The Catholic University of America, founded in 1887, is a church-affiliated institution. It was established by American Catholic bishops as a graduate and research center for the study of "all branches of literature and science, both sacred and profane." Pope Leo XIII approved the plan to found CUA, making it the only national Catholic center of learning in the United States with a papal charter. The university began offering undergraduate programs in 1904. As the national university of the Catholic Church in the U.S., CUA is the only American university with ecclesiastical faculties and granting canonical degrees in theology, philosophy and canon law. Programs are also offered through the Schools of Architecture and Planning, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Law, Library and Information Science, Music, Nursing, Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Social Service, and through the Metropolitan College. Its 144-acre campus is located in northeast Washington, DC and includes many buildings in the Romanesque style.

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collegeType
Private
studentType
Coed
3,055
Undergraduates
1,345
Men - 44%
1,711
Women - 56%
2,311
Graduate Students
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Entrance Difficulty
Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate
82% of 6,258 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Decision Offered
Yes
Regular Admission Deadline
January 15
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA
3.48
SAT Math
610 average
550-655 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
620 average
580-670 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
27 average
23-30 range of middle 50%
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Cost of Attendance
$72,326
Tuition and Fees
$52,156
Room and Board
$16,020
Average Percent of Need Met
79%
Average Freshman Award
$37,497
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$40,893
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Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
377
Regular Class Size (Students)
2-9
16%
10-19
34%
20-29
20%
30-39
14%
40-49
7%
50-99
9%
Over 100
1%
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Washington Population
712,816
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Washington DC
Freshman Housing Guarantee
College offers housing to students
Students in College Housing
23% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Cardinal
Sororities
1% of women participate
Fraternities
1% of men participate
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Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
American Indian/Alaskan Native
0.2%
Asian
3%
Black/African-American
4.4%
Hispanic/Latino
15%
Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
4.2%
Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
0%
White
70.3%
Unknown
2.9%
International Students
3.3% from 33 countries
First-Year Students Returning
86.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
67.8%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
63%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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