Catholic University of America campus

Overview

Applicants
5,991
Acceptance Rate
79%
Average HS GPA
3.38

GPA Breakdown

28%
Over 3.75
21%
3.50 - 3.74
17%
3.25 - 3.49
14%
3.00 - 3.24
15%
2.50 - 2.99
5%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
510 - 620
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
510 - 610
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
22 - 28

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 15

Early Action
November 1

Regular
January 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

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

Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
7:1
Total Faculty
766
with Terminal Degree
385

450
Men
316
Women
86
Minority
32
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
62%
Graduate in 5 years
68%
Graduate in 6 years

Majors

  • Architecture and Related Service

  • Architecture

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • Area Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Finance, General
  • Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • International Finance
  • Management Science, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General

  • Education

  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Education, General
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • French Language Teacher Education
  • German Language Teacher Education
  • History Teacher Education
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education
  • Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor

  • Engineering

  • Biomedical/Medical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Engineering, General
  • Mechanical Engineering

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Latin Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Social Work

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, General
  • Piano and Organ
  • Voice and Opera


Students Say

"DC is the perfect area for a university," and the students at Catholic University of America say "having a real campus just outside of Capitol Hill is fantastic," offering "tremendous perks," like "great access to internship and job opportunities." Students lament that their "stellar school [. . .] often gets lost among the power-players of Georgetown, GW, and American," but they argue that the opportunities for "collaborations with other universities" and "the numerous cultural offerings of the city" more than make up for it. Students praise "the small class sizes and individualized support from academic advisors," which "helps to foster a great working relationship" between students and faculty. These "world class researchers" "show a real interest in each student's success." "They are always willing to stay for a few minutes after class to talk" one student explains, "and are also always available at their office hours or via email and phone." Some professors even go as far as "[requiring] some sort of meeting with them outside of class to discuss course work and our progress in class." Attending a faith-based university where "Catholic Church teachings [are] ingrained throughout" is also important to some CUA students, who take pride in attending the "only school in the United States that is chartered by the Pope. Even so, "there is a wide variety of" religious sentiment at Catholic and "atheists [. . .] are tolerated quite well." Overall, students feel that "Catholic really strives to make our education as personal as possible."

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

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


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

Brian M. Cashman
General manager of the 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 of Special Olympics

Jon Voight
Academy Award-Winning Actor

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
62%
Graduate in 5 years
68%
Graduate in 6 years

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

ROI & Outcomes


Colleges that Create Futures

Dates

Application Deadlines
Apr 10
Notification Date
Mar 20

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$24,379

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$22,976

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,922

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
58%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$42,458

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$41,800
Required Fees
$736
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$838

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,198

On-Campus Room and Board
$13,820
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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

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

Direct Lender
Yes

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
3,480
Foreign Countries Represented
78

Demographics

3.12%
Asian
5.49%
African-American
13.03%
Hispanic
64.12%
Caucasian
3.87%
Unknown
5.03%
International

53% female
47% male
97% are out of state
96% are full time
4% are part time

Students Say

Catholic University students are "largely white and Catholic" and are often "socially conservative," though there is "a small minority of liberal millennials." While some point to a lack of diversity, others argue that Catholic has "a good number of minority students for the size of our school." Most agree that the "student body seems to be very warm and welcoming." Many students identify a "big divide between the God Squad and the extreme party goers," but others say there is more overlap than meets the eye. "For example," one student told us, "I volunteer at masses but also occasionally go to parties with my friends and have a little fun." "Certainly, some people are more religious than others," and the average Catholic student "has a good mix of friends and a good balance on going out and doing school work."

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
57%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
92%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Theme Housing

Students Say

Washington, D.C., provides Catholic University students with "a surplus of activities, " and the school plans plenty of "events to keep students on campus entertained." For the school's "large athletic population," CUA offers "varsity, club, and intramural sports teams." As a "highly competitive Division III school" CUA sends many of its teams "to the final rounds of NCAA tournaments" and "even those who are not a part of athletics tend to attend the events." Students say that belonging to a religious university means that community service "is more popular here than on other campuses," but most find a balance between school work, service and fun. An on-campus metro-stop means that "downtown D.C. is extremely accessible." This "wonderful city" "always offers new and exciting things to do. From going to the opera, ballet or symphony at the Kennedy Center, to a concert on U Street, to museums, to ice skating in the sculpture gardens," students always have something to fill their free time. Catholic isn't a dry campus and at some "events for upperclassmen (especially seniors), the university provides alcohol in moderation." Opinions are divided on the prevalence of drinking. Students who say that "there is a drinking culture on campus," also contend that they "don't feel any pressure" to partake if they don't want to. Others describe a student body where "a fair share enjoy some fun on the weekend, but it is not anything more than other colleges (in fact it is probably less)."

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
91
Number of Honor Societies
16

Number of Social Sororities
1
Number of Religious Organizations
8

1% join a fraternity
1% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

27% participate in intramural sports
16% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Cardinals)
11 Sports

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

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

Student Services

Health
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Georgetown University
Navy ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: George Washington University
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Howard University and University of Maryland

Sustainability


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
99

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
34

Average Number of PC's per Lab
15

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
100%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple, Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Christopher Lydon
Vice President of Enrollment Management

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 176-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
Monroe Street Market*
Smithsonian museums and national monuments
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
U Street, DuPont Circle, Chinatown
U.S. Capitol
*In addition to local spots within walking distance such as 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