Catholic University Of America

Catholic University Of America

Catholic University is located in Northeast Washington, D.C. It is the national university of the Roman Catholic Church and the only institution of higher education founded by U.S. Roman Catholic bishops. It was established in 1887 as a graduate and research center. The university began offering undergraduate education in 1904.

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CUA's official mascot is the Cardinal. Its sports teams are nicknamed the Cardinals. The university sponsors more than 20 NCAA Division III sports teams.

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Catholic University of America
620 Michigan Avenue, NE
Washington , DC 20064
General Phone: (202) 319-5000

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Catholic University of America Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts332area studies, French language, Spanish language, Semitic languages, Biblical languages, Classical languages, Latin language, English, speech and rhetoric, ...
Law278law, advanced legal research, foreign lawyers
Religion and Philosophy120philosophy, religion, bible studies, religious education, theology, ministry, theology and religious vocations
Architecture and Planning114architecture, urban planning
Nursing and Emergency Medicine89registered nursing, adult health nursing, nurse practitioner, nursing science, pediatric nursing
Engineering80biomedical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, engineering management
Music78music, music history and theory, music performance, music theory and composition, conducting, piano, voice, violin, guitar, and strings, music pedagogy ...
Family and Social Work78social work
Therapy and Counseling55psychology, clinical psychology, experimental psychology, educational psychology
Education and Teaching47education, educational administration, special ed, school counseling, elementary school teaching, early childhood education, art education, English teaching, math teaching, ...
Business and Management44business management, accounting, finance, international finance, human resources, international business, marketing
Science31biology, biochemistry, cell biology, chemistry, chemistry courses, physics
Media29communication studies
Drama and Performing Arts16drama, playwriting and screenwriting, theater history and criticism, directing
Computer Science and Engineering10information technology, computer science
Fine Arts9fine arts, art history and criticism

Number of programs and degrees for Catholic University of America in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree59956
Master's degree44956
Doctor's degree8432
Associate's degree41
First-professional degree2772

Catholic University of America Student Body

In 2007-2008, Catholic University of America had a total enrollment of 6,440 students (4,753 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 48%
Women 52%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 1%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 49%
Graduate 37%
First Professional 14%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 61%
Black 6%
Hispanic 5%
Asian 4%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 18%
(Foreign Students) 6%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 23%
20-21 19%
22-24 14%
25-29 18%
30-34 8%
35-39 5%
40-49 7%
50-64 4%
65+ 0%

Catholic University of America Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 82 %
Part-Time 100 %

Catholic University of America Room and Board (2007)

Catholic University of America offers campus housing for 2,205 of its 4,753 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Washington, District of Columbia for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other District of Columbia Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Catholic University of America Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal510610
SAT Math500610
SAT Writing510610
ACT Composite2127

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT95%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT27%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Catholic University of America Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 30,670
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 30,670
Room and board $ 11,450
Room charge $ 6,666
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,784
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 2,500

Financial Aid:
Catholic University of America participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 143700)

Catholic University of America Faculty

Catholic University of America has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year100$103,78931$100,485
Associate professoracademic year69$74,19345$75,050
Assistant professoracademic year53$66,20852$66,637
Instructoracademic year2*0*
All faculty totalacademic year224$85,374128$77,792

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Catholic University of America Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Old Dominion Athletic Conference

Catholic University of America Degree Programs (2007)

Architecture And Planning
Architecture (BArch, BA/BS, MArch, MA/MS, PhD)
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Finance, General
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
International Finance
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Information Technology

Drama And Performing Arts
Directing and Theatrical Production
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Playwriting and Screenwriting
Theatre Literature, History and Criticism

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Drama and Dance Teacher Education
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, General
Education, Other
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
French Language Teacher Education
History Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General

Biomedical/Medical Engineering
Civil Engineering, General
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering/Industrial Management
Mechanical Engineering

Family And Social Work
Social Work

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Advanced Legal Research/Studies, Gen (LLM, MCL, MLI, MSL, JSD/SJD)
Law (LLB, JD)
Programs for Foreign Lawyers (LLM, MCL)

Liberal Arts
American Government and Politics (United States)
Ancient Near Eastern/Biblical Languages, Lit & Linguistics
Area Studies, Other
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
General Studies
History, General
International Economics
International Relations and Affairs
Latin Language and Literature
Library Science/Librarianship
Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Semitic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Music History, Literature, and Theory
Music Pedagogy
Music Performance, General
Music Theory and Composition
Music, General
Piano and Organ
Violin, Viola, Guitar and Other Stringed Instruments
Voice and Opera

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Adult Health Nurse/Nursing
Family Practice Nurse/Nurse Practitioner
Nursing Science (MS, PhD)
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)
Pediatric Nurse/Nursing

Religion And Philosophy
Bible/Biblical Studies
Divinity/Ministry (BD, MDiv)
Religion/Religious Studies
Religious Education
Theology and Religious Vocations, Other
Theology/Theological Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Cell/Cellular Biology and Histology
Chemistry, General
Chemistry, Other
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Clinical Psychology
Educational Psychology
Experimental Psychology
Psychology, General

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