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Campus & Student Life at Catholic University of America

Home to about 3,055 undergraduates in 2020, CUA is a private university located in Washington, District of Columbia. This urban setting might be best suited for students who like the fast-paced city life. Should you tire of the campus however, CUA offers a “study abroad” program. Please note, some classes/degrees offered by CUA can be taken “online” so keep that in mind when reviewing this report. For more context, you might also check out our CUA Guide to Distance and Online Learning.

Catholic University of America is Affiliated With the Roman Catholic Faith.

Some, but not all, schools with a religious affiliation may require a statement of faith or religious studies component. Contact the school to see what their requirements are. If an affinity with the Roman Catholic faith interests you, check out our ranking of The Best Roman Catholic Colleges and Universities.

CUA Has a Disability Services Site

Individuals with disabilities make up 9.0% of the student population at CUA. For more information on policies and accommodations that the university provides to ensure all students get the opportunity to participate, you can visit CUA Disability Services.

CUA for the Military

While not a "service academy", CUA does offer support for veterans and those seeking a career in the armed forces. Undergraduates have access to one or more ROTC programs and there is an active student veterans group on campus. For more information on policies related to veterans, you can visit CUA Veteran Services . For more information, check out our CUA for Veterans Guide.

Freshmen Living Arrangements at Catholic University of America

CUA offers on-campus housing, but freshmen are not required to take advantage of it. In the end though, most do choose to live in the dorms.

Freshmen Living Arrangements at Catholic University of America

* Data compiled from students who received financial aid, including loans.

Full-time vs. Part-time Studies at Catholic University of America

There were 3,055 undergraduates in 2020. Full-time attendance was 2,934 (96.0%). Part-time attendance was 121 (4.0%).


Catholic University of America is Ranked #188 for Overall Diversity

Compared to other colleges and universities across the nation, CUA receives top marks for overall diversity. We rank CUA #188 out of 3,451.

The chart below shows each element that we looked at to determine this ranking, and how that metric compares to the national average. 100 would indicate excellent diversity in each category, and 1 would mean poor diversity.

Overall Diversity at Catholic University of America

You can learn more about the diversity of the student body at CUA by looking closer at the ethnic,  genderage, and geographic diversity metrics from the CUA Diversity Guide.

Catholic University of America Competes in the NCAA

CUA has a total of 538 student athletes, 301 men and 237 women who compete in inter-collegiate athletics.

Athletics Financing

Total Revenue (all teams)$3,081,939
Total Expenses (all teams)$3,007,710

For more information about athletics including per-team sizes, coaching and scholarships check out our Guide to Catholic University of America Athletics

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