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The Catholic University of America is unique as the national university of the Catholic Church in the United States. 

The University is committed to its distinctive identity as a comprehensive Catholic and American institution of higher learning, faithful to the teachings of Jesus Christ as handed on by the Church. Catholic University is the only institution founded by papal charter, and three popes—Pope John Paul II in October 1979, Pope Benedict XVI in April 2008, and Pope Francis in September 2015—have visited our campus. 

Of Catholic University’s 12 schools, 10 grant undergraduate degrees. Our students live and learn in a park-like setting—at 176 acres, the largest campus in Washington, D.C.—in the heart of the nation’s capital. CUA offers small classes, opportunities for meaningful undergraduate research, and approachable faculty dedicated to student success in college and beyond.

Catholic University plays an important role in interpreting the relationship between faith and reason, a key aspect of the Catholic intellectual tradition. From this foundation, education at CUA—from theology and religious studies and philosophy to the arts, sciences, and professions—leads students to examine, understand, and act on contemporary issues in light of both faith and reason.

First-Year Experience: First-year students take a sequence of four core classes in philosophy, theology, and English in small learning communities and enjoy service learning activities, class-based excursions into Washington, an annual Speaker Series, and one-on-one academic advising.

University Honors Program: This program features intimate, seminar-style classes with faculty drawn from among the most knowledgeable scholars and finest undergraduate teachers at the University. The program offers course sequences in philosophy, social science, humanities, theology, and environmental studies. The Centennial Village Honors Community offers dinner and discussion with invited professors, movie nights, and group excursions into Washington.

Life on campus . . . and off
More than 65% of undergraduate students live in campus housing. First-year and sophomore students are required to reside on campus unless approved as commuters. Undergraduate students live in single-sex residence halls. Through programs directed toward students’ personal, spiritual, and moral development, single-sex housing fosters an environment of virtuous living consistent with the Catholic intellectual tradition.

Catholic University has 90 student organizations, opportunities to take part in campus-produced musicals and performances, community service projects, leadership development programs, and eight intramural and nine club sports. Athletic facilities offer personal training and access to a variety of equipment.

Washington is one of the nation’s largest college towns, with more than 100,000 other students studying at colleges and universities in the region. CUA participates in the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Area, which means Catholic University students have access to 15 Consortium universities, including American, Georgetown, George Washington, and the University of Maryland College Park. The Brookland/CUA Metro station is adjacent to campus, making it fast and convenient to get around town. Explore the Smithsonian museums and the National Mall; cheer the Nats or Wizards; get discounted tickets to hit plays, concerts, and events around town; and be the first to watch the cherry blossoms open every spring

Prepared for life
Catholic University students (and alumni) can depend on help from the Office of Career Services to learn about and land internships and full- and part-time jobs through career fairs; internship and job postings; résumé, interview, and other workshops; and many other resources. How do our students fare after graduation? Within three months, 82% of Class of 2015 survey respondents were full-time employees, graduate students, seminarians, military personnel, missionaries, or members of religious communities.

Division III athletics
The Catholic University of America is committed to the Division III ideal of the scholar-athlete. CUA’s 21 varsity teams compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Landmark Conference and the Old Dominion Athletic Conference in football.
Women’s sports include basketball,
cross-country, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track & field, and volleyball. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, and track & field.

Catholic culture
Catholic faith is at the heart of The Catholic University of America. Our Office of Campus Ministry offers daily Mass, small faith communities, weekly eucharistic adoration, and 10 student-run retreats a year. Through Campus Ministry, students deliver food to the homeless, serve in soup kitchens and shelters, tutor in after-school programs, visit the elderly, and offer sidewalk counseling at abortion clinics. On summer and spring mission trips, they help poor residents of Jamaica, Belize, and Honduras. Of our undergraduates, 80% are Catholic. To support those from other faiths, the DC Area Worship Connection is a great resource.

Education abroad
The University offers a wide variety of semester, academic year, summer, and short-term education abroad programs as well as international internships through its CUAbroad office, including popular Western European destinations and programs in Africa, South America, Asia, and Australia. Education abroad is open to students of all majors, and numerous scholarships are available.

The Rome Center of The Catholic University of America and Australian Catholic University offers semester-long programs, primarily for students enrolled in the Schools of Arts and Sciences, Music, and Architecture; a month-long Summer Experience Abroad for architecture majors; short courses in law, canon law, business and economics, and theology and religious studies; and a summer program for the First-Year Experience.




• 176 acres; largest campus in Washington, D.C.
• 12 schools
• 197 academic programs
• 90 student clubs and organizations
• 21 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports
• 2,000 internship opportunities
• 3,575 undergraduate students enrolled (fall 2014)
• 3,125 graduate students enrolled (fall 2014)
• 80% of undergraduates Catholic
• 96% of faculty with the highest degree in their field
• 200 people served by CUA’s community legal services in 2014–2015
• 1,200 students hosted for March for Life
• 500 CUA students in March for Life
• 100% of athletes participating in service projects
• 6 alumni Tony Award winners
• 3 popes visited CUA
• 62 Masses each week

More than 70 undergraduate programs in 10 schools:
• Architecture and Planning
• Arts and Sciences
• Business and Economics
• Engineering
• Music
• Nursing
• Philosophy
• Professional Studies
• Social Service
• Theology and Religious Studies

The School of Canon Law and Columbus School of Law offer graduate degrees only.

• 6 conference championships
• 2 Elite Eight appearances
• 8 teams in the NCAA tournament (most ever in CUA history)
• 5 All-Americans
• 4 Landmark Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards
• Landmark Conference Presidents’ Trophy for conference’s best overall athletics program

• Starbucks (two locations)
• Pryzbyla Food Court: Chick-Fil-A and Subway
• Student Restaurant
• POD Convenience Store
• Basilica Cafeteria
• Brookland Pint
• Busboys and Poets
• Chipotle (opening 2016)
• Filter + Bike Rack
• Hälsa
• Potbelly’s
• &pizza

• Résumé, cover letter, and C/V critiques
• Job, internship, and summer position search and support
• Interview preparation
• Graduate school decision making
• Pre-law and Pre-medical advising
• 1,549 employers actively recruiting CUA students and alumni, posting 4,758 job and internship opportunities in 2015