Catholic University of America Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

Marist Hall at Catholic University of America
Marist Hall at Catholic University of America.

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Catholic University of America admits around three-quarters of those who apply each year, making it generally accessible. Students with good grades and scores above average are likely to get in; keep in mind that the school also looks at what courses a students has taken, extracurricular activities, and work/volunteer experience. To apply, interested students must submit an application, high school transcripts, an essay, and scores from either the SAT or ACT.

Admissions Data (2016)

Catholic University Description

Founded by U.S. bishops, the Catholic University of America is the national university of the Catholic Church. Students come to CUA from all 50 states and nearly 100 countries, and the student body is about half undergraduates and half graduate students. The university is made up of 12 schools and 21 research facilities. Among undergraduates, architecture and political science are the most popular majors. The university's strengths in the liberal arts and sciences earned CUA a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. The D.C. Metro is on the edge of 176-acre campus, and students can easily take advantage of the opportunities found in the capital (see other D.C. area colleges). The CUA Cardinals compete in NCAA Division III athletics.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 6,076 (3,241 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 45% Male / 55% Female
  • 96% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $42,536
  • Books: $838 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $13,820
  • Other Expenses: $3,268
  • Total Cost: $60,462

Catholic University Financial Aid (2015 - 16)

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 95%
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 93%
    • Loans: 60%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $21,751
    • Loans: $9,364

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Architecture, Business Administration, Communication Studies, History, Music, Nursing, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 84%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 62%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 70%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Football, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Basketball, Track and Field, Baseball, Cross Country, Soccer, Lacrosse
  • Women's Sports: Field Hockey, Basketball, Swimming and Diving, Volleyball, Tennis, Softball, Soccer, Lacrosse, Track and Field, Cross Country

Data Source

National Center for Educational Statistics

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