C O L L E G E   P R O F I L E   -   O V E R V I E W
Catholic University of America
Washington, DC
The Catholic University of America, founded in 1887, is a church-affiliated institution. It was established by American Catholic bishops as a graduate and research center for the study of "all branches of literature and science, both sacred and profane." Pope Leo XIII approved the plan to found CUA, making it the only national Catholic center of learning in the United States with a papal charter. The university began offering undergraduate programs in 1904. As the national university of the Catholic Church in the U.S., CUA is the only American university with ecclesiastical faculties and granting canonical degrees in theology, philosophy and canon law. Programs are also offered through the Schools of Architecture and Planning, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Law, Library and Information Science, Music, Nursing, Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Social Service, and through the Metropolitan College. Its 144-acre campus is located in northeast Washington, DC and includes many buildings in the Romanesque style.
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Institution Type Private
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 3,238
   Women 1,765 (54.5%)
   Men 1,473 (45.5%)
Graduate Students 2,822
Entrance Difficulty  
Overall Admission Rate Not reported
Early Action Offered Yes
Early Decision Offered Yes
Regular Admission Deadline January 15
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA 3.36
SAT Math 567 average
520-620 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 575 average
520-630 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 26 average
23-29 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests     X  
Essay   X    
Extracurricular Activities   X    
Cost of Attendance $60,462
  Tuition and Fees $42,536
  Room and Board $13,820
Average Percent of Need Met 83%
Average Freshman Award $31,783
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 399
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 19% of classes
10-19 students: 39% of classes
20-29 students: 25% of classes
30-39 students: 9% of classes
40-49 students: 4% of classes
50-99 students: 4% of classes
Over 100 students: 0% of classes
Washington Population 632,323
Nearest Metropolitan Area Washington, DC
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 92% of freshmen, 57% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division III
Mascot Cardinal
Sororities 1% of women participate
Fraternities 1% of men participate
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
3.8% Asian
5.6% Black/African-American
13.5% Hispanic/Latino
5.2% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
68.4% White
3.1% Unknown
International Students 5.0% from 27 countries
First-Year Students Returning 84.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 61.9%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months 56%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly 26.0%