Catholic University of America

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School Overview

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.

Degree Programs

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.

Library System

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.

Student Housing

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.

General Information

Admission Office

102 McMahon Hall

620 Michigan Avenue, NE

Washington, DC 20064

(202) 319-5305

(800) 673-2772

Fax: (202) 319-6533

Contact: Christine Mica

Dean, University Admissions
Main Address

Cardinal Station

Washington, DC 20064

(202) 319-5000

Total undergrads: 3,469

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 908

Degree-seeking undergrads: 3,431

Graduate enrollment: 2,251


Urban setting

Very large city (over 500,000)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:
First Professional

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $55

Online application fee: $55
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 81%

Percent students who return sophomore year: 80%

College Majors

Architecture & Related Programs

Architecture B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B
Music – Piano/Organ B
Music – Voice/Opera B
Music History/Literature B
Music Theory/Composition B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business – General B
Finance/Banking B
Human Resources Management B
International Business B
International Finance B
Management Science B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer/Information Sciences – General B


Biology Teacher Education B
Chemistry Teacher Education B
Drama/Dance Teacher Education B
ESL Teacher Education B
Early Childhood Education B
Education – General B
Elementary Education B
English Teacher Education B
French Teacher Education B
History Teacher Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Secondary Education B
Spanish Language Teacher Education B
Special education C


Biomedical Engineering B
Civil Engineering B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Mechanical Engineering B

Engineering Technologies

Engineering/Industrial Management C

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

Classics B
French B
German B
Latin B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Clinical Laboratory Science B
Nursing (RN) B


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Medieval/Renaissance Studies B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Social Work B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Economics B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

The Catholic University of America Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (202) 319-5000
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online:
Address: 620 Michigan Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20064
Setting: City: Large
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 5,771
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 74%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 10 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 5,033 (87% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Associates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $47,746
Out-of-state Tuition: $47,746
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 97%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $27,232

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

The Catholic University of America Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at The Catholic University of America.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Architecture and Related Services 11
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 2
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 232
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 2107
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 1221
Education 111182
Engineering 1564
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 1
English Language and Literature/Letters 1111
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 1476
Health Professions and Related Programs 3263
History 131
Legal Professions and Studies 2
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1
Library Science 21
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1122
Philosophy and Religious Studies 211
Physical Sciences 431
Psychology 114
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 1111
Social Sciences 862
Theology and Religious Vocations 156
Visual and Performing Arts 111138
Grand total 152728045

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at The Catholic University of America and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $47,746
Out-of-state $47,746
Books and supplies $1,000

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $48,640
Out-of-state $48,640

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 809 97%
Grant or scholarship aid 808 97% $27,232
Student loan aid 454 55% $9,707

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 2,916 88% $26,052
Federal student loans 1,607 48% $6,512

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for The Catholic University of America. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled The Catholic University of America students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 5,668 2,370 3,298
Percent admitted 100% 81% 88%
Percent admitted who enrolled 14% 15% 14%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

The Catholic University of America Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 5,771
Undergraduate enrollment 3,279
Graduate enrollment 2,492

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

The Catholic University of America Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
    • Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
    • Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program
  • American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
    • Law (LAW) - Professional schools
  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
    • Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
    • Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs
  • Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools
    • Theology (THEOL) - Freestanding schools, as well as programs affiliated with larger institutions, offering graduate professional education for ministry and graduate study of theology
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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