Whether you apply Early Action, choose an Early Decision deadline, or wait for Regular Decision, it's never too early to start the application process.

Application Deadlines
Application Requirements

Application Deadlines

Early Action

Nov. 1 Deadline
The Early Action deadline is designed for students who have a strong interest in Catholic University and believe that they can present a complete, competitive application during the first semester of their senior year.

Early Action is non-binding: students are free to apply to other institutions and do not have to commit to Catholic University until the May 1 National Candidate Reply Date. Early Action students are notified of both their admission decision and potential merit scholarship awards before January 1; eligible need-based financial assistance is dispersed by February 1.

Early Decision I and Early Decision II

Nov. 15 Deadline — Early Decision I
Jan. 15 Deadline — Early Decision II
Students who have identified Catholic University as their first-choice institution may apply under one of our two binding Early Decision plans.

The Early Decision options are for students who have determined that Catholic is the ideal fit for them, and they demonstrate that commitment by agreeing to attend the institution if admitted. Students who choose to apply Early Decision are recognized by the Committee on Admission as having made this first-choice commitment, which can provide an advantage in the review process.

The deadline for Early Decision I is November 15 with decision notification by January 1; students also have the option of choosing Early Decision II, with a January 15 deadline and decision notification by February 15. Early Decision students can expect to be notified of both their offer of admission along with potential merit scholarship awards and any need-based financial aid awards for which they may be eligible.

Applicants for Early Decision are required to submit the supplemental Early Decision Agreement, which must be signed by the student, a parent/guardian, and the school counselor. Under the terms of the Early Decision Agreement, students who are offered admission are required to withdraw all other applications to other institutions and must submit their non-refundable enrollment deposit by January 15 for Early Decision I, or by March 1 for Early Decision II.

Regular Decision

Jan. 15 Deadline
The Regular Decision deadline is designed for students who believe they can best present a competitive application by including final grades from the first semester of their senior year.

Regular Decision is non-binding: students are free to apply to other institutions and do not have to commit to Catholic University until the May 1 National Candidate Reply Date. Regular Decision students are notified of both their admission decision and potential merit scholarship awards by March 20; eligible need-based financial assistance is dispersed by April 1.

Please note: Regardless of the application program, all candidates receive equal consideration for academic merit and need-based financial assistance.


Application Requirements

Regardless of the application option chosen, students must submit the Common Application and all application materials by the appropriate deadline in order to be considered for admission.

The application requirements are:

  • A completed Common Application
  • The Common Application Essay
  • $55 non-refundable application fee (payable through the Common App)
  • Official High School Transcripts
  • Secondary School Report with Counselor Letter
  • At least one (1) Teacher Recommendation
  • Official SAT or ACT Scores (Optional)
  • ZeeMee Profile (Optional)
Please note: All application documents must be received by the appropriate deadline in order for an application to be considered complete. Once an admission decision and scholarship recommendation have been made, adjustments are not possible.