Catholic University of America Summary

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Basic Statistics

Washington, DC
Full-Time Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
Large city
In-State Tuition
Out-of-State Tuition
Room & Board
Acceptance Rate
63 %
Admission Difficulty
Average SAT Scores
Average ACT Scores

Best ThingsMore . . .

  • Catholic University invests in the future of the institution.
  • The teachers genuinely care for and interact with their students—or at least they pretend to.
  • The Metro is so close to the campus, giving students an incredible advantage when it comes to mobility.
  • Because of its proud Catholic identity, the campus is crowded with priests and theologians ready to answer anyone's questions on faith and religion. It is also comforting to know that priests are around.

Worst ThingsMore . . .

  • Because the University is the official university of the Roman Catholic Church, the strict adherence to Catholic principles is almost always a prerequisite to speaking on campus.
  • No diversity. It is unfortunate that there is no racial, ethnic, or cultural diversity at CUA.
  • Too often one gets the feeling that students are not getting all the bang for their bucks; after all, tuition costs are nearly $40,000 a year.
  • The residence halls could be a little bigger and more furnished.

Frequently ComparedCompare . . .

Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

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.

Catholic Student Reviews

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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.


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