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
2,929
Undergraduates
1,292
Men - 44.1%
1,638
Women - 55.9%
2,011
Graduate Students
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Entrance Difficulty
Not reported
Overall Admission Rate
86% of 5,895 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Decision Offered
Yes
Regular Admission Deadline
January 15
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA
3.52
SAT Math
620 average
570-670 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
630 average
590-680 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
27 average
23-31 range of middle 50%
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Cost of Attendance
$75,456
Tuition and Fees
$54,186
Room and Board
$16,670
Average Percent of Need Met
83%
Average Freshman Award
$41,090
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$48,101
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Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
335
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
0.1%
Asian
2.8%
Black/African-American
5.1%
Hispanic/Latino
15.4%
Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
4.1%
Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
0%
White
69.2%
Unknown
3.2%
International Students
3.0% from 33 countries
First-Year Students Returning
88.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
65.9%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
63%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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