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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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