The Catholic University of America

Academic Calendar for 2008-2009

Note: In the event of class cancellations due to inclement weather or other circumstances, the university reserves the right to adjust the Academic Calendar. The most up-to-date Academic Calendar for a given semester is on the registrar's office Web site at

Fall (First) Semester 2008

Thursday, August 21 New student orientation begins.
Monday, August 25 Opening of classes.
Thursday, August 28 Mass of St. Paul. University Mass and Picnic; no classes between 12:10 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Monday, September 1 Labor Day (Holiday).
Tuesday, September 2 Last day for Summer 2008 graduation candidates to submit online diploma application.
Friday, September 5 Last day to register or add courses for credit, including COMPS and Internships; last day to drop a course without record (use Cardinal Station).
Wednesday, September 10 Freshman Convocation, 4 p.m.; freshmen are excused from 4:10 p.m. classes/labs to attend Convocation.
Friday, September 26 Final date to deposit theses and dissertations for October graduation.
Monday, October 6-Friday, October 10 Faculty submit interim grades for freshmen.
Friday, October 10 Midterm. Last day to resolve grades of Incomplete from the previous semester. Last day to change to audit.
Monday, October 13 Columbus Day (Holiday).
Tuesday, October 14 Administrative Monday: Monday classes meet instead of Tuesday classes this day only.
Thursday, October 23-Saturday, October 25 Comprehensive examinations for graduate students.
Monday, October 27 Pre-registration advising begins.
Saturday, November 1 All Saints Day.
Friday, November 2 All Souls Liturgy. Memorial Mass for Deceased of the University Community.
Monday, November 3 Registration for Spring (second) Semester 2009 begins (use Cardinal Station).
Friday, November 7 Last day to withdraw from classes with a "W" grade (use Cardinal Station).
Monday, November 10 Last day to request pass/fail option (undergraduates only with dean's permission).
Wednesday, November 26 Thanksgiving recess begins.
Monday, December 1 Classes resume.
Friday, December 5 Last day of classes.
Monday, December 8 Patronal Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Holiday and Reading Day)
Saturday, December 6-Monday, December 8 Reading Period. (Note: Classes that meet only on Saturdays will meet on Saturday, December 6.)
Tuesday, December 9-Saturday, December 13 Final Examination Period.
Wednesday, December 17 All final grades due by 3 p.m.
Friday, January 9, 2009 Final date to deposit theses and dissertations for January graduation.

Spring (Second) Semester 2009

Monday, November 3, 2008 Registration for spring (second) semester 2009 begins (use Cardinal Station).
Monday, January 5 Last day for fall 2008 graduation candidates to submit online diploma application
Monday, January 12 Opening of classes.
Monday, January 19 Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Day (Holiday).
Tuesday, January 20 Inauguration Day (Holiday)
Friday, January 23 Last day to register or add courses for credit, including COMPS and Internships; last day to drop a course without record (use Cardinal Station).
Tuesday, January 27 Patronal Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas University Mass; 11:10 a.m. classes are dismissed at 11:50 a.m. Classes meeting at 12:35 p.m. will meet at 1:20 p.m.
Monday, February 23-Friday, February 27 Faculty submit interim grades for freshmen.
Wednesday, February 25 Ash Wednesday.
Administrative Monday: Monday classes meet instead of Wednesday classes this day only.
Friday, February 27 Midterm. Last day to resolve grades of Incomplete from the previous semester. Last day to change to audit. Last day for spring 2009 graduation candidates to submit online diploma application.
Monday, March 2 Spring recess begins.
Monday, March 9 Classes resume.
Monday, March 16 Pre-registration advising for fall begins. Registration for summer begins.
Monday, March 23 Registration for Fall (first) semester 2009 begins (use Cardinal Station).
Thursday, March 26-Saturday, March 28 Comprehensive examinations for graduate students.
Monday, March 30-Thursday, April 2 Senior comprehensive examinations.
Monday, March 30 Last day to request pass/fail option (undergraduates only with dean's permission).
Wednesday, April 1 Last day to withdraw from courses with a "W" grade (use Cardinal Station).
Thursday, April 9 Holy Thursday. No classes; Easter recess begins.
Friday, April 10 Good Friday; Founders Day
Sunday, April 12 Easter Sunday
Monday, April 13 Easter Monday
Tuesday, April 14 Classes resume.
Friday, April 24 Final date to deposit theses and dissertations for May graduation.
Wednesday, April 30 Reading Day (No classes).
Friday, May 1 Last day of classes.
Saturday, May 2-Monday, May 4 Reading Period. (Note: Classes that meet only on Saturdays will meet on Saturday, May 2.)
Tuesday, May 5-Saturday, May 9 Final examination period.
Monday, May 11 Grades for graduating students due by noon.
Tuesday, May 12 All other grades due by 3 p.m.
Friday, May 15 Baccalaureate Mass.
Saturday, May 16 Commencement exercises.
Friday, May 22 Law School Commencement.

Officers of the University

Board of Trustees

Carl A. Anderson, Esq. New Haven, Conn.
Richard D. Banziger New York, N.Y.
Bertha S. Braddock Alexandria, Va.
Bishop Michael J. Bransfield Wheeling, W.Va.
Archbishop Raymond L. Burke St. Louis, Mo.
Timothy R. Busch, Esq Irvine, Calif.
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap Denver, Colo.
Paul J. Chiapparone Frisco, Texas
Robert F. Comstock, Esq Washington, D.C.
Robert E. Craves Issaquah, Wash.
Robert J. Crimmins Huntington, N.Y.
Bishop Edward P. Cullen Allentown, Pa.
Leo A. Daly III Washington, D.C.
Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo Houston, Texas
Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan Milwaukee, Wis.
David A. Donohoe, Esq., Vice Chairman Washington, D.C.
Bishop Thomas G. Doran Rockford, Ill.
Cardinal Edward M. Egan New York, N.Y.
Archbishop John C. Favalora Miami Shores, Fla.
Frederick R. Favo Oakmont, Pa.
Sister Margaret Mary Fitzpatrick, S.C Sparkill, N.Y.
Archbishop Harry J. Flynn St. Paul, Minn.
Cardinal Francis E. George, O.M.I Chicago, Ill.
Stephanie Germack-Kerzic Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.
Archbishop José H. Gomez San Antonio, Texas
Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory Atlanta, Ga.
Ray J. Hillenbrand Rapid City, S.D.
Michael P. Hoffman New York, N.Y.
Bishop William E. Lori, Chairman Bridgeport, Conn.
Cardinal Roger Mahony Los Angeles, Calif.
Cardinal Adam J. Maida Detroit, Mich.
William A. McKenna Jr Saugerties, N.Y.
Sandra A. McMurtrie Bethesda, Md.
Bishop William F. Murphy Rockville Centre, N.Y.
Archbishop John J. Myers Newark, N.J.
Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., President Washington, D.C.
Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley, O.F.M. Cap Boston, Mass.
William G. Parrett New York, N.Y.
Bishop Joseph A. Pepe Las Vegas, Nev.
Neil J. Rauenhorst Tampa, Fla.
Cardinal Justin F. Rigali Philadelphia, Pa.
Andrea Roane Washington, D.C.
Monsignor Walter R. Rossi Washington, D.C.
Timothy C. Scheve Towson, Md.
Rodger D. Shay Miami, Fla.
Victor P. Smith, Esq. Burlingame, Calif.
Mark H. Tuohey III, Esq. Washington, D.C.
Bishop Allen H. Vigneron Oakland, Calif.
Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl, Chancellor Washington, D.C.
Frank G. Persico, Secretary of the Board Fulton, Md.

Officers of Administration

Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., J.C.D President
Frank G. Persico, M.A Vice President for University Relations and Chief of Staff
Rev. Robert Schlageter, O.F.M. Conv., S.T.L Director of Campus Ministry and University Chaplain
Craig W. Parker, J.D Associate Vice President and General Counsel
Victor Nakas, M. Phil Associate Vice President for Public Affairs
Marion M. Gosney, B.A Director of Alumni Relations
Janet A. Mudd, M.B.A., J.D Director of Equal Opportunity

Office of the President

Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., J.C.D President
Frank G. Persico, M.A Vice President for University Relations and Chief of Staff
Rev. Robert Schlageter, O.F.M. Conv., S.T.L Director of Campus Ministry and University Chaplain
Craig W. Parker, J.D Associate Vice President and General Counsel
Victor Nakas, M. Phil Associate Vice President for Public Affairs
Marion M. Gosney, B.A Director of Alumni Relations

Academic Affairs

James F. Brennan, Ph.D Provost
Patricia McMullen, Ph.D., JD, CNS, CRNP Associate Provost for Academic Administration
Sara Thompson, Ph.D., M.B.A. Associate Provost for New Programs
Kim Kelley, Ph.D, M.L.S., M.S. Associate Provost for University Libraries
Ziaeddin Mafaher, M.A., M.S Chief Information Officer
James Greene, Ph.D Dean of Graduate Studies
Shavaun M. Wall, Ph.D Associate Vice President for Academic Planning
Ralph A. Albano, M.Eng., M.B.A Associate Provost for Sponsored Research
David McGonagle Director, CUA Press
Tanith Fowler-Corsi Assistant Vice President for Global Education
Michael Mack, Ph.D Director of University Honors Program
Stephen Connaghan Acting Director Library Administration
Harriet Anike Nokuri, M.S., M.C.P Director of Summer Sessions

Academic Deans

Randall Ott, M.Arch School of Architecture and Planning
Lawrence R. Poos, Ph.D School of Arts and Sciences
Sister Rose McDermott, S.S.J., J.C.D., (Interim Dean) School of Canon Law
Charles C. Nguyen, D.Sc School of Engineering
Veryl V. Miles, J.D Columbus School of Law
Kimberly B. Kelley, Ph.D School of Library and Information Science
Sara M. Thompson, Ph.D Metropolitan College
Murry Sidlin, M.M Benjamin T. Rome School of Music
Nalini N. Jairath, Ph.D School of Nursing
Rev. Kurt Pritzl, O.P., Ph.D School of Philosophy
James R. Zabora, Sc.D National Catholic School of Social Service
Monsignor Kevin W. Irwin, S.T.D School of Theology and Religious Studies

Enrollment Management

W. Michael Hendricks, Ed.D Vice President for Enrollment Management
Christine Mica, M.S Dean of University Admissions
Donald Bosse, M.B.A Director of Financial Aid
Adriana Farella, B.A. University Registrar
Deborah Harry, B.S Director of Enrollment Management Systems
Candice Chambers, M.B.A Director of Enrollment Management Operations
Julie Schwing, M.A Director of Graduate Admissions

Facilities Operations

Carl A. Petchik, M.Arch, M.CRP Executive Director of Facilities Operations
Luke Alar, B.S Director, Environmental Health and Safety
Brian Alexander Director of Energy and Utilities Management
Kevin M. Petersen, B.F.A Director of Facilities Maintenance and Operations

Financial Affairs

Julie Englund, Ed.D Vice President for Finance and Administration, Treasurer
Cathy R. Wood, M.F.A Associate Vice President for Finance and Budget
Ralph O. Scherini, M.A., M.S Associate Vice President for Business Services
Sheri Hardison, B.S., C.P.A Controller and Assistant Treasurer
Robert Njoroge, B.S Internal Auditor
Christine Peterson, Director of Human Resources
Linwood Dailey Manager of Postal Services
Lisa Fletcher, B.S Accounts Payable Director
Norman Brown Director of Procurement Services
Lizy T. Kannarkat, M.S., C.P.A Assistant Controller, General Accounting and Taxes
Susan Warshawsky, B.S., B.A Director of Grants and Contracts
Reginald Vieta, B.S Director of Payroll
Laura J. Sweet, B.S Director of Business Systems and Support
Leah R. Wolf, M.A., M.S.L.S Director of Student Accounts
Renell Lewis, B.A Director of Treasury Management

Student Life

Susan D. Pervi, M.A Vice President for Student Life
Jonathan C. Sawyer, M.A Associate Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students
Michael S. Allen, Ph.D Director of Athletics
Laura BonDurant, M.S. Director, Center for Academic Success
Terry Brady-Novak, R.N., M.S.N., F.N.P Director of Student Health Services
Alan P. Goodman, Ph.D Director of Career Services
Thomasine N. Johnson, B.A Director of Public Safety
William A. Jonas, M.Ed Director of the University Center, Student Programs and Events
Monroe Rayburn, Ph.D Director of Counseling Center
Emily K. Singer, M.A Director of Disability Support Services
Heidi E. Zeich, M.S., M.B.A Director of Housing Services

University Development

Robert M. Sullivan, Ed.M Vice President for University Development
Michael A. Catell, B.A Executive Director for University Development
Michael Green, J.D Director of Planned Giving
Bradley Bodager, J.D Executive Director of Development, Columbus School of Law
Daniel Creel, M.A Director of Research and Prospect Management
Amy Wilson, M.A Director of Annual Giving
Katherine Acuff, B.A Associate Director of Annual Giving
Barbara Mann Humora, M.A Director of Development Services
Deneen McWilliams, A.A Associate Director of Development - Data Management
Maria Calixto-Lobo, B.A Gift Processing Manager
Theresa A. Dowling, M.F.A Associate Director for Corporate and Foundation Relations
Kathleen K. Ennis, B.A Development Director
Edward Welch, B.A Development Director
Deloris Mabins-Adenekan, M.A Development Director
Mark D. Roberts, B.A Development Director
David S. McMullen, B.A Donor Relations Manager

The Mission Statement of the Catholic University of America

As the national university of the Catholic Church in the United States, founded and sponsored by the bishops of the country with the approval of the Holy See, The Catholic University of America is committed to being a comprehensive Catholic and American institution of higher learning, faithful to the teachings of Jesus Christ as handed on by the Church. Dedicated to advancing the dialogue between faith and reason, The Catholic University of America seeks to discover and impart the truth through excellence in teaching and research, all in service to the Church, the nation and the world.

Aims of the University

The Catholic University of America is a community of scholars, both faculty and students, set apart to discover, preserve, and impart the truth in all its forms, with particular reference to the needs and opportunities of the nation. As a university, it is essentially a free and autonomous center of study and an agency serving the needs of human society. It welcomes the collaboration of all scholars of goodwill who, through the process of study and reflection, contribute to these aims in an atmosphere of academic competence where freedom is fostered and where the only constraint upon truth is truth itself.

As a Catholic university, it desires to cultivate and impart an understanding of the Christian faith within the context of all forms of human inquiry and values. It seeks to ensure, in an institutional manner, the proper intellectual and academic witness to Christian inspiration in individuals and in the community, and to provide a place for continuing reflection, in the light of Christian faith, upon the growing treasure of human knowledge.

As a member of the American academic community, it accepts the standards and procedures of American institutions and seeks to achieve distinction within the academic world.

Faithful to the Christian message as it comes through the Church and faithful to its own national traditions, The Catholic University of America has unique responsibilities to be of service to Christian thought and education in the Catholic community as well as to serve the nation and the world.

Goals of the University

The Catholic University of America was founded in the name of the Catholic Church in the United States by Pope Leo XIII and the Most Reverends of this country as a national institution of learning. Given its origins and the historic role of its ecclesiastical faculties, this university has a responsibility to the Church in the United States that is special to it: It is called to be an intellectual center of highest quality, where the relation between revealed truth and human truth can be examined in depth and with authority. It seeks, moreover, to do this in the light of the American experience. It is for this reason that, from its inception, the university has enjoyed a unique relationship with the Holy See and the entire Catholic community.

Established as a center for graduate study, The Catholic University of America has evolved into a modern American university, committed not only to graduate but also to undergraduate and professional education and to the cultivation of the arts. At every level, the university is dedicated to the advancement of learning and particularly to the development of knowledge in the light of Christian revelation, convinced that faith is consistent with reason and that theology and other religious studies themselves profit from the broader context of critical inquiry, experimentation and reflection.

The university aims to achieve and maintain in higher education a leading place among Catholic and other privately endowed, research-oriented institutions of comparable size, purpose, and tradition. In particular, it seeks to maintain a position of special excellence in the fields of theology, philosophy, and canon law.

The Catholic University of America gives primacy to scholarship and scientific research and to the training of future scholars through its graduate programs, not only in order to advance scientific work but also because it recognizes that undergraduate and professional education of high quality also demands the presence of a faculty that combines teaching and professional activity with fundamental scholarship.

The university seeks the advancement of knowledge within a context of liberal studies, a context that reflects both its concern for the whole person and the distinctive wisdom to which it is heir as a Catholic institution. This dimension of learning is reflected particularly in its undergraduate programs where religious studies and philosophy are regarded as integral to curricula that include requirements in the arts and humanities, language and literature, and the natural and social sciences. Through its professional programs, the university seeks to educate men and women who can represent their respective professions with distinction and who are formed by the learning and values inherent in its academic and Catholic traditions.

In selecting disciplines or fields of specialization to be supported at an advanced level of study and research, the university accords priority to religious and philosophical studies and to those programs that advance the Catholic tradition of humanistic learning and that serve the contemporary and future needs of society and the Church. In supporting particular programs the university takes into account the present and potential quality of programs, making an effort to maintain present academic strengths, especially when these are not represented elsewhere.

The university recognizes that its distinctive character ultimately depends on the intellectual and moral quality of its members. To create an environment that is intellectually stimulating and characterized by the generosity and mutual support required for collegial life and personal growth, the university seeks men and women who are not only professionally competent but who also can contribute to its Catholic, moral and cultural milieu. The university seeks to preserve its tradition of collegial governance, fostering a climate within which all members of the university community have sufficient opportunities to influence deliberation and choice.

Though a research and teaching institution, the university recognizes that it is part of a larger community to which it has certain obligations consistent with its character. Its presence in the nation′s capital and its unique relationship with the Catholic Church in America provide it with opportunities for influencing the resolution of the crucial issues of our time. In providing information and criteria by which public policy is shaped and measured, the university seeks to be of special service to the nation. Similarly, it seeks to be of service to the Church, not only through the preparation of clergy and other leaders for specific roles in the Church, but also through factual investigations and discussions of principles that influence policy. Thus, in dialogue and cooperation with contemporary society, The Catholic University of America sees itself as faithful to the challenge proposed by the Second Vatican Council for institutions of higher learning, namely, to put forth every effort so that "the Christian mind may achieve . . . a public, persistent, and universal presence in the whole enterprise of advancing higher culture" (Gravissimum educationis, n. 10).

Accreditation and Memberships



The Catholic University of America is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council of Higher Education Accreditation.


Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology
American Bar Association
American Chemical Society
American Library Association
American Psychological Association
Association for Clinical Pastoral Education
Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Council on Social Work Education
Medical Library Association
National Architectural Accrediting Board
National Association of Schools of Music
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Nurses' Examining Board of the District of Columbia



American Council on Education
American Council of Learned Societies
Association of American Colleges and Universities
Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area
Council of Graduate Schools in the United States
Council on Postsecondary Accreditation
International Federation of Catholic Universities
National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities


American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
American Association of Colleges of Nursing
American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers
American Association of University Women
American College Center for Study Abroad
American College Health Association
Association for Library and Information Science Education Associations
Foreign Students Service Council
Institute of International Education
International Association of Universities
International Federation of Library Associations
Latin American Studies Association
Music Industry Council
NAFSA: Association of International Educators
National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals
National Association of Student Personnel Administrators
National Catholic Educational Association
National League for Nursing
North American Association of Summer Sessions
Oak Ridge Associated Universities
Potomac River Basin Consortium
Southeastern Universities Research Association
Southern Regional Education Board
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

Schools of the University

School of Architecture and Planning

Programs lead to the degrees Bachelor of Science in Architecture, Master of Architecture (professional degree, one-and-one-half to two years), Master of Architecture (professional degree, three years), and Master of Architectural Studies (post-professional degree).

School of Arts and Sciences

Programs lead to the degrees Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy. The departments of the school offering graduate degrees are anthropology, biology, business and economics (international political economics), chemistry (chemical education), drama, education, English, Greek and Latin, history, modern languages (Spanish), physics, politics, psychology, Semitic and Egyptian languages and literatures, and sociology. Interdisciplinary programs are available in Irish studies, early Christian studies, and medieval and Byzantine studies.

School of Canon Law

Programs lead to the pontifical degrees of Licentiate in Canon Law, J.C.L., and Doctor of Canon Law, J.C.D. A dual degree program, J.D./J.C.L., is also conducted in conjunction with the Columbus School of Law.

School of Engineering

Programs lead to the degrees Bachelor of Biomedical Engineering, Bachelor of Civil Engineering, Bachelor of Electrical Engineering, Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Master of Biomedical Engineering, Master of Civil Engineering, Master of Electrical Engineering, Master of Mechanical Engineering, Master of Science in Computer Science, Master of Science in Engineering, Doctor of Philosophy.

Columbus School of Law

The law school offers the LL.M. and the Juris Doctor degree, with a broad curriculum that prepares graduates for a range of professional career opportunities. The school also has joint degree programs with the schools of arts and sciences, library and information science, philosophy, social service, and canon law. Concentrated certificate programs are available in communications law, securities law, law and public policy, and international law. Through a number of clinical programs, students can gain professional service and skills experience.

School of Library and Information Science

Programs lead to the degree Master of Science in Library Science and to a post-master's Certificate of Advanced Study. Concentrations include archives and records management, biomedical information, book arts, information resources management, information systems, law librarianship, library and information services, music librarianship, school media services, special collections and services for children and young adults. Joint degree programs with the schools of law, music, and religious studies, and the departments of history, biology, English, and Greek and Latin in the School of Arts and Sciences lead to the master's degree in library and information science and the related degree in a shorter time than required for the two degrees pursued independently. Through the school's practicum, students earn academic credit for 120 hours of work in an area library or archives. Graduates assume professional positions as librarians, archivists, records managers, and school media.

Benjamin T. Rome School of Music

Programs lead to the degrees Bachelor of Music; Master of Arts, Master of Music, Master of Music in Sacred Music; Doctor of Philosophy (Musicology), Doctor of Musical Arts, Doctor of Musical Arts in Sacred Music. Also available are a joint degree program in music librarianship (Master of Arts in Musicology and the Master of Science in Library Science); a Graduate Artist Diploma (offered in cello, piano, violin, voice, and orchestral conducting); a minor in Latin American music within most graduate degree programs; and a nondegree Music Teacher Certification Program.

School of Nursing

Programs lead to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program prepares the student for both beginning professional nursing practice and graduate study. The Master of Science in Nursing program prepares the student for advanced practice nursing roles in adult/geriatric, family, pediatric, advanced practice psychiatric-mental health and community/public health nursing. The Doctor of Nursing Practice program prepares the student for roles involving the development and modification of health care systems and health care services as well as the direct care component of the advanced practice role. The Doctor of Philosophy (Nursing) program prepares clinical nurse researchers who can teach, administer and contribute to policy formulation in the private and community health care sectors.

School of Philosophy

Programs lead to the degrees bachelor of arts, master of arts, and doctor of philosophy, to the ecclesiastical degrees of bachelor, licentiate, and doctor of philosophy, and to the Certificate in Pre-Theology Studies. The school offers a joint M.A./J.D. degree program with the Columbus School of Law and a joint Ph.B./S.T.B. degree program with the School of Theology and Religious Studies.

National Catholic School of Social Service

Programs lead to the degrees Master of Social Work and Doctor of Philosophy. The Master of Social Work program prepares students for advanced entry into the social work profession with theoretical knowledge, practice skills, research utilization, and professional values. M.S.W. candidates concentrate in clinical social work with individual adults; with children and adolescents; in family practice; or in social policy, planning and administration. The program leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degree prepares candidates for research and theory development roles in clinical practice, policy development and social justice, or teaching.

School of Theology and Religious Studies

Academic areas of study: biblical studies, Church history, Hispanic/Latino Studies, historical theology, liturgical studies/sacramental theology, moral theology/ethics, pastoral studies, religion and culture, religious education/catechetics, spirituality, systematic theology, and joint degree programs in Catholic education leadership, history of religions and religious studies, and library science. Academic and ministerial programs lead to the degrees Master of Arts, Master of Divinity, Master of Religious Education, Doctor of Ministry, and Doctor of Philosophy and to the pontifical degrees of Bachelor, Licentiate, and Doctor of Sacred Theology. The Board of Trustees, on Dec. 11, 2001, approved the establishment of canon law as a separate school. Ministerial field training and seminars are provided in the Pastoral Formation Program. Theological College, under the direction of the Sulpician Fathers, provides for diocesan seminarians the spiritual formation and the opportunity for personal integration that are necessary for ordination to the priesthood in the Roman Catholic Church.

Metropolitan College

Metropolitan College extends the resources and expertise of the university to the Washington area community by offering baccalaureate degree programs for adult students, and professional development opportunities for career and personal enhancement. Reflecting the tradition and educational values of The Catholic University of America, degree programs are based on a strong core component of study in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Individual programs are designed with a maximum of flexibility to meet the special needs of adult students, while classes are offered evenings and weekends to accommodate nontraditional schedules. The college also works with business and professional groups to meet the professional updating and certification needs of their members. Additionally, the college offers two master's degrees: the Master of Arts in Human Resource Management (MA-HRM) and the Master of Science in Management (M.S.M.).


The decision to found The Catholic University of America was made by the bishops of the United States on Dec. 2, 1884. Pope Leo XIII, who was a source of encouragement from the beginning, gave the decision his formal approbation on April 10, 1887. The anniversary is commemorated annually as Founders Day. A certificate of incorporation was registered in the District of Columbia on April 21, 1887. After papal approval of the university's first constitutions was given on March 7, 1889, and what is now called Caldwell Hall was completed, the university opened with 37 students of the sacred sciences on Nov. 13 of the same year.

At the time, the modern American university was still in its infancy. The opening of The Johns Hopkins University in 1876 had marked its beginning. This institution in Baltimore was the first in the country to dedicate itself, not only to the preservation of learning and to teaching, as universities had been doing since the Middle Ages and as American institutions had been doing since the foundation of Harvard College on an English model in 1636, but also to the advancement of knowledge through research. In this it was following the example of the Prussian universities of the 19th century.

Very soon the conduct of research and the training of graduate students to carry it on became the hallmark of university status. By 1900, 14 institutions offering instruction for the doctorate, The Catholic University of America among them, considered themselves ready to form the Association of American Universities. In 1904 the university began to offer undergraduate programs as well.

As the article in its name suggests, The Catholic University of America was founded when it was thought that for some time to come American Catholics would be able to maintain only one institution of university standing. There had been occasional demands for such an institution for several decades. Meeting in their Second Plenary Council, in 1866, the bishops, who were interested especially in the higher education of the clergy, had expressed a desire to have under Catholic auspices a university in which "all the letters and sciences, both sacred and profane, could be taught." Although some Catholic colleges of the period had announced graduate offerings in the 1870s, they had defined them by adding courses rather than by the pursuit of investigation that graduate work is understood to entail.

Most Reverend John Lancaster Spalding of Peoria, Ill., became the principal champion of the Catholic university cause. In the Third Plenary Council of the Bishops, in 1884, he was able to persuade a majority that so long as they would "look rather to the multiplying of schools and seminaries than to the creation of a real university," the progress of American Catholics would be "slow and uncertain. A university," he said, "is the great ordinary means to the best cultivation of mind." A gift from Mary Gwendoline Caldwell of Newport, R.I., made possible the foundation of a faculty of the sacred sciences as the nucleus around which a university could develop. Seen in the context of the development of American higher education as a whole, the institution that began with the decision of the bishops in 1884 became the principal channel through which the modern university movement entered the American Catholic community.

The life of The Catholic University of America has been more or less co-terminus with the movement, which now extends on an international scale. A particularly visible contribution of the university to the Church in the United States and to the nation at large has been its preparation of teachers, many of them diocesan priests or members of religious communities of men and women, for service in schools, seminaries and colleges throughout the country.

The expansion of the university into the arts and sciences began with the opening, in 1895, of what were called at the time the "faculties for the laity." Instruction in law and in technology was included. A structural evolution led to a comprehensive academic reorganization in 1930. In that year, in accord with patterns that had become general in the United States, the College and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences were established. The School of Engineering and Architecture was also a product of this reorganization.

The School of Law had been established early in 1898, in the third year after its beginning as a department. The addition of several professional schools since 1930, with the incorporation of the National Catholic School of Social Service in 1947 and the former Columbus University in 1954; the consolidation that resulted in the establishment of the School of Religious Studies in 1973. The integration of the College and Graduate School into a single School of Arts and Sciences in 1975; the return of the School of Education to departmental status in 1986; and the re-establishment of canon law as a school within the university in 2002 have resulted in a complex of 12 faculties or schools: in architecture and planning, arts and sciences, canon law, engineering, law, library and information science, music, nursing, philosophy, religious studies, social service, and Metropolitan College. In 2006 the Board of Trustees approved the establishment of Metropolitan College as a separate school. Metropolitan College focuses on the admission of nontraditional students to its undergraduate degree programs and on the development of professional master's degree programs.

Undergraduates are admitted to the schools of architecture and planning, arts and sciences, engineering, music, nursing, and philosophy. A common admissions authority applies the same general standards to six schools. Metropolitan College admits its own students with the exception of master's degree candidates, who apply through the CUA Office of Graduate Admissions. To a considerable extent, undergraduates participate in the same classes in general subjects, share in other features of undergraduate life, and are governed by common regulations.

The composition of the university's student body has changed several times during its first century. At present, it resembles more than ever before what would be regarded as a typical American institution. About 50 percent of all students are undergraduates. Of the other 50 percent who are post-baccalaureate students, roughly two-thirds are in professional schools. The latter have gained in proportion as the number of clerics and religious, who once constituted a large segment of students in arts and sciences, has declined.

When the university was established, its governance was delegated by the bishops to a board of trustees of 17 members. An act of Congress in 1928 amended the original certificate of incorporation to allow, among other things, an increase in the membership of the board.

Lay membership, however, was minimal until 1968. Under bylaws that it adopted in that year, the board, which now has 50 members, has equal numbers of clerical and lay members.

An official statement of the aims of the university that the trustees promulgated in 1970 transmits consistently the goals of the founders of a century ago. The first rector, Most Reverend John Joseph Keane, gave succinct form to these goals when he portrayed the institution that he was chosen to head as "a living embodiment and illustration of the harmony between reason and revelation, between science and religion, between the genius of America and the church of Christ." His words have been a guide for a century and will be a continuing challenge as long as the university endures.

Academic Resources

Center for Global Education

Center for Global Education - As of May 2008

111 McMahon
Phone: 202-319-6010
Fax: 202-319-6673

Central Administration
Assistant Vice President for Global Education, Tanith Fowler Corsi

International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS)
Director, Helene Robertson
Assistant Director, Gudrun Kendon
Administrative Assistant, Rita Barriteau

Education Abroad (CUAbroad)
Director, Ella Sweigert
Global Program Manager, Madison Bolls

Mission Statement
The Center for Global Education's mission is to foster a sense of international community that builds on the University's strong intellectual and spiritual tradition. CGE coordinates and facilitates university-wide global activity by sponsoring international exchanges of students and faculty and serving as a resource for departments and schools on campus that undertake international initiatives.

The Center for Global Education is comprised of two units: The Education Abroad Office (CUAbroad) develops and administers international educational opportunities overseas for CUA and non-CUA students in coordination with CUA academic departments. International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) is responsible for institutional compliance with immigration-related federal regulations and facilitates the legal entry and acculturation of international students, faculty and visiting scholars by providing immigration and cultural advising and programming and by serving as the University′s official liaison to the federal government for immigration-related issues.

In coordinating these, and other international initiatives, the Center for Global Education advances the international character of the University by promoting, supporting, and developing a wide range of international and intercultural educational opportunities for members of the CUA community.

The Center for Global Education provides the following services to the CUA community:

  • Provides university-wide international strategic vision
  • Acts as a clearinghouse for CUA international programs and services
  • Supports schools in their efforts to bring global perspectives into their curricula
  • Provides faculty and staff training in overseas program management
  • Coordinates university-wide overseas educational and cultural tours (spring break and summer)
  • Offers a variety of education abroad programs (short-term, semester/year long, internships abroad)
  • Offers Education Abroad program advising, application processing, orientation and transfer of credits
  • Issues of the International Student & Teacher Identity cards (ISIC and ITIC)
  • Hosts education abroad resource library
  • Assists international students, scholars and faculty with immigration-related advising and cultural advising and programming
  • Serves as the university's official liaison to the federal government for immigration-related issues

International Student and Scholar Services

International Student and Scholar Services, ISSS, which falls under the Center for Global Education, supports the mission of the university by promoting international educational exchange within the university, to federal agencies, and to the world. ISSS seeks to ensure university compliance with applicable immigration-related regulations while facilitating the legal entry and transition of international students, faculty, and researchers. The office advocates on behalf of international students and scholars within the university and to federal regulatory agencies to ensure they are afforded every opportunity to complete their academic objectives. ISSS provides opportunities for international intercultural education and exchange, partnering with university departments and schools to provide educational and cultural programs that foster greater understanding and appreciation for other cultures and traditions.

Individually, ISSS partners with individual students and scholars to help them understand the federal regulations that govern their immigration status, to provide advice and guidance designed to assist the international community in preserving their legal status in the U.S. and in making the most out of opportunities that may arise. Institutionally, the office is charged with ensuring institutional compliance with the immigration regulations governing the various programs the federal government has authorized the University to administer. As such, the office is obligated to maintain up-to-date records on international students and scholars in the Department of Homeland Security′s Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).



CUAbroad (Education Abroad office) at the Catholic University of America (CUA) works with the various academic and administrative units campus-wide to provide a wide array of education abroad opportunities for both CUA and non-CUA students. CUAbroad offers short-term, semester/year long, honors study abroad, international internships and intensive language programs. CUAbroad also provides specialized services to CUA students such as education abroad advising, an education abroad resource library, the issuance of the International Student ID card, and travel insurance information. CUAbroad is part of the Center for Global Education at CUA which advances the international character of the University by promoting, supporting, and developing a wide range of international and intercultural educational opportunities for members of the CUA community.

University Libraries

The libraries of The Catholic University of America provide resources and services integral to the intellectual endeavors of the university's students, faculty and staff.

Collections in the humanities, social sciences, theology and religious studies, and philosophy are located in The John K. Mullen of Denver Memorial Library, along with the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections and the Semitics Library/Institute of Christian Oriental Research. Separate campus libraries have specialized collections in architecture, engineering, mathematics, music, library science, physics, biology and nursing. Records of the university as well as manuscripts and artifacts that document the heritage of American Catholics are organized, preserved, and made accessible through the American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives, located in the Life Cycle Institute. Mullen Library and campus library collections total more than 1.3 million volumes of journals, books, dissertations and other research materials.

Graduate students have access to ALADIN as a benefit of CUA's membership in the Washington Research Library Consortium. ALADIN includes the online library catalog for CUA and other consortium members, as well as electronic journals, full-text and article citation databases, image collections, and Internet resources. Students with valid, updated borrowing privileges may access ALADIN from off campus. Additional databases on CD-ROM may be searched at workstations in Mullen Library.

For materials not available at CUA, eligible students may borrow directly from the Washington Research Library Consortium or request books, articles and other items through the Consortium Loan Service. Many articles can be delivered electronically to the student's myALADIN account.

PC workstations for ALADIN access are available in all libraries. Students also may connect to the Internet through the wireless network in Mullen Library and may borrow laptops and wireless network cards.

Assistance with research is available at reference desks in Mullen and the campus libraries, by e-mail, and over the phone. Instruction in library research and the use of electronic resources is sponsored by Reference and Instructional Services, with hands-on sessions held in Mullen Library's computer-equipped classroom.

Students also have convenient access to the library resources of the Washington metropolitan area. These include the Library of Congress and many specialized public and private collections such as The Dumbarton Oaks Library, The Folger Shakespeare Library, The National Archives, The National Library of Medicine and the libraries of the Washington Theological Consortium.

Center for Planning and Information Technology

Zia Mafaher, Director

The Center for Planning and Information Technology provides computing and network facilities to students and faculty for their educational and research activities, supports the university's information systems, manages the campus network, and provides information resources and telecommunication services. The center provides leadership on the ethical use of computing. Numerous public lab areas and classrooms are equipped with desktop computers. All residence hall rooms have network connections via a gigabit ethernet campus backbone.

The center supports Internet tools such as Web browsers, Telnet, FTP, and electronic mail. Numerous Web tools are also available for instructional and research purposes. Popular software programs for Microsoft Windows and Apple Macintosh are supported in the public computing areas.

The campus network consists of Sun Microsystems servers and Intel servers running Solaris, VMS, Windows NT, and Linux operating systems, numerous workstations and more than 1,500 networked Windows-based Intel powered and Macintosh desktop computers, with direct access to the Internet and Washington Research Library Consortium. The central systems are accessible via direct connections on campus and remotely via the Web.

CPIT issues a VMS and an NT account to all faculty, staff and students. CPIT provides students, faculty, and staff with an extensive computer education and training program. The CUA Computing Web site provides details about computing at CUA, including information about training, computing resources available, a knowledge bank, a computing guide, and activities underway.

The CUA Computing Information Center, located within CPIT, provides service and support to the campus community. It provides answers to technology questions and fields telephone calls regarding assistance needed on campus. The information center has become a very effective clearinghouse for receiving, tracking, and resolving problems and issues with technology on campus.

In addition, CPIT provides service and support for all technology classrooms and computing areas on campus.

A general computing area in Leahy Hall, with both Windows and Macintosh machines, is open 24 hours a day during the semesters. Other computer-equipped classrooms and computing areas are open and monitored by CPIT, and available for use by any CUA student, faculty, or staff member.

Further information on CPIT is available at Students with special ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) technology needs should contact the director of academic services by e-mail sent to

Consortium of Universities

Cooperation among the institutions of higher education in the metropolitan area is provided by the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area. The consortium consists of 14 universities: The American University, The Catholic University of America, Gallaudet University, George Mason University, The George Washington University, Georgetown University, Howard University, Joint Military Intelligence College, Marymount University, National Defense University, Southeastern University, Trinity University, The University of the District of Columbia, and the University of Maryland at College Park.

Students following an approved program leading to a degree who need a course that is not offered at The Catholic University of America, and is needed for the degree, may select the particular courses which best meet their needs from the combined offerings of all the institutions. Students in certain degree programs are excluded, and some courses are not open for participation. Students may take consortium courses for credit only and must have the approval of the adviser, chair, dean, and consortium coordinator. Students may take a maximum of one course per semester through the consortium. As other universities in the consortium may have different grading deadlines, students are strongly advised against cross-registration through the consortium during their final semester prior to graduation.

The student registers and pays tuition at the home institution where the record of academic achievement is maintained in accordance with its policies. However, special fees for specific courses are paid by the student directly to the institution offering the course.

Oak Ridge Associated Universities

Since 1946, students and faculty of The Catholic University of America have benefited from its membership in Oak Ridge Associated Universities, ORAU. ORAU is a consortium of 96 colleges and universities and a contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy, DOE, located in Oak Ridge, Tenn. ORAU works with its member institutions to help their students and faculty gain access to federal research facilities throughout the country; to keep its members informed about opportunities for fellowship, scholarship, and research appointments; and to organize research alliances among its members.

Through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, ORISE, the DOE facility that ORAU operates, undergraduates, graduates, postgraduates, as well as faculty enjoy access to a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Students can participate in programs covering a wide variety of disciplines including business, earth sciences, epidemiology, engineering, physics, geological sciences, pharmacology, ocean sciences, biomedical sciences, nuclear chemistry, and mathematics. Appointment and program length range from one month to four years. Many of these programs are especially designed to increase the numbers of underrepresented minority students pursuing degrees in science- and engineering-related disciplines. A comprehensive listing of these programs and other opportunities, their disciplines, and details on locations and benefits can be found in the ORISE Catalog of Education and Training Programs, which is available at, or by calling either of the contacts below.

ORAU's Office of Partnership Development seeks opportunities for partnerships and alliances among ORAU's members, private industry, and major federal facilities. Activities include faculty development programs, such as the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards, the Visiting Industrial Scholars Program, consortium research funding initiatives, faculty research and support programs as well as services to chief research officers.

For more information about ORAU and its programs, contact Ralph A. Albano, associate provost for sponsored research and director of technology transfer, ORAU councilor for The Catholic University of America, or Monnie E. Champion, ORAU corporate secretary at 865-576-3306; or visit the ORAU Web site at

Summer Sessions

In summer 2009, The Catholic University of America will offer more than 450 courses in all schools and departments, to qualified high school, undergraduate and graduate students. In addition to academic courses for credit, CUA offers special programs for librarians and teachers. Pre-college programs will include summer college architecture, opera, and percussion. For more information, contact the Office of Summer Sessions, at 202-319-5257 or visit

Undergraduate Admissions


Regular Freshman Admission

Transfer Admission

International Student Admission

Students With Disabilities

Admission of Nondegree Students



Registration Period

New Students

Continuing Students

Consortium Registration


Course Numbers


Full-Time Study

Part-Time Study

Enrollment of Undergraduates for Graduate Study

Continuous Enrollment

Change of Enrollment

Leave of Absence

Additional Important Information for Students Receiving Federal Financial Aid

Change of Course

Withdrawal from a Course

Change of School

Academic Regulations for Undergraduates

Equivalent Experience

Overelection of Courses

Change of Curriculum, Course or Section

Exchange Courses

Summer Sessions

Student Classification

Program Concentration (Major) or Specialization

Double Concentration

Dual-degree Programs

Comprehensive Examination

General Degree Requirements

Attendance at Class

Grades and Academic Standing

Grading System


Incomplete Grades

Change of Grade

Grade Point Average

Dean′s List

Good Standing

Academic Probation


Withdrawal from the University

Additional Important Information for Students Receiving Federal Financial Aid

Academic Dishonesty

Commencement and Honors




Records and Transcripts


Directory Information

Name of Record


Student Life

Student Life Division

The Student Life Division promotes and facilitates student learning and holistic development. In partnership with the academic community and Campus Ministry, meaningful opportunities for intellectual and personal development are provided in a vibrant, faith-based, values-oriented campus community setting. Programs and services are offered to support and challenge students throughout their educational experience. Institutional resources are available to assist students with personal and community-centered opportunities, requirements, issues, choices and decisions. A current version of the division′s Student Handbook may be found at

Other important publications are periodically issued by the following student life departments: Athletics; Career Services; the Counseling Center; the Office of the Dean of Students including the Center for Academic Success, Disability Support Services, Housing Services, Residence Life and areas of concentration for student persistence, retention, new student orientations, multicultural student services and first year programs; judicial affairs and ethical development; Public Safety; Student Health Services; Student Medical Insurance Administration; University Center, Student Programs and Events; and the Office of the Vice President for Student Life.

Vice President for Student Life

The work of the student life educator at CUA is based on a philosophy that the goal of education is not simply to develop the intellect of a student, but also to facilitate the growth of the whole person. The office of the vice president for student life is responsible for establishing programs and services to support the development of the individual student and to enhance the quality of campus community life.

The division is organized into the following offices: athletics; career services; counseling center; dean of students, including disability support services, international student and scholar services, alcohol education, judicial affairs and ethical development, multicultural student services, and new student orientations; housing and residential services, including campus residential living and off-campus housing; public safety; student health services; student medical insurance; and university center, student programs and events.

The vice president provides the leadership for a team of professionals who, while specializing in specific areas of student development and services, are committed to interdisciplinary initiatives to enable students to fully participate in a distinguished community of researching, teaching, learning and service. The religious and moral dimension of growth is facilitated in close collaboration with the Office of Campus Ministry.

The Student Handbook and other publications issued from time to time by departments are produced to help guide students through their individual and community responsibilities. It is important for all students to become familiar with the information provided and to use the resources by accessing the most up-to-date versions of services, programs, policies and procedures online.


The Department of Athletics supports the mission of the university by providing programs and services to enable students to engage in physical activities as an integral part of the overall educational experience. Equal opportunities for male and female participation are provided at the intercollegiate, club, and recreational levels.

CUA is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III, Landmark, Old Dominion (football), and Eastern Collegiate Athletic conferences.

AS a member of NCAA Division III, CUA adheres to the NCAA philosophy statement, places the highest priority on the overall quality of the education experience and the successful completion of academic programs by student athletes, and upholds the highest standards of sportsmanship and ethical conduct.

The athletic department seeks to provide programs and leadership to enable CUA to be a model NCAA Division III institution in its academic and athletic excellence.

Career Services

The Office of Career Services assists students and alumni in all aspects of career planning and career development. In fulfilling this charge, career services subscribes to the mission statement of the Division of Student Life. To accomplish its mission career services strives to ensure that all graduates will achieve or have access to the following:

  • Heightened awareness of potential career opportunities.
  • Greater understanding of the world of work and transitional issues.
  • Full awareness of personal attributes, values, interests, and skills and how they relate to career options.
  • Deeper appreciation for the role and process of career planning both during and throughout one's life.
  • Greater command of effective career decision-making and job acquisition skills.
  • Current employment information about organizations reflective of the occupational interests of CUA students.
  • Programs that link them to employers for the purpose of securing pre-professional and professional experience.

Center for Academic Success

Jointly sponsored by Academic Affairs and Student Life, the Center for Academic Success seeks to address the academic and personal needs of students of all abilities and from across the university in an integrated manner that is both supportive and challenging. The mission of the Center will be to provide mentoring, centralized support services, and focused engagement opportunities to assist students as they journey to become increasingly connected, self-motivated, and independent learners. A special priority of the Center, which initially will target students who have not yet decided on a major, is to enable students to progress thoughtfully and intentionally from initial registration to the declaration of an academic major.

Counseling Center

The CUA Counseling Center strives to enhance the overall educational experience by assisting students with the opportunities, demands, and challenges of university life. As students grow and develop, they do so in a values-based institution that offers a unique learning and living environment to enable them to discover excellence and experience success.

The CUA Counseling Center assists students with defining and accomplishing personal and academic goals by serving as a multidisciplinary, campus-based mental health organization dedicated to addressing the diverse needs of CUA students. In pursuing an active and fulfilling college life, a student can experience difficulties with adjusting to and balancing new roles and responsibilities. The center provides a broad range of direct clinical/counseling, educational, learning assistance, consultative, outreach, training, assessment, and emergency response programs and services.

Dean of Students

The Office of the Dean of Students (DOS) provides programs and services designed to encourage the holistic growth and development of each student throughout his or her CUA career. The office supports students in the transition to and from college life; empowers students to become active participants and leaders in campus life, both inside and outside of the classroom; engages students in learning opportunities that will allow them to become responsible, compassionate and contributing members of the campus community; fosters an environment where differences among peoples and ideas are understood, respected and valued; and increases understanding and appreciation of student rights and responsibilities. The office strives to help all students build connections to the campus community that will assist them in navigating life at CUA and better prepare them for their role in society.

Disability Support Services, Housing Services, Judicial Affairs & Ethical Development, Orientation and Residence Life are departments within the Dean of Students organization.
General Services
Staff members are available to discuss general and specific questions and concerns about university life, transitional issues, policies, procedures and university services. This includes support with academic, personal, or social issues and concerns; assistance in adjusting to university life; and support in the event of a personal, medical or family emergency.

Disability Support Services

The Office of Disability Support Services, DSS, supports the missions of the Dean of Students and the university by providing programs and services designed to support and encourage the integration of students with disabilities into the mainstream of the university community. DSS assists in creating an accessible university community where students with disabilities have an equal opportunity to fully participate in all aspects of the educational environment. We cooperate through partnerships with students, faculty and staff to promote studentsâ?? independence and to ensure recognition of their abilities, not disabilities.

DSS coordinates support services for students with all types of diagnosed disabilities; assists students in negotiating disability-related barriers to the pursuit of their education; strives to improve access to university programs, activities and facilities for students with disabilities; and promotes increased awareness of disability issues on campus.
Essential to the larger mission of the university, DSS promotes universally designed environments and facilitates full access through reasonable accommodations, training, collaboration and innovative programming.

Housing Services and Off-Campus Housing Resources

The Office of Housing Services supports the mission of the university by providing and managing well-maintained, safe and modern multi-use residential facilities that are responsive to the changing needs of students. Housing Services is responsible for the overall management of the campus housing system, which comprises 18 low and medium-rise buildings and one group of 25 modular housing units, having a total capacity for approximately 2,200 residential students. Housing Services is committed to providing facilities that meet student developmental needs, support the formation of community, and encourage the creation of seamless learning environments. Satellite offices are established in each of the neighborhood areas to provide residents more accessible, direct services.

Judicial Affairs and Ethical Development

Judicial Affairs and Ethical Development (JAED) is an administrative body that provides overall management of the judicial system and serves as a resource for both students and members of the university community. JAED provides leadership for an integrated judicial program that is mission driven and inspires an institutional commitment to define and develop community according to university values and standards. JAED supports educational initiatives that increase student understanding of rights and responsibilities and promote the development of the whole student. Using the framework outlined in the Code of Student Conduct, staff consistently apply procedures and critical decision making in the adjudication of disciplinary matters.

Orientation Programs

The Orientation program is designed to welcome students and their families into the CUA community by offering connections with various university representatives and outlining community expectations. The Orientation program facilitates the successful transition of new undergraduate students into CUA′s intellectual and social communities, promotes student learning and development, encourages independence and individual responsibility and facilitates continued student success to graduation. This is accomplished through providing programs and services that outline the university′s academic and community expectations and support as well as social and developmental resources and opportunities. New students and their families should develop an introductory understanding and appreciation of the intellectual, social and service opportunities available and gain knowledge of campus and community resources.

Residence Life

The Office of Residence Life (RL) is committed to the development of an educational environment that is conducive to student developmental needs, supports the formation of community, and encourages the creation of seamless learning environments. The office strives to develop a diverse community environment fostering mutual respect and individual responsibility in the residence halls. Our philosophy of community building is based on the premise that positive development occurs by engaging individuals in learning opportunities that will enable them to become successful, responsible and balanced members of the community. The overall goal is to assist individual students in building connections to the larger campus community, in hopes that they will become active participants in campus life and gain a greater appreciation for community values and service.

Public Safety

The Department of Public Safety provides comprehensive programs, including security patrol, escort, transportation, identification, and access services to maintain a safe and secure campus that is conducive to learning, working, living, and visiting. A staff of trained professionals, including commissioned special police officers, focus on crime prevention and investigation, safety education, emergency preparedness, response, and recovery. Services are coordinated closely with federal and local law enforcement agencies. Safety education and awareness programs are conducted for students throughout the academic year. The department works closely with other student life services to implement initiatives to support healthy individual and community living.

Student Health Services

The Office of Student Health Services provides an outpatient health-care facility for students in an environment of joy, care, and respect in treatment of the whole person.

In addition to providing medical care for illnesses and injuries, its team of medical professionals are actively involved in campus health education.

The staff helps students better understand the nature and causes of their medical problems and injuries and the importance of treatment and prevention.

To promote lifelong wellness and to support academic success, students are encouraged and empowered to learn how to reduce their risk of disease and injury and to make appropriate lifestyle choices.

Medical care provided and advice given is consistent with the beliefs and practices of the Catholic Church.

In fulfilling this mission Student Health Services subscribes to the mission of the university.

Student Medical Insurance

Medical (health) insurance is required for all full-time domestic and international students, all student residents and all part-time international students, will be enrolled in and charged for the CUA Student Medical Plan unless they waive online through the Aetna web site Students must also be able to provide evidence of alternate coverage upon request by the plan administrator.

All International students must waive online and submit documentation of proof of coverage in English for review and approval to complete the waiver process.

University Center Student Programs and Events

Founded with solid values and driven by a clear vision, the University Center, Student Programs and Events, UCSPE, exists to serve the needs of students, faculty, staff, alumni, business partners, and visitors. CUAâ??s unique setting encourages social, cultural, recreational, and educational programming in a dynamic, safe, and comfortable environment. Through its facilities and programs, UCSPE offers a diverse array of quality initiatives, avenues for collaborative endeavors, services that enhance campus life and events, meeting spaces, and opportunities for involvement. Above all, the UCSPE strengthens and supports the mission of The Catholic University of America and strives to foster a welcoming gathering place for the campus community.

Multicultural Education and Awareness

Multicultural Education and Awareness at Catholic University will enhance, promote and expose students at Catholic University to topics related to multiculturalism and diversity by designing programs that celebrate diversity here at Catholic University. Additionally, various sources of academic and social support are available to meet the needs of multicultural students with the purpose of creating a welcoming environment and improving retention. The collection of services and programs will connect all students with important resources and will enrich the overall student experience.

Office of Campus Ministry

The role of campus ministry is to support the members of CUA community in their growth as individual persons and as a community able to celebrate and live the message of the Gospel.
The staff exercises its ministry in a variety of ways: through gathering the community for prayer and liturgy; through social justice projects, community service, educational, and social events; and through sacramental preparation, pastoral counseling, spiritual direction, and retreats. As we strive to grow into a more faithful community at CUA, it becomes obvious that campus ministry is not the work of a few, but of many. Members of the student ministry staff live in community at The House, giving witness to the Gospel by sharing their time and energies with the larger community. They do this through liturgy, programs, and personal presence.
The professional campus ministry staff, composed of clergy and laity, seeks to be an open and affirming presence for students, faculty, administrators, and staff.

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Miscellaneous Charges

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Payment Plan

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Refund Policy

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Financial Aid

The information contained in this section is subject to change or modification as state and federal regulations and/or institutional policies are revised.

Office of Financial Aid
McMahon Hall, Room 6
Phone: 202-319-5307
Toll-Free: 888-635-7788
Fax: 202-319-5573
Federal Aid Title IV Code: 001437

The policy pages that follow cover the following areas:


CUA Scholarship and Grant Philosophy

Institutional Aid and Scholarships

Special University-Funded Programs

Need-Based Assistance

Federal Aid Programs

State Aid Programs

Donor-Sponsored Scholarships

Scholarship Academic Reviews

Minimum Satisfactory Academic Progress for Continuance of Financial Aid