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Location
Washington, DC
Undergrads
3,694
Tuition
$36,320
Admission Difficulty
Average
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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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4 College Freshman

Academics: I am majoring in business and the professors are great.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The classes are interesting and challenging.

3 College Freshman

Academics: history department is nice with good professors

4 College Freshman

Academics: only thing good about cua. good professors. not worth 60k tho

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 3rd
    Best Student-Faculty Ratio
  • 186th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 336th
    Best Course Variety
  • 600th
    Most Available Classes
  • 709th
    Best Registration Process

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Frankie Bustamante
Major
Politics
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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.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
6:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
394
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
403
Total FT Faculty
394
Faculty with Terminal Degree
95%
Average Faculty Salary
$86,151
Full-Time Retention Rate
84%
Part-Time Retention Rate
0%
Graduation Rate
67%
Programs/Majors Offered
120
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 63%
  • 20 to 49 students: 32%
  • 50 or more students: 5%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: No
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Benjamin T. Rome School of Music
  • Metropolitan School of Professional Studies
  • National Catholic School of Social Service
  • School of Architecture and Planning
  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Business and Economics
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Library and Information Science
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Philosophy
  • School of Theology and Religious Studies
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Architecture: 4%
  • Law: 7%
  • Political Science and Government, General: 3%
  • Social Work: 3%
Graduation Requirements
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Religion and Religious Education
  • Social Science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
Online Courses
CUA uses two types of online course management systems: Sakai and Blackboard. You might have to meet at a certain time for online discussions, but most of the online work is done on your own time.
Best Places to Study
  • Columbus School of Law library
  • Leahy Hall computer lab
  • Mullen Library
  • Pryzbyla Center "study bubbles"
Tips to Succeed
  • During the last two weeks before midterms and finals, teachers get a little sadistic and assign loads of work, so be sure to prioritize and not put things off for the last minute.
  • Make friends. They will make your time here unforgettable.
  • Take advantage of the many student organizations on campus. It is the best way to make friends and establish one's self as a student leader.
  • Teachers here are friendly and helpful, so do not be afraid to ask for help or even establish a rapport with them; it will come in handy.
  • Washington, D.C., has so many opportunities, so be sure to look for a job or internship.
Did You Know?
The Catholic University of America is part of the WRLC—Washington Research Library Consortium—meaning CUA students have access to the libraries of all the major universities in Washington, D.C., plus others.

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