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Best Of

Highest Grades

  1. 1
    Catholic University invests in the future of the institution.
  2. 2
    The teachers genuinely care for and interact with their students—or at least they pretend to.
  3. 3
    The Metro is so close to the campus, giving students an incredible advantage when it comes to mobility.
  4. 4
    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.
  5. 5
    How can one not love Washington, D.C., with all of the culture and career opportunities available?
  6. 6
    Who would have thought that the Catholic University of America would have such a great musical theatre and drama department?
  7. 7
    People here are genuinely sweet, always offering to hold the door for the person behind them, regardless of how far they may actually be from the door.
  8. 8
    The University organizes mission trips to developing nations around the world, so students can make a difference in so many people's lives.
  9. 9
    The physical campus is quite beautiful, with green grass and hills, picturesque flowers and gardens, and majestic-looking trees. Every season brings a new kind of beauty.
  10. 10
    Because the University is not massive or extremely populated, classroom sizes are generally small, and there is always that "everyone knows everyone," "what a small world" feeling. It's a good one.

Facts & Statistics

Happy Students
84% of students return after their first year.
Commitment to Teaching
There are 6 students for every member of faculty on campus.
Easy Financial Aid Process
65% of students surveyed told us that the financial aid process went smoothly and they received the financial aid they needed.
Knowledgeable Professors
88% of students surveyed rated the general knowledge of professors as above average.
Low-Stress Course Load
59% of students surveyed rated the manageability of work as above average.
Big Dorms
81% of students surveyed felt that dorms were more spacious than average.
Great Local Atmosphere
95% of students surveyed said that there is always something fun and interesting going on near campus.
Help Finding a Job or Internship
58% of students surveyed said that the career center is very helpful and provides services to students beyond help landing a job.
Learn from the Best
95% of faculty have earned the highest degree in their field.
Personal Attention
You can expect personal attention with 63% of classes having less than 20 students.
Help to Succeed
The school has academic and career counseling available to help you when you need it.
Get AP Credit
If you took AP classes in high school, you might be able to get college credit for them.
Work Part-Time During School
Employment services are available for students.
Help Getting Hired
Placement services are available to graduates.

Worst Of

Lowest Grades

  1. 1
    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.
  2. 2
    No diversity. It is unfortunate that there is no racial, ethnic, or cultural diversity at CUA.
  3. 3
    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.
  4. 4
    The residence halls could be a little bigger and more furnished.
  5. 5
    The Undergraduate Student Government has earned the reputation of doing little for students, wasting time trying to free themselves from the webs of red tape they helped create.
  6. 6
    The Department of Public Safety has left plenty of room for improvement.
  7. 7
    The immediate location provides little outside entertainment for students, forcing them to make their own on-campus fun or take the Metro to a better place.
  8. 8
    Though this is mostly standard with every university, it bears a statement: no pets allowed.
  9. 9
    Not many famous people come to campus, unlike so many other colleges.
  10. 10
    The quality of food could afford to improve just a little bit, for the sake of healthy nourishment.

Facts & Statistics

Tuition is a steep $36,320, one of the most expensive rates in the country.
Expensive Dorms
Living on campus doesn't come cheap, with an average housing price tag of $8,876.
Don't Move Off Campus
Average off-campus housing is a steep $14,274.
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