Catholic University of America


Highest Degree Offered: Doctoral

College Type: Private

Campus Type:

Academic Calendar: Semester

State: District of Columbia


Founded by U.S. bishops, the Catholic University of America is the national university of the Catholic Church. Students come to CUA from all 50 states and nearly 100 countries, and the student body is about half undergraduates and half graduate students. Among undergraduates, architecture and political science are the most popular majors. The university's strengths in the liberal arts and sciences earned CUA a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. The D.C. Metro is on the edge of campus, and students can easily take advantage of the opportunities found in the capitol. The CUA Cardinals compete in NCAA Division III athletics.

Most Popular Majors

Architecture, Business Administration, Communication Studies, History, Music, Nursing, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology

Student/Faculty Numbers

Total Students: 6705
Total Grad Students: 3132
Undergraduate Students: 3573
Faculty: 347

Total Student/Faculty Ratio: 19:1
Undergraduate Student/Faculty Ratio: 10:1

Percent Male: 45%
Percent Female: 55%

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Alumni Giving Rate: %

Graduation and Retention Information

Four-Year Graduation Rate: 60%

Six-Year Graduation Rate: 69%

Transfer-Out Rate

Graduation and Retention Data From: Spring 2010

Contact Information

620 Michigan Avenue
Washington District of Columbia 20064


Main Email:

Main Phone: 202-319-9500

Additional Campuses:

Admissions Contact:
Michael Cummings
Assistant Director of Transfer Admissions, Admissions

Transfer Services Contact:

International Admissions Contact:
Erin Zimmerer
Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Admissions

Athletics Contact:
Michael Allen
Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics , Athletics

Applying to Transfer

Transfer Agreements:

Common App Used?

High School Transcript Required?

Minimum GPA for Applying:
There is a minumum GPA of 2.80.

Minimum Grades for Transfer:
Transferability of credit is determined at the discretion of the program based on factors such as course equivalence, date of completion, and grade (minimum "C").

Credits (Min/Max):
Students may transfer in up to 84 credits (total) from regionally-accredited institutions of higher learning or qualifying non-traditional sources. Students must have a minimum of 12 transfer credits to apply.

Test Scores for Applying:
SAT/ACT scores are required for those who have completed less than 24 credits at the college level. If you have 24 graded credits on your college transcript these scores will be waived.

Letters of Recommendation Required:
Your application must include one letter of recommendation from a current or recent professor. Ask this individual to write a brief, one-page appraisal of your academic and personal qualities and your potential as a student at Catholic University.

Essay(s) required:
Your statement of intent should be 1-2 pages long. Write about why you want to transfer to CUA, your goals, any struggles or success you have had as a student, etc. Any aspect or experience you think CUA should know about you as a student and person.

Application Fee:
There is a $55 nonrefundable application fee.

Other Requirements:
A Portfolio Review is required for Architecture students only. An Audition is required for Music students only.

Fall Deadline:

Spring Deadline:

Summer Deadline:

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Standardized Testing

ACT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Composite 22 27
SAT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Critical Reading 500 610
Math 500 610

Standardized Testing Notes:

Transfer Statistics

Transfers Applied: 540

Transfers Accepted: 202

Transfer Percentage Accepted: 37%

Freshmen Percentage Accepted: 87%

Difference Between Transfer and Freshmen Acceptance Rates: -50%

Admissions Data From: Fall 2007


Books: 1400

Other Expenses: 2500

Room and Board: 13824

Tuition and Fees: 35460

Total Cost: 53184

Note on Costs:

Costs Data From: 2011-12

Financial Aid

General Financial Aid Information:
In addition to Academic Scholarships and need based grants, 3 other grants are offered. Grant applications must be submitted with your application.

CSS/Profile Used?

Own Financial Aid Form?

Average Amount of Aid – Grants:

Average Amount of Aid – Loans: 7302

Percent of New Students Receiving Aid: 94%

Percent of New Students Receiving Grants: 93%

Percent of New Students Receiving Loans: 67%

Financial Aid Data From: Fall 2010

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