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Undergraduate Admission

Write Your Story at CatholicU

Every story needs a setting, a plot, and a cast of characters. At Catholic University, you’ll find inspiration for your story. Your setting is our beautiful 176-acre campus in the heart of Washington, D.C. Your plot will be guided by the opportunities you have here, such as research with world-class faculty, internships with renowned businesses and institutions, and dozens of study-abroad choices. Your cast of characters will become your friends for life, and you can meet them almost anywhere: a football game, student organization gatherings, or weekly service and worship with Campus Ministry. All these pieces will fit together to help you write your story, here, at The Catholic University of America.

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Visiting Campus

Join us on our 176-acre residential campus located in the heart of Washington, D.C. Visit opportunities this fall include daily information sessions and tours, Open House, and more!

First-Year Students

Your Catholic University journey starts here. Learn about our freshman application process, scholarship opportunities, or schedule a campus visit.

Admitted Students

Recently admitted to Catholic University? Explore all the resources we have available and learn more about upcoming events that we have tailored specifically for you!

 Transfer Students

Learn more about transferring to Catholic University from a two- or four-year institution. Applications are accepted for fall and spring admission!

International Students

We welcome students from nearly 80 countries around the world. Join our global community and learn the details of our international application.

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.

School Counselors
Information to support school counselors in their efforts to help students navigate the application process at CatholicU.

Other Application Options

Separate applications are required for students seeking readmission to the university, for those looking to earn a second undergraduate degree (non-Nursing), and for those who wish to take classes as a non-degree seeking student.


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Important Dates


  • August 1  CommonApp becomes available.  
  • September — Academic Focus Days - Dates to be announced soon
  • October — Open House - Date to be announced soon
  • November — Open House - Date to be announced soon
  • November 1 — Early Action and Early Decision I Deadline
  • December — Decision Notification for Early Action and Early Decision I 
  • January — Open House - Date to be announced soon
  • February 1 — Regular Decision and Early Decision II Deadline
  • February  — Cardinal Preview Day I (Registration available in 2025)
  • March — Decision Notification for Regular Decision and Early Decision II
  • April  — Cardinal Preview Day II & III (Registration available in 2025)
  • May 1 — National Enrollment Deadline

In the meantime, you can schedule a visit to see us this summer!


  • Meet Your Admission Counselor

    The Admission staff is here to help you with any questions you might have about Catholic University, the application process, or enrollment. You can email them directly or set up a virtual meeting.

    Contact Us
    Meet Your Admission Counselor
  • Visit Your Future Campus

    We are offering limited, modified information sessions and campus tours. We are also continuing to offer virtual information sessions for prospective students who cannot travel to campus at this time.

    Sign Up for a Visit
    Visit Your Future Campus
  • Watch “The College Tour” featuring Catholic University!

    CatholicU was featured on an episode of "The College Tour", a TV series that tells the story of college through the lens of their students. Watch the episode to learn more about CatholicU's beautiful campus, and warm community!

    Watch the Episode
    Watch “The College Tour” featuring Catholic University!
  • An Affordable Education

    A Catholic University education is affordable. Over the last three years, 95% of first-year students received scholarships and/or grants directly from Catholic University.

    Tuition and Financial Aid
    An Affordable Education
  • Scholarships

    We offer a range of scholarships for first-year and transfer students that recognize and reward you for outstanding academic performance in high school — as well as exceptional leadership and service in your school, church and community.

    Learn More
  • Plan Your Future

    Turn your passions into a profession. Use the Program Finder to explore more than 130 undergraduate programs — all rooted in a strong liberal arts foundation — and start your story at CatholicU.

    Find Your Academic Program
    Plan Your Future
  • Take Our Quiz to Reveal Your Day at CatholicU

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

    Take the Quiz
    Take Our Quiz to Reveal Your Day at CatholicU
  • Rankings and Recognitions

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

    Learn More
    Rankings and Recognitions

Your Story Begins Here

On this campus. In these classrooms. This story is as much yours as it is ours, and we can’t wait to see what you do with it. The story you create here may be the most important one you ever write.

Welcome to CatholicU

Nestled just north of Capitol Hill sits Catholic University. With 176 acres, Catholic University has the largest campus in Washington, D.C. We are home to more than 3,000 undergraduate students of all backgrounds, races, and religions who will write the next chapter of our world’s future together.

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Contact Us

Mailing Address:
The Catholic University of America
Office of Undergraduate Admission
620 Michigan Ave, NE
Washington, DC 20064

Campus Address:
Father O’Connell Hall, Room 102

Email: cua-admissions@cua.edu

Phone: 202-319-5305
Toll-Free: 800-673-2772
Fax: 202-319-6533
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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