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
In CUA, the chemistry department is very small compared to other departments. With this being said, CUA lacks new lab equipments that is why when we do labs, there are always slight contaminations in our samples. Not to mention that the lab areas are old and worn out. Our chemistry building is one of the oldest buildings on the CUA campus and it is a pity how it has been like this for many years. It dissuades anyone from even considering chemistry that is how old it is. However, the professors are really nice with a few exceptions. They really do care about their students! It would be nice if the department was bigger, so it can get more funding which means new equipment, better lab areas, new classrooms, etc. There is only one bathroom in the whole chemistry building! But anyways, it would be helpful if the professors or the chemistry department in general were more interactive such as having seminars to help develop a chemistry major's mind or having more information about graduate schools pertaining to chemistry or the sciences in general. I know that it is up to the student to be proactive in these things, but having a mentor or someone in the field to help give guidance can be a make or break in the student in determining what he or she wants to do with his or her life. The department can do a lot more in my opinion.
  • College Senior
  • July 29 2013
There Is Always Something to Do! CUA is not the biggest school so it wouldn't require as much as it would at a State School. But the campus is beautiful! As a student we have 24 hour access during the week to our library which is a beautiful 7 floor building. We have a 24/7 Computer Lab. We have nice facilities for athletics and gym nuts. On campus there is always something to do. Whether it is throughout the week with different social activities planned by our office of Campus Activities or the weekends that are fun events planned by the RAs. Our campus ministry raises money but hosting events every Friday that are usually out in the city. They have bought tickets for popular movies and sell them at a reduce price, shows at the Version Center, or trips to fun sites in Maryland or Virginia. During the week there are opportunities for free tickets in Washington, DC events! Such as musicals, operas, concerts, trolley tours, ghost tours! There is no chance to be bored on campus even as a poor college student!
  • College Junior
  • June 21 2012
I Absolutely Love It Here! I absolutely love it here! As a Catholic I love having a variety of ways of practicing my faith and growing stronger in it, as well as make friends with people of different backgrounds and different religions. It is great to have so many faculty members and academic advisers who care and are willing to spend time with you just make sure you take advantage of opportunities you have. All of our staff members have been extremely personal and helpful ranging from academic offices to our on-campus Starbucks. I am preparing for my third year here and I have been able to learn things and develop interests for things that I had no idea I would. Our campus activities range have such a large range that you are able to try things that you never considered before. The campus is beautiful and there are endless locations you can go study, socialize, reflect and relax. Plus living in the City gives you great access to the resources of DC.
  • College Junior
  • June 21 2012