Welcome to The Catholic University of America
We are the national university of the Catholic Church. Our founders’ ambition was to create a thoroughly American and faithfully Catholic institution of higher learning in the heart of the nation’s capital. We’ve been delivering on that promise for more than 130 years.
Our students make distinctively Catholic contributions to the rapidly expanding world of knowledge – contributions that advance the common good and help our country and Church achieve their highest ideals. Our students and faculty develop solutions to today’s most complex challenges by marrying the wisdom of tradition with the most advanced work in science and technology.
Our location in Washington, D.C., makes this possible. Our students live and learn on a 176-acre residential campus – the largest and greenest in the city. Our Brookland neighborhood, with restaurants and retail shops adjacent to campus, is the perfect complement to campus living.
And the city itself serves as our extended classroom. Catholic University students have easy access to the world’s most influential centers of politics, policy, business, art, science, and technology. They participate in internships at major hospitals, the NIH, NASA, Congress and the White House, federal agencies, and an array of corporate and nonprofit organizations. They take advantage of cultural opportunities from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to the Smithsonian museums and Nationals Park.
Catholic University has a global reach. More than 500 international students study in our undergraduate and graduate programs each year. From our own campus in Rome to our numerous education-abroad programs, our students experience a world of possibilities in each hemisphere.
Our University is home to students from diverse backgrounds who share a common desire for excellence. They want to study with world-class faculty at the forefront of their fields. They want to have a front-row seat at political and cultural transformations and to make scientific discoveries. They want to win NCAA Division III athletic championships and to serve their community through Campus Ministry.
At The Catholic University of America, you can count on a supportive academic and faith-filled community that will help you discover how to put your talents at the service of others. A Catholic University of America education helps you aim higher. I hope you’ll join us.