You're in! Now it's time to start writing the next chapter of your story — the one titled "The College Years." It will be the story of the Catholic University Class of 2027, shaped by you and your friends and the experiences you will share.

The setting: an idyllic college campus in the heart of the most important city in the world. The characters: the best friends you'll ever make and the teachers and mentors who will guide you. The plot: how you and your classmates started a journey at CatholicU that led you on the path to making the world a better place.

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Your major, your courses, where to live, your dining plan, the clubs you'll join, the sports you'll play, the ways you'll live your faith. It's all ready for you at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Here are some videos and links to key pages that might help you make your decision.

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Learn the Lingo

  • DMV

    map of DC and surrounding states

    Does not mean Department of Motor Vehicles… No, in and around CatholicU it means District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.

  • NOVA

    Map of Northern Virginia

    Northern Virginia, encompassing Arlington, Clarke, Culpeper, Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudon, Madison, Prince William, Rappahannock, Stafford, and Warren Counties.

  • "The Hill"

    aerial view of washington, dc,_dc-800x600.jpg

    Capitol Hill, located just three miles from campus. The seat of Congress. Also nearby: The U.S. Supreme Court, Library of Congress, and Union Station.

  • "The Mall"

    Not a shopping mall, though plenty of retail and restaurant options are close by! This is the grounds in and around many of the city's national monuments and memorial parks. It is maintained by the National Park Service.

  • "Metro"

    two student at Brookland-cua metro station

    Short for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority (WMATA), offering light rail, bus, and accessible transportation options throughout the capital region. When most residents say "Metro," they generally mean Metrorail. The University's stop on the historic Red Line is Brookland-CUA.

  • "St. Vinny's"

    Students' affectionate, informal name for St. Vincent de Paul Chapel, which nevertheless serves as the "official" chapel of the University. Centrally located near John McCormack Road between Millennium North ("Mill North") and Millennium South ("Mill South") residence halls, the 72-year-old, 300-seat chapel remains a focal point of Campus Ministry and the spiritual life of the campus.

  • The "Pryz"

    Honors Class of 1925 alumnus Edward J. "Eddie" Pryzbyla, who provided the major gift for its construction as an expression of his "love and care for this campus." A favored location for a wide range of events and activities both formal and informal, the Pryzbyla University Center hosted an address by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI in 2008.


  • Pryz Lawn

    view from rooftop of Pryz lawn and patio

    The gently sloping greenspace between Pryzbyla Center and McMahon Hall. Popular location for informal gatherings, relaxing, and the annual Cardinalpalooza celebrating the end of spring semester classes.

  • University Mall

    The expanse between McMahon and Gibbons Halls, adjoining the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Scene of the University's annual Commencement exercises.

  • CV

    Refers to Centennial Village, a student residential community consisting of Camalier, Engelhard, McDonald, Reardon, Unanue, and Walton Houses, which collectively can accommodate approximately 500 students.

  • OA, RA, and RM

    students in residence hall room

    OA: Orientation Advisor 

    RA: Resident Assistant 

    RM: Resident Minister 

  • "The Duf"

    Student slang for the Raymond A. DuFour Athletic Center, the University's home for intercollegiate athletics, intramural and recreational sports activities.

  • The Tower

    Logo of The Tower student newspaper

    It's a thing, not a place. Name of the University's student-run newspaper, founded in 1922.

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Top Stops

Having our own Metro station right next to campus connects Catholic University students to all the D.C. region has to offer: great food, free museums, pro sports venues, and some of the best internships in the world. 

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