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.

Website: www.catholic.edu/

Private
Co-ed
3,332
Undergraduate
Students
(53.3%) 1,775 Women
(46.7%) 1,557 Men
2,624
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate
84% of 6,096 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Decision Offered
Yes
Regular Admission Deadline
January 15

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.46
SAT Math
560-660 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
620 average
580-660 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
27 average
24-30 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$67,112
Tuition and Fees
$47,746
Room and Board
$15,260
Average Percent of Need Met
81%
Average Freshman Award
$32,677
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$46,437
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
377
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 16% of classes
10-19 students: 34% of classes
20-29 students: 20% of classes
30-39 students: 14% of classes
40-49 students: 7% of classes
50-99 students: 9% of classes
Over 100 students: 1% of classes
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Campus Life

Washington Population
632,323
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Washington DC
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
58% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Cardinal
Sororities
1% of women participate
Fraternities
1% of men participate
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
4.2% Asian
4.7% Black/African-American
14.6% Hispanic/Latino
5.1% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
68.8% White
2.3% Unknown
International Students
5.5% from 31 countries
First-Year Students Returning
87.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
68.2%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
63%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Moderately Difficult: More than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is required

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English   4
Mathematics   4
Science   3
Foreign Language   3
Social Studies   4
History    
Academic Electives    

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Considered if submitted February 15
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only Considered if submitted
SAT Essay Component Policy Accepted with or without essay component
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: Used for advising
ACT: Used for advising

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
Cardinal Station
City, State, Zip
Washington, DC 20064
Phone
(202) 319-5305
Fax
(202) 319-6533
E-mail
cua-admissions@cua.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
January 15
Application Fee
$55
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
March 15
Accept Offer of Admission
May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
Yes
Early Decision Deadline
November 15, January 15
Early Decision Notification
December 20, February 15
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Action Deadline
November 1
Early Action Notification
December 20

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
1 required for all freshmen
Other
 
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
84% of 6,096 applicants were admitted
Women
87% of 3,471 applicants were admitted
Men
80% of 2,625 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
971 (19%) of 5,101 admitted students enrolled
Women
482 (16%) of 3,006 admitted students enrolled
Men
478 (23%) of 2,095 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
85% of 131 applicants were admitted
Early Action Admission Rate
86% of 3,387 applicants were admitted
Students Offered Wait List
323
Students Accepting Wait List Position
81
Students Admitted From Wait List
17

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.46
3.75 and Above
18%
3.50 - 3.74
22%
3.25 - 3.49
23%
3.00 - 3.24
19%
2.50 - 2.99
17%
2.00 - 2.49
1%

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
560-660 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
13%
Score of 600 - 700
41%
Score of 500 - 600
40%
Score of 400 - 500
6%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
620 average
580-660 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
13%
Score of 600 - 700
54%
Score of 500 - 600
30%
Score of 400 - 500
2%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
27 average
24-30 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
30%
Score of 24 - 29
50%
Score of 18 - 23
19%
Score of 12 - 17
1%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
 
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$67,112
Tuition and Fees
$47,746
Room and Board
$15,260
Books and Supplies
$838
Other Expenses
$3,268
Payment Plans
 

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
cua-finaid@cua.edu
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline February 1
Final deadline April 1
Award Notification
On a rolling basis beginning February 15
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 001437
Free
CSS/Financial Aid Profile $25 for first college, $16 each additional
Noncustodial (Divorced/Separated) Parent's Statement  

Profile of 2018 - 19 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
687 (83.4%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
535 (80.6%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
535 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
235 (42.5%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
81%
Average Award
$32,677
Need-Based Gift
Received by 525 (97.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $29,911
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 408 (80.6%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,489
Merit-Based Gift
Not reported
Merit-Based Gift
266 (29.8%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $22,057

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
2,075 (67.2%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
1,757 (84.7%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,757 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
725 (43.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
79%
Average Award
$31,789
Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,718 (96.9%) of aid recipients, average amount $28,429
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,429 (84.6%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,972
Merit-Based Gift
Not reported
Merit-Based Gift
1,082 (32.1%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $21,461

Borrowing

2018 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
69%
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$46,437
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans
State Loans
Available
Other Loans
Alternative loans

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Cinema/Film/Broadcasting, Music, Theater/Drama
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Leadership, Memberships, Religious Involvement
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Children and Siblings of Alumni, Children of Faculty/Staff, First-Generation College Students, Religious Affiliation, Siblings of Current Students, Twins, Veterans
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$2,000
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Accounting
  • Anthropology
  • Architecture
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Chemistry, General
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
  • Computer Science
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Economics, General
  • Education, General
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Engineering, General
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Finance, General
  • French Language Teacher Education
  • French Language and Literature
  • General Studies
  • German Language Teacher Education
  • German Language and Literature
  • History Teacher Education
  • History, General
  • Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • International Finance
  • Keyboard Instruments
  • Latin Language and Literature
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
  • Management Science
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Mathematics, General
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, General
  • Philosophy
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Psychology, General
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor
  • Voice and Opera
Most Popular Disciplines
Business/marketing, Engineering, Social sciences
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
Business administration, engineering, nursing, social work, architecture, accounting, education, psychology
Special Programs
Accelerated program, Cooperative work study program, Distance learning, Double major, English as a second language, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
Some online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Not required
Math/Science
Not required

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
377
Part-Time Faculty
416
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
40%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 16% of classes
10-19 students: 34% of classes
20-29 students: 20% of classes
30-39 students: 14% of classes
40-49 students: 7% of classes
50-99 students: 9% of classes
Over 100 students: 1% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 21% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 42% of discussion sections/labs
20-29 students: 28% of discussion sections/labs
30-39 students: 6% of discussion sections/labs
40-49 students: 3% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
1,602,331
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
542
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Not Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Master of Music, Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Science in Architecture, Master of Music in Sacred Music, Master of Science, Master of Science in Library Science, Master of Legal Studies, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Architecture, Master of Science in Architectural Studies

Master's Programs of Study

  • American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Architecture
  • History
  • Information Studies
  • Law
  • Library Science
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Near and Middle Eastern Languages
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Physics
  • Sustainable Development
  • Theater
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Western European Studies

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Doctor of Musical Arts, Juris Doctor, Doctor of Philosophy

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • American Studies
  • History
  • Law
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Near and Middle Eastern Languages
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Physics
  • Western European Studies

Location and Setting


Washington Population
632,323
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Washington DC
Campus Size
176 acres

Weather

Temperature
26.8 average low in January, 84.7 average high in September
Rain
118 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
4 mile(s) from campus in Washington, D.C.
Nearest Train Station
4 mile(s) from campus in Washington, D.C.

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Men only housing, women only housing
Students in College Housing
58% of all students
Housing Requirements
Freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
42%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
Assistance in locating off-campus housing is available

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
controlled access of academic buildings

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Not offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Cardinal
School Colors
Red and black

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x  
Basketball x   x  
Crew x   x  
Cross-Country Running x   x  
Field Hockey x      
Football     x  
Golf x   x  
Lacrosse x   x  
Soccer x   x  
Softball x      
Swimming And Diving x   x  
Tennis x   x  
Track And Field x   x  
Volleyball x      
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x  
Crew x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Field Hockey x  
Football    
Golf x  
Lacrosse x  
Soccer x  
Softball x  
Swimming And Diving x  
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball x  
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball x  
Basketball x  
Crew x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Field Hockey    
Football x  
Golf x  
Lacrosse x  
Soccer x  
Softball    
Swimming And Diving x  
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball    
Women's Club Sports
 
Men's Club Sports
 

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
badminton, basketball, football, racquetball, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, volleyball

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, national fraternities, national sororities, college republicans, habitat for humanity, student nurse's association, cardinals for life, college democrats
Sororities
1% of women participate
Fraternities
1% of men participate
ROTC
Army ROTC is offered off campus, Navy ROTC is offered off campus, Air Force ROTC offered off campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
3,332
Women
1,775 (53.3%)
Men
1,557 (46.7%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
3,198
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
4.2% Asian
4.7% Black/African-American
14.6% Hispanic/Latino
5.1% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
68.8% White
2.3% Unknown
International Students.
5.5% from 31 countries
Average Age
21
All Graduate Students
2,624

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
87.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
68.2%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
74.2%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
74.0%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
63%
Average Starting Salary
63%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
Disciplines Pursued
Law 10%
Arts and Sciences 23%
Medicine 3%

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