Our Plan for Fall 2020

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On July 31, President John Garvey announced a plan for Fall 2020. That plan limits the number of students who can reside on campus and take classes in person. Priority will be given to freshmen (and transfers with fewer than 30 college credits). They will move into the residence halls as planned. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors will not be able to live on campus this fall, and will take all of their classes online. Please check back to this page often for updated information related to this plan. 

Our Plan for Fall 2020
COVID-19 Updates

The journey connecting freshman orientation with the walk across the commencement stage is paradoxically long and yet, just a brief passage of time. We know that as a parent or honored family member, you want these next four years to matter — for these amazing young adults to gain essential skills, to mature and grow in character, to experience or deepen their spiritual foundations, and find meaningful career success.

At Catholic University, we want the same — and more. We want each year's incoming class to learn to think for themselves, to develop an active love for knowledge that embraces the best of human reasoning along with the revelations brought forth through a deep and abiding faith.

Parents value Catholic University's distinct approach — the recognition that virtues and knowledge remain an integrative part of leading a rich, full, purpose-driven life. We share a common goal — helping students become fully reflective professionals, uniquely capable of articulating and defending their own opinions, attitudes, values, and beliefs.

Student living

Students express great anticipation — and sometimes apprehension — about living apart from home. The initial steps toward independence are key — and studies show that students who engage with groups and activities outside of academics adjust best and thrive.

Health and Wellness

Taking care of one’s whole self — body, mind, spirit — is an essential part of dealing with the challenges and stress of a college curriculum, time management and the larger transition to adulthood.


While students are expected to make their own choices about academic majors, many seek out guidance from parents and family member who know their emerging strengths and weaknesses.


While Catholic University and its location in the nation’s capital offer many advantages, students still must show a willingness to go after every opportunity — internships, mentoring, student research, travel — to realize their goals.