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.

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

Enrollment: 5,771

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: Beginning fall 2014, 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.


The Collegium

The Collegium is an independent institution of higher learning that pledges full fidelity to the unchanging Magisterium of the Catholic Church. Faculty and staff are practicing Catholics who are fully supportive of the Collegium’s mission and have signed the Oath Against Modernism.

Holy Spirit College

Holy Spirit seeks to educate and to form students who, as leaders in professional and civic life, will live by the highest intellectual and ethical standards. In service of this goal, Holy Spirit endeavors to create an environment in which integrated learning is a shared responsibility. Shared responsibility for the life and governance of the College should lead all its members to make the best of their own talents, to work together, to be sensitive to one another, to serve others, and to seek justice within and beyond the Holy Spirit community.