Catholic University of America

Catholic University of America Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on Catholic University of America, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. If you’re interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is Catholic University of America Ranked?

Quality Badge

2022 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Catholic University of America was awarded 570 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is Middle/Near Eastern and semitic languages, literatures, and linguistics, general.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2022 analysis, CUA is ranked #304 out of 2,576 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation.

CUA is also ranked #4 out of 9 schools in District of Columbia.

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Is It Hard to Get Into CUA?

Acceptance Rate

Catholic University of America has an acceptance rate of 82%, which makes it somewhat selective. Make sure it's not the only school you apply to, even if it's your school of choice. Whether you get in or not will largely depend on how you compare to other applicants.

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Catholic University of America Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

At CUA, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 11 to 1. That's much better than the national average of 15 to 1. This indicates that many classes will probably be small, and students will have ample opportunites to work closely with their professors and classmates.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Catholic University of America is 54%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  54 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Catholic University of America

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 86% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Catholic University of America enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  86 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At CUA the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 68%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  68 out of 100

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Catholic University of America Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 3,055 undergraduates at CUA with 2,934 being full-time and 121 being part-time.

How Much Does Catholic University of America Cost?

The overall average net price of CUA is $34,230. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for CUA

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$25,675 $26,211 $28,766 $33,746 $37,949

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of CUA, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At CUA, approximately 60% of students took out student loans averaging $10,238 a year. That adds up to $40,952 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at CUA is 2.8%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do CUA Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from CUA make around $56,800 per year during the early years of their employment. This is good news for future CUA graduates since it is 43% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Catholic University of America make the most money.

Location of Catholic University of America

Located in Washington, District of Columbia, Catholic University of America is a private not-for-profit institution. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

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Contact details for CUA are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 620 Michigan Avenue, Ne, Washington, DC 20064
Phone: 202-319-5000

Catholic University of America Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 74 majors graduated from Catholic University of America. Of these students, 778 received undergraduate degrees and 809 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Political Science & Government 83 $44,508
General Psychology 70 $36,131
Nursing 66 $71,473
General Architecture 46 $47,595
Mechanical Engineering 39 $63,749
Philosophy 37 $44,384
Marketing 35 $55,770
Finance & Financial Management 35 $53,537
General Business/Commerce 34 NA
Biomedical Engineering 27 $64,493

Learn more about the majors offered at Catholic University of America along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at CUA

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2019-2020, 5,263 students took at least one online class at Catholic University of America. This is an increase from the 738 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 5,263 3,107
2018-2019 738 315
2017-2018 781 414
2016-2017 793 524
2015-2016 671 553

Learn more about online learning at Catholic University of America.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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