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Catholic University of America Data & Information Overview

Want the scoop on Catholic University of America? We've put together a comprehensive report on the school that covers what majors CUA offers, how the school ranks, how diverse it is, and much more. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you'll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is Catholic University of America Ranked?

Quality Badge

2021 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 50 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is teacher education grade specific.

Overall Quality

CUA is ranked #217 out of 1,715 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2021 Best Colleges list. 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

The acceptance rate at Catholic University of America is 83%. That's higher than the rate at many schools, but still low enough to be considered somewhat selective. If you want to get in, you'll need good grades and to be able to show that CUA is a good fit for you.

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Catholic University of America Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

At CUA, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 7 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 52%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  52 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

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at CUA for first-time, full-time students is 62%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  62 out of 100

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Excellent Overall Diversity at CUA

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 3,279 undergraduates at CUA with 3,168 being full-time and 111 being part-time.

CUA Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

With an overall score of 97.30 out of 100, CUA is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  97.30 out of 100
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How Much Does Catholic University of America Cost?

The overall average net price of CUA is $34,972. 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 +
$31,035 $28,164 $30,508 $33,655 $37,330

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 61% of students took out student loans averaging $9,719 a year. That adds up to $38,876 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at CUA is 2.5%. 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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Location of Catholic University of America

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 72 majors graduated from Catholic University of America. Of these students, 831 received undergraduate degrees and 885 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
Nursing 73 $65,800
Political Science & Government 69 $38,100
General Psychology 66 $33,600
Marketing 62 $47,300
General Architecture 52 $40,600
Finance & Financial Management 46 $50,800
Civil Engineering 38 $64,500
Philosophy 37 NA
Mechanical Engineering 37 $62,400
Music 33 $21,400

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 2017-2018, 781 students took at least one online class at Catholic University of America. This is a decrease from the 793 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 781 414
2016-2017 793 524
2015-2016 671 553
2014-2015 748 541
2013-2014 584 379

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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.


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