The Catholic University of America

Academic Calendar for 2010–2011

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 Office of Enrollment Services web site at

Fall (First) Semester 2010

Thursday, August 26 New student orientation begins.
Monday, August 30 Opening of classes.
Wednesday, September 1 Last day for Summer 2010 graduation candidates to submit online diploma application.
Thursday, September 2 Mass of the Holy Spirit. University Mass and Picnic; no classes between 12:10 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Monday, September 6 Labor Day (Holiday).
Friday, September 10 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 15 Class of 2014 Convocation, 4 p.m.; freshmen are excused from 4:10 p.m. classes/labs to attend Convocation.
Friday, September 24 Final date to deposit theses and dissertations for October graduation.
Monday, October 11 Columbus Day (Holiday).  
Tuesday, October 12 Administrative Wednesday:  Wednesday classes meet instead of Tuesday classes this day only.  
Tuesday, October 12-Friday, October 15 Faculty submit interim grades for freshmen.
Friday, October 15 Midterm. Last day to resolve grades of Incomplete from the previous semester. Last day to change to audit.
Monday, October 25 Pre-registration advising begins.
Thursday, October 28-Saturday, October 30 Comprehensive examinations for graduate students.
Monday, November 1 All Saints Day.  Registration for Spring (second) Semester 2011 begins (use Cardinal Station).
Tuesday, November 2 All Souls Liturgy. Memorial Mass for Deceased of the University Community.
Friday, November 12 Last day to withdraw from classes with a "W" grade (use Cardinal Station).
Monday, November 15 Last day to request pass/fail option (undergraduates only with dean's permission).
Wednesday, November 24 Thanksgiving recess begins.
Monday, November 29 Classes resume.
Wednesday, December 8 Patronal Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Holiday and Reading Day)
Saturday, December 11-Sunday, December 12 Reading Period. (Note: Classes that meet only on Saturdays will meet on Saturday, December 11.)
Monday, December 13 Last day of classes.
Tuesday, December 14-Saturday, December 18 Final Examination Period.
Wednesday, December 22 All final grades due by 3 p.m.
Monday, January 3, 2011 Last day for fall 2010 graduation candidates to submit online diploma applications.
Friday, January 7, 2011 Final date to deposit theses and dissertations for January graduation.


Spring (Second) Semester 2011


Monday, November 1, 2010 Registration for spring (second) semester 2010 begins (use Cardinal Station).
Monday, January 3 Last day for fall 2010 graduation candidates to submit online diploma application
Monday, January 10 Opening of classes.
Monday, January 17 Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Day (Holiday).
Friday, January 21 Last day to register or add courses for credit, including COMPS and Internships; last day to drop a course without record (use Cardinal Station).
Thursday, 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 21-Friday, February 25 Faculty submit interim grades for freshmen.
Tuesday, February 22 Administrative Monday: Monday classes meet instead of Tuesday classes this day only.
Friday, February 26 Midterm. Last day to resolve grades of Incomplete from the previous semester. Last day to change to audit. Last day for spring 2011 graduation candidates to submit online diploma application.
Monday, March 7 Spring recess begins.
Wednesday, March 9 Ash Wednesday.
Monday, March 14 Classes resume.
Tuesday, March 15 Registration for summer 2011 begins.
Monday, March 21 Pre-registration advising for fall begins.
Thursday, March 24-Saturday, March 26 Comprehensive examinations for graduate students.
Monday, March 28 Registration for Fall (first) semester 2011 begins (use Cardinal Station). Last day to request pass/fail option (undergraduates only with dean's permission).
Monday, March 28-Thursday, March 31 Senior comprehensive examinations.
Wednesday, March 30 Last day to withdraw from courses with a "W" grade (use Cardinal Station).
Sunday, April 10 Founders Day.
Wednesday, April 13 Reading Day.
Thursday, April 21 Holy Thursday. No classes; Easter recess begins.
Friday, April 22 Good Friday
Sunday, April 24 Easter Sunday
Monday, April 25 Easter Monday
Tuesday, April 26 Classes resume.
Friday, April 29 Last day of classes.  Final date to deposit theses and dissertations for May graduation.
Saturday, April 30-Monday, May 2 Reading Period. (Note: Classes that meet only on Saturdays will meet on Saturday, April 30.)
Tuesday, May 3-Saturday, May 7 Final examination period.
Monday, May 9 Grades for graduating students due by noon.
Tuesday, May 10 All other grades due by 3 p.m.
Friday, May 13 Baccalaureate Mass.
Saturday, May 14 Commencement exercises.
Friday, May 27 Law School Commencement.
Monday, May 9 - Saturday, August 6 Summer Session

Summer Sessions 2010

Summer Sessions - 2010 Calendar

Pre-Summer Session  Starts on May 11th

(Featuring course offerings in Architecture, Biblical Studies, Civil Engineering, Drama, English, Library and Information Science, Nursing, Politics)

First Five-Week Session (15): May 17 through June 19

Monday, May 17

First day of classes. Last day to pay for first session classes. Students who fail to pay or make payment arrangements with Student Accounts are subject to a fee.

Wednesday, May 19

Final day to register or add courses for credit or drop without record, with 100% refund.

Monday, May 24

University Observance of Memorial Day. (Holiday, no classes.)

Thursday, June 10

Last day to withdraw from courses or change from credit to audit. Last day to change to Pass/Fail grading (undergraduates only with permission of the dean.)

Saturday, June 19

Last day of classes.

First Six-Week Session (16): May 17 through June 26

Monday, May 18

First day of classes. Last day to pay for first session classes. Students who fail to pay or make payment arrangements with Student Accounts are subject to a fee.

Wednesday, May 20

Final day to register or add courses for credit or drop without record, with 100% refund.

Monday, May 25

University Observance of Memorial Day. (holiday, no classes.)

Friday, June 11

President's Holiday (no classes)

Tuesday, June 15

Last day to withdraw from courses or change from credit to audit. Last day to change to Pass/Fail grading (undergraduates only with permission of the dean.)

Saturday, June 26

Last day of classes.

Second Five-Week Session (25): June 28 through July 31

Monday, June 28

First day of classes. Last day to pay for second session classes. Students who fail to pay or make payment arrangements with Student Accounts are subject to a fee.

Thursday, July 1

Final day to register or add courses for credit or drop without record, with 100% refund.

Monday, July 5th

University Observance of Independence Day.

Friday, July 16 and
Saturday, July 17

Comprehensive Exams

Thursday, July 22

Last day to withdraw from courses or change from credit to audit. Last day to change to Pass/Fail grading (undergraduates only with permission of the dean.)

Saturday, July 31

Last day of classes.



Second Six-Week Session (26): June 28 through August 7

Monday, June 28

First day of classes. Last day to pay for second session classes. Students who fail to pay or make payment arrangements with Student Accounts are subject to a fee.

Wednesday, July 1

Final day to register or add courses for credit or drop without record, with 100% refund.

Friday, July 3rd

University Observance of Independence Day. (Holiday, no classes)

Friday, July 17 and Saturday, July 18

Comprehensive Exams

Tuesday, July 27

Last day to withdraw from courses or change from credit to audit. Last day to change to Pass/Fail grading (undergraduates only with permission of the dean.)

Saturday, August 7

Last day of classes.

Officers of the University

Board of Trustees

  • Carl A. Anderson, New Haven, Conn.
  • Richard D. Banziger, Vice Chairman, New York, N.Y
  • Lee Ann Joiner Brady,Skillman, N.J.
  • Bishop Michael F. Burbidge, Raleigh, N.C.
  • Timothy R. Busch, Esq., Irvine, Calif.
  • Joseph L Carlini, Malvern, Pa.
  • Archbishop Robert L. Carlson, St. Louis, Mo.
  • Robert F. Comstock, Esq., Washington, D.C.
  • Bishop Edward P. Cullen, Allentown, Pa.
  • Leo A. Daly III, Washington, D.C.
  • Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Houston, Texas
  • Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan, New York, N.Y.
  • Bishop Thomas G. Doran, Rockford, Ill.
  • Frederick R. Favo, Oakmont, Pa.
  • Sister Margaret Mary Fitzpatrick, S.C., Sparkill, N.Y.
  • John H. Garvey, President, Washington, D.C.
  • Cardinal Francis E. George, O.M.I., Chicago, Ill.
  • Edward W. Gillespie, Alexandria, Va.
  • Archbishop Jose H. Gomez,Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory, Atlanta, Ga.
  • Stephen J. Kaneb, South Hampton, N.H.
  • Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, Louisville, Ky.
  • Bishop Paul S. Loverde, Arlington, Va.
  • Cardinal Roger Mahony, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Bishop Gregory J. Mansour, Brooklyn, N.Y
  • Bishop Robert J. McManus, Worcester, Mass.
  • James Moye, Fairfield, Conn.
  • Mark A. Murray, Grand Rapids, Mich.
  • Archbishop John J. Myers, Newark, N.J.
  • Archbishop John C. Nienstedt, St. Paul, Minn.
  • Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien, Baltimore, Md.
  • Anne E. O'Donnell, M.D., Arlington, Va.
  • Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted, Phoenix, Az.
  • Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley, O.F.M. Cap., Braintree, 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, Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Rodger D. Shay, Miami, Fla.
  • Victor P. Smith, Esq. Burlingame, Calif.
  • Anthony R. Tersigni, St. Louis, Mo.
  • Mark H. Tuohey III, Esq., Washington, D.C.
  • Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron, Chairman, Detroit, Mich.
  • Bishop Thomas G. Wenski,Miami, Fla.
  • Anthony A. Williams, Esq., Washington, D.C.
  • Cardinal-designate Donald W. Wuerl, Chancellor, Washington, D.C.
  • Frank G. Persico, Secretary of the Board, Fulton, Md.

Office of the President

John H. Garvey, J.D. President
Frank G. Persico, M.A Vice President for University Relations and Chief of Staff
Rev. Jude DeAngelo, O.F.M. Conv., Director of Campus Ministry and University Chaplain
Sarah M. Phelps, J.D General Counsel
Victor Nakas, M. Phil Associate Vice President for Public Affairs
Christine Peterson, B.S. SPHR Associate Vice President/Chief Human Resources Officer
Suzanne A. McCarthy, B.A. Assistant Vice President for University Relations for University Events
Kyra A. Lyons, B.A Executive Director, Office of Alumni Relations

Academic Affairs

James F. Brennan, Ph.D Provost
Sara M. Thompson, Ph.D. Associate Provost for New Programs
James Greene, Ph.D Dean of Graduate Studies
Michael Mack, Ph.D Dean of Undergraduate Studies
Brian Johnston, M.A. Assistant Vice President, Planning, Institutional Research, Student Learning Outcomes Assessment
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
Peter Shoemaker, Ph.D. Director of University Honors Program
Ziaeddin Mafaher, M.A., M.S Chief Information Officer
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
Rev. Robert J. Kaslyn, S.J., J.C.D. School of Canon Law
Charles C. Nguyen, D.Sc School of Engineering
Veryl V. Miles, J.D Columbus School of Law
Dr. Ingrid Hsieh-Yee, Ph.D School of Library and Information Science
Grayson Wagstaff, Ph.D Benjamin T. Rome School of Music
Patricia McMullen, Ph.D., JD, CNS, CRNP School of Nursing
Rev. Kurt Pritzl, O.P., Ph.D School of Philosophy
Sara M. Thompson, Ph.D Metropolitan School of Professional Studies
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
Michael S. Allen, Ph.D. Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics
Donald Bosse, M.B.A Director of Financial Aid
Adriana Farella, B.A. Associate Vice President for Enrollment Services and University Registrar
Candice Chambers, M.B.A Director of Enrollment Management Operations
Deborah Harry, B.S Director of Enrollment Management Systems
Julie Schwing, M.A Director of Graduate Admissions

Facilities Operations

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

Financial Affairs

Cathy R. Wood, M.F.A Vice President for Finance and Administration, Treasurer
Sheri Hardison, B.S., C.P.A Controller and Assistant Treasurer
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
Battles, Rachel, B.A., M.B.A. Associate Vice President, Finance
Laura J. Sweet, B.S Director of Business Systems and Support
Renell Lewis, B.A Director of Treasury Management
Donna Powell, M.P.A. Budget Director

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
Timothy J. Carney, M.A. Associate Vice President for Campus Services
Amélie Brogden, M.Ed. Director of Conferences and Pryzbyla Management
Sarah M. Daniels, M.A. Senior Associate Dean of Students and Director of Residence Life
Suzanne Felder, RN, M.S.N. Director of Student Health Services
Thomasine N. Johnson, B.A Director of Public Safety
William A. Jonas, M.Ed Director of Campus Activities
Monroe Rayburn, Ph.D Director of the 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
Amy Wilson, M.A.
Assistant Vice President for University Development
Michael K. Green Jr., J.D
Director of Planned Giving
Mark D. Roberts, B.A
Director of Annual Giving
Daniel Creel, J.D.
Director of Research and Prospect Management
Gail Ferris, J.D., M.B.A.
Director of Development Services
David S. McMullen, B.A
Director of Donor Relations
Katherine Acuff, J.D.
Development Director
Laura Cocoltchos, B.A
Development Director
Brandon Miller, B.A.
Development Director
Leslie Palmieri, M.A., M.G.A.
Development Director

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 of American Law Schools
Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Council on Social Work Education
National Architectural Accrediting Board
National Association of Schools of Music
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
National Recorgnition from the American Association of School Librarians in partnership with the
National Council for the 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
Association of Graduate Schools in Catholic Colleges and Universities
Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area
Council of European Studies
Council of Graduate Schools
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
National Association of Foreign Student Advisers (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 for bachelors in architecture), Master of Architecture (professional degree for bachelors in fields other than architecture), Master of Science in Architectural Studies, Master of Science in Sustainable Design, and Master of City and Regional Planning. Also available are several joint degrees including a joint Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Bachelor of Civil Engineering; Master of Architecture and Master of Sustainable Design; and Master of Architecture and Master of City and Regional Planning, and a certificate program in Planning.

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.

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.

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 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, 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. 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 School of Professional Studies

The Metropolitan School of Professional Studies extends the resources and expertise of the university to the Washington area community by offering professional development, certificate, baccalaureate, and master's degree programs for adult students. 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 online to accommodate nontraditional schedules.


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

111 McMahon
Phone: 202-319-5618
Fax: 202-319-6673

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

International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS)
Director, TBD
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 (CGE) at the Catholic University of America (CUA) fosters a sense of international community that builds on the university's strong intellectual and Catholic mission. CGE coordinates and facilitates university-wide global education by sponsoring international exchanges of students and faculty and serving as a resource for departments and schools on campus that undertake international initiatives. In coordinating international initiatives, CGE 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.

CGE includes two units: The Education Abroad unit (CUAbroad) develops and administers international educational opportunities overseas for CUA and non-CUA students in coordination with CUA academic and administrative units as well as other institutions in the U.S. and abroad. The International Student and Scholar Services unit (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.

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

  • Provides university-wide international strategic vision
  • Provides university-wide guidelines and standards (i.e. overseas crisis management, health, safety & liability overseas)
  • Provides best practices in matters of education abroad
  • Oversees and coordinates university-wide international agreements and Memoranda of Understanding
  • Oversees the hosting of international visiting scholars, including Fulbright scholars, and visiting delegations
  • Acts as a clearinghouse for CUA international programs and services
  • Covers CUA overseas programs with emergency evacuation insurance
  • Supports schools in their efforts to internationalize their curricula
  • Provides staff and faculty training in overseas program management
  • Administers a variety of education abroad programs around the globe (short-term, semester/year long, internships)
  • Issues the Internatonal Student & Teacher Identity Cards (ISIC & 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 & Scholar Services (ISSS)

111 McMahon
Phone: 202-319-5618
Fax: 202-319-6673

Director, TBD
Assistant Director, Gudrun Kendon,
Administrative Assistant, Rita Barriteau,

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)

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

Director, Ella Sweigert,
Global Program Manager, Madison Bolls,

The Education Abroad unit (CUAbroad) of the Center for Global Education develops and administers international educational opportunities overseas for CUA and non-CUA students in coordination with CUA academic and administrative units as well as other institutions in the US and abroad. 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



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. Admission for undergraduate students to all schools of the university is administered by the Office of University Admissions. Please address all inquiries, requests for application forms and subsequent correspondence to the Office of University Admissions, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC 20064. (Visit, phone 202-319-5305 or toll-free in the U.S. 1-800-673-2772, fax 202-319-6533 or e-mail

Regular Freshman Admission


Students applying to The Catholic University of America for fall admission should submit a completed Application for Admission prior to the February 15 priority application deadline. Applications received after February 15 will be accepted on a rolling basis. If admitted as a Regular Decision candidate to CUA, applicants must submit a nonrefundable enrollment deposit by May 1.

A. Early Action

Academically outstanding candidates who view The Catholic University of America as a top choice for their undergraduate education and who wish to learn of their admission early in their senior year may consider applying Early Action. The application deadline for Early Action is November 15. Candidates will learn of the decision prior to December 25. Candidates not accepted under the Early Action program can be deferred to the regular review. The Catholic University of America supports the belief that students should be free to choose among colleges until the enrollment deposit deadline. Early Action Admission is nonbinding and the enrollment deposit deadline is May 1.

B. Required Credentials for Freshman Candidates

An application is complete when the Office of University Admissions has received the following:

  1. The completed application form and $55 nonrefundable application fee;
  2. A completed Secondary School Report attached to an official school work;
  3. An official ACT or SAT I score report;
  4. A letter of recommendation;
  5. An essay.

C. Secondary School Record

The university expects that candidates will have undertaken the most challenging curriculum available in the secondary school program. Special note is taken of enrollment in Advanced Placement and/or Honors classes.

It is recommended that secondary school preparation consist of 17 academic units, including four years of study in both English and social studies, three years of mathematics, three years of science (including at least one year of laboratory science), at least two years of study in a foreign language, and one year of study in the fine arts or humanities.

Engineering candidates should have four years of mathematics and four years of science, including both chemistry and physics.

Nursing candidates should have a year in both chemistry and biology.

Home-schooled students should submit a complete record of all courses earned and, if possible, a transcript from an accredited home study school or agency.

D. Standardized Tests 

All candidates must submit results from a standardized test either the SAT I test or the ACT. The highest scores presented will be considered from any administration or combination of administrations. Students submitting scores from the ACT in lieu of the SAT I test should submit the optional writing section of the ACT as well.

CUA uses SAT II test results for placement purposes only.

Applicants enrolling in the School of Arts and Sciences or the School of Philosophy should submit SAT II test results in a foreign language. Students who have taken SAT II tests in other subject areas also are encouraged to submit scores. For more information, visit

D. Advanced Placement and Credit

Advanced placement and credit may be offered to exceptionally qualified students. Advanced placement is based on national Advanced Placement examinations, collegiate-level courses taken in secondary school or college, and/or examinations administered by the university. Consult individual schools of the university for information about accepted areas of advanced placement, criteria, and restrictions. Additional information may be found at

E. Auditions for Applicants to the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music

An audition of at least 10 minutes, either scheduled in person or submitted by tape, is required.

Applicants for the undergraduate degree program in composition must audition and submit original compositions for review by the music faculty. Those considered for the University Honors Program in music history and literature are not required to audition unless they desire advanced standing in piano study.

Faculty recommendations for admission are based upon the audition. Specific requirements may be obtained at

F. University Honors Program

A separate application is not required for the honors program. Selection for participation is made based on the materials submitted in support of the application for admission. The University Honors Program offers students of high caliber a special curriculum that is oriented towards the liberal arts and designed to complement individual majors with an integrated world view. Full details of the program can be found at and in the Announcements.

Transfer Admission


A. Application Method

Transfer students may apply for admission in either the fall or spring semesters. The deadline is July 15 for fall applications and November 15 for spring applications.

Final terms of admission are conditioned by the following: (1) credits must represent work which is applicable to a current curriculum in the university; (2) credits must represent work which is substantially equivalent in quality and quantity to the work pursued here for which it is to be substituted; (3) only courses passed with a grade of at least C (when D is passing) will be considered; (4) no more than the equivalent of one semester's credit at this university will be given for a semester of work done elsewhere; (5) of the last 36 to 40 semester hours of credit earned for the degree, 30 semester hours (60 hours for the School of Arts and Sciences) must be earned at The Catholic University of America.

For those entering at the sophomore or junior class level, distribution requirements may be modified. Consult the dean of the appropriate school.

Credits taken outside The Catholic University of America are not considered when calculating the student's grade point average at CUA.

On the recommendation of the cognizant dean, credit for educational experiences in programs of the armed services will be accepted for transfer after completion of at least one semester of full- time study in a degree program at this university and for such courses as are substitutes for courses required in the degree program.

B. Required Credentials for Transfer Candidates

Transfer applications are considered complete when the Office of University Admissions has received the following:

  1. The completed application form and $55 nonrefundable application fee;
  2. Statement of intent;
  3. A complete, official secondary (high) school transcript;
  4. One official transcript from each postsecondary institution attended;
  5. A letter of recommendation;
  6. SAT or ACT score report (may be waived if applicant has completed 24 or more college credits).

International Student Admission


Please consult the Web sites and for additional information.

A. Application Method

Applications should be submitted to the Office of University Admissions no later than February 15 for fall semester (classes beginning in August) and October 15 for the spring semester (classes beginning in January). Because of the delays that often occur in obtaining and evaluating credentials, prospective international students should submit complete applications for admissions well in advance of the deadlines.

B. Required Credentials for International Candidates

International Applications are considered complete when the Office of University Admissions has received the following:

  1. The completed International Undergraduate Application and $55 nonrefundable application fee;
  2. Transcripts of all previous education equivalent to secondary and postsecondary education in the United States; a certified translated copy if transcript is not in the English language. Education completed at institutions outside of the United States, as shown by official documents, may be accepted as equivalent to educational experience in the United States;
  3. An essay as specified in the Undergraduate Application for Admission;
  4. Supporting documentation that verifies the availability of sufficient funds;
  5. Official documentation of English language proficiency (see requirements below).

C. English Language Proficiency

All students from countries and areas where English is not the common, spoken language (even if the student is already a resident of the United States) must have a practical understanding of spoken and written English to benefit from instruction, study and examinations in that language. Course work at The Catholic University of America requires university-level English language proficiency and skills. The Catholic University of America, therefore, requires all applicants whose native language is not English to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL or an International English Language Testing System exam (IELTS before they can be considered for final admissions. Minimally accepted undergraduate TOEFL scores are 550-paper; 213-computer; and 80 Internet. Students taking the TOEFL should have at least 20 out of 30 in each of the TOEFL subcategories. The minimally accepted undergraduate IELTS score is 6.5. Individual IELTS test module scores are also reviewed in addition to the overall IELTS score. Students should have test results sent directly to The Catholic University of America.

The TOEFL/IELTS requirement can be waived on a case-by-case basis should the applicant have appropriate documentation of successful completion of one of the following:

  1. CUA's Intensive English Program;
  2. Level 112 in the intensive English program offered by an ELS Language Center (;
  3. An Intensive English program at an accredited institution of higher education;
  4. A college-level English Composition class determined to be the equivalent of or more advanced than CUA's English Composition 101 course, with a grade of B or above;
  5. A graduate degree, a Bachelor's Degree (B.A. or B.S.), or an Associates Degree (A. A.) from an accredited U.S. institution of higher education or a high school diploma. (Graduates from a U. S. high school are required however to submit SAT/ACT scores.)

Students With Disabilities


Disability services, designed to support and encourage the integration of students with disabilities into the mainstream of the university community are provided through the Office of Disability Support Services (DSS). To be eligible for services at CUA, students must register with DSS and submit documentation of disability. Recently admitted students are encouraged to contact DSS beginning June 1 to begin the registration process. For more information on services or documentation requirements and registration procedures, please contact the Office of Disability Support Services at 202-319-5211, TTY 202-299-2899, e-mail or visit the DSS Web site at

Admission of Nondegree Students


A student who does not wish to pursue a degree program at The Catholic University of America but who wishes to follow courses independently or in a program required for a certificate, either for credit or as an auditor, may apply for admission as a nondegree student. The application must be accompanied by a $55 nonrefundable application fee and official transcripts of all previous high school and postsecondary work. In lieu of a transcript, a properly qualified student who is working toward a degree at another institution may submit written authorization for temporary enrollment at this university from the cognizant dean of that institution.

Admission as a nondegree student is limited to 9 credit hours unless renewed by the dean of the school for registration in subsequent consecutive semesters or summer sessions. No fee is charged for requesting such renewal. A nondegree student who does not enroll in consecutive terms or who enrolls in a different school must submit a new application for admission, which must be accompanied by the application fee.

A nondegree student who wishes to be considered for admission to a degree program must submit the application and supporting documents ordinarily required for admission to the Office of University Admissions and should consult with the appropriate dean or chair of department before enrolling, since the mere accumulation of courses will not satisfy requirements for degrees.



A student must reapply for admission if he/she has been dismissed, withdrew from the university or failed to maintain continuous enrollment. An application for readmission is subject to the same scrutiny as is an application for original admission, and the student may be required to adhere to degree requirements adopted since original matriculation or to special requirements imposed as a condition of readmission, such as repeating certain examinations or work in a course.

An applicant for readmission is required to file the appropriate application and pay a $55 nonrefundable application fee. Readmission to the university does not guarantee eligibility for financial aid. Satisfactory academic progress must be demonstrated.

Deferring Admission


Prior to the first day of classes, admitted freshmen students may request in writing that their admission be deferred to a future semester. Admitted students can defer for only one year- i.e. applicants for the fall term may defer to the following spring, summer, or fall terms, but no further. Deferrals are granted on a case by case basis to students who encounter unforeseen opportunities or circumstances. The request should provide documentation for service work, military service or a medical condition. Students who are granted deferment may not enroll as a student on a full-time basis at a different institution during that year and may only take a maximum of 6 credits throughout the deferral period. Official copies of transcripts indicating academic coursework taken while deferring must be submitted to the Office of Admissions at least 15 days prior to beginning of the new start term. In the event there are changes that are negative and significant to a student's deferred application, the Office of Admissions reserves the right to revoke a deferred candidate's offer of admission. Students who enroll after deferring will be evaluated for credit, student status, and financial aid. International students and transfer students may not defer their admission.


Registration Period


The registration period is announced each year in the Academic Calendar. No student will be permitted to register later than the date published in the Academic Calendar (see Schedule of Classes).

New Students


New undergraduate students receive instructions concerning their initial registration after they have been notified of acceptance. A student may register only after receipt of official notification of admission and submission of an enrollment deposit. It is the responsibility of the student to obtain formal admission prior to registration.

Continuing Students


The university provides a period of registration for all currently enrolled students prior to the end of each semester in order to determine such matters as housing allocations, class scheduling, student financial aid, and faculty and staff requirements which must be planned before the new semester begins.

Continuing student must register for the following semester at the designated times and according to the procedures set forth in the schedule of classes.

A continuing undergraduate student who does not register is presumed to be planning to withdraw from the university. If such is not the student's intention, and if the student has neglected to register for other reasons, the student may receive permission to register during the prescribed period for new and transfer students by applying for readmission to the university. Readmission forms are available in the Office of the Academic Dean (A readmission fee is charged.)

Consortium Registration


Application forms and instructions for registration in a course offered by a member institution of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area may be obtained in the Office of the Registrar. A student may take consortium courses only for credit and must have the approval of the adviser, chair, dean and consortium coordinator. Regulations and registration procedures are published in detail each semester in the class schedule.



A student who has been admitted to the university and who wishes to attend a course without satisfying its formal requirements must secure the consent of the teacher, register as an auditor, and pay the regular tuition and fees. Students must notify the registrar in writing of their intent to audit a class.

Credit will not be granted for auditing a course. Audit or "not for academic credit" classes cannot be counted for enrollment certification, for financial aid purposes, or for loan deferment purposes regardless of billing or registration status.

Auditors are required to attend a minimum of one-half of the class sessions. If this requirement is not met the registrar may, solely upon notice of the instructor of insufficient attendance, delete the course from the student's record.

Course Numbers


Courses numbered from 100 to 499 carry undergraduate credit only. Courses numbered from 500 to 599 are open to graduate and qualified undergraduate students. Courses numbered from 600 to 999 are open to graduate students only, unless special circumstances apply and with permission of the dean.

Full-Time Study


Undergraduate students registered for 12 or more semester hours are full-time students. They are required to register as such and to pay the corresponding tuition. The certification to governmental agencies of all students -citizen and noncitizen - as full-time students of the university is determined by full-time academic activity as attested by the cognizant academic officer, not by payment of full-time tuition. Such certification is the responsibility of the university registrar.

Part-Time Study

All students who do not satisfy the criteria for full-time study are part-time students and must pay tuition in the amount charged per semester hour.

Enrollment of Undergraduates for Graduate Study

A student may begin graduate work while fulfilling the requirements for an undergraduate degree if, in the opinion of the dean, the student's academic performance and promise justify such action.

Similarly, undergraduates may be permitted to undertake graduate studies as students in joint degree programs, for example, B.A.-M.A. In such cases, the student will be enrolled as an undergraduate under conditions set by the dean until the undergraduate program is completed. The dean, with the understanding that credits for these courses are applied to the master's degree only after the bachelor's degree is conferred, must approve in advance the graduate courses taken. Credits earned in graduate level courses in excess of those required for the undergraduate degree may be applied toward an advanced degree.

Continuous Enrollment

Continuous enrollment is required of all students enrolled in programs leading to degrees unless an authorized leave of absence has been granted. Failure to maintain continuous enrollment or to obtain an official leave of absence is considered to be evidence that the student has withdrawn from the university.

Change of Enrollment

Leave of Absence

A student in good standing who must interrupt his/her studies for adequate reason, such as prolonged ill health or military service, may be granted a leave of absence for a stated period, usually not to exceed one year. The student should apply in writing, in advance of the semester for which permission is requested, to the office of the dean of students, with a copy to his/her academic dean, stating the specific reasons for requiring the leave. The period of leave of absence is not counted as part of the time allowed for the completion of residence or other degree requirements. Any incomplete (I) grades that are outstanding must be changed in accordance with the policy on incomplete grades by the date published in the Academic Calendar, whether a student is registered for the current semester or not. If the leave of absence extends beyond the period approved by the academic dean, the student will be considered to have withdrawn from the university, must apply for readmission to be reinstated and satisfy current degree requirements.

A student who requests a leave for the current semester after the add/drop period has ended will be granted a term withdrawal for the current semester only. An additional request will need to be made if the student wishes to extend the leave into a future semester. This extension will be considered a leave of absence, subject to the terms stated above. A student who is attending a study abroad program not affiliated with CUA should request a leave of absence from the university prior to the semester during which he/she will be studying abroad. The dean of students notifies the offices of the student's academic dean, the registrar, financial aid, student accounts, housing services and residence life of this action. The student will receive confirmation of the approved action from dean of students once finalized. A residential student granted a leave of absence or term withdrawal must also cancel his/her housing agreement with housing services.

Additional Important Information for Students Receiving Federal Financial Aid

Change of Course

A change of course must be approved as specified in the procedures of the school concerned. A course for credit may be changed to a course for audit no later than the midterm date. A course for audit may be changed to a course for credit during the first one and a half weeks of class, however, once approved, a student may not change back to a regular grading system for that course. (See Academic Calendar for exact dates.)

Withdrawal from a Course

To withdraw from a course, a student must use Cardinal Station on the Web at, following the instructions. If the course is dropped during the first one and a half weeks of class, the course will not appear on the academic record; if the course is dropped after the published date, a W grade will be recorded. A course cannot be dropped after the last day to withdraw with a W grade. (See Academic Calendar for exact dates.)

If a student does not attend or stops attending a course for which the student is registered, the student will be assigned a failing grade (F).

Change of School

Transfer from one school to another will be permitted on the written approval of the deans of the schools and the chairs of the departments concerned.

Academic Regulations for Undergraduates

Equivalent Experience

If a student is in a course which is equivalent to previous experience, this should be reported to the academic adviser so that proper placement may be made and the question of possible credit may be explored.

Overelection of Courses

1. A student who achieves a 3.0 grade point average in a program at the end of a semester may enrollin the following semester for additional credits beyond those normally permitted in the program (overelect), according to the regulations of the school in which the student is enrolled. The same privilege is available to a student whose cumulative average is 3.0 or better.
2. A student may overelect without achieving the 3.0 grade point average in one semester of the senior year, with permission of the academic dean

Change of Curriculum, Course or Section

1. A student who wishes to transfer from one curriculum to another must notify the academic dean's office and must undertake to meet all the requirements of the curriculum to which the student transfers. Transfers from one school to another must be approved by the academic dean of each school (i.e., obtain the release of the dean of the school the student is leaving, and the acceptance of the dean of the school to which transfer is requested).

2. During registration students indicate section preferences for multisection courses. A student is expected to attend each course for which the student is registered.

3. A student may add a course for credit within the first week of class. All changes must be processed using the Web site

4.A student who wishes to take an elective course on a pass/fail basis must submit to the registrar's office a Registration Change Form with the approval of the academic dean. See Academic Calendar for deadlines.

Exchange Courses

Exchange courses taken at participating institutions are considered as The Catholic University of America courses in all respects.

Summer Sessions

Courses taken in summer sessions elsewhere may be applied toward degree credit under the following conditions:

1. Both the course and the institution must have the prior approval of the dean of the school in which the student is normally enrolled.

2. In order to be acceptable for degree credit, a summer course taken elsewhere must be passed with a grade which is equivalent to a C or higher at this university; however, such grades will not be computed in the student's cumulative grade point average, except for class rank and honors at graduation.

Student Classification

In addition to the usual student classification (freshman, sophomore, etc.), there are also: (a) special students; (b) transfer students.

Special Student - A student who is pursuing courses for credit, but is not a candidate for an undergraduate degree at this university.

Transfer Student - A student accepted from another educational institution whose standing is classified after satisfactory completion of the equivalent of a normal semester program of studies at this university.

Program Concentration (Major) or Specialization

To obtain a baccalaureate degree a student must be accepted in a program of concentration or specialized studies. To be admitted to such a program a student must be accepted by the departmental representative(s) and the academic dean. In schools with no departments such approval shall be obtained from the academic dean or representative. A 2.0 cumulative average normally shall be necessary and sufficient for such acceptance, if the student has also done satisfactory work in previous courses in the (proposed) field of concentration. Specific requirements for each department may be necessary.

Double Concentration

Concentration in two disciplines requires application and approval from the academic dean.

Dual-degree Programs

In order to be admitted into a dual-degree program and maintain good standing in each school, a student must fulfill all criteria established for each discipline and school, must satisfy all requirements for both degrees being sought and simultaneously complete the dual-degree program. After the schools have approved a dual-degree program, full documentation of the program is forwarded to the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies, who monitors the administration of the program. Schools participating in dual-degree programs are expected to provide appropriate advising to students pursuing dual degrees and to confer with the other school as appropriate.

Comprehensive Examination

In schools where a comprehensive examination is a requirement for graduation, a senior who fails to meet the requirements for graduation in the comprehensive examination may be granted the privilege of a re-examination during one of the subsequent annual periods assigned for senior comprehensives, but may not graduate until the comprehensive examination has been passed.

General Degree Requirements

  1. For baccalaureate degrees, at least 60 semester credits must be taken at this university. Courses taken through the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan area and courses taken within approved CUA study abroad programs are acceptable in meeting this requirement. Different requirements may apply to special degree programs as approved by the Academic Senate. (Academic Senate, May 8, 2002)
  2. In addition to the above requirement, at least 30 of the last 36 credits taken for a baccalaureate degree must be taken at this university. Consortium and CUA study abroad courses meet this requirement.
  3. Courses taken at other institutions, during the summer or while on leave, are subject to approval by the dean of the school in order to be transferred and applied to CUA degree requirements. Without prior approval transfer of credit is not guaranteed.
  4. During any semester when registered for courses at CUA a student may not transfer courses taken at other institutions except for courses taken through the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area.
  5. Ordinarily a GPA of 2.0 and fulfillment of a minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation.

Special degree programs include:

School of Philosophy:

  • Basselin Program

School of Nursing: 

  • Program for Registered Nurses
  • Program for Licensed Practical Nurses
  • Program for Students with no Transfer Credit
  • Program for Students with Transfer Credit

School of Engineering: 

  • 3-2 Cooperative Engineering Program - St. Anselm College/CUA (Computer Science Program: first three years)
  • 3-2 Cooperative Program - Georgetown University/CUA (Bachelor of Science in Physics and Bachelor of Electrical Engineering,five-year program)
  • 3-2 Agreement - St. Vincent's College/CUA Cooperative Degree Program - Mount St. Mary's College/CUA Frederick Institute of Technology CUA

Attendance at Class

Good scholarship requires the presence of students at all class and laboratory meetings. The responsibility for prompt and regular class attendance rests upon the individual student. If, for any reason, a student is absent too frequently from class, it may become impossible for that student to receive a passing grade. Authority for excusing absences rests with the teacher who may request that the student obtain authentication of absences considered unavoidable.

Grading System

Grade Meaning Equivalent
A Excellent 4.00
A-   3.70
B+   3.30
B Good 3.00
B-   2.70
C+   2.30
C Satisfactory 2.00
C-   1.70
D Lowest Passing 1.00
F Failing 0.00
I1 Incomplete  
W Withdrawal  
F Administrative Failure  
1 Reverts to an F if not removed by mid-semester of succeeding term, whether or not student continues in residence. 


Free electives may be reported on a pass/fail basis upon written application to the academic dean, prior to the announced date. Once approved, this status cannot be changed back. Neither such grade will affect the student's cumulative average but a fail will earn no degree credit. The pass/fail option is not available to students in the schools of engineering and architecture and planning.

Incomplete Grades

The provisional grade of I (incomplete) may be given only to a student who has not completed the requirements of a course for legitimate reasons, provided the work thus far completed in the course is of passing quality. The grade of I may not be given to one who has simply failed to meet the academic requirements of the course on time. An instructor must have the permission of the dean to give a grade of I.


Incomplete grades must be removed before the midsemester of the succeeding term whether or not the student continues in residence. If the incomplete is not removed by the midsemester, the incomplete will be recorded as a grade of F (failure).


Under extraordinary circumstances, but before the date of the midsemester following the reported incomplete, a student may petition the instructor of the course and the academic dean of the school in which the student is enrolled for an extension of the period normally allowed for removal of the incomplete.

Change of Grade

A grade assigned for work in a course is not subject to change except (a) in the case of a specific error, which may be corrected upon the request of the teacher of the course, in writing, to the dean not later than one month after the beginning of the succeeding semester, or (b) in the case of a successful challenge to a failing grade (F) after action in accordance with the established university procedures outlined in the Appeal of Failing Grades Policy. A successfully challenged grade of F is changed to pass (P), and credit is given for the work in question; no other grade may be assigned. All changes in transcript information must be requested and approved by the end of the semester following registration and grading of a particular course.

Grade Point Average

The quality points for a course are computed by multiplying the points for the grade equivalent by the number of credits for that course. To compute the grade point average, divide the total number of quality points earned by the total number of credits attempted (pass/fail credits not included). The grade point average is computed only for courses registered through The Catholic University of America.

When a course with a grade of D or F is repeated, the following rules shall apply:


  • The course must be identical in listing and cannot be taken at another institution;
  • The second time the course cannot be taken for pass/fail;
  • Both courses and grades will be recorded in the student's file and transcript; 
  • For calculation of the grade point average and for fulfillment of curriculum requirements, the credit and the grade of the repeated course will apply and the credit and grade of the original course will no longer count.

Dean’s List

A dean's list is published for each semester to recognize those students who in a degree program have achieved at least a 3.5 grade point average in a full-time course load for that semester. Individual schools may set additional criteria for their dean's list.

Good Standing

A student is in good academic standing and is deemed to be making satisfactory progress for the purpose of participation in extracurricular activities if he/she is not on academic probation. (In order for students to be eligible to receive Federal Title IV and Catholic University financial aid, they must satisfy additional academic progress requirements. Please visit the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress page at for a summary of these requirements.)


 In order to ascertain whether an undergraduate student's academic advancement in those qualities of scholarship considered necessary for a liberal education is satisfactory, the student's records may be reviewed periodically by appropriate university officials in accordance with the university's policy on student records. Serious shortcomings in academic progress may indicate the necessity for the student to withdraw from the university or be dismissed.


Academic Probation

Except as indicated in 2 and 3 below, a student who has less than a 2.0 cumulative CUA grade point average is on academic probation until the CUA cumulative average is 2.0 or above. A student on academic probation may be required by the academic dean to take a reduced course load during the time of probation. Students on academic probation may not participate in extra-curricular or intercollegiate activities. Individual schools may impose specific academic program restrictions or conditions on students who are on academic probation.


A freshman student whose first full-time semester CUA grade point average is below 2.0 will be on academic warning for one semester rather than on academic probation. A student on academic warning may be required by the academic dean to take a reduced course load during the time of academic warning. Individual schools may impose specific restrictions or conditions on academic programs for students who are on academic warning.


A student whose cumulative CUA grade point average falls below 2.0 following a specific circumstance beyond the student's control may petition the Provost to be placed on academic warning rather than academic probation for the following semester. Such requests must be in writing and received by the Provost no later than the end of the enrollment period for the semester. The Provost will consult with the student's academic dean while considering the request.


The status of academic warning may not be extended or repeated in consecutive semesters.


An undergraduate student is no longer in good academic standing, and therefore subject to dismissal by the dean of a school, who:

  1. Receives a failing grade (F) in three or more credit-bearing courses undertaken in a semester. (Reversion of an incomplete grade (I) to an F shall be included in the total number of failures for the semester in which the I was given, with possible dismissal effective at the close of the current semester.) or
  2. At the end of any academic year has a cumulative average of less than 1.5; or
  3. Fails to satisfy any additional requirements that may be imposed by individual schools; or
  4. Fails to gain acceptance into a program of concentration or specialized studies following a fourth semester of full-time college work; special exception may be made for students who change concentrations in their sophomore year.

The university reserves the right to review the record of a student at any time for the purpose of determining whether a student meets the standards necessary for graduation. If, in the opinion of the university, this review reveals serious shortcomings, the student may be dismissed.

 Academic dismissal is made by the dean of a school. Please consult the individual school for additional regulations.

Withdrawal from the University

A student who wishes to permanently withdraw from the university must first conference with his or her academic advisor regarding his/her intent to withdraw. In those cases where a withdrawal is to occur, the student should contact the office of the dean of students who will assist with completion of the withdrawal process. Students who are withdrawing from the university should use Cardinal Station to drop or withdraw from all courses. Students and their parents should also note the refund schedule printed under Fees and Expenses. A permanent withdrawal is a permanent separation from the university. Students who fail to withdraw officially are assigned a grade of failure (F) in each course in which they remain registered.


If a student subsequently decides to return to the university, he/she must apply for re-admittance as if applying to the university for the first time. If a student who has withdrawn from the university without receiving a degree applies for re-admittance to a degree program, no credits earned by the student more than seven years before the time of re-admittance will be applied toward a degree unless they have been evaluated and approved by the school to which the student is applying. The dean of students notifies the offices of the student's academic dean, the registrar, financial aid, student accounts, housing services, and residence life of this action. Confirmation of the approved action will be sent to both the student (via email and/or permanent address) and the parents of dependent students (via the student's home address in Cardinal Station) once finalized.

Additional Important Information for Students Receiving Federal Financial Aid

Commencement and Honors


Each candidate who has fulfilled all degree requirements and has been recommended to the Academic Senate by the faculty is required to attend the commencement exercises, unless excused by the provost of the university. A student so excused must notify the dean and registrar that he or she will not be in attendance. Arrangements must be made with the registrar for forwarding the diploma.

The list of candidates for degrees approved by the Academic Senate and deposited in the Office of the Registrar is the official record of students who have graduated from the university.


At the commencement exercises, the university awards a diploma to each student upon whom a degree is conferred provided a diploma application has been filed. The diploma is awarded under the student's name of record. Subsequent requests for issuance of replacement diplomas will be honored only upon submission by the student of a notarized statement that the original has been lost, stolen or destroyed and upon payment of the required fee.

A graduating student who has an outstanding bill with any department of the university will not receive a diploma until such balance is paid in full.



The bachelor's degree will be conferred with honors upon a student who has earned a cumulative grade point average at the university as follows:

  • Cum laude - 3.5
  • Magna Cum Laude - 3.7
  • Summa Cum Laude - 3.9

Determination of honors is made by the dean's office of the school in which the student has matriculated. The cumulative grade point average of University Honors Program students shall be increased by .05 quality point for each sequence, up to a total of .15, for the purpose of Latin title honors. Program students must have fulfilled all requirements for each sequence in order to qualify. The additional quality points are not added to grade reports or to the permanent record.

Transfer students who have completed at least the junior and senior years at this university as defined in each school are eligible for honors if the cumulative grade point average in courses taken at this university meets the criteria listed above.

The criteria for honors will be periodically reviewed and adjusted so that honors will be awarded to approximately 20 percent of the graduating class.



Records and Transcripts

Directory Information

The following data is considered to be directory information and may be given to an inquirer, either in person, by mail or by telephone, and may be otherwise made public: name of student, address (both local, including e-mail address and permanent), telephone number (both local and permanent), dates of registered attendance, enrollment status (e.g. full-time or part-time), school or division of enrollment, major field of study, nature and dates of degrees and awards received, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, and weight and height of members of athletic teams. 

The policy that such information will be made generally available will be communicated to presently enrolled students through the publication of these guidelines. An individual student currently enrolled may request that such directory information not be disclosed by completing the nondisclosure form which is attached to the schedule of classes (form available in both paper and online schedule) and giving the form to the registrar in 10 McMahon Hall prior to the last day to register or add courses for credit. 

y default, only a student's campus e-mail address will be displayed on the CUA Web page. If a student wishes to release more, less or different information, he/she may do so by logging and changing the displayed information, or specifying that no information be displayed. 

A student who alleges that the university has failed to comply with the requirements of Section 438 of the Act has the right to file a complaint with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act Office of the Department of Education.

Name of Record

A student's name of record includes the first name, middle initial or full middle name, and the family name. Nicknames may not be used. The university will change the name of a currently enrolled student on its official records upon receipt of a request in writing accompanied by evidence of the legal basis for the change. A record of the previous name will be maintained, but all official documents will be released under the new name. 
The university is under no obligation to record a change of name for students who are not currently enrolled, including those who have graduated, and normally will not do so without a court order.


Transcripts of records issued by the registrar are photocopies of the complete, unabridged academic record of the student at this university. Requests for the issuance of transcripts must be accompanied by

  1. the complete name used by the student while in attendance,
  2. the dates of attendance,
  3. the name of the school in which the student was registered, and
  4. the complete mailing address, including the name of the office or the title of the person to which the transcript is to be sent.

Fees are not charged for issuance of transcripts.

A transcript or grades will not be released to or for a student whose account with the university is not settled in full.

Student Life

New Section 11350

Student Life Division

The Student Life Division promotes and facilitates student learning and holistic development in the Catholic intellectual tradition. 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. Student-centered 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

Resources are available to assist students with personal and community-centered opportunities, requirements, issues, choices and decisions from the following offices in student life:

New Section 11450

New Section 11475

New Section 11487

New Section 11550


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.

Center for Academic Success


The Center for Academic Success, arising out of a strong partnership between Academic Affairs and Student Life, is responsible for identifying and supporting at-risk students and offering comprehensive learning assistance programs for all students.Through the holistic presentation of services and resources, the Center assists undergraduate students in their journey to become connected, self-motivated and independent learners.The Center’s ultimate goal is to improve the academic and social integration necessary for students to fully engage as active participants in all aspects of campus life.

Career Services

The Office of Career Services provides programs, services and resources designed to encourage and assist students in the timely engagement in all aspects of career planning, experiential education, pursuit of post-baccalaureate educational opportunities, and job attainment. The office’s goal is to empower students to make career and educational choices facilitated by in-depth awareness of vocational interests, abilities, values, faith, and life goals. Through its efforts the office strives to provide students with the awareness and tools that will facilitate effective life-long career development activities.

Conferences and Pryzbyla Management

The Office of Conferences and Pryzbyla Management (CPM) complements the academic mission of the university by coordinating and supporting a wide variety of comprehensive programs. The office is committed to providing quality facilities and services that support the cultivation of community, promote the development of the whole student, foster and celebrate multiculturalism, and contribute positively to the growth of spirit at CUA. The office is an integral part of the Division of Student Life, and strives to uphold the mission of the division as well as that of the university.

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.

CUA Bookstore

The CUA Bookstore staff is dedicated to providing you with the best service possible to ensure you have exactly what you need for a successful career at Catholic University.

In addition to selling new and used textbooks, the CUA Bookstore stocks general reading and reference books (including New York Times bestsellers at 30% off), a full line of residence hall accessories, school and architectural supplies, and CUA imprinted clothing and gifts. The CUA Bookstore also offers Hallmark greeting cards, magazines, health/beauty aids, as well as facilitates the distribution of graduation regalia. The CUA Bookstore is your destination on campus for all of your technology needs. We are an authorized Apple computer product reseller (laptops, desktops, and iPods.) We also provide academically discounted software, printer supplies, laptop bags and accessories.

CUA Dining Services

The goal of Dining services is to support the University and the student experience by providing a full complement of food services essential for a healthy living and learning environment. Services include student dining programs, catering and a convenience store.

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 and contributing members of the campus community; fosters an environment that understands, appreciates and respects cultural and human differences on both the individual and global level; 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.

Specific areas of focus within the Dean of Students scope of responsibilities include: alcohol and other drug education, off-campus student education and community relations, orientation programs, sexual assault education and prevention, student conduct and ethical development and student persistence and retention. Campus Activities, Career Services, Disability Support Services, and Residence Life are departments within the Dean of Students area that provide specialized services to students.

Disability Support Services

The Office of Disability Support Services (DSS) provides 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 students' 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.

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, social and faith based communities, promotes student learning and development, encourages independence and individual responsibility and facilitates continued student success to graduation. This is accomplished through programming that emphasizes the university’s academic and community expectations and social and developmental resources and opportunities. Through personal connections with peer leaders, faculty and administration, new students and their families will develop an introductory understanding and appreciation of the intellectual, social and service opportunities available and gain knowledge of campus and community resources.

Residence Life

Residence Life cultivates values-oriented communities that are grounded in the faith-based mission of The Catholic University of America; connects students with campus resources to offer continued support and promote student success; offers opportunities for student learning outside of the classroom in support of the university’s academic mission; establishes and upholds community living standards; recognizes and respects cultural and human differences; and prepares students for civic engagement and responsibility by providing student leadership opportunities and promoting involvement in residence hall communities. Opportunities within in residential communities will contribute to healthy student development; encourage student citizenship and civility; create connections to the CUA community; and promote individual responsibility for actions and interpersonal accountability for the common good.

Postal Services

The mission of CUA Postal Services is to provide the University community with timely and accurate handling, distribution and processing of mail. Staff members are available to assist students with a broad range of services.

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 Conduct and Ethical Development

Student Conduct and Ethical Development (SCED) educates students with regard to community expectations; coordinates campus resources and support services in the resolution of behavioral problems, including the adjudication and resolution of student conduct interventions; and creates, delivers, and supports purposeful learning opportunities fostering citizenship, community standards, ethics, values, and civility, in a faith-based environment.

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 students (domestic and international, graduate and undergraduate) and all part-time international students. A student medical insurance plan, provided by a third party, is available for purchase through CUA. The plan provided by United HealthCare, is a student-focused, affordable health insurance policy that protects students within the limits of the plan

Students who are required to be in the CUA Student Medical Plan will be enrolled in and charged for the plan unless a waiver is completed demonstrating that they are covered by a comparable health insurance policy. This waiver must be completed for each year of enrollment by the established waiver deadline. Students must go to to waive out of the plan by the deadline date for each semester. All International students are reminded to submit documentation of proof of coverage in English for review and approval in order to complete the required on-line waiver process.

The student medical plan charge is not refundable or transferable. A student incorrectly billed for the student medical plan must provide notification to the Administrator of the Student Medical Plan before the end of the semester in which the incorrect billing occurred. The specific terms of the health insurance policy can be found on the Student Medical Insurance Page. Any student enrolled in the insurance plan may enroll his or her spouse and/or dependents by direct application to the insurance company.

Campus Activities

The Office of Campus Activities fosters holistic development by providing co-curricular educational opportunities and learning experiences for students.Programs and services facilitate connections to CUA by stimulating student learning and engagement.Students are supported in their co-curricular development and challenged to make appropriate choices that show respect for themselves and others, become servant leaders in their communities, contribute to the common good, and respect and value differences among ideas and people.

The Office of Campus Activities sponsors and/or promotes educational, social, spiritual, recreational, and cultural events and activities, which further enhance the development of students. Among the areas of emphasis are:

  • Student Organizations
  • Student Organization Resource Center (SORC)
  • Intentional Programming
  • Student Leadership Programs
  • Multicultural Education and Awareness
  • Student Representation
  • Student Activity Fee Allocation
  • Program Board
  • Co-Curricular Transcripts
  • Student Employment

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. 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.

2009–2010 Fees and Expenses

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Mandatory Fees

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Application Fees

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Registration Deposits and Other Fees

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Miscellaneous Charges

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Program Fees

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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


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