Catholic University of America

862 reviews
  1. Washington, DC
  2. 4 Year
B+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    C+
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    A+
  9. Dorms
    C
  10. Campus Food
    D+
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    C
Catholic University of America is ...
Private not-for-profit, Catholic
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Old Dominion Athletic Conference
Address
620 Michigan Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20064
Website

Catholic University of America Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
74%
SAT Range
1020-1230
ACT Range
22-28
Application Fee
$55
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Application Website

Cost

Net Price
$36,163/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $29,820/ year
  • $30-48k
    $35,425/ year
  • $49-75k
    $30,526/ year
  • $76-110k
    $32,486/ year
  • $110k+
    $37,368/ year

Academics

Professors
A-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
7:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
88%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.51 responses
74%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.50 responses
57%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.51 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,355Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
4%
Pell Grant
13%
Varsity Athletes
15%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 30 responses
Report
  • Vineyard vines, sperrys, and Church
    30%
  • Preppy, motivated, career-oriented, smart
    13%
  • These are great. BOTH. not the sharpest, but in VV
    10%
  • All of the above
    10%
  • Preppy, drunk, attractive, smart, white, southern
    10%
  • Devoted to studies and multiple interests
    7%
  • Not the sharpest tack in the box
    7%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
94%
Poll
65%
of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.65 responses
Poll
55%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.66 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 28 responses
Report
  • Good classes, pretty campus, expensive
    25%
  • Strong sense of community.
    25%
  • Expensive, boring but beautiful.
    18%
  • Great community, beautiful campus, great programs
    11%
  • Underrated
    11%
  • Weeding out the weak
    7%
  • Attempted dorm confessions on thirsty thursdays
    4%

After Catholic University of America

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$54,500/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
67%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
76%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.33 responses

Reviews

862 reviews
  • Excellent
    105
  • Very Good
    273
  • Average
    342
  • Poor
    101
  • Terrible
    41
Just as expensive as American or GW for no reason. Classes are small but professors are awful, generally felt like I learned nothing while I was in the classroom. Far too many required classes including: 4 semesters of theology with professors that usually don't get enough students registered for their classes. Prepare to get an internship or job, because this school will not give you the experience you need if you are a political science major. There are literally no parties on Fridays and frat "darties" are a major part of the cultural. Food situation is god awful, no vegan options whatsoever. Majority of campus resources aren't anything out of the ordinary save for the medical center and career center which go above and beyond. Dorms are average but rules regarding who you can have over are too antiquated for students of the 21st century. I think of CUA as a place I live in order to be able to intern on the Hill and in the DC Metro area and nothing more than that.
  • Freshman
  • 19 days ago
The inviting attitude of any given student at the university makes you feel at home, and safe with many open-minded people. The professors are very personal, on top of being top notch. They will often address you by name, showing their eagerness to know you and engage in conversation. The location is in a safe part of Washington D.C. Catholic University also has a Metro train stop on campus making it difficult to not have something to do in between study-time. Such a location also makes it easy to find internships and job opportunities. On top of all these, the campus food is not only unlimited to freshman and sophomores, but also highly enjoyable.
  • Alum
  • 23 days ago
Your experience at CUA is really what you make out of it. Most of the people who go to this school are very stuck up, privileged people. Many of them are bigoted, with conservative views. This just comes with the territory of going to a private, Catholic school. You can definitely find your niche, but it's not easy. Catholic barely does anything for your future career and job search. Unless you're an engineer or in the business school you're definitely on your own. Alumni don't do too much for the students. You really have to work with what you've got which is your location in DC, your professors and peers. I did enjoy CUA because of my major (sociology), professors and friends, but the school itself is corrupt at best. The administration truly does not care about the students, we are just numbers to them. On multiple instances, administration has been less than helpful and only caters to the elites that donate. I wouldn't recommend Catholic over any of the other DC schools that is for sure.
  • Recent Alumnus
  • 4 months ago