The Catholic University of America

Archived June 26, 2007

I. Introduction
The Catholic University of America welcomes applications from men and women of character, intelligence and motivation regardless of race, creed, sex, age, religion, ethnic background or disabilities. It does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, religion, race, sexual orientation, handicap, color, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, or athletic and other school administered programs.

Admission for undergraduate students to all schools of the university is administered by the Office of University Admissions. Please address all inquiries, requests for application forms and subsequent correspondence to the Office of University Admissions, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC 20064. (Visit, phone 202-319-5305 or toll-free in the U.S. 1-800-673-2772, fax 202-319-6533 or e-mail

II. Definitions

III. Regular Freshman Admission
Students applying to The Catholic University of America for fall admission should submit a completed Application for Admission prior to the Feb. 15 priority application deadline. Applications received after Feb. 15 will be accepted on a rolling basis. If admitted as a Regular Decision candidate to CUA, applicants must submit a nonrefundable enrollment deposit by May 1.

A. Early Action
Academically outstanding candidates who view The Catholic University of America as a top choice

for their undergraduate education and who wish to learn of their admission early in their senior

year may consider applying Early Action. The application deadline for Early Action is Nov. 15.

Candidates will learn of the decision prior to Dec. 25. No candidates are denied admission at this

time; candidates not accepted under the Early Action program are deferred to the regular review.

The Catholic University of America supports the belief that students should be free to choose

among colleges until the enrollment deposit deadline. Early Action Admission is nonbinding and the

enrollment deposit deadline is May 1.

B. Required Credentials for Freshman Candidates

An application is complete when the Office of University Admissions has received the following:

1. The completed application form and $55 nonrefundable

application fee

2. A completed Secondary School Report attached to an official

transcript of secondary school work

3. An official ACT or SAT I score report

4. A letter of recommendation

5. An essay as specified in the Freshman Application for Admission

C. Secondary School Record

The university expects that candidates will have undertaken the most challenging curriculum

available in the secondary school program. Special note is taken of enrollment in Advanced

Placement and/or Honors classes.

It is recommended that secondary school preparation consist of 17 academic units, including four

years of study in both English and social studies, three years of mathematics, three years of

science (including at least one year of laboratory science), at least two years of study in a

foreign language, and one year of study in the fine arts or humanities.

Engineering candidates should have four years of mathematics and four years of science,

including both chemistry and physics.

Nursing candidates should have a year in both chemistry and biology.

Home-schooled students should submit a complete record of all courses earned and, if possible, a

transcript from an accredited home study school or agency.

D. Standardized Tests

All candidates must submit results from a standardized test, either the new SAT I test or the

ACT. The highest scores presented will be considered from any administration or combination of

administrations. Students submitting scores from the ACT in lieu of the SAT I test should submit

the optional writing section of the ACT as well.

CUA uses SAT II test results for placement purposes only.

Applicants enrolling in the School of Arts and Sciences or the School of Philosophy should submit

SAT II test results in a foreign language. Students who have taken SAT II tests in other subject

areas also are encouraged to submit scores. For more information, visit

D. Advanced Placement and Credit

Advanced placement and credit may be offered to exceptionally qualified students. Advanced

placement is based on national Advanced Placement examinations, collegiate-level courses taken

in secondary school or college, and/or examinations administered by the university. Consult

individual schools of the university for information about accepted areas of advanced placement,

criteria, and restrictions.
Additional information may be found at

E. Auditions for Applicants to the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music

An audition of at least 10 minutes, either scheduled in person or submitted by tape, is required.

Applicants for the undergraduate degree program in composition must audition and submit original

compositions for review by the music faculty. Those considered for the University Honors Program

in music history and literature are not required to audition unless they desire advanced standing
in piano study.

Faculty recommendations for admission are based upon the audition. Specific requirements may

be obtained at

F. University Honors Program

A separate application is not required for the honors program. Selection for participation is made

based on the materials submitted in support of the application for admission. The University

Honors Program offers students of high caliber a special curriculum that is oriented towards the

liberal arts and designed to complement individual majors with an integrated world view. Full

details of the program can be found at and in the print Announcements.

IV. Transfer Admission

A. Application Method

Transfer students may apply for admission in either the fall or spring semesters. The

deadline is Aug. 1 for fall applications and Nov. 15 for spring applications.

Final terms of admission are conditioned by the following: (1) credits must represent work which

is applicable to a current curriculum in the university; (2) credits must represent work which is

substantially equivalent in quality and quantity to the work pursued here for which it is to be

substituted; (3) only courses passed with a grade of at least C (when D is passing) will be

considered; (4) no more than the equivalent of one semester's credit at this university will be

given for a semester of work done elsewhere; (5) of the last 36 to 40 semester hours of credit

earned for the degree, 30 semester hours (60 hours for the School of Arts and Sciences) must

be earned at The Catholic University of America.

For those entering at the sophomore or junior class level, distribution requirements may be

modified. Consult the dean of the appropriate school.

Credits taken outside The Catholic University of America are not considered when calculating the

student's grade point average at CUA.

On the recommendation of the cognizant dean, credit for educational experiences in programs of

the armed services will be accepted for transfer after completion of at least one semester of full-

time study in a degree program at this university and for such courses as are substitutes for

courses required in the degree program.

B. Required Credentials for Transfer Candidates

Transfer applications are considered complete when the Office of University Admissions has

received the following:

1. The completed application form and $55 nonrefundable application fee

2. Statement of intent

3. A complete, official secondary (high) school transcript

4. One official transcript from each postsecondary institution attended

5. A letter of recommendation

6. SAT or ACT score report (may be waived if applicant has completed 24 or more college


V. International Student Admission

A. Application Method

Because of the delays that often occur in obtaining and evaluating credentials, prospective international students should submit complete applications for admission well in advance of the beginning of the semester for which they are applying. Applications should be submitted to the Office of University Admissions no later than Feb. 15 for the fall semester (classes beginning in Aug.) and Oct. 15 for the spring semester (classes beginning in Jan.).

B. Required Credentials for International Candidates

International applications are considered complete when the Office of University Admissions has received the following:

1. The completed application form and $55 nonrefundable application fee

2. Transcripts of all previous education equivalent to secondary and postsecondary education in

the United States; a certified translated copy if transcript is not in the English language

3. Supporting documentation that verifies the availability of sufficient funds

4. Official Test of English as a Foreign Language, TOEFL, score report

5. An essay as specified in the International Undergraduate Application for Admission

Education completed at institutions outside of the United States, as shown by official documents, may be accepted as equivalent to educational experience in the United States, but the dean of the school in which the applicant seeks admission must approve each case.

C. Competence in the English Language
All students from countries and areas where English is not the common, spoken language must have a practical understanding of spoken and written English to benefit from instruction, study and examinations in that language. Even if already residents of the United States, applicants are required to take the standard Test of English as a Foreign Language, TOEFL, and submit the results to support their applications. The TOEFL is given several times each year in many foreign centers and in the United States. Further information may be obtained at American consulates, by contacting TOEFL, Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ 08540 U.S.A. or by visiting

Students who are not sufficiently competent will be advised to continue their language study before reapplying for admission. A student whose performance on the TOEFL satisfies admission requirements but indicates that further study is necessary will be required to take remedial instruction or courses. These language requirements must be completed satisfactorily before the student will be allowed to pursue a full program of regular courses.

The university's Intensive English Program offers several levels of English language training to international students. Please mail requests for additional information to Intensive English Program, The Catholic University of America, 620 Michigan Ave., N.E., Washington, DC 20064, or call 202-319-4439 or e-mail

VI. Students with Disabilities
Disability services, designed to support and encourage the integration of students with disabilities into the mainstream of the university community are provided through the Office of Disability Support Services (DSS). To be eligible for services at CUA, students must register with DSS and submit documentation of disability. Recently admitted students are encouraged to contact DSS beginning June 1 to begin the registration process. For more information on services or documentation requirements and registration procedures, please contact the Office of Disability Support Services at 202-319-5211, TTY 202-299-2899, e-mail or visit the DSS Web site at

VII. Admission of Non-Degree Students
A student who does not wish to pursue a degree program at The Catholic University of America but who wishes to follow courses independently or in a program required for a certificate, either for credit or as an auditor, may apply for admission as a nondegree student. The application must be accompanied by a $55 nonrefundable application fee and official transcripts of all previous high school and postsecondary work. In lieu of a transcript, a properly qualified student who is working toward a degree at another institution may submit written authorization for temporary enrollment at this university from the cognizant dean of that institution.

Admission as a nondegree student is limited to a single semester or summer session, unless renewed by the dean of the school for registration in subsequent consecutive semesters or summer sessions. No fee is charged for requesting such renewal. A nondegree student who does not enroll in consecutive terms or who enrolls in a different school must submit a new application for admission, which must be accompanied by the application fee.

A nondegree student who wishes to be considered for admission to a degree program must submit the application and supporting documents ordinarily required for admission to the Office of University Admissions and should consult with the appropriate dean or chair of department before enrolling, since the mere accumulation of courses will not satisfy requirements for degrees.

VIII. Readmission

A student must reapply for admission if he/she has been dismissed, withdrew from the university or failed to maintain continuous enrollment. An application for readmission is subject to the same scrutiny as is an application for original admission, and the student may be required to adhere to degree requirements adopted since original matriculation or to special requirements imposed as a condition of readmission, such as repeating certain examinations or work in a course.

An applicant for readmission is required to file the appropriate application and pay a $55 nonrefundable application fee. Readmission to the university does not guarantee eligibility for financial aid. Satisfactory academic progress must be demonstrated.