Location: Washington, D.C.
Size: 3, 694 Undergraduate, 3, 144 Graduate
Percent Women: 54%
Tuition (one year): $40, 000
Most Popular Majors: Social Sciences, Architecture, Business/Marketing, Health Professions, and Engineering
Greek Life: No
Acceptance Rate: 63%
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit The Catholic University of America's website at http://admissions.cua.edu
Why Choose CUA?
“CUA is exactly what I imagined college to look like: beautiful buildings, roundabouts, lawns with kids playing Frisbee, hammocks in Centennial Village, boys playing games of pick-up basketball, and groups of students sitting on the wooden tables and benches outside of the Pryz.”
“CUA is located in the city, but we have this community-campus feel that makes this pseudo bubble from the city, at the same time.”
“Being in the Nation’s Capital provides opportunities to learn outside of the classroom- history lessons from monuments, history in the making through politics, and also all sorts of internships possible.”
“Shopping, eating, drinking, exploring, and adventuring is so accessible.”
“I love the Catholic aspect- supporting, exploring, and expanding my religion.”
“I love the sense of community at CUA and being able to say hello to many people on campus.”
“A small school with an intimate class setting helps build relationships with your professors and receive a quality education.”
“At the end of the school year, Campus ministry hosts Luaupalooza. It is a large festival that has free food, music, and rides and the entire school attends.”
“The cafeteria food is mediocre at best…at least you have the whole city to choose from I guess!”
“I wish there was more of an emphasis placed on sports! If they made as big of a deal for games as they did on Alumni weekend, I think school spirit would increase a lot!”
“The cost of attendance is extremely high, but I suppose that comes with attending a school in the District.”
“Some of the courses seem unnecessary for my major and they are just trying to suck as much revenue from you as possible. Like half of my courses that I need to fill requirements are things that, as a politics student, I will never need again.”
New Collegiette on Campus
“Orientation consisted of constant events, floor meetings, and awkward ice breakers, to help you make friends and become comfortable in the college environment.”
“Freshman year at CUA is just non-stop fun.”
“CUA is open to any prospective student before orientation. My favorite part was our orientation excursion.”
“Most of the freshman stick together, but the upperclassmen, especially the OA’s are very friendly!”
"Play Fair. No one tells you what it is—you just have to do it."
All About Academics
"A ton of people here are nursing, engineering, and psychology majors. Business is huge here too.”
“You definitely get a mixed workload at Catholic. Teachers expect lot from their students, but are also very understanding when we need to take a breather.”
“Senior year is when large final projects take place. Some majors just require their student to take comps, while others have to do a research project, or write a thesis.”
“My advisor is my go to person. Whenever I have a question related to academics or my future I can always count on them to be there to guide me.”
“Course registration definitely gets better as you get older! Giving up those extra few minutes of sleep and waking up early to get into the classes you want is totally worth it!”
“If your major is popular, it is usually more difficult to get into the classes you want to take, but not impossible. Just be patient...whether you get the classes you want or not, you will always find a way to get where you need to be.”
“It is pretty easy to fulfill your general academic requirements. You get most of those out of the way your freshman and sophomore year.”
“The library is usually mobbed. Get there early to get a table or good seat, especially during exam week!”
“You can usually find a place to study in the Pryz, Center for Academic Success, or other libraries around campus, like Nursing-Bio or Hannan.”
Learn from the Best
“I love Dr. Abot, he’s really relaxed, funny, and extremely helpful as my advisor. He’s also very easy to understand which can be difficult for my (engingeering) major."
“Dr. Seegars is my favorite teacher, whenever I have a question he makes sure I completely understand the concept. He doesn’t just want us to memorize answers but, hewants us to understand concepts, he is always reminding us that not every answer can be found in a book.”
“John Lindsley is the best; he made me think of basic philosophy concepts in a way that changed my perspective on life. For all of our essays, we would meet with him and read them to him. This was a really cool idea because it helped me write my paper knowing I would have to read and explain my argument to him. It improved my writing skills tremendously."
“I love Capizzi, he is knowledgeable and smart. More than anything, he wants students to take something valuable away from his class. He is contantly reassuring students that grades are secondary; taking away something from the class is what is most important.”
“All classes are small and intimate, and in many classes you build a teacher-student relationship which is helpful beyond the classroom.”
“I am a marketing major and nearly all of my business classes are rooted in religion, which is to be expected at Catholic, but a very unique aspect.”
“My favorite classes have been accounting 306 because it made sense to me and Metaphysics because it was the most relatable philosophy to life.”
“Astrology was my favorite class; for one group project we had to the study the moon. It was completely different from any class I ever took.”
“Torres is a really cool guy, he used to work in Spain and got his PhD there; he speaks many languages.
“I go to office hours, not everyday, but when I need to. Teachers are always willing to work around your schedule.”
Interests & Involvement
“People participate in clubs that spark their interests. Clubs vary from political groups, mission work, and dance.”
“Students learn about clubs and extracurricular activities during Fall Fiesta. It is a fair that all the organizations provide information on their club, so that students can join.”
“The most popular clubs on campus are Program Board, Campus Ministry, SAGA, College Dems and Republicans, and Center Stage.”
“I am in CUA Gaels, an Irish club, and I enjoy it because it is a chance to express my Irish culture on campus.”
“ Its great to learn sportsmanship and teamwork at a college level.”
“Sports events are the main way that the student body comes together and its nice to support CUA sports and enhance relationships with other students.”
“I always enjoy supporting the womens and mens basketball teams in the winter.”
“CUA sports aren’t a huge part of campus life, but it is really enjoyable to see students come together for games and showing school spirit.”
“ CUA offers great club sports such as ice hockey and rugby. It’s nice to have the option of a club sport when you’re not interested in playing a D3 sport.”
“Tailgating for football games are really fun and a great way to bring the student body together.”
“Athletes do make up a good portion of the student population, but I never feel like they are separate from the rest of students.”
“At CUA, being a woman is pretty amazing. There are so many influential women surrounding you at all times.”
“Usually you see girls wearing leggings, big sweaters, and boots around this time of year.”
“There are a bunch of clubs that women can get involved in here but one that comes to mind is The Business Women’s Council, they focus on the importance of women in the field of business.”
Food & Drink
“CUA has one dining hall (located on the top floor) and one Student Restaurant (located on the middle floor).”
“While most people do not love all of the food, there is something for everyone and it is pretty good!”
“My friends and I love to eat at &Pizza on Fridays.”
“Most freshman and sophomores get the dining meal plan, and there are kitchens in every residence hall!”
“Smoothie Monday has been a big hit this year and everyone loves the seasonal muffins.”
“We have a Potbelly’s, Brookland Pint, and &Pizza right on campus. ”
“Thursday nights we usually go to a bar, Friday people go to class then usually a house party, Saturday a lot of people have jobs so they do that during the day then a bar or house party on Saturday, then Sunday brunch!”
“No way, there are so many other options on campus to do on the weekends. You can stay in and watch Netflix or go out and party, but its completely up to you.”
“I think in the Junior class people are really open to hanging out and meeting new people and we all get along really well”
“Well we are in the middle of DC and are lucky enough to have a metro stop on campus so its very easy. Uber is always a great option too!”
“There are two main ways freshman housing can go- traditional communal style, or Jack and Jill suite style. The main differences between these two are: traditional communal is where all the rooms in one hall share one big bathroom with multiple showers, sinks, and toilets; Jack and Jill suite style is when there are two rooms, with a connected shared private bathroom between the two rooms.”
“You can request if you want a single, double, or even a triple. Each room accommodates how many people are in that room. For example, a single would only be able to fit one person, while a triple could fit three.”
“You can request if you want traditional communal style or Jack and Jill suite style.”
“CUA tries its best to accommodate your requests.”
“You can request a roommate as well; however, each student fills out a roommate survey, so if you do ‘random’ you are properly matched with someone who fits the criteria. I did random, and it worked out great- I’ve lived with my same roommate since my Freshman year.”“All of the dorms are single sex, except for one sophomore dorm, which is co-ed. Single sex actually isn’t too bad- especially the nights when all the girls want to watch Grey’s Anatomy in the lounge, while all the boys want to watch the football game. Plus, no one wants to live with smelly boys!”
“We have door guards who sit at the front entrance of each dorm from 6pm-8am every day, so feeling safe has never been a question.”
“Housing is required and guaranteed for freshman and sophomore, but it is a common thing to see juniors and seniors living on campus as well.”
Exploring Washington DC
"DC is filled with nightlife options. There are clubs for those over 18, and the bar scene for those who are 21."
"CUA takes full advantage of all DC has to offer. We have a fluid relationship with the city."
"Most students go off campus on the weekends for fun, and sometimes for school work. The internship opportunities are also outstanding."
"Washington, D.C. is a fantastic place to be a young person pursuing an education. There is always something new to do."
"On campus, Monroe Street Market has a Potbelly's, &Pizza, and Brookland Pint. But CUA is also on the redline metro, so we have access to a ton of restaurants! Union Statoin is only three stops away!"
"The best part about going to school in DC is there is never a dull moment."
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