportunities tailored to their needs. CUA houses the only school of music in all of Washington, D.C., and its philosophy and social work programs are among the oldest such programs in the U.S.
The University’s schools are: the School of Architecture and Planning; the School of Library and Information Science; the School of Business and Economics; the School of Canon Law; the School of Engineering; School of Arts and Sciences; Columbus School of Law; Metropolitan School of Professional Studies; Benjamin T. Rome School of Music; School of Philosophy; National Catholic School of Social Service; School of Nursing; and the School of Theology and Religious Studies. Catholic University is the only university in the nation with ecclesiastical faculties awarding canonical degrees in three disciplines.
CUA has received accreditation from many different organizations, including The Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
The University’s sports teams compete in the NCAA’s Division III as the Cardinals. There are 21 competing sports teams, which include volleyball, baseball, football, softball, cross-country, field hockey, basketball, lacrosse, tennis, swimming and diving, outdoor track and field, and indoor track and field.
CUA boasts 11 libraries and special collections, including the John K. Mullen of Denver Memorial Library, which is home to five special collections. The other campus libraries are the Architecture & Planning Library, the Music Library, the Judge Kathryn J. DuFour Law Library, the Physics Library, the Nursing/Biology Library, and the Oliveira Lima Library
Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law was ranked #80 in the 2014 U.S. News & World Report for Best Graduate Schools. In addition to this, the part-time law program was ranked #18 nationally in 2013 by the same publication. The School of Nursing is consistently ranked among the top nursing graduate programs in the United States, and is known for preparing its graduates to take the lead for positive change in the health care environment, and to dedicate themselves to lifelong learning, service, and growth.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
CUA offers loans, grants, and work-study to its students to assist them in financing their continued education. Money to fund these programs is provided by the U.S. Department of Education and also Catholic University itself. Academic scholarships are also offered through the Office of Admission to many incoming freshmen, as well as transfer students who are in impressive academic standing.
The Catholic University of America has 17 residence halls, on five different areas of campus, where students can live in the traditional, on-campus housing style, as well as in apartment-style situations. For students who wish to live off-campus and/or commute to campus, there is an Off-Campus and Commuter Student Services Office, which provides help and guidance in securing the ideal living arrangement for each student.
102 McMahon Hall
620 Michigan Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20064
Fax: (202) 319-6533
Contact: Christine Mica
Dean, University Admissions
Washington, DC 20064
Total undergrads: 3,469
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 908
Degree-seeking undergrads: 3,431
Graduate enrollment: 2,251
College has an application fee: Yes
Regular application fee: $55
Online application fee: $55
Percent applicants admitted: 81%
Percent students who return sophomore year: 80%
Architecture & Related Programs
Arts, Visual & Performing
Art – General B
Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Business, Management, & Marketing
Communications & Journalism
Computer & Information Sciences
Computer/Information Sciences – General B
Biology Teacher Education B
Biomedical Engineering B
Engineering/Industrial Management C
English Language & Literature
English Language & Literature – General B
Foreign Language & Literature
Health Professions & Clinical Sciences
Clinical Laboratory Science B
History – General B
Liberal Arts & Sciences
Liberal Arts & Sciences B
Mathematics – General B
Medieval/Renaissance Studies B
Philosophy & Religion
Psychology – General B
Public Administration & Services
Social Work B
Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:|
B = Bachelor’s degree
C = Certificate or diploma
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