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. To help us evaluate your academic preparation as part of your application we need you to submit all the documents that are listed below. 


Photocopied or faxed documents that are not certified will not be accepted. If the institution you attended is unable to reissue an official transcript, you may submit a copy of the original transcript in your possession. However, the copy must be certified by a notary to be an accurate copy of the original. Catholic University requires transcripts be written in the official language of the school. If this language is not English, the documents must be accompanied by a certified English translation.

This is a list of documents you will need to submit with your application:

  • Secondary School Report
  • Official Transcripts
  • Letter of Recommendation

Secondary School Report

International candidates are asked to have their secondary school or high school guidance counselor complete the Secondary School Report. If your school does not have a guidance counselor, another school official who knows you and your academic work well may complete the form. This form allows the guidance counselor/school official to evaluate your involvement, motivation, and potential as a student. This information adds an important dimension to your credentials. Additional recommendations may be included in your application in an open letter format.

Official/Attested Copy of Transcripts

Please arrange to have your secondary school, high school, or college send the required educational documents directly to The Catholic University of America. The University requires official records of educational study leading to the earned degree(s) or certificate(s). Transcripts of previous academic training should show courses taken, grades obtained, and proof of graduation. All official/attested transcripts must have an original seal or stamp from the issuing institution.

All transcripts must be translated into English and evaluated before they will be reviewed.

Letter of Recommendation

Your application must include one letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor, coach or employer who knows you. Transfer applicants should contact a current or recent professor. Ask this individual to write a brief, one-page appraisal of your academic and personal qualities and your potential as a student at Catholic University. Your letter of recommendation may also include specific events or unusual circumstances that will help us in considering your application. It should be submitted with your Undergraduate Application for Admission.

Test-Free Policy

The Committee on Admission at Catholic University does not consider standardized tests as part of the review for admission, the University Honors Program, and for all merit scholarships.

The policy includes the evaluation of candidates for the University Honors Program and for all merit-based scholarships. Merit scholarships are awarded based on each student’s academic performance over the course of the high school career and not on testing ability.

This policy applies to all undergraduate applicants, including home-schooled and international candidates.

Certified Translations

All documents must be translated into English and evaluated before they will be reviewed. One of several services that does this is World Education Services (