The journey connecting freshman orientation with the 30-foot 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.

Academics

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.

Career

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.

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    Parents Council

    The Parents Council is a group of highly engaged parents who are dedicated to the mission of The Catholic University of America and seek to expand the opportunities available for today’s students. These parent-leaders make a meaningful, direct impact on undergraduate student life.

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