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Catholic Profile

Located in the nation’s capital, The Catholic University of America is a national research university with the comfortable feel of a nurturing educational community. Anchored by our Catholic identity and inspired by our rich intellectual tradition, the University welcomes undergraduate and graduate students from around the globe to study with world-class faculty at the forefront of their fields.

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 here—from theology, 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 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. 

Catholic University has 100 student organizations, opportunities to take part in musicals and performances, community service, leadership development programs, and intramural and club sports. 

Washington is one of the nation’s largest college towns, with nearly 300,000 students in the region. Catholic University participates in the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area, which means students have access to 15 Consortium universities. The Brookland/CUA Metro station is adjacent to campus, making it fast and convenient to get around. 

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 jobs through career fairs; postings; résumé, interview, and other workshops; and many other resources. 

Division III athletics
The Catholic University of America is committed to the Division III ideal of the scholar-athlete. Our 21 varsity teams compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Landmark Conference and the Old Dominion Athletic Conference in football.  

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, offer sidewalk counseling at abortion clinics, or participate in summer and spring mission trips. 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 variety of education abroad programs and international internships through its CUAbroad office. 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; greenest campus in Washington, DC

• 12 schools

• More than 200 academic programs

• More than 100 student clubs and organizations

• 21 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports

• 2,000 internship opportunities

• 3,241 undergraduate students enrolled (fall 2016)

• 2,835 graduate students enrolled (fall 2016)

• 80% of undergraduates Catholic

• 97% of faculty with the highest degrees in their fields

• 200 people served by the University’s community legal services in 2015–2016

• 625 visiting students hosted for March for Life

• 359 University students in March for Life

• 100% of varsity athletes participating in service projects

• 6 alumni Tony Award winners

• 3 popes have visited Catholic University

• 62 Masses each week (including those at the adjacent Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception)

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.

• 214 academic honorees
• 83 All-Conference selections
• 14 All-Region selections
• 4 All-Americans
• 2 Scholar All-Americans
• 2 Landmark Conference champions
• 11 postseason appearances
• 8 major award winners

• Starbucks (two locations)
• Pryzbyla Food Court: Chick-Fil-A, Subway, and more
• Student Restaurant
• P.O.D. Convenience Store
• Basilica Cafeteria
• Brookland Pint
• Busboys and Poets
• Chipotle
• 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
• 1,499 employers actively recruiting Catholic University students and alumni, posti