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 2028, shaped by you and your friends and the experiences you will share.

At Catholic University, you'll find an idyllic college campus in the heart of the most important city in the world. We offer a rigorous environment for research and academics, combined with all the resources and opportunities to prepare you for the future and making the world a better place. Take your next steps today to join your new University home.

Discover the Campus, Programs, and Student Life

Your major, your courses, where to live, your dining plan, the clubs you'll join, the sports you'll play, your new community and the ways to live your faith. It's all ready for you at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Plan your campus visit to get a jump start on attending and begin exploring the resources below to see all we have to offer.

Take the College Tour

Our campus and students are featured in an episode of “The College Tour” TV Series on Amazon Prime. Hear what our students love about the University.

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Your Checklist of Next Steps

Now that you've been admitted to Catholic University, it's an exciting time — and important to understand what comes next

Next Steps After You Pay Your Deposit
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Visit our Parents Page to learn more about academic policies, student life, student wellness, safety, mentoring, billing, financial aid, orientation, the Family Nest information portal, the Parents Council, and more.

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Learn the Lingo

  • DMV

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    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"

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    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"

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    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

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    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

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    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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Rankings and Recognitions

Innovative programs and a beautiful, green campus are just the beginning of CatholicU's national leadership, as reflected in an array of rankings, recognitions, and other honors.

Discover Our Top Rankings and Recognitions

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Student Stories and Notable Alumni

Every student has their own reason to love Catholic University, and how it shapes their life and future career – and many alumni go on to change the world.

See Our Student Stories

Discover Notable Alumni

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Top Stops in the D.C. Area

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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Build your day at CatholicU. Take our short quiz to write your story.

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