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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.

Institution TypePrivate
Undergraduate Students3,238
   Women1,765 (54.5%)
   Men1,473 (45.5%)
Graduate Students2,822


Entrance Difficulty 
Overall Admission RateNot reported
Early Action OfferedYes
Early Decision OfferedYes
Regular Admission DeadlineJanuary 15
Selection of Students
FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA3.36
SAT Math567 average
520-620 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading575 average
520-630 range of middle 50%
SAT WritingNot reported
ACT Composite26 average
23-29 range of middle 50%


Cost of Attendance$60,462
Tuition and Fees
Room and Board
Average Percent of Need Met83%
Average Freshman Award$31,783
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates


Academic Calendar SystemSemester
General Education/
Core Curriculum
Full-Time Faculty
Teaching Undergraduates
Regular Class Size2-9 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 Population632,323
Nearest Metropolitan AreaWashington, DC
Freshman Housing GuaranteeFreshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 92% of freshmen, 57% of all students
Athletic ConferencesNCAA Division III
Sororities1% 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 Students5.0% from 27 countries
First-Year Students Returning84.0%
Students Graduating
Within 4 Years
Graduates Offered Full-Time
Employment Within 6 Months
Graduates Pursuing
Advanced Study Directly
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Average 3.53 3.86 600 607 27
Low 2.97 3.03 500 510 20
High 4.00 4.93 690 740 32
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CUA's academic colors are gold and white, while its athletic colors are red and black.

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