Application Process

We’re eager to get to know you: to learn about your academic background, your activities and accomplishments, your hobbies and passions, and where you hope to take both your studies and your life. Throughout our application process, we’ll work together to discover how Catholic University fits into your goals.


The Application Review

Your high school career is the foundation of our review of your application for admission. We closely evaluate the depth of your curriculum and classroom performance in the context of both your program of study and high school, and in so doing believe we can make effective admission decisions without requiring SAT or ACT scores. Your success in the classroom is the best indicator of your success here at Catholic.

Your academic preparation matters, of course, but so does much more — including aspects of your character that are less easy to quantify. Your personality, spirit, judgment, and heart are as much a part of you as your grades. Your activities profile, letters of recommendation, and essay play an important role in our evaluation, as we enroll a global and welcoming group of undergraduates looking to make an impact in our rigorous and diverse community.

Academic Requirements and Recommendations

Students admitted to Catholic University typically pursue a competitive high school curriculum, including:

  • 4 years of English
  • 4 years of Mathematics
  • 4 years of History/Social Studies
  • 3 years of Science (including 2 laboratory sciences)
  • 2 years of a Foreign Language
In addition, the School of Engineering, the School of Nursing, and the physical science departments recommend prospective students take additional science and math courses. This includes a mathematics curriculum through pre-calculus, and a minimum of three laboratory sciences.

Successful applicants to Catholic University pursue a combination of college preparatory, Honors, and AP/IB courses that fit their interests and strengths. All students are reviewed within the context of their high school, with course offerings and schedules and class rank taken into account when appropriate.

  • First-Year Application Options

    Whether you’re applying Early Decision (binding), Early Action (non-binding), or Regular Decision, it’s best to begin early.

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  • Home-Schooled Students

    Catholic University welcomes applications from home-schooled students. Find out how to apply. 

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