The Catholic University of America

Washington, DC

The Catholic University of America

Washington, DC

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Your Story Begins Here

The Catholic University of America is unique among universities in the United States—even among Catholic universities. And it’s not just because we're located in Washington, D.C.— a city of global significance and a place of extraordinary educational opportunity. We are a national research university in the heart of the nation's capital and we are rooted in the Catholic intellectual tradition.

Our university was founded by the Catholic bishops of the United States, with a charter from then Pope Leo XIII, to be the national university of the Catholic Church in America. For more than 130 years, we have lived out our mission to discover and impart the truth through excellence in teaching and research. Catholic University scholars in all fields embrace both reason and faith as they apply the inexhaustible resources of the Catholic intellectual tradition to solve contemporary issues and enrich the culture around us.

Conway School of Nursing
The Conway School of Nursing is regarded among the best nursing programs in the country, preparing graduates for leadership in an ever-changing, ever more critical health care environment. The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified the importance of well prepared nursing professionals. Distinguished for its commitment to the advancement of nursing science and practice through its clinically oriented research, educational initiatives focused on advancing the care of vulnerable populations, and its successful pipeline projects to increase nursing diversity, the School also instills in its graduates a commitment to lifelong learning and service. And as a student in the Conway School, you'll have greater opportunity to explore career options because of our location in Washington, D.C., and proximity to leading hospitals, research centers, think tanks, and public and private health agencies. At the Conway School of Nursing, we are raising leaders informed by science and always striving to better themselves and the lives of others.  


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A College of Distinction

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A College of Distinction - Catholic

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A College of Distinction - Washington, DC

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#8 Most Engaged in Community Service | The Princeton Review's Best 388 Colleges

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#21 in the nation on Best Green Colleges in the U.S. | College Consensus


#87 for Best Value | U.S. News & World Report

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Best Catholic Colleges, Best Colleges in America, Best Private Universities in America, and Best Colleges in Washington, D.C. | Niche

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “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