At Catholic University, you’ll find inspiration for your story. Our beautiful 176-acre campus in the heart of Washington, D.C. will provide you with enriching opportunities inside and outside the classroom.

Apply for free: Use the Common Application for undergraduate admission


Already Applied? Check the Application Portal for application status and/or confirm enrollment


Email required documents to cua-admissions@cua.edu 

How to Apply

First-year and Transfer Students

  • Application Checklist

    1. Apply online by Jan. 15
    2. Provide proof of English language proficiency
    3. Confirm financial support
    4. Supply secondary school report with transcripts (translated)
    5. Review admission packet with visa information

    Please note: Catholic University does not charge a fee to apply.

    International students applying to Catholic University must have successfully completed a university preparatory course of study at a secondary school (a minimum of 12 years of primary and secondary school training comprising the equivalent to a U.S. high school diploma). Upon receipt of your completed application and required admission materials, your credentials are reviewed by members of the admission staff. 

    The Catholic University of America is committed to the belief that "with respect to the fundamental rights of the person, every type of discrimination, whether social or cultural, whether based on sex, race, color, social condition, language, or religion, is to be overcome and eradicated as contrary to God's intent." Accordingly, it is the policy of the University to comply fully with provisions of federal and local laws and regulations, where applicable, which prohibit discrimination on the basis of criteria specified in those laws and regulations in educational programs and activities, including admission.

  • Application Deadlines

    Fall semester (Sept. to Dec.)

    Nov. 1 —  Early Action and Early Decision I application deadline

    Feb. 1 — Regular Decision and Early Decision II application deadline

  • Evaluation

    • Once your application is complete, the evaluation and review process takes approximately 2-4 weeks (certain programs may have a longer evaluation and review process).
    • Official decision letters, immigration documents, and instructions for confirming your enrollment will be sent via email to the email address used on the admission application.
    • You can check your status at any time in your application portal to see what documents we have received and what is still needed to complete your application.
  • Cost

    Living and studying in Washington, D.C. is expensive. The exact cost varies considerably from person to person and from one degree program to another.

    Current costs, including tuition, fees, room and board

    Submit confirmation of financial support documents

  • Scholarships

    International students are eligible for Catholic University merit scholarships. Catholic University awards up to $33,000 per year per student.

international student in the CUA library
Office of Undergraduate Admission
Father O'Connell Hall, Rm 102
620 Michigan Ave NE
Washington, D.C. 20064
Phone: 202-319-5305
Toll-Free: 800-673-2772