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Reviews 497 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: Think it's pretty average. The RAs were the worst, thinking they walked around the dorms like they owned them. Nerds..

4 Recent Alumnus

Computers: Never appreciated while there, but once I went to grad school I realized I had it great there.

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Can't really control that weather. Small campus, you were never walking too far. Not bad.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: At the time, I thought it was fine, but now I realize it was garbage around our campus. but now they are redeveloping I believe.

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Not too sure what to say about this, while everyone was pretty standard, white, affluent family background, some were different.

1 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: You're viewed as a nerd essentially if you are in our one co-ed fraternity.

4 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: Hot messes. from freshman to junior year before I buckled down.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: My off campus housing was nice in redone apartments, but the neighborhood is scary and I had friends who lived in row-homes that weren't too great.

2 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Not that it was frequent, but it was not uncommon to smell weed wafting from a campus police van.

3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Great to have the shuttles, but once I had a broken leg and was nervous getting home quickly at night and they would refuse to pick me up because there was no actual immediate threat.

2 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Our school sports aren't that great, some teams are specifically but 0 school spirit/sports pride.

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: is not bad like the same in all use

College Freshman

Nightlife: Surprise! I'm a college student that does NOT drink. I spend my nightlife in the city either at clubs (legally) or just touring the Capitol.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: The academics are challenging yet the workload is manageable and the faculty is great.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: It's strict and could loosen up in a few aspects.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I love living on campus. The residence halls aren't penthouse suites, but they're cozy and feel like home.

3 College Freshman

Weather: The rain and cold weather make the walk to class a pain.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Typical amount of drugs and alcohol compared to any other college.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Have not used off-campus housing.

3 College Freshman

Majors: My major is not offered.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: DPS is a great service and security guards in the dorms reinforces extra security.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics is great with involving the whole school community.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: The scholarship was extremely helpful with making tuition even a possibility.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: I commute by metro, it's pretty good

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: If you are really into sports its good, not too many more options open though.


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Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

Frankie Bustamante
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Catholic University is a good school—plain and simple. It blends the best of both worlds—a small, conservative, Catholic community of religiously devoted students mixed with a liberal arts university smack-dab in Washington, D.C. The nation's capital is one of the most exciting cities in the country, if not the world, where students can live up the best years of their lives. Catholic University provides all of the resources necessary to live a spiritual life in college, while still granting the autonomy to students who applied for other reasons, such as the University's exceptional theater, music, architecture, and nursing programs. CUA's biggest problem is the perception that the school's goal is to prep would-be priests and nuns. But this is simply not true. The University's Catholic identity does not hinder or isolate students with different faiths or beliefs. Catholic lives up to the liberal arts curriculum it boasts and does its best to accommodate both those who adore and are apathetic to the Catholic aspect.

When it comes to living the college life, CUA makes good on providing what students are truly looking for. There is a brilliant nightlife, good cohort of party animals, and a healthy social atmosphere. CUA pulls off what most universities cannot: It can be both a party school and a deeply religious and proud Catholic school. Students can grow in their faith, thanks to religious figures roaming on campus and student leaders who are bent on keeping—and passing—the faith. The University is not perfect, and it does not pretend to be. But the administration is making strides to improve in all aspects, whether it's campus construction and renovation or fine-tuning the academic and career opportunities. In the end, if you were to ask everyday students what they think of the school, they'll all say different things, but they'll all be smiling as they say it.

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