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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.

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Underscore Your Outlook

At 136 years and counting, Catholic University remains the one and only national university of the Catholic Church in the United States. So it should be no surprise to hear that we believe in the promise and power of doing what’s right — passing those lessons on through six generations now of successful and conscientious alumni. 

At CatholicU, we embrace you and the development of your character — regardless of your religious belief. We believe in the compatibility of faith and reason, and we pride ourselves on expressing these ideals through acceptance, service, and always striving to better ourselves and the lives of others.

Did you know more than 40% of CatholicU students regularly participate in community service?

CatholicU Recognized as Top School for Service

You Are in Good Company


Donald Shirley
Musician and Composer Depicted in Oscar-Winning Green Book
Class of 1953


Sr. Thea Bowman
Educator and Evangelist for African Americans, Servant of God
Class of 1970, 1973


Martin O'Malley
Former Governor of Maryland
Class of 1985


Brian M. Cashman
General Manager of MLB's New York Yankees
Class of 1989


Angela Santomero
Creator of Blue's Clues and Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood
Class of 1990


Michael J. Bidwell
President of the NFL's Arizona Cardinals
Class of 1990


John McCarthy
Political Strategist Named to Forbes 30 Under 30 for Politics
Class of 2013

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Meet Your Cast of Characters

Student testing virtual reality set

A Whole Day Dedicated to Research

University Research Day is an annual celebration of the joy of discovery, bringing students and faculty together from all disciplines to learn from one another. Recent undergraduate research topics have included Roman cement, tutoring students with ADHD, the patent process, Captain America, Andy Warhol, and even our neighborhood of Brookland.

Chart New Chapters

Study abroad is the dream of so many students, especially here at Catholic University. It’s the chance to explore 25 countries across 6 continents. We make this dream as accessible as possible to all our students with financial aid and scholarships. Our flagship program is in Rome. Built on the side of Janiculum Hill in the ancient neighborhood of Trastevere, the University’s Rome Center offers breathtaking views of the Eternal City from its many windows and balconies. The Pantheon and Colosseum are just across the Tiber River. Students are encouraged to spend as much time as possible engaged in the local community, improving their Italian language skills and learning more about Roman life by participating in the centuries-old traditions of the city.

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Where are You headed?

Students horseback riding in Ireland

CatholicU offers multiple programs in Ireland, including a Parliamentary internship program in Dublin and the Irish Summer Institute, which examines how migration has shaped Irish society and identity.

Student in Morocco with tile wall behind her

Offered in conjunction with the Arab American Language Institute, this program immerses students in the Arabic language and Moroccan culture. Students stay with a family to enhance their language skills, learn the culture firsthand, and participate in family activities like weddings and holidays. 

Students in front of Parliament and London Eye

United Kingdom
The British Parliamentary Internship is a popular program in which students work in Westminster with a Member of Parliament. Courses focus on British history and politics.

Student on bridge with Sydney Opera House

The Conway School of Nursing offers an exchange program with the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne, adding an international dimension to nursing education.

Student sitting in Roman piazza

Our flagship program is in Rome. Students live in the University's Rome Center in the bustling neighborhood of Trestevere, not far from Vatican City and numerous historic sites.

What’s Your dream gig?

The Center for Academic and Career Success is here to help you make the most out of the incredible opportunities available to you, both in D.C. and at CatholicU, through individualized support to help you develop as a person and as a professional. Need help finding the right course? Or a path that aligns with your passions? We've got you covered. Ready for the next step? We’ve got close ties to organizations all over the region. By the time they graduate, approximately 64% of our students complete at least one internship. 

These are just a few of the D.C.-based organizations where students have interned or worked (and you could be next):

  • Catholic Charities
  • Children’s National Health System
  • District of Columbia Public Schools
  • Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
  • Library of Congress
  • NASA Goddard
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Naval Research Laboratory
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • U.S. Census Bureau
  • U.S. Congress
  • White House
  • World Bank

Alumnus Kevin Kelley with World Series trophy

Foreshadow your success

“Being in D.C. is a big advantage of the University in terms of getting experience because everyone is looking for interns.”  —Kevin Kelley, B.S.B.A. ‘13

As a business major, Kevin Kelley worked tirelessly to carve a path for himself in the world of professional sports. As a junior, he landed an internship with D.C. United, the city’s Major League Soccer franchise, that gave him his first taste of what life after graduation could look like. Thanks to the University’s D.C. location, Kelley was able to turn his internship into a full-blown career. He has advanced into the role of events manager for the World Champion Washington Nationals, a position he describes as his “dream job.”

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A storied past.
A Promising Future.


National champs and perennial league championship contenders, our CatholicU Cardinals define the term “successful student-athletes.” From a history of college football greatness to the development of an intercollegiate sports program now supporting 25 Division III teams, the Cardinals have always been at the forefront.

Our women's lacrosse team has claimed 13 Landmark Conference Championships, including eight straight. No matter the sport, as a proud Cardinal, you will join the ranks of athletic greats — whether you’re in the game or cheering from the sidelines.

Men's Varsity Sports Women's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field (indoor
    & outdoor)
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Field Hockey
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field (indoor
    & outdoor)
  • Volleyball
Baseball player at bat with quote that says, “Catholic University gave  me the best opportunity  to not only excel as a  student-athlete, but also  as a person.  If I had to describe my time here in one word,  it would be ‘perfect’.”  Connor Sullivan PHILOSOPHY, BASEBALL

In 2020, Catholic University’s men’s and women’s swim teams were the first to win simultaneous titles at the Landmark Conference Championships. Two of our swimmers won individual national titles. This kind of athletic greatness spans all our teams, with three Cardinal track and field athletes also holding individual national titles.

But our high regard for the value of athletics is about more than victories. We structure our athletic programs to maximize their contribution to student development, knowing that sports help foster qualities that are vital in life: hard work, resilience, cooperation, respect for others, and leadership.

Life between  the lines

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students at commencement

Important Dates, Deadlines, and Links

Important Dates

  • November 1
    Deadline for Early Action and Early Decision I Applications
  • December 15 
    Notification for Early Action and Early Decision I applicants
  • February 1 
    Deadline for Early Decision II and Regular Decision Applications
    Deadline for Early Decision I enrollment 
    Priority Deadline for filling out the FAFSA for Regular Decision and ED II applicants; need-based financial assistance dispersed for admitted Early Action students.
  • February
    Notification for Early Decision II applicants
  • March
    Early Decision II enrollment deadline
  • First Week of March
    Notification for Regular Decision applicants
  • April
    Need-based financial assistance dispersed for Regular Decision students
  • May 1
    National Candidate Reply Date


Contact Admission

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.

Mailing Address
The Catholic University of America
Office of Undergraduate Admission
620 Michigan Ave, N.E. Washington, DC 20064

Campus Address
Father O’Connell Hall, Room 102
611 Alumni Lane

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