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AT A GLANCE

CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY FAST FACTS

• 176 acres; greenest campus in Washington, DC
• 12 schools
• More than 200 academic programs
• More than 100 student clubs and organizations
• 25 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports
• 5,191 internship opportunities
• 3,315 undergraduate students enrolled (fall 2017)
• 2,708 graduate students enrolled (fall 2017)
• 82% of undergraduates Catholic
• 92% of faculty with the highest degree in their field
• 200 people served by the University’s community legal services in 2017–2018
• 625 visiting students hosted for March for Life
• 850 University students in March for Life
• 100% of varsity athletes participating in service projects
• 6 alumni Tony Award winners
• Visits by 3 popes to Catholic University
• 62 Masses each week (including those at the adjacent Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception)

SCHOOLS OF THE UNIVERSITY
More than 80 undergraduate programs in 10 schools:
• Architecture and Planning
• Arts and Sciences
• Business
• Engineering
• Music, Drama, and Art
• Nursing
• Philosophy
• Professional Studies
• Social Service
• Theology and Religious Studies

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

2017–2018 CARDINALS ATHLETICS MILESTONES
• 213 academic honor roll members
• 78 All-Conference selections
• 21 All-Region selections
• 11 postseason appearances
• 9 All-America awards
• 3 Landmark Conference champions
• 1 Academic All-American

DINING ON AND OFF CAMPUS
• Starbucks
• Pryzbyla Food Court
• Murphy’s Grill
• Basilica Cafeteria
• Brookland Pint
• Busboys and Poets
• BGR Joint
• Chipotle
• Potbelly’s
• &pizza

Center for Academic and Career Success
• Résumé and cover letter critiques
• Job, internship, and summer position search and support
• Interview preparation
• Graduate school decision making
• Pre-law and Pre-medical advising
• 6,365 employers actively recruiting Catholic University students and alumni, posting 9,607 jobs and 5,191 internship opportunities in 2017–2018

The Catholic University of America is a shining jewel in the nation’s capital—176 green acres in an urban setting. Located in the heart of the Brookland neighborhood, Catholic University is a national research university with the nurturing feel of an undergraduate college. Inspired by our rich intellectual tradition, the University welcomes undergraduate and graduate students from throughout the United States and abroad to study with world-class faculty at the forefront of their fields.

An education at Catholic University is a great investment, and the University commits over $60 million annually to merit- and need-based financial assistance for undergraduate students. 

Academics
At Catholic University, small class sizes are the norm, and undergraduate students work with top researchers, scholars, and artists. Rigorous academics help students interpret the relationship between faith and reason, a key aspect of the Catholic intellectual tradition. Many students concentrate in areas of pre-professional study, including Law, Dentistry, Medicine, and Veterinary Studies. With downtown Washington, DC, just minutes away via the convenient Metrorail system, the city becomes an extension of the classroom. Students from all academic disciplines—including Engineering and Business, Nursing and Architecture, Politics and Biology—are encouraged to examine, understand, and act on contemporary issues.

An integrated model of academic and career advising starts at the beginning of the first year to help students develop internship and research plans to support their career aspirations.

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 DC, and an annual Speaker Series.

University Honors Program: Features small discussion-based classes and seminar-style tracks 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 DC.

Life on campus…and off
The majority of undergraduate students live in University housing all four years, and students are required to live on campus for their first three years. Catholic University supports more than 100 student organizations and has a thriving performing arts culture, countless community service opportunities, leadership development programs, and intramural and club sports. 

There are shops, restaurants, and an arts walk just off campus in the Brookland neighborhood. And the monuments, theaters, restaurants, and parks of Washington, DC, are just minutes away via the Metro.

Washington, DC, 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, providing students with 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 Center for Academic and Career Success to learn about and land internships and jobs through career fairs; postings; résumé, interview, and other workshops; and additional resources. Internships are available throughout the DC region with organizations including the US Congress, Smithsonian Institution, NASA, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the National Institutes of Health, and many others.

Division III athletics
Catholic University is committed to the Division III ideal of the scholar-athlete. Our 25 varsity teams compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Landmark Conference, the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) in football, and the Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference (MARC) in rowing.  

Spiritual life
The 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 participate in summer and spring mission trips. Of our undergraduates, approximately 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 Center for Global Education. Many students take the opportunity to pursue an education abroad during their time at Catholic University. Our signature program is our Rome Center, not far from Saint Peter’s Square, with other programs in over 50 cities. Approximately 400 students study abroad each year.