Catholic University of America

Washington, DC

Catholic University of America

Washington, DC

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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 bustling Brookland neighborhood, Catholic University is a national research university with 32 research centers and facilities that maintains the nurturing feel of an undergraduate college. Inspired by our rich 133-year intellectual history, the University welcomes undergraduate and graduate students of all religious traditions from around the globe to study with world-class faculty at the forefront of their fields. An education with Catholic University is a great investment, and the University commits more than $69 million annually in merit- and need-based financial assistance to undergraduate students. 

At Catholic University, small class sizes are the norm, and undergraduate students work closely with top researchers, scholars, and artists. Challenging academics help students interpret and appreciate the relationship between faith and reason—a key aspect of the Catholic intellectual tradition. And while the University’s setting in Washington, DC, makes Politics a popular major for many students, there are more than 70 undergraduate majors available. Prominent programs include Architecture, Biology, Business, Engineering, Music, Nursing, Philosophy, Psychology, Social Work, and Theology as well as pre-professional studies in Dentistry, Law, Medicine, and Veterinary Science. With downtown Washington just minutes away via the convenient Metrorail system (the University has its own stop on the Red Line), the city’s myriad museums, galleries, monuments, parks, performing arts venues, and historic sites become an extension of the classroom. Students from all academic disciplines are encouraged to examine, understand, and act on contemporary issues. The University also models an integrated academic and career advising program, starting in the first year, to help students develop internship and research plans to support their career aspirations.

• In 2019, three Catholic University students—including two undergraduate students—were awarded prestigious Fulbright research grants for study overseas.

• In 2020, Catholic University was recognized as one of the top schools for service by Catholic Volunteer Network.

• In 2017–2018, Catholic University’s athletics department was honored with the National Association of Division III Administrators Community Service Award in On-Going Projects for its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

• In 2018, Catholic University saw a 98.57% pass rate for Nursing students taking the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for the first time.

“It’s been a joy to be a part of this faith community. It’s become a special type of extended family. The professors and friends I’ve met here have helped me become the person I am now.” — Emily Carey ’19

“I’ve loved DC ever since visiting as a kid. I love the history, the monuments, the museums. And I’ve gone to Catholic schools my whole life. I wanted that experience for college too.” — Jeremy Striano ’21

“I’m a Catholic. I take my faith seriously, and I try to show the love of God to others when I perform. The academics here are good, and I like the warm, welcoming atmosphere.” — Antonio Plumer ’22

“I love my business classes because in everything we’re learning, I don’t have to separate my faith. I would like to start a for-profit business that does good in the world, where my faith influences my business decisions.” — Lizzy Rich ’20


Other colleges and universities talk about having a “DC experience.” At CatholicU, the vibrant pulse of the nation’s capital has been interwoven with the University and the lives of its students since 1887. Five US presidents have walked the campus. Three popes have visited. The University offers specific courses (like Washington 101) that introduce students to the city as a classroom, where varied lessons on history, politics, culture and the arts, global economics, public policy, and more can be found at nearly every turn. Students also have unsurpassed opportunities for internships on Capitol Hill, at the Library of Congress, at the Smithsonian, and at other leading public and private organizations.

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