It is hard for the Catholic University of America to stand out in Washington, D.C., with Georgetown and George Washington universities in the way. Indeed, the aforementioned universities rank higher than CUA in overall academics, but that should not suggest Catholic University is a bad school because it is not. Generally speaking, teachers at CUA debunk the popular myth that university professors care more about their research than they do their students. The professors are warm, sociable, funny, and readily accessible to students if and when they need them. Class sizes tend to be small, allowing teachers to know their students' names by week two, if not sooner.
Other points of strengths for CUA are its philosophy, architecture, and biology departments. Sure, they may not rank in the Top 10 nationally, but they are still good academic programs with intelligent and determined professors, as are all the programs here. The University may have a liberal acceptance rate (although a trend is forming alluding to a more selective admissions process), but that does not mean students excel academically here without working for it. Just like at any university, students at Catholic have to work hard and study smart to achieve their academic goals. And with the facilities and tools the University provides, students should have no problem meeting, if not exceeding, their goals and expectations.