See what students say:

Academics

“D.C. 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.”

Student Body

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 University student “has a good mix of friends and a good balance on going out and doing school work.”

Campus Life

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).”

Overview

Applicants
6,096
Acceptance Rate
84%
Average HS GPA
3.46

GPA Breakdown

28%
Over 3.75
22%
3.50 - 3.74
21%
3.25 - 3.49
17%
3.00 - 3.24
11%
2.50 - 2.99

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
580 - 660
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
560 - 660
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
24 - 30

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 Decision II — January 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


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
7:1
Total Faculty
793
with Terminal Degree
332

565
Men
228
Women
98
Minority
19
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
68%
Graduate in 5 years
74%
Graduate in 6 years
75%

Majors

  • ARCHITECTURE AND RELATED SERVICES.

  • Architecture.

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • Area Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

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

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Mass Communication/Media Studies.
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.
  • Computer Science.
  • Information Technology.

  • 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.
  • Mathematics Teacher Education.
  • Secondary Education and Teaching.
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education.
  • Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering.
  • Civil Engineering, General.
  • Electrical and Electronics 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.
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
  • French Language and Literature.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Latin Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

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

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • General Studies.
  • 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.
  • Chemistry, Other.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Human Services, General.
  • Social Work.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology.
  • Economics, General.
  • International Economics.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Social Sciences, General.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation.
  • Art/Art Studies, General.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Keyboard Instruments.
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory.
  • Music Pedagogy.
  • Music Performance, General.
  • Music Theory and Composition.
  • Music, General.
  • Voice and Opera.


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
Classes
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

Angela Santomero
Television Producer

Cardinal Timothy Dolan
Archbishop of New York

Maureen Dowd
Columnist, The New York Times

Timothy Shriver
Chairman of Special Olympics

Jon Voight
Academy Award-Winning Actor

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
68%
Graduate in 5 years
74%
Graduate in 6 years
75%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

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

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Apr 1
Notification Date
Feb 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$29,911

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$28,429

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,424

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
69%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$46,437

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$46,950
Required Fees
$796
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$6,440
Transportation for Commuters
$2,700

On-Campus Room and Board
$15,260
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

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
State Loans

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

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
3,332
Foreign Countries Represented
31

Demographics

4.01%
Asian
4.43%
African-American
13.75%
Hispanic
65.00%
Caucasian
2.19%
Unknown
5.59%
International

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

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
92%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Smart Start

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Philip V. Magalong Ed.D.

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

DSS Registration Form as well as sufficient documentation related to their specific diagnosis. In the case of an LD diagnosis, a recent neuropsychological or psychoeducational evaluation is required

Documentation Required for ADHD


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
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
109
Number of Honor Societies
16

Number of Social Sororities
1
Number of Religious Organizations
10

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

33% participate in intramural sports
15% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Cardinals)
13 Sports

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

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

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups
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

88/99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
No

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
No

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
No

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
No

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
No

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
No

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
No

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
99

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple, Dell, Lenovo

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
Drive (parking available) Metro Taxi/Uber/Lyft


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