Catholic University of America

Graduates: 3071
Undergraduates: 3713
Graduates: 3071
Setting: Urban
In-state Tuition: $38,000.00
Out-of-state Tuition: $38,000.00
Student/Faculty Ratio: 8:1
SAT / ACT / GPA: 1114 / 25 / 3.33
Public/Private: Private
Male/Female Ratio: 47:53
Campus Housing: Yes
Religious Affiliation: Roman Catholic Church
Campus Housing: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 73%

The Catholic University of America (CUA) is a private university located in Washington, D.C. in the United States. It is a pontifical university of the Catholic Church in the United States and the only institution of higher education founded by the U.S. Catholic bishops. Established in 1887 as a graduate and research center following approval by Pope Leo XIII on Easter Sunday, the university began offering undergraduate education in 1904. The university's campus lies within the Brookland neighborhood, known as "Little Rome", which contains 60 Catholic institutions, including Trinity Washington University and the Dominican House of Studies.

As the national university of the Catholic Church in the United States, founded and sponsored by the bishops of the country with the approval of the Holy See, The Catholic University of America is committed to being a comprehensive Catholic and American institution of higher learning, faithful to the teachings of Jesus Christ as handed on by the Church. Dedicated to advancing the dialogue between faith and reason, The Catholic University of America seeks to discover and impart the truth through excellence in teaching and research, all in service to the Church, the nation and the world.

At the Second Plenary Council of Baltimore in 1866, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops first discussed the need for a national Catholic university, and at the Third Plenary Council on January 26, 1885, the name The Catholic University of America was chosen In 1882 Bishop John Lancaster Spalding went to Rome to obtain Pope Leo XIII's support for the University and persuaded family friend Mary Gwendoline Caldwell to pledge $300,000 to establish it. On April 10, 1887 Leo sent James Cardinal Gibbons a letter granting permission to begin the university. On March 7, 1889, the Pope issued the encyclical Magni Nobis,[16] granting the university its charter and establishing its mission as the instruction of Catholicism and human nature together at the graduate level. By developing new leaders and new knowledge, it was believed that the University would strengthen and enrich Catholicism in the United States. The founders wished to emphasize the Church�s special role in United States. They had a conviction that scientific and humanistic research, informed by faith, would strengthen the Church. They hoped to develop a national institution that would promote the faith in a context of religious freedom, spiritual pluralism, and intellectual rigor. It was incorporated in 1887 on 66 acres (27 ha) of land next to the Old Soldiers Home. President Grover Cleveland was in attendance for the laying of the cornerstone of Caldwell Hall on May 24, 1888, as were members of Congress and the U.S. Cabinet.


There are many notable alumni of The Catholic University of America, particularly in the arts, in the Church and in public service. Graduates include cardinals, bishops, priests and nuns. CUA's Current total of Alumni exceeds 83,000, including 12 living cardinals. Members of the United States House of Representatives and Senate, ambassadors, governors, state legislators, mayors, and judges have also attended CUA. Additionally, many notable actors, playwrights, columnists, and social activists are alumni in addition to film, theatrical and television producers. Others include CEOs, scholars and university presidents. In 1942, Catholic University became the first university to award a doctorate in geology to an African American, Marguerite Williams.

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