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IPEDS ID: 131283
OPE ID: 00143700
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Catholic University of America
620 Michigan Avenue, NE, Washington, District of Columbia 20064
General information:  (202) 319-5000
Type:  4-year, Private not-for-profit
Awards offered:  One but less than two years certificate
Associate's degree
Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Doctor's degree - professional practice
Campus setting:  City: Large
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  6,699 (3,572 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  7 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Doctoral Universities: Higher Research Activity
Religious Affiliation
Roman Catholic
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Army, Navy, Air Force)
Teacher certification
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
Study abroad
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Credit Accepted
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2014Full timePart time
Total faculty511431
Research and public service10727
Total graduate assistants-357
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2012-20132013-20142014-20152015-2016% change 2014-2015 to 2015-2016
Tuition and fees$36,820$38,526$39,726$40,9323.0%
Books and supplies$1,440$1,440$1,000$838-16.2%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$14,274$14,326$14,518$13,356-8.0%
Off Campus
Room and board$14,274$14,326$14,518$13,356-8.0%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2012-20132013-20142014-20152015-2016% change 2014-2015 to 2015-2016
On Campus$55,084$56,842$57,144$58,3942.2%
Off Campus$55,084$56,842$57,144$58,3942.2%
Off Campus with Family$40,810$42,516$42,626$45,0385.7%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2015-2016
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2013-2014
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid179595%————
Grant or scholarship aid77993%$15,464,218$19,851
Federal grants10613%$521,434$4,919
Pell grants10613%$409,729$3,865
Other federal grants597%$111,705$1,893
State/local government grant or scholarships334%$35,535$1,077
Institutional grants or scholarships77593%$14,907,249$19,235
Student loan aid52863%$5,133,695$9,723
Federal student loans52162%$3,063,813$5,881
Other student loans10012%$2,069,882$20,699
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid13,11284%$55,962,661$17,983
Pell grants46513%$1,793,712$3,857
Federal student loans2,08556%$14,631,560$7,018
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$35,160$35,611$36,163
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2011-20122012-20132013-2014
$0 – $30,000$30,770$31,970$29,820
$30,001 – $48,000$32,429$29,570$35,425
$48,001 – $75,000$29,976$30,411$30,526
$75,001 – $110,000$32,127$31,225$32,486
$110,001 and more$36,282$36,806$37,368
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2014
Total enrollment6,699
Undergraduate enrollment3,572
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment85
Graduate enrollment3,127
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 94%
Part-time: 6%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 47%
Female: 53%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 3%
Black or African American: 6%
Hispanic/Latino: 12%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 63%
Two or more races: 4%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 7%
Non-resident alien: 5%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 91%
25 and over: 9%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 1%
Out-of-state: 97%
Foreign countries: 0%
Unknown: 2%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2013.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 40%
Part-time: 60%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 0%
Enrolled in some distance education: 4%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 96%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 12%
Enrolled in some distance education: 2%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 86%
Undergraduate application fee (2015-2016): $55
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2014
Number of applicants6,3632,7893,574
Percent admitted74%75%73%
Percent admitted who enrolled18%19%17%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
Formal demonstration of competenciesX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2014 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Critical Reading510620
SAT Math510610
ACT Composite2228
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 82%
Part-time students: 100%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2013 and Returned in Fall 2014
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 89 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2014.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 67%
(*) Transfer-out rate:
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • (*) Not all institutions report transfer-out rates.
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2006]
4-year: 62%
6-year: 67%
8-year: 68%
[Began in Fall 2008]
4-year: 60%
6-year: 67%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2006 or Fall 2008
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 64%
Female: 69%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Asian: 53%
Black or African American: 64%
Hispanic/Latino: 62%
White: 67%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 71%
Non-resident alien: 44%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2014-2015
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramAssociateBachelorMasterDoctorUndergraduate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Architecture and Related Services
Category total-6856---
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General-1440--
Cell/Cellular Biology and Histology--11--
Category total-15211--
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General-2936d-1-
Business/Commerce, General--21---
Finance, General-24----
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General-036d-0-
International Business/Trade/Commerce-14----
International Finance-4----
Management Information Systems, General-0----
Management Science-00---
Marketing/Marketing Management, General-23----
Organizational Leadership--12d---
Purchasing, Procurement/Acquisitions and Contracts Management-08d---
Category total-109120d-1-
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Mass Communication/Media Studies-31----
Category total-31----
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer Science-351--
Information Technology-1725-8-
Category total-203018-
Curriculum and Instruction--0---
Drama and Dance Teacher Education-0----
Early Childhood Education and Teaching-613---
Education, General-201-1
Education, Other-0----
Educational Leadership and Administration, General--02--
Elementary Education and Teaching-16----
English/Language Arts Teacher Education-10---
French Language Teacher Education-0----
German Language Teacher Education-0----
History Teacher Education-6----
Mathematics Teacher Education-20---
Secondary Education and Teaching--3---
Social Studies Teacher Education-00---
Spanish Language Teacher Education-0----
Special Education and Teaching, General0-4---
Category total033203-1
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering-1792--
Civil Engineering, General-2371--
Computer Engineering, General-0----
Electrical and Electronics Engineering-1655--
Materials Engineering--0---
Mechanical Engineering-13131--
Transportation and Highway Engineering--1--1
Category total-69359-1
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Engineering/Industrial Management--27---
Category total--27---
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General-2673--
Rhetoric and Composition-----0
Category total-2673-0
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Ancient Near Eastern and Biblical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics--00--
Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature-0----
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General-021-0
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other-----0
French Language and Literature-1----
German Language and Literature-3----
Hebrew Language and Literature--00--
Latin Language and Literature-00--0
Middle/Near Eastern and Semitic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General--31--
Middle/Near Eastern and Semitic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other--01--
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other---0--
Spanish Language and Literature-420--
Category total-873-0
Health Professions and Related Programs
Adult Health Nurse/Nursing--4d--0
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist-0----
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing--2d---
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General0-----
International Public Health/International Health0-----
Nursing Science---0--
Pediatric Nurse/Nursing--0--0
Public Health/Community Nurse/Nursing--0---
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse-806d4d-0
Category total08012d4d-0
American History (United States)--1---
European History--1---
History, General-2001--
Category total-2021--
Legal Professions and Studies
Advanced Legal Research/Studies, General--5---
Category total--5142--
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
General Studies-17----
Category total-17----
Library Science
Library and Information Science--69---
Category total--69---
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General-1----
Category total-1----
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Medieval and Renaissance Studies-101-0
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other--01--
Category total-102-0
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science--1---
Category total--1---
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Religion/Religious Studies-16----
Category total-46105--
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General-4----
Chemistry, Other-00---
Materials Science--5---
Physics, General-264--
Category total-6114--
Clinical Psychology---7--
Educational Psychology---0--
Experimental Psychology---7--
Psychology, General-75180--
Category total-751814--
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Human Services, General5-----
Social Work-181069--
Category total5181069--
Social Sciences
American Government and Politics (United States)--1---
Development Economics and International Development--10---
Economics, General-6----
International Economics--0---
International Relations and Affairs--0---
Political Science and Government, General-88123--
Social Sciences, General-2----
Category total-117273--
Theology and Religious Vocations
Bible/Biblical Studies--32--
Pastoral Counseling and Specialized Ministries, Other---1--
Pre-Theology/Pre-Ministerial Studies-----0
Religious Education--13--
Theology and Religious Vocations, Other--2820--
Theology/Theological Studies--00--
Category total--5826-0
Visual and Performing Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation-3----
Art/Art Studies, General-0----
Directing and Theatrical Production--2---
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General-83---
Fine/Studio Arts, General-2----
Keyboard Instruments-202--
Music History, Literature, and Theory-013--
Music Pedagogy-920-0
Music Performance, General-28----
Music Theory and Composition-111--
Music, General-501--
Playwriting and Screenwriting--2---
Stringed Instruments--18--
Theatre Literature, History and Criticism--2---
Voice and Opera-513--
Category total-632518-0
Grand total582366724892
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Credit for military training
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Recognized student veteran organization
Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2013-2014
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 39
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 49
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 0
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 0
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $40,719
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $18,345
Full-time students: 60%
Part-time students: 100%
Retention rate is the percentage of undergraduate students who began their studies in academic year 2013-14 and returned in academic year 2014-15
2014-2015 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division III (with football) MenWomen
All Track Combined5265
Field Hockey29
Swimming and Diving3224
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Middle States Commission on Higher Education(!)7/1/1921 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. – May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program(!)12/1/1951 -  Accredited
Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program12/1/1952 -  Accredited
American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
Law (LAW) - Professional schools1/1/1925 -  Accredited
American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs2/1/1948 -  Accredited
Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools
Theology (THEOL) - Freestanding schools, as well as programs affiliated with larger institutions, offering graduate professional education for ministry and graduate study of theology(!)7/1/1960 -  Accredited
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels4/21/2007 -  Accredited
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels4/21/2007 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1953 -  Accredited
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools12/30/1975 -  Accredited
Agency / Program / DepartmentPeriods of AccreditationStatus
American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs
CUA Counseling Center
9/29/2009 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2014 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201220132014
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations122
Liquor law violations100
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201220132014
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations021
Liquor law violations000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201220132014
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible41
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)00
Statutory rape0
Aggravated assault001
Motor vehicle theft111
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201220132014
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible40
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)00
Statutory rape0
Aggravated assault000
Motor vehicle theft000
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • As of the 2015 data collection (2014 data onwards), statistics for Sex offenses - Forcible and Sex offenses - Non-forcible are no longer collected. Rape, Fondling, Incest and Statutory rape statistics were not collected prior to the 2015 data collection.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201220112010
Default rate1.8%2.6%2.6%
Number in default273532
Number in repayment1,5001,3311,202
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)