The Catholic University of American, founded in 1887, is a globally recognized research institution with the feel of a small, residential college. CatholicU students enjoy the best of two distinct worlds. The University has the largest, greenest campus in Washington, D.C., which offers open space and unique charm. The University’s own Metro stop brings students to the heart of the nation’s capital in a matter of minutes, giving them access to unlimited cultural and social experiences and thousands of internship and job opportunities in every field imaginable.

Catholic University is the national university of the Catholic Church in the United States and is home to 3,000 undergraduate and 2,400 graduate students who come from all backgrounds. Undergraduate students choose from more than 130 programs taught by faculty who are renowned in their fields and who pride themselves on personal attention to their students. The University has 34 major research centers and facilities where undergraduate and graduate students actively participate in the study of new ideas and solutions.

Rounding out the CatholicU experience is student and residential life that fosters community. Students participate in more than 100 student organizations, 25 Division III sports, and nationally recognized programs of service to others through Campus Ministry.

The Office of Undergraduate Admission welcomes visitors to campus on weekdays and many Saturdays throughout the year to learn more about the academic, social, and spiritual life on campus. The Committee on Admission has years of experience reviewing homeschool applicants and is always interested in the distinctive educational journeys that students have pursued. The University offers merit-based scholarships that currently range from $15,000 to $32,000, and offers a limited number of full tuition scholarships each year. Students who qualify for need-based financial assistance receive grants that range from $1,000 to more than $40,000.

Visit us at and explore our campus either virtually or in person, register for an information session, and check out our virtual viewbook. Begin writing your story at CatholicU. We can’t wait to see what you do with it.


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October 2021 Virtual Booth Schedule

Thursday, October 7; 11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m EST

Elements of a Successful College Application

Christopher Lydon, Vice President for Enrollment Management, will present on preparing your application for admission and will provide a broad perspective on how colleges review applications. A perspective on the review of homeschool students will be provided and there will be an opportunity for a live question and answer session.
Friday, October 8; 11:30 a.m - 12:30 p.m. EST
Navigating the Financial Aid Application Process
Mindy Schaffer, Executive Director of Student Financial Assistance, will present on the application process for need-based financial aid and the types of assistance typically available. Understanding a college's "sticker" price and the true cost of attendance after financial aid will be explained. The advice will be helpful to students and parents regardless of the types of school they are considering and there will be an opportunity for a live question and answer session.
If you are unable to attend the Admission Virtual Booths, please email [email protected] for information related to Undergraduate Admission. 

2021 Keynote

Thursday 10:30 am ET - Andreas and Michelle Widmar - The Catholic University of America

Homeschooling future business leaders :Teaching your child St. John Paul’s vision for business as a force for good…

Access and download the Busch School of Business digital goodie bag here.

2021 Keynote Virtual Booth Schedule

Wednesday, May 19 at 11:30 a-1:30p EST

Representatives from the School of Theology and Religious Studies will discuss "Christ is Our Light: Studying Theology at The Catholic University of America

Catholic University's motto is Deus Mea Lux Est, or Christ is My Light. Learn how the School of Theology & Religious Studies at CatholicU embodies this by forming their students to both receive and reflect Christ's light in their lives and in the Church and World. "
Thursday, May 20 - Saturday, May 22 11:30a-1:30p EST
Undergraduate Admission advisors Marilina Matta, Tom Berry, Kevin Medina, Rachel Badolato, Abby Billings will be on-hand from Thursday, May 20 - Saturday, May 22 11:30a-1:30p EST in the virtual booth to answers any questions you and/or your family may have about the admission process at Catholic University. Highlights include:
  • Homeschooled students and the application process
  • Dual Enrollment program available this summer where students can earn college credit
  • General questions about The Catholic University of America
If you are unable to attend the Admission Virtual Booths, please email [email protected] for information related to Dual Enrollment and Undergraduate Admission. 

2020 sessions

Thursday, October 15 at 3p:

Your Faith @CatholicU with Father Jude, OFM Conv., University Chaplain and Director of Campus Ministry, The Catholic University of America

In this session, discover how homeschool students can grow in their spiritual life and come to understand their vocation while attending a faithfully Catholic college. Attendees will learn about how students at Catholic University find opportunities for formation and worship, community service, and spiritual guidance along with other tools and resources that will strengthen their faith.

Friday, Oct. 16 at 3p:

Preparing and Paying for College: A Guide for Homeschooled Students with Christopher Lydon, VP of Enrollment Management and Marketing and James Dewey-Rosenfeld, Dean of Undergraduate Admission, The Catholic University of America 

This session will help parents and students navigate the college admission process - with a particular emphasis on homeschool students - and better understand the cost of college and the opportunities for merit-based and need-based financial assistance. After this session attendees will be able to make informed decisions on how to plan, prepare, and pay for college.

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We are excited to share what makes The Catholic University of America a unique institution of higher learning and why you should consider CatholicU as part of your college journey.

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Every story needs a setting, a plot, and a cast of characters. At Catholic University, you’ll find inspiration for your story. Your setting is our beautiful 176-acre campus in the heart of Washington, D.C. Your plot will be guided by the opportunities you have here, such as research with world-class faculty, internships with renowned businesses and institutions, and dozens of study-abroad choices. Your cast of characters will become your friends for life, and you can meet them almost anywhere: a football game, student organization gatherings, or weekly service and worship with Campus Ministry. All these pieces will fit together to help you write your story, here, at The Catholic University of America.

We invite you explore our Viewbook and begin your application today.

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