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2 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: There is basically no diversity. Everyone usually has the same view and looks the same.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Campus is diverse and gives a mix of religions, races and backgrounds. Coming from a non-diverse state, being surrounded by the diversity was an appreciated cultural shock.

2 College Junior

Diversity: Most students come from similar backgrounds - even from similar areas of the country, as most are from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New England, Maryland... etc. There are some people who offer something different though; the school is not totally homogeneous.

3 College Senior

Diversity: There is not too much diversity, but theres always some people in every class you take that are from another country. In short, catholic is not lacking in diversity but it is also not overflowing with it.

3 College Junior

Diversity: As a Catholic school, there are zero school-sanctioned LGBT activities. Ethnic minorities are welcomed but tend to stick together.


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Frankie Bustamante
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There is no ethnic diversity on campus. Period. A huge chunk of the student body is Caucasian, while a decent amount are labeled as unreported, which leaves a pretty small percentage of the student body as racially identified. Hispanics, African Americans, and Asian Americans have the plurality. And while the University boasts students from every state, most hail from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. So this Northeastern university basically caters to Northeastern students. It is sad, especially considering CUA’s Washington, DC location, where every street corner is filled with diversity and culture.

Many students regret the fact that Catholic is not more racially diverse, since college is a good time for young adults to learn from other young adults who are different from each other in so many ways. But this is impossible when everyone is from a Philadelphia suburb. Be prepared for a sea of blonde, white students who can trace their ancestry back to Ireland or central New Jersey.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Maryland
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Virginia
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 33%
20-21: 28%
22-24: 15%
25+: 23%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 4%
Asian American: 5%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 5%
Native American: 0%
White: 75%
Unknown: 8%
Gay Pride
It is tricky, given that the University is the official university of the Vatican. There are no clubs specific to gay pride or gay students, but there is a formidable gay presence on campus.
Political Activity
The school, by virtue of its Catholic identity, is very conservative. Various Catholic-affiliated organizations, such as Students For Life and Esto Vir, exist at the University. But both CUA College Democrats and College Republicans are active on campus, hosting events, speakers, and parties.
Economic Status
Most students are from affluent to well-off families; however, most are generally modest about it. Students at CUA still play the part of "broke college kids," and it's not uncommon for students to find on-campus or even outside jobs.
Most Common Religions
Roman Catholicism is the dominant religion for the obvious reason.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There is little cultural diversity on campus, so the amount of minority clubs reflects that fact. The Filipino Organization of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) is the most prominent club on campus. While a few other clubs exist, they have little presence.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 27 responses

  • 11% Libertarian
  • 19% Not sure
  • 4% Very conservative
  • 19% Conservative
  • 15% Moderate
  • 22% Liberal
  • 11% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 27 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 19% Very conservative
  • 63% Conservative
  • 11% Moderate
  • 7% Not sure
  • 0% Liberal
  • 0% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 27 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 26 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 28 responses

  • 18% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 11% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 43% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 29% Very accepting.
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