The story you create for yourself during the next four years could be the most important one you ever write. And what better setting than at a global research university, informed by the liberal arts and Catholic intellectual traditions, and located in the exciting, opportunity-rich environment that is the nation’s capital?

Students at The Catholic University of America find themselves in a world within a world — in both a powerful and historic city, and surrounded by lush green landscapes and cherry blossom trees. Situated just three miles north of Capitol Hill, the 176-acre campus is the largest in Washington, providing a grassy, residential oasis for more than 3,000 undergraduate students and 2,400 graduate students looking for a distinctive educational experience rooted in a deeper meaning.

Ours is a welcoming, faithfully Catholic community inspired by discovery and the pursuit of knowledge, committed to social justice, and engaged with high-energy student life. Drawing on the richness of its 133-year history and Catholic intellectual tradition, Catholic University’s extensive academic programs and liberal arts curriculum are closely linked to the University’s mission, which aims to foster a sense of wonder and curiosity toward the world while helping develop the talents and skills necessary to realize a student’s full potential in life. As the one and only national university of the Catholic Church in the United States and America’s second-oldest research university, we believe in the compatibility of faith and reason, and pride ourselves on expressing these ideals through acceptance, service, and always striving to better ourselves and the lives of others — some of the many reasons that the Cardinal Newman Society has recognized Catholic University as the only comprehensive research university on their list of recommended institutions.

With 12 schools and more than 70 undergraduate programs, and 32 research centers and facilities, Catholic University combines world-class academics, individualized support, and unsurpassed opportunities for internships to help students maximize their talents, skills, and abilities to make change in the world. With guidance from our Center for Academic and Career Success, 80 percent of CatholicU students complete at least one internship — with the U.S. Congress, Smithsonian Institution, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, NASA, National Institutes of Health, and many other D.C-area organizations — by the time they graduate. Sixty percent complete more than two!

At the same time, a vigorous array of programs offered by the Office of Campus Ministry invites students to explore both faith and friendship while serving those in need. We offer four daily Masses in the three University Chapels and three Sunday Masses – two on Campus and one in the Crypt Church of the National Shrine of the Immaculate  Conception. In addition, there are four special Masses during the academic year at the Basilica: the Freshman Orientation Mass, the Mass of the Holy Spirit, the Mass in Honor of St. Thomas Aquinas, and the Baccalaureate Mass. During the first month of every academic year, friars and other priests bless student rooms of all who express interest and dedicate each residence hall to the protection of its patron saint.

Other opportunities for spiritual growth include annual class-based and student-run retreats, service opportunities and sponsored mission trips to numerous locations throughout the world. More than 40 percent of students participate regularly in community service, earning honors from the NCAA and Catholic Volunteer Network for national leadership in giving back to our neighbors throughout the capital region. And beginning fall 2014, all undergraduate students reside in single-sex residence halls. In addition, two halls have religious in residence — one female residence hall with one sister living with students, and one priest living in one of the male halls.

More than 100 student clubs and organizations, 25 intercollegiate athletic teams, and a robust study abroad program featuring study sites in 37 countries across six continents offer plenty of other opportunities for keeping busy and engaged as a CatholicU student. And when not studying or practicing or performing, our students also get to enjoy the scores of museums and galleries, theaters, restaurants, monuments, markets, parks, and historic sites that make Washington, D.C., one of the most interesting, dynamic, and influential cities in the world.

Then there is our commitment to undergraduate research — best reflected in our increasingly popular Research Day — that could earn you a co-author credit on a published paper while you’re still an undergraduate, as well our welcoming and supportive residential experience that promotes friendships to last a lifetime ... Just ask any of our more than 88,000 active alumni around the world.

Also at CatholicU, we understand the value of education far surpasses its cost. That’s why we commit more than $70 million each year to a comprehensive financial aid program, and why over the last three years we have directly offered 95 percent of first-year students scholarships and/or need-based grants.

Despite recent challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, Catholic University continues to take steps toward a bigger and brighter future. We’re working on a new dining hall to be completed in 2022 and—thanks to a $40 million gift—are currently in the design stages for a new building that will house the Conway School of Nursing and also support other science programs across campus.

To make it an even easier decision to apply, Catholic University does not charge an application fee to apply for undergraduate admission. And in 2020-21 we became “test blind,” meaning we no longer consider standardized test scores as part of the review for admission.

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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Bonus News & Content

Beginning in January 2021, The Catholic University of America will be offering dual enrollment to high school seniors (Class of 2021). Students who are currently homeschooled will be able to earn Catholic University credits before the official start of their undergraduate studies.

There is no application fee, however students interested in applying for Dual Enrollment classes must complete the application and submit a current high school transcript. This transcript can be created and supplied by parents, and must include grades from the first three years of high school as well as the academic schedule for their senior year.

​The priority deadline is December 15, 2020, and registration approvals will take place on a rolling basis. Applications will be considered after the initial deadline on a space-available basis.

View the available courses for the Spring 2021 semester here.

Learn more about Dual Enrollment at Catholic University by visiting


Make sure to attend our LIVE 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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