The Catholic University of America

Campus Overview

The Catholic University of America was incorporated under the laws of the District of Columbia in 1887. Its original incorporation was supplemented and amended by an Act of Congress in 1928. The campus is located in the northeast quadrant of Washington with a main entrance at Michigan Avenue and Fourth Street, N.E. University offices are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except on holidays as noted in the "Academic Calendar." The university telephone number is 202-319-5000 and its Web site is

These Announcements provide the basic information about the undergraduate programs and academic policies of The Catholic University of America. Additional information is published in the Student Handbook, which is available at It is the responsibility of each student to be aware of all rules, regulations, policies and procedures contained in these Announcements and in the Student Handbook.

The university reserves the right to establish and revise requirements for graduation and degrees, curricula, schedules, charges for tuition and other fees, and all regulations affecting students, whether incoming or previously enrolled. Inquiries and applications for admission for graduate study should be directed to:

Office of Graduate Admissions,
The Catholic University of America,
Washington, DC 20064

Additional information and applications for admission are also available at

The Catholic University of America is committed to the belief that "with respect to the fundamental rights of the person, every type of discrimination, whether social or cultural, whether based on sex, race, color, social condition, language, or religion, is to be overcome and eradicated as contrary to God's intent" (Vatican Council II, Gaudium et spes, No. 29). Accordingly, it is the policy of the university to comply fully with provisions of federal and local laws and regulations where applicable, which prohibit discrimination on the basis of criteria specified in those laws and regulations in educational programs and activities, including admission thereto, and in employment.

The Catholic University of America admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age or disability to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the university. It does not discriminate against students or applicants for admission, or employees or applicants for employment on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, or on the basis of sex, age or disability, in the administration of its educational or admissions policies or in any aspect of its operations.

The policy has the force and effect of every other policy of The Catholic University of America and is administered and enforced accordingly. Inquiries may be directed to the Equal Opportunity Officer at 202-319-5598 or by e-mail at

Message from the President

To the Graduate Students at The Catholic University of America:

As one approaches the campus of The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., for the first time, it is not uncommon to be surprised by the view. More often than not, visitors to CUA expect an urban campus, with dense buildings and little breathing room. Instead, they find a sprawling, leafy campus, with a beautiful expanse of green space, and grand buildings that reflect both the style and the time period in which they were constructed. There is room to breathe here? and the environment is filled with the sights and sounds of a vibrant, dynamic, world-class university in the most powerful city in the world.

Against the backdrop of our nation's capital, CUA casts its own unique silhouette and makes its own indelible mark upon contemporary American society. Whether it is in the halls of government or science or the halls of our library or one of our academic buildings, the learning experience at CUA is charged with energy and potential the likes of which cannot be found elsewhere in our nation. Add to that the values, history and traditions of the national university of the Catholic Church in our country, and the "total experience" of CUA becomes the occasion for each student to enrich and broaden not only his or her mind but the heart and soul as well.

In the pages that follow, you will get a sense of what CUA has to offer, but it is only a "sense" and a limited one at that. CUA is a university and a community and an experience that is as full of life and promise and adventure as any university can be. But because of our unique Catholic character and mission, the CUA experience offers more to its students. To the intellectual dimension-"reason"-we add "faith" and "service." You can get a feeling for those emphases from our publications and our Web site, but you have to "be here" to see it, believe it, experience it.

CUA is truly a place to learn, to grow, to pray, to laugh, to make lifelong friends, to have fun, to serve others, to find your truest, deepest self. Be here with us. May God bless you in these wonderful years of life!

Sincerely yours,

Very Reverend David M. O'Connell, C.M.