Imagine studying politics 10 minutes away from Capitol Hill. Or nursing 10 miles from the National Institutes of Health. Or law four miles from the Supreme Court of the United States. What about architecture? You’ll be living in a city designed by Pierre Charles L'Enfant. A city where architecture is the first feature. Or media? Every news agency in the world is here. Interested in library and information science? Take a class within the walls of the Library of Congress.
Catholic University, located in the heart of Washington, D.C., offers unparalleled opportunities for all students. The seat of government of the world’s most influential nation is a magnet for businesses, foundations, aid agencies, science and technology centers, think tanks, charities, research institutes, cultural organizations, and policy advocates.
For every area of academic pursuit at Catholic University, there are stories of students finding ways to connect, to make a difference, to open doors, and to have an impact here in the heart of our nation’s culture. These are just a few examples:
- One politics student spent his senior year going from politics class to Capitol Hill where he worked as an intern in the office of the Speaker of the House.
- A Master of Science in Business Analysis student interned at Amtrak then went right from graduation to a full-time job as interactive media coordinator at Amtrak.
- A group of students went behind the scenes at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center to see the next-generation space telescope being assembled.
- A doctoral candidate in Semitics was hired by the National Archives to help catalogue thousands of books and documents recovered by U.S. troops in the basement of Saddam Hussein’s intelligence service headquarters in Iraq.
- Students in the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music got to work with world-renowned singer Renée Fleming when she visited Catholic University to teach a master class.
In addition to the academic and professional opportunities, Washington, D.C. has a lot to offer for those seeking cultural and artistic experiences. From the Kennedy Center to the Smithsonian, Washington, D.C., is a city vibrant in the arts.
There is also everything a sports fan can ask for. From the Redskins (NFL) to the Nationals (MLB) to the Capitals (NHL) to the Wizards and Mystics (NBA and WNBA) to the D.C. United (MLS).
- Discoveries in Deep Space: Students explore the universe alongside NASA scientists at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in nearby Greenbelt, Md.
- Destination: Brookland: The University's neighborhood provides students with new restaurants, stores, and cultural events.
- Metro Madness: First-year students explore D.C. in a scavenger hunt on the city's Metro.
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
"The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is integral to our University community," says President John Garvey.
As clerics and religious men and women of different orders walked around in their religious robes, Brookland began to be called Little Rome.