The Catholic University of America

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, committed to being a comprehensive Catholic and American institution of higher learning.

CUA (photo: Register Files / CUA)

620 Michigan Ave., NE
Washington, DC 20064
(202) 319-5000

Enrollment:  5,059 (fall 2021)

The Catholic University of America Website

The Institution:

  • President’s Oath
  • Catholic Board
  • Catholic Faculty
  • Mandatum Required *
  • Theologians’ Oath *

Campus Culture:

  • Mass and Confession
  • Speakers Vetted
  • Unobjectionable Clubs
  • No Coed Dorms *
  • Health Services Okay

School’s Comments:

Mandatum: Catholic theologians must receive a “canonical mission” from the local bishop/chancellor that obliges them to “teach in the name of the Church” — it is different from the mandatum.

Theologians’ Oath: The Catholic faculty recite the “Profession of Faith” in the presence of and along with the local bishop/chancellor and president at the opening Mass of each academic year. Catholic faculty have not been required to take the “Oath of Fidelity” because of the canonical mission/nihil obstat binding the ecclesiastical faculties.

Dorms: All undergraduate students reside in single-sex residence halls. In addition, two halls have religious in residence — one female residence hall with one sister living with female students and one priest living in one of the male halls.