Admissions and Financial Aid

  • When are application deadlines?

    The application deadline for Regular Decision applicants is February 15.

    More important Admission dates.

  • How do I schedule a campus visit?

  • What does it cost to attend Catholic University?

    Information about tuition, room and board, fees, and other costs is available on the Financial Aid website.
  • How can I find out about scholarships and financial aid?

    Information about scholarships and financial aid is available on the Financial Aid website. The Admissions website also offers information on financial aid, including applications for scholarships and grants.
  • Does Catholic University accept AP and IB credits?

    Catholic University accepts Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate credits based on the following criteria:

    Advanced Placement

    • The AP course and credit must be in an area approved by the appropriate faculty at Catholic University.
    • The AP score must be approved by faculty.
    • The AP credit must fit into the student's overall academic program at Catholic University.
    • The AP course without the AP test, but graded on an official transcript from a college or university, will not be transferred to Catholic University.
    • The official report of the AP scores from the College Board must be sent directly to Catholic University.

    International Baccalaureate

    • The student must have completed the entire IB program and earned the IB Diploma.
    • The IB course and credit must be in an area approved by the appropriate faculty.
    • The IB score must be approved by faculty.
    • The IB credit must fit into the student's overall academic program at Catholic University.
    • The official report of the IB Diploma and scores must be sent directly to Catholic University.
  • What kinds of transfer credit does Catholic University accept?

    Catholic University allows undergraduates who wish to take a course at another college or university to apply those courses toward their degree provided the following conditions are met:

    • The course is completed at a regionally accredited institution.
    • The course is substantially similar to a Catholic University course.
    • The course is completed with a grade of C- (C minus) or better.
    • The course does not duplicate, overlap or regress previous work.
    • The college or university offering the course allows the course to be used for credit toward its own undergraduate degree.

    Individual schools may have additional criteria for courses taken outside of Catholic University. Read the full policy for Transfer of Credit on the Policies website.


  • What is a major?

    A major is a specialized area of study that leads to a particular degree. Most majors at Catholic University consist of about 12 courses - less than half of all the classes you will take in college. Majors in the professional schools, like Engineering and Business, generally contain more major-focused classes than majors in the School of Arts and Sciences. Regardless of school, all students at Catholic University take courses outside of their major, starting with the Philosophy, Theology, and English classes that make up the First-Year Experience.

  • What majors and minors does Catholic University offer?

    A complete list of majors and minors, with links to more information about each one

  • Can I double major?

    A double major leads to a single degree, and consists of a primary and a secondary major. The two majors can be located in one school or in two different schools. Students are ordinarily accepted into a double major during the spring semester of their sophomore year.

    Read the full policy for double majors.

  • What classes will I take in my first year?

    All first-year students at Catholic University participate in the First-Year Experience, a series of four core classes taken with a Learning Community of about 18 students. The four courses are:

    • Philosophy 201: The Classical Mind
    • Theology and Religious Studies 201: Faith Seeking Understanding
    • Philosophy 202: The Modern Mind
    • English 101: Writing: Logic and Rhetoric
    You will take two of these classes in the fall, and two in the spring. Beyond the First-Year Experiences courses, you will choose an additional three courses each semester. This advising tool allows you to view first-semester course recommendations for different majors.

Opportunities at Catholic University

  • What is the First-Year Experience?

    The First-Year Experience is a series of four core classes in Philosophy, Theology, and English, taken with the same group of 18 students. We call this group your Learning Community. Besides meeting for class three times a week, your Learning Community will also meet for dinner outside of class once each semester, undertake a service learning project, and venture out into Washington, D.C. on a class-based excursion. Learn more about the FYE here.

  • What internship opportunities are available at Catholic University?

    The Center for Academic and Career Success offers a wealth of resources for selecting and pursuing internships, including Cardinal Connection, a job and internship database that is open only to Catholic University students. Career Services also has resources to guide you through the internship application process, like resume guidelines and interview tips.

  • Are there any research opportunities for undergraduates?

    Undergraduate students who excel in a particular subject area may be invited to participate in a faculty research project. To pursue such an opportunity, contact your Major Advisor or another faculty member in the discipline of your choice.

  • Can I study abroad?

    Catholic University offers a wide range of study abroad programs. The CUAbroad website contains information about program options, applications, tuition costs, and guidelines for planning.

Student Support Services

  • How does advising work at Catholic University?

    Each student is paired with an Undergraduate Advisor the summer before starting at Catholic University. Your advisor will help you choose and register for classes, discuss majors and extracurricular activities with you, and help you get acclimated to college. When you declare a major, you will also begin working with a Major Advisor in your academic department. More information about advising is available from the Undergraduate Advising Center.

  • Are tutoring services available?

    The Center for Academic Success offers tutoring, academic coaching, workshops, peer mentoring, and more. The Writing Center is a useful source of help for writing assignments, and the Math Center provides study support for all math and math-based courses. Librarians are also available for help using the library's many resources.

  • How does Catholic University accommodate students with disabilities?

    Information about accommodations and services can be found at Catholic University's Disability Support Services website.