The Catholic University of America is unique among universities in the United States — even among Catholic universities. And it’s not just because we’re located minutes from the heart of the nation’s capital in Washington, D.C.
It is because we were specifically founded by the Catholic bishops of the United States, with a charter from then Pope Leo XIII, to be the national university of the Catholic Church in America.
We seek to cultivate a new generation of Catholic Minds, to find new and exciting ways to apply the inexhaustible resources of the Catholic intellectual tradition, and to take the best thinking of Catholic Minds, past and present, to help solve the problems of contemporary life and enrich the culture around us.
Home to 12 schools and 21 research facilities, the University embraces the entire scope of the Catholic intellectual tradition. We are the only American university with ecclesiastical faculties granting canonical degrees in three disciplines.
We seek to cultivate truly Catholic Minds in all things, fully availing ourselves of all the powers of human reason, yet enlightened by the sublime advantages of the grace of faith.
As the only national university of the Catholic Church in America we seek to combine a strong Catholic Identity with a rich intellectual experience steeped in the Catholic intellectual tradition.