Students Say

Located in our vibrant capital city, The Catholic University of America undoubtedly provides undergrads with a “wonderful campus in a great location.” Impressively, “despite being in such a big city, there’s a great community feel to the school that you can’t ignore when visiting it.” Of course, this prime location in Northeast D.C. is heaven for political junkies and “perfect for internships” as well. Moreover, students truly appreciate that the university manages to deftly balance a “wonderful academic experience” with a “strong focus on our spiritual development.”

Overview

Applicants
6,363
Acceptance Rate
74%
Average HS GPA
3.33

GPA Breakdown

27%
Over 3.75
24%
3.50 - 3.74
14%
3.25 - 3.49
14%
3.00 - 3.24
16%
2.50 - 2.99
5%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
500 - 620
SAT Math
510 - 610
ACT Composite
22 - 28

Deadlines


Regular
February 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Recommendation(s)
Non-Academic

Character / Personal Qualities
Volunteer Work
Level of applicant's interest

Overall

Students Say

Located in our vibrant capital city, The Catholic University of America undoubtedly provides undergrads with a “wonderful campus in a great location.” Impressively, “despite being in such a big city, there’s a great community feel to the school that you can’t ignore when visiting it.” Of course, this prime location in Northeast D.C. is heaven for political junkies and “perfect for internships” as well. Moreover, students truly appreciate that the university manages to deftly balance a “wonderful academic experience” with a “strong focus on our spiritual development.” Though one senior follows up by assuring us that for “those that are not interested in pursuing their faith, it is not forced upon them.” Inside the classroom, students find their professors to be “very passionate about what they are teaching.” Importantly, they “want to see their students do well” and make a concerted effort to “get to know each and every [one].” Undergrads at CUA also appreciate the fact that their professors have “an immense amount of real life experience.” Many students find that this translates into “unbelievable [opportunities] to network with employers.” And as one satisfied philosophy major succinctly states, “I have learned so much here and I feel that my intellect has been challenged.” What more could you ask of your higher education experience?

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
7:1
Total Faculty
808
with Terminal Degree
387

480
Men
328
Women
97
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
90%
Graduate in 5 years
99%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr.
U.S. Senator (Pennsylvania)

Brian M. Cashman
Senior vice president and general manager, New York Yankees

Harolyn Blackwell
World renowned soprano

Cardinal Timothy Dolan
Archbishop of New York

Justice Peggy A. Quince
Justice of Florida Supreme Court

Timothy Shriver
Chairman and chief executive officer, Special Olympics

Jon Voight
Academy Award-Winning Actor

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
85
Application Deadlines
Apr 10
Notification Date
Mar 10

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$22,213

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$21,601

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,937

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$39,200
Required Fees
$526
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$900

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

When asked to describe the typical student, some CUA undergrads quickly spout that many of their peers seem to “[hail] from New Jersey [or] Philadelphia” and that they’re often seen sporting “J. Crew, Vineyard Vines [and] Ralph Lauren.” However, a handful of other undergrads counter that “for such a small school, we have a pretty diverse student body.” Certainly, while it’s not surprising that “there are plenty of religious people,” students steadfastly assert that you’ll also find “a lot of party-goers, athletes, LGBT students, and politically active and engaged people.” A contented junior explains, “You really find a nice mix of people here and while people tend to stick to their group of friends, people know each other and are quite friendly.” And a pleased sophomore interjects, “There’s a strong All-American vibe on campus. People are pretty preppy, but there’s definitely a strong trendy, urban population.” And fortunately, overall, “students are pretty happy.” A few people do caution that “there’s a slight divide between ‘God Squad’ and the big partiers, but everyone else mostly fits in the middle and enjoys it.” Finally, one proud psychology major shares, “Even students who would probably be outcasts at other colleges are shown kindness and welcomed into various groups of friends.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
3,572
Out of State
96%

International
6%
Foreign Countries Represented
83

Demographics

3.33%
Asian
6.10%
African-American
12.62%
Hispanic
66.71%
Caucasian
6.78%
Unknown
5.68%
International

53% female
47% male
96% are out of state
94% are full time
6% are part time

Overview

Students Say

With a bustling campus life and Washington, D.C., as their playground, undergrads at CUA “can [never] really be bored.” To begin with, “there are so many clubs and organizations that you can get involved in, or volunteer with.” One senior concurs, excitedly stating that, “there are ALWAYS opportunities to volunteer, so many of us take part in Habitat for Humanity or homeless food runs or even visiting the nearby nursing home.” Further, students can mingle with their peers at numerous university-sponsored events such as “Luaupalooza, midnight pancake breakfasts, Thanksgiving potlucks, university-wide masses [and] multiple Christmas events.” Of course, it’s also common for students to simply kick back and “hang out in each others’ dorms and watch movies or TV shows on Netflix and play video games.” Undergrads openly admit that there is a definitely a drinking culture here and “many students enjoy going out to party on the weekends, mostly bars and clubs but [there] are occasional house parties.” Fortunately, there isn’t much pressure and students can easily abstain. Finally, undergrads love the fact that D.C. is so accessible, especially given that “we live right off of the metro.” As an English major shares, “The city offers endless opportunities for a Friday night date, a plunge into museum culture, a dinner with girlfriends, or even the simplicity of walking and enjoying the vibrancy of town.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
58%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
73
First-Year Students living on campus
92%

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating
91

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Disability Support Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Emily Singer

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
A diagnostic report must include a diagnostic interview, assessment of aptitude, measure of academic achievement and information processing. The report should consist of and be based on a comprehensive assessment battery which does not rely on any one test (i.e. Woodcock-Johnson III andWAIS-III). Quantitative and qualitative information which supports the diagnosis, including all subscale/subtest scores, should be listed. Objective evidence of a substantial limitation to learning must be provided.

Documentation Requred for ADHD
In addition to the LD requirements- Included in a comprehensive assessment: clinical summary of objective historical information, establishing symptomology indicative of ADHD throughout childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. A complete psychoeducational assessment, including rating scales, aptitude and achievement testing, and another objective measurement of attention (CCPT, TOVA, GDS, etc) is necessary in order to determine eligibility for services.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
89
Number of Honor Societies
16

Number of Social Sororities
2
Number of Religious Organizations
8

1% join a fraternity
1% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Cardinals)
10 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Cardinals)
11 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus, at cooperating institutions: Georgetown University
Navy ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: George Washington University
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Howard University

Sustainability

Green Rating
81

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
70

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
25

Average Number of PC's per Lab
20

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
97%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell, APPLE

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Christine Mica
Dean of University Admissions

Address
Office of University Admissions
620 Michigan Ave. N.E.
Washington, DC 20064

Phone
202-319-5305

Email
cua-admissions@cua.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center
Eugene I. Kane Fitness Center
St. Vincent de Paul Chapel
Raymond A. DuFour Athletic Center
John K. Mullen of Denver Memorial Library
Catholic University's 180-acre campus is the largest among universities in Washington, D.C. Its spacious campus setting is adjacent to a Metrorail station and has several campus lawns for sports, socializing, and relaxing.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Historical Brookland neighborhood adj. to campus
Museums and monuments in Washington D.C.
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Library of Congress
U.S. Capitol
In addition to local spots within walking distance such as the newly developed Monroe Street Market — a $200 million mixed-use development featuring stores, restaurants, apartments and condominiums — and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception students enjoy Union Station and shops near Capitol Hill, national tourist spots such as the National Mall, dining and the nightlife neighborhoods Adams Morgan and Chinatown, headliner clubs like the 9:30 Club, the American Film Institute, and shopping malls such as Pentagon City.

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
with Campus Tour

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
cua-admissions@cua.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Pre-determined dates; Admitted Students

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
DCA airport, buses, subway, taxis

Driving Instructions to Campus
http://www.cua.edu/about-cua/directions.cfm http://admissions.cua.edu/undergrad/visiting/directions.html

Local Accommodations
http://admissions.cua.edu/undergrad/visiting/lodging.html
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Key Stats

6,363
Applicants
3,572
Size
74%
Acceptance Rate
1120
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists