The Catholic University of America

The Catholic University of America


At The Catholic University of America, we are proud of our mission as the national university of the Catholic Church in America and proud of our commitment to the spirit of inquiry and academic freedom. Students from all faith backgrounds appreciate the values-based education Catholic University offers and feel comfortable on our campus. At Catholic, you’ll join a diverse group of scholars who embrace community, look for meaning in all aspects of life, and are excited to take on new challenges.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Open House, Fly-in, Visit Visiting Campus

We host on-campus information sessions and offer campus tours throughout the week. Information sessions and tours are offered at both 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, during much of the academic year, as well as most Saturday mornings throughout the fall. There are also Open Houses and special programs for students interested in particular areas such as architecture, engineering, music, or social work. If you’re unable to attend one of our scheduled sessions, call us — we may be able to accommodate you and your family for a personalized tour!

Scholarship & Financial Aid Catholic University Scholarships

The Catholic University of America offers financial aid to eight out of every 10 full-time students, based on both need and academic potential. Many unique scholarships for undergraduate students are available, including The Catholic University Scholarship, ranging from $10,000 to $25,000, and various Parish Scholarships, renewable for up to four years. Learn more about Catholic University Scholarships

First-Year Experience & Transition First-Year Experience

To help students make the transition from high school to college, we offer a unique First-Year Experience. In small learning communities, first-year students take a sequence of four core classes in philosophy, theology, and English; take part in service activities; enjoy excursions into Washington, D.C.; learn from a series of guest speakers; and benefit from one-on-one academic advising. Learn more about First-Year Experience

Academic Advising & Support Center for Academic Success

We want all students to succeed! Whether you need help with one of your classes, a bit of academic advice, or an opportunity to get you excited about your future, the Center for Academic Success is here to help make it happen. We offer a wide range of Academic Services designed to help students of all abilities become even more successful.

Academic Advising & Support Undergraduate Advising Center

Sometimes putting all the pieces of your education together can seem like assembling a giant puzzle. We can help you with course advice; provide guidance as you ponder education abroad opportunities; offer assistance with the nuts and bolts of registration; and much more.

Student Diversity

  • 3,241
  • 45/55
  • n/a
    First-generation college students
  • <1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 4%
  • 5%
    Black or African American
  • 13%
  • <1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 65%
  • 5%
    Two or more races
  • 3%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 5%

Student Success

  • 83%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 70%
    Six-year graduation
  • 56%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 93%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 56%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 399
    Full-time faculty
  • 48
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 7:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Politics, Psychology, Nursing, Architecture, Engineering(Mechanical)

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    Arabic Club, Black Student Alliance, CUA Chinese Students and Scholars Association, Chinese Club, CUA Student Organization of Latinos, Filipino Organization of Catholic Students, Indus Valley Association, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Saudi Student Association, and more


Cost of Attendance

  • $41,800
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • $732
    Required Fees
  • $13,820
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $57,000,000
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $27,895
    Average aid package
  • $45,210
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 13%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 65%
    Students with financial need
  • 100%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 83%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 80%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 5,926
    # of applicants
  • 79%
  • 3.40
    Average HS GPA
  • 26
    ACT Composite
  • 520—630
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 520—620
    SAT Math
  • 520—620
    SAT Writing
  • yes
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 1/15
    Regular application closing date
  • $55
    Application Fee
  • $55
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • yes
    Early decision plan
  • 11/15
    Early decision application closing date
  • yes
    Early action plan
  • 11/1
    Early action application closing date