Welcome to The Catholic University of America! We want to congratulate you on your acceptance to the University, and we hope you find yourself quickly becoming a part of the Catholic University community.

Section 1: Academic Affairs

  • Enrollment Services

    The Office of Enrollment Services assists students with course registration, records, tuition billing, payments, and other questions regarding enrollment.  


    Registration for courses is completed in Cardinal Students. Only matriculated students with no outstanding obligations to the university are eligible for registration. Students should register for upcoming courses on or after their enrollment appointment date.  Please review our website for information on adding/dropping classes, auditing courses, consortium registration policies, and other Important Registration Notes


    The Office of Enrollment Services ensures the proper billing of students' accounts and provides assistance to students regarding their financial matters. We manage the charges and credits of student accounts including tuition, fees, housing, dining, miscellaneous charges, payments, financial aid credits, tuition remission and waivers, and third party payments. The office also provides payment plan information, processes student refunds, and manages and collects past-due accounts.

    The University is unable to discuss or disclose account information to any person other than the student unless the student has established that individual(s) as an Authorized Payer on his or her account. An Authorized Payer account should be established for each individual that a student wishes to have access to his or her account information.

    Email communications to our office regarding student accounts should be made via the email address(es) listed in CardinalPAY. Email notifications from our office regarding the availability of account statements will be sent to student Catholic University email addresses as well as to any additional email addresses authorized by the student in CardinalPAY. Other communications from our office regarding student account issues will be sent only to student Catholic University email addresses. Please review our website for information on  tuition payments, and refunds.

    Other Links 

    Academic Calendar


    Proof of Enrollment 


    Privacy and FERPA

    Military and Veterans

    Cardinal Student Navigation Guides 

  • Graduate Studies

    The Office of the Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies works collaboratively with faculty and administrators from Catholic University's twelve schools to enhance the academic quality of graduate programs, and provides leadership and support to the University's graduate mission.

    The Graduate Studies office is responsible for issues regarding University registration, enrollment (and changes in enrollment), residency, and general regulations for masters, licentiate, and doctoral degree programs.

    You can like the Office of the Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies office on Facebook, follow Graduate Studies on Twitter, or read more about Graduate Studies on their website.

    Academic Integrity

    Academic honesty is one of the foundations of the educational mission and Catholic commitment of this University. Academic dishonesty, including such practices as cheating, plagiarism, and fabrication, undermines the learning experience, and, as it involves fraud and deceit, is corrosive of the intellectual principles and is inconsistent with the ethical standards of this University. Academic dishonesty damages the sense of trust and community among students, faculty, and administrators.

    The University's Academic Integrity Policy sets forth the standards of honesty that student members of our academic community are expected to follow. The faculty is also bound to adhere to the strictest standards of academic honesty. All members of the academic community have an obligation to familiarize themselves with these standards and to conduct themselves to implementing these standards and to educating, staff, and students on the importance of academic honesty and on the application of these standards in a variety of academic settings.

    Academic Leaves and Withdrawals

    Sometimes, graduate students in good standing at The Catholic University of America may find it necessary to take time away from their studies.

    Because The Catholic University of America is a term-based credit-hour institution, it cannot offer a federally approved Leave of Absence (LOA) option. However, students may request to be placed on Academic Leave for a future semester.

    The full University Change of Enrollment Policy can be found in the Graduate Announcements, as well as on the University Policies website. A complete listing of the Academic Leave, Term Withdrawal, and Permanent Withdrawal options can also be found on the Graduate Studies website in our General Information, Policies and Guidelines, and Graduate Studies FAQ sections.

    However, graduate students may find the table on the Academic Leave and Withdrawals website helpful in deciding which of the three interruption of studies options best suit their individual needs.

    The Office of the Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies strongly suggests to students contemplating interrupting their studies that they discuss these options with their adviser, department chair (where applicable), and school dean BEFORE submitting a leave or withdrawal request.

    Course Registration and Course Grades

    Near the middle of each fall and spring semester, students register online through Cardinal Students for courses they wish to take during following semester. Course offerings for each term can be viewed via the Manage Classes tile in Cardinal Students.

    Students may access grades for all semesters through Cardinal Students. If a student needs a hard copy of a grade report for a sponsor, employer, or for their personal records, the student may either print an unofficial transcript from Cardinal Students or request that an official transcript be generated. Official transcripts must be requested via Cardinal Students and can either be held for pick-up by the student in the Office of Enrollment Services or mailed directly to an address provided by the student. Transcript request options can be accessed from the Academic Records tile in the Cardinal Students Student Center.

    Funding and Research Opportunities for Graduate Students

    The Catholic University of America offers a wide variety of scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study appointments to new and continuing students at the graduate level. Federal funds are, by statute, awarded solely on the basis of financial need as determined by a federally approved needs analysis system. These funds are available to as many qualifying students as funding will allow.

    For a list of available research, scholarship, and fellowship opportunities, please visit the Graduate Studies website.

    The Graduate Student Association

    The Graduate Student Association of The Catholic University of America is dedicated to the academic, cultural, and professional development of all graduate students enrolled at Catholic University. As the official voice of graduate students, the Graduate Student Association responds to the needs and concerns of the graduate community and strives to improve the quality of education and life at the university, acting fully within the university's mission statement and governing documents.

    You can follow the Graduate Studies Association on Facebook or read more about the GSA on their website.

    Additional Resources

  • University Libraries

    The University Libraries provide access to our cultural and scientific heritage through resources and services and cooperate actively with the faculty and students in the teaching, learning and research process. The print collections consist of more than 1.4 million books and journals, and the Libraries provide access to tens of thousands of full-text electronic journals and books. 


    The John K. Mullen of Denver Memorial Library provides a variety of study spaces to accommodate collaborative and individual learning and provide technologies which support the use of library resources, including scanning and printing. Related academic units which provide tutoring services are located in Mullen Library and include the Center for Academic and Career Success, the Math Center and the Writing Center.


    The Special Collections consists of four distinct parts which include the Rare Books, Museum, University Archives, and Manuscript Collections. The Rare Books Collections contain approximately 70,000 volumes, which range from medieval documents to first editions of twentieth century authors. The Manuscript Collection, also known as the American Catholic History Collection, collects personal papers and institutional records which document the heritage and history of the American Catholic people. The specialized Semitics/ICOR Library supports research in the languages of the ancient Near East and the languages, literatures, and history of the Christian Near East. The specialized Oliveira Lima Library is a collection of books, manuscripts, pamphlets, maps, photographs and works of art that is dedicated to the history and culture of Portugal and Brazil.


    Catholic University and eight other university libraries form the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC). Students and faculty may visit, borrow from, and order books and articles online from the other WRLC libraries.


    Research assistance is available at the information desk as well as by phone and email. Personal consultations with librarians also are encouraged for more in-depth research assistance. Librarians also provide research workshops, training in online research and information literacy, and course-related instruction sessions.

Section 2: Campus Life

  • Athletics

    Raymond A. DuFour Athletic Center / 202-319-5286 / cardinalathletics.com

    The Athletics Department provides a comprehensive athletic program with opportunities for participation at the intercollegiate, club, intramural and recreational levels. The Catholic Cardinals compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III, Landmark Conference, New England Men's and Women's Athletic Conference (football only), and Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference for Men's and Women's Rowing. Catholic University is committed to establishing and maintaining an environment in which athletic participation is conducted as an integral part of a student athlete's educational experience.

    Raymond A. DuFour Athletic Center

    Raymond A. DuFour Athletic Center is one of Catholic University's most popular facilities. The center provides opportunities for everyone, regardless of fitness level or athletic ability, to improve their overall health and well being. The center features a 25-yard pool, basketball and volleyball courts, a state of the art weight-training room, a dance studio, saunas, and an indoor running area. The outside portion of the center features Cardinal Stadium, home to our football and field hocket teams; Carlini Field where our soccer and lacrosse teams play; a six-lane, 400-meter track; six tennis courts; and playing fields for baseball and softball.

    Catholic University Varsity Teams

    Catholic University competes in the NCAA Division III Landmark Conference. The football team is a member of the New England Men's and Women's Athletic Conference and our rowing teams compete in the Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference. The university fields men's teams in cross country, basketball, indoor & outdoor track and field, baseball, tennis, soccer, swimming, lacrosse, rowing, golf, and football. Women's teams include basketball, field hockey, volleyball, tennis, indoor & outdoor track and field, softball, soccer, swimming, lacrosse, cross country, rowing, and golf.

    Intramural Programs

    Catholic University conducts intramural programs in several sports that are available to all students. The program consists of five seasonal team activities for men and women: touch football, soccer, basketball, softball and volleyball; softball and volleyball teams can also play in co-ed leagues. All graduate students are welcome to participate in intramural programs.

    Club Sports

    CUA sponsors the following club sports: ballroom dance, cheerleading, CUltimate frisbee, ice hockey, men's rugby, women's rugby, men's lacrosse, SAAC, and CUA Dance Team.

    Eugene I Kane Fitness Center

    The 7000 square foot fitness Center offers state of the art Precor Cardiovascular Equipment, a complete circuit of Nautilus weight machines, and a free weight area. The fitness center's mission is to provide students, who are studying at CUA, the opportunity to maintain and develop healthy lifestyles. The center provides abdominal workouts, core training and conditioning as well as individual training programs for students. A number of classes and personal training services are also available. Current hours and class schedules can be viewed here.

  • Campus Activities


    The Office of Campus Activities (OCA) is here to help you get the most out of your graduate school experience by creating opportunities to get involved. Our staff and student leaders provide a variety of programs and services, including Orientation, student organizations, leadership development, and major campus events. There are many ways to find out about events on campus and stay connected to all the OCA has to offer - check our websites, visit our office, or contact us via phone or email. You can also download the Catholic U app on the Apple App Store or Google Play for listings of events on campus and information on ways to get involved.

    Major Events

    The Office Of Campus Activities hosts a number of major events throughout the year, including student organization training, Leadership Retreats, Family Weekend, Thanksgiving Potluck, Light the Season, Honor an Awesome Woman Celebration, Class Ring Blessing, and the Cardinal Leadership Celebration.

    OCA also sponsors the DC Nite Out program. On one Thursday every month, we provide a limited number of FREE tickets to an off-campus event as part of the Catholic U Nite Live program. Events range from award-winning plays, ballets, and musicals to sports games, comedy shows, and even ghost tours! Get more information and event details at nest.catholic.edu.

    Student Organizations

    There is no better way to pursue your interests, explore culture, and embrace your own leadership potential than by becoming an active member of one of the more than 100 student organizations available at Catholic University. Student organizations bring excitement to campus by engaging in the important issues of the day, organizing educational and social opportunities, and working together for a better community.

    We have many types of student organizations to get involved with:

    • Academic/Professional
    • Advocacy and Service
    • Club Sports
    • Faith-Based
    • Intercultural Programs
    • The Arts
    • Student Media
    • Student Representation

    Learn more about student organizations at nest.catholic.edu.

    The Nest

    The Nest is your online location for everything about student involvement. From your first day at Catholic University to a random free weekend, The Nest can connect you to campus activities, events, and opportunities. You can check out the flyer board to see upcoming campus events, browse various student organizations and join instantly, and manage student organization processes anytime, even after our office closes. Access The Nest online anytime, anywhere. Check out what's happening around campus at nest.catholic.edu.

  • Campus Ministry

    Ground Floor Caldwell Hall / 202-319-5575 / ministry.catholic.edu
    Sister Ruth Harkins, IHM. Associate Campus Minister for Graduate & Professional Students

    The mission of the Office of Campus Ministry is to assist the members of the Catholic University community in their growth as individuals and as a community so they may more fully celebrate and live the message of the Gospel. The diversity of activities seek to engage the particular needs and interests of the adults in the various academic areas and focus on empowering the graduate and professional adults with numerous opportunities to embrace all the faith dimensions of an adult life. As we grow as a Christian community here at Catholic University, it becomes obvious that Campus Ministry is the work of not just a few but of all Christians at the University. Student participation in the work of Campus Ministry is encouraged and essential.

    Worship Opportunities

    • Monday to Thursday: 8:30AM, Mary Mirror of Justice Chapel (Law School)
    • Monday to Friday:
      • 12:05PM, St. Michael the Archangel Chapel (Business School)
      • 5:10PM, St. Paul's Chapel (Caldwell)
    • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 10:00PM, St. Vincent's Chapel
    • Tuesday: 8:00PM, House Mass
    • Sunday:
      • 11:00AM, St. Vincent's Chapel
      • 1:00PM, St. Vincent's Chapel
      • 4:00PM 
      • 9:00PM, St. Vincent's Chapel
    • Praise and Worship 
      • Wednesday 9:00PM, St. Vincent's Chapel
    • Silent Adoration
      • Tuesday 7:00PM, St. Paul's Chapel (Caldwell)
      • Confession 7:00PM, St. Paul's Chapel (Caldwell)
    • Solemn Adoration
      • Thursday 9:00PM, St. Paul's Chapel (Caldwell)

    Spiritual Activities

    Campus Ministry offers a variety of opportunities each semester designed to meet the spiritual needs and interests of students who are at different stages of their faith lives.  Campus Ministry provides a variety of programs such as: Fall Welcome Dinner; bi-monthly bible study; bi-monthly book discussion group; weekly bring your own lunch gathering; monthly am coffee hour; monthly evening coffee and dessert; fall silent retreat; and game night.  Each event offers graduate students a new opportunity to encounter Christ, to explore and grow in faith, and to form new and lasting friendships.  ALL ARE WELCOME!

    Campus Ministry Services

    For those seeking full communion with the Church, Campus Ministry offers sacramental preparation for baptism, Holy Communion and confirmation through the RCIA process. Campus Ministry also offers guidance and assistance in the preparation for the Sacrament of Marriage. The sacrament of reconciliation is offered regularly on Wednesday nights, after the Sunday 9:00pm Mass and by appointment. Qualified Campus Ministry staff and others from the Catholic University faculty and staff are available for spiritual direction. A monthly Mass is offered for members of the Catholic University community who have died or who have sustained loss through the death of a family member or friend.

    Community Service

    The Gospel calls us to care for the most vulnerable among us--the poor, the sick, the elderly, and the unborn. Catholic University students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to give of themselves in the service of others through a number of community service opportunities, and to become a voice for peace and justice on campus and in the community through education, reflection, and social action. It offers a variety of service opportunities and serves as a resource for members of the Catholic University community who wish to volunteer their time and talents to serve those in need. Service opportunities include ministry to the hungry and homeless, building and refurbishing homes for families in need, tutoring children at local elementary schools, visiting the elderly, ministering to the disabled and caring for at-risk children. The staff is available to help students find a volunteer opportunity that suits their gifts and interests. For more information, please visit ministry.catholic.edu/service.

    Support Services for Non-Catholic Students

    Students from other religions and other Christian denominations are welcome at any of the Campus Ministry services or programs. The office also maintains a listing of the area ministers and rabbis, including information on the services provided by other religions and denominations. Any student with concerns or requests about his or her religion is welcomed and encouraged to come to the Office of Campus Ministry for assistance.

  • Cardinal Card

    Transportation and Parking Services, 242 Pryzbyla Center / 202-552-PARK (7275) / https://transportation.catholic.edu/
    The Cardinal Card is the official identification card at The Catholic University of America. It is a multi-purpose identification card that provides a variety of services to cardholders. In addition to being used to make purchases on campus, it provides access to academic buildings, residence halls, the DuFour Center, and the Kane Fitness Center. It is also used to check out books from Mullen Library, load Dining Services meal plans, track event attendance, and more!
    All registered students are provided a Cardinal Card. Once enrolled, each student is required to submit an official ID photo to be printed on their Cardinal Card.  For more information and to submit your Cardinal Card photo, please visit https://cardinalcard.catholic.edu/photo.
    To manage your Cardinal Card and/or to add funds, please visit https://get.cbord.com/catholic/full/prelogin.php.
  • Center for Academic & Career Success

    McMahon Hall, Room 102 / 202-319-6262 / E-mail: success@cua.edu / success.catholic.edu

    Individual Appointments

    A professional Center for Academic and Career Success (CACS) counselor is available to critique your resume and/or cover letter, help map out a job search strategy with you, and discuss all your career related concerns. Contact the office to schedule an appointment.

    You can also access information on the main topics of career development, ranging from writing a resume/cover letter to negotiating your salary, online on our website.

    Resumes, Cover Letters, and Curriculum Vitiates (CVs)

    Visit the CACS website to view samples and instructions on creating these documents. You may schedule an appointment with a CACS counselor to help you get started or to review and critique your progress. You can also stop by during the office as a walk-in (no appointment necessary, Monday to Thursdays from 3:30pm-4:15pm (fall/spring semesters only).


    Schedule a "mock" interview with a Career Services counselor. To form the basis of this practice interview, you provide your current resume and information on a job you might be interested in to allow the counselor to tailor possible interview questions for you.Not only does the mock interview increase your preparedness for the "real"interview, it also gives you more confidence when discussing your interests.skills.past expereince with a faculty member and/ or potential employer.

    InterviewStream - the office's online resource for interview-prep, allowing students and alumni to access over 7,000 pre-recorded interview questions by area of interests. Responses are recorded by webcam and students can review and re-record the responses to view them. This valuable took is also beneficial as you prepare for digital interviews (via Skype or Facetime) with potential employers and/or faculty members who are not in the area.

    Finding a Job in Academia

    Check out the Jobs & Internships section of the Career Services' website for information on obtaining employment in academia. You can also schedule an appointment to discuss this particular career path with one of your career counselors.

    Finding a Job in Non-Academia

    What if you do not want to teach academia and are unsure of your next step after you complete your graduate degree? You are encouraged to schedule an individual appointment with a career counselor to discuss your possible new direction.

    The Office of Career Services also provides career interest assessments (the Strong Interest Inventory/SII and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator/MBTI) that can assist you. Receive an in exploring possible career options based on your interests and preferences. During the career counseling appointment, one of our counselors will provide an in-depth analysis of you assessments' results, along with offering suggestions for your next steps.

    You may also explore the Jobs & Internships section of our website for additional resources and information, including Handshake, Catholic University's new job and internship posting system.

    Employer Information Sessions

    Representatives from various organizations come to campus to talk in depth about their organization/company, what they look for when hiring potential employees, and available job opportunities. Please check the Events Calendar on the Career Services website for upcoming sessions.

    Career Fairs

    Graduate students are invited and encouraged to attend our annual Fall and Spring Career Fairs. Our webite will include the full list of employers coming to the Career Fair at least one week prior to the event.

    In addition, we host several events (including all-day, no appointment-necessary, walk-in resume critiques) to help you prepare for the Career Fair.

    Please check Events Calendar for exact dates and times for programs and career fairs.

    Industry, Position, Salary, and Employer Research Information

    When researching a specific industry, position, salary or employer, we suggest using the following resources to start gathering information:

    • Glassdoor - Allows individuals to research industries, employers, positions, read guides on how to break into a particular field, view articles on current events or new industry trends, and search for jobs and internships.
    • NACE Salary Calculator and Salary.com - Allows individuals to research salary levels for a variety of positions based on experience and location.

    Job and Internship Search Resources

    Handshake-Catholic University's new online system that lists jobs and internships for students and alumni, as well as graduate work-study oppurtunities. You can also utilize the system to find out and register for employer programming, such as interviews, information sessions, career fairs.

    GoinGlobal - A site to assist students and alumni in identifying jobs and internships by country. The wesbite includes country guides, which highlight culture and information on cultures by country and how resumes and the interview process can change by region. The site is also a valuable resource for international students trying to find employment in the United States.

    Social Media

    Facebook and Twitter
    You may also follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for up-to-date information on career oppurtunities, reminders about employer information sessions, and learn about upcoming programs and events. Not only is it a great way to stay in touch with the Office of Career Services, it also ensures that you don't miss out on any important information.

    You can also link with us on LinkedIn or join the CUA Career Services and Alumni Relations group pages to connect and network with alumni from around the country.

    The Center for Academic and Career Success
    McMahon Hall, Room 102
    E-mail: success@cua.edu; website: http://success.catholic.edu
    Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

  • Counseling Center

    127 O'Boyle Hall / 202-319-5765 / http://counseling.cua.edu

    Counseling Center Staff: Credentials and Services

    The Catholic University Counseling Center is the only on-campus mental health office. Its professional staff includes psychologists, clinical social workers, and a psychiatric nurse practitioner. There are also clinicians in training who are either advanced doctoral students in clinical or counseling psychology or students from graduate social work programs in the Washington, DC, area. The Counseling Center is fully accredited by IACS, the International Accreditation of Counseling Services, and is one of the foremost training sites in the Washington area for advanced graduate students in psychology and social work, providing state-of-the-art supervision to pre-doctoral interns in psychology in its American Psychological Association (APA)-accredited internship program, as well to externs and practicum students working directly with the licensed professional staff and faculty.

    The Counseling Center provides confidential individual and group counseling, as well as workshops, screenings, and other outreach and consultation activities. During the Academic Year, individual and group counseling are available for any currently enrolled full-time student. Referrals and group therapy are available for part-time students. The Counseling Center also provides after-hours emergency consultation services during the academic year. To schedule an appointment during the Academic Year, call (202) 319-5765, or come to the Counseling Center, located at 127 O'Boyle Hall, between the hours of 9:00am and 6:30pm, Monday through Thursday, and 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Friday. Summer and holiday hours are posted on the Counseling Center's website at http://counseling.catholic.edu. Considerations such as the individual needs of the student and scheduling compatibility determine how counselors are matched with students.

    The confidentiality laws contained in The District of Columbia Mental Health Act of 1978 are strictly enforced at the Counseling Center. Therefore, except in very limited circumstances defined by law (e.g., the client or someone else is in imminent, serious danger), without the student's written consent, no Counseling Center staff member can inform parents, spouses, or any other concerned individuals that a particular student is receiving Counseling Center services. Even in situations when parents report being told by their child that he or she is seeing a counselor at the Counseling Center, staff can neither confirm nor deny the report. With the student's written permission, though, Counseling Center staff may share information about a student's treatment with concerned others.

  • Disability Support Services

    Disability Support Services, 127 Pryzybla Center / 202-319-5211 / http://dss.catholic.edu


    The Office of Disability Support Services (DSS) provides accommodations to students with diagnosed and documented disabilities. DSS supports students with disabilities including but not limited to: ADHD/ADD, learning disabilities, psychological/emotional disabilities (such as anxiety and depression), mobility impairments, chronic health/ medical issues, traumatic brain injury, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and sensory impairments (such as low vision, blindness, deafness, and hearing loss). 

    DSS is proud to work with other Catholic University community members to promote accessibility and inclusivity, in order to mitigate barriers that students with disabilities face while at college. Part of this includes working with students on a case-by-case basis to address their individual needs, in order to discuss diagnoses and assign academic accommodations.  Academic accommodations cannot be utilized retroactively, so students should have their accommodations in place prior to the first week of the semester. Please visit our website (dss.catholic.edu) to begin the registration process.

    Contact us at cua-dss@cua.edu with any questions! 

  • Fitness & Recreation

    Eugene I Kane Fitness Center

    The Eugene I. Kane Student Health and Fitness Center is located in the heart of campus housing. Since 2004, the Fitness & Recreation department has offered a variety of fitness options to the student community through the 7,000 sq ft facility. The Kane Fitness Center offers functional training space with a Queenax training unit, power racks, a double half rack, and state of the art equipment, such as Les Mills On-Demand Spin Bikes, and Nautilus selectorized machines. 

    The Kane Fitness Center’s mission is to offer fitness & recreational programs to the Catholic University’s student community that are designed to foster a culture of personal growth and promote an active, healthy, and balanced lifestyle. Current hours and class schedules can be viewed here.

    Club Sports

    Club sports at Catholic University provide students the opportunity to dedicate their time to practices and competition through their team. Club sports teams compete throughout the academic year against other colleges and universities within regional and national leagues. Students take ownership of their teams through leadership roles that can involve organizing practices, making travel arrangements, hiring coaches, recruiting players, and setting up schedules.

    Check out our Club Sports Teams: Cheer TeamDance TeamEsportsIce HockeyMen's LacrosseMen's RugbyWomen's RugbySailingMen's UltimateWomen's Ultimate 

    Intramural Programs

    The intramural sport program provides an opportunity for all students to enjoy themselves through team sports. Grab some old friends, make some new ones, and play for an intramural championship! These leagues are just for fun, and compete against other teams on campus.

    For more league information, view current leagues, and register, visit fitness-recsport.catholic.edu

    Sports vary by semester and have included basketball, indoor soccer, cornhole, kickball, volleyball, flag football, and more! If you have a sport recommendation, email fitness-recsports@cua.edu.

    Cardinal Adventures

    Cardinal Adventures are small group outdoor excursions for those who love being active, the great outdoors or simply want to try something new. It provides an opportunity to get out of the city and have some fun with fellow students. 

    Adventures are booked once a month and include activities such as kayaking, skiing & snowboarding, rock climbing, horseback riding, and flying trapeze. Anyone can join the trips - no experience necessary!

    Check out @CatholicUFitRec for more information on all Fitness & Recreation programming!

  • Intercultural Education

    The Center for Cultural Engagement (CCE) advances The Catholic University of America's commitment to a campus and a world that values every human being, and supports and celebrates their uniqueness, experiences, and contributions. Through the promotion of promoting intercultural education and awareness, the CCE contributes to the personal and intellectual growth of all students; fostering the development of a sense of self, belonging and commitment to the common good.

    CCE Newsletters

    Every other week, the CCE sends out an email newsletter designed to bring awareness of cultural and educational activities available to the Catholic University community. The newsletter showcases cultural events at Catholic University and in the DC area that are accessible to students; providing information about culture and the Catholic Church. To subscribe send an email to culturalengagement@cua.edu with "subscribe" in the subject line.

    Take Flight

    Take Flight supports first generation students' transition to life at Catholic University, capitalizing on the gifts and talents they possess. Take Flight allows first generation students to easily access the resources available to them on campus and beyond, reach personal and academic goals, develop healthy habits that ensure academic success, and fully engage in campus life.

    Intercultural Dialogues

    Throughout the academic year, the CCE invites distinguished guests to speak to Catholic University students about various topics that bring to light issues that affect our communities. These presentations provide students with the opportunity to engage with individuals working with persons on the margins and promote the common good.

    Major Keys

    Major Keys provides students an opportunity to meet with a Catholic University staff or faculty member to learn about how their office/department serves as a resource for students; the staff or faculty member's professional path; and strategies for thriving at Catholic University and in life.

    What's Going On?

    What's Going On? is a conversation series that provides a safe space for open dialogue around current events and social trends. Each session is facilitated by CCE staff and is designed to generate conversations between students, faculty and staff where all participants feel comfortable asking tough, controversial and sometimes whimsical questions.

    Mentoring Break

    Students, particularly juniors and seniors, participate in a monthly mentoring program where they can meet local professionals from diverse fields. Students will gain insights and tips to successfully transition into life after college and begin to build a network of professionals who can serve as a resource.

    Cultural Celebrations

    The CCE organizes a series of cultural celebrations throughout the year to highlight the rich diversity of our campus community. Students are invited to participate in these programs to learn about particular cultural and religious celebrations from around the world, as well as enjoying food and music from those cultures.

    Office Hours with Mr. Javier W. Bustamante

    Offices hours are an opportunity to:

    • Learn more about Center for Cultural Engagement programs and events
    • Learn more about Intercultural Organizations at Catholic University
    • Discuss your club's programming ideas
    • Learn more about summer programs for underrepresented students
    • Learn more about career opportunities

    Orientation Happy Hour

    New students and families are invited to the Center for Cultural Engagement directly following Mass for our annual Orientation Weekend Happy Hour. This is a wonderful opportunity to interact with CCE's professional and student staff in a laid back setting. Meet other students and families, hear about upcoming CCE events, programs, and learn more about Catholic University's prestigious inter-cultural student organizations. Light refreshments will be served.

    Thanksgiving Potluck

    Students, staff, and faculty, members of the university community are encouraged to bring a dish to share to the annual Catholic University Thanksgiving Potluck. These dishes typically represent their family's unique celebration of Thanksgiving or their cultural heritage. The highly successful Potluck merges American culture with international cultures, encourages cultural exchanges and demonstrates how many different ways one can celebrate during the holiday season.

  • International Student Services

    201 Pryzbyla Center / 202-319-5618 / international.catholic.edu

    The Office of International Student and Scholar Services will hold a virtual orientation for international and exchange students on Wednesday, August 25, 2021. This orientation is required for all "F" and "J" visa holders and other international students holding other visas are welcome to attend. This orientation is to familiarize you with the very important legal aspects of maintaining your immigration status in the United States as well as to address various adjustment issues related to both the U.S. culture and to CUA's community. Updated information is available on the International Student and Scholar Services website at http://international.cua.edu or by contacting the office at 202-319-5618. For detailed information on the orientation agenda please send an email to cua-isss@cua.edu

  • Student Conduct & Ethical Development

    Mission and Vision

    The Mission of Student Conduct and Ethical Development (SCED) is to educate students with regard to community expectations; coordinate campus resources and support services in the resolution of behavioral concerns, including the adjudication and resolution of student conduct interventions; and create, deliver, and support purposeful learning opportunities fostering citizenship, community standards, ethics, values, and civility, within a faith-based environment.


    The Vision of Student Conduct and Ethical Development is to:

    • Create a dynamic, values-oriented community where students are proactively and comprehensively encouraged and engaged in critical decision-making, ethical development, and civil discourse in the spirit of Catholic social teaching.
    • Promote individual responsibility for actions and interpersonal accountability for the common good.

    Philosophy of Student Conduct

    When students choose to accept admission to The Catholic University of America, they accept the rights, privileges, and responsibilities of membership in the University's academic, social, and spiritual community. When student behavior departs from the community expectations, members of the community are expected to challenge and confront these inappropriate behaviors. When that behavior becomes unacceptable and adversely impacts the spirit of the community, it will be addressed by administrators who follow the procedures outlined in the Code of Student Conduct

    Student conduct policies and procedures are viewed first and foremost within the educational mission and traditions of Catholic University. As such, the system strives to instill moral and ethical values, most especially integrity and respect for human dignity; to ensure accountability and justice; and to create a safe and comfortable learning environment. The student conduct system provides a just, fair and equitable means of examining and addressing student misconduct.

    Policies governing student behavior and community standards are not laws. Rather, the system is designed to inform students of the broad principles and high standards to which they will be held responsible as members of our community. It also is intended as an opportunity for assessing student conduct and determining sanctions, when appropriate, that encourage behaviors that contribute to the well-being of the Catholic University community, and allow students to develop individual responsibility and self-discipline.

    Additional information regarding Student Conduct and Ethical Development can be found in the Code of Student Conduct or at studentconduct.catholic.edu including information on the student conduct process, the list of prohibited conduct, and guidelines for university disciplinary proceedings.

    Student Conduct Disciplinary Records

    Applications to graduate and professional schools and background checks for job positions frequently require information about student disciplinary records. The University maintains student conduct records for five (5) years from the student's terminating date from the University, except as required by law.

    Off-Campus Students

    Catholic University strives to develop and maintain a strong relationship with the community in the D.C. metropolitan area and in the Brookland neighborhood in particular. As students, you are a vital piece of that effort and we expect you to be good citizens and abide by the expectations outlined in the Code of Student Conduct.

    As members of the local community, the University and its students has a responsibility to act as good neighbors, guided by common interest and goodwill. A good neighbor improves the quality of their neighborhood and increases the values of their properties and those surrounding them. A good neighbor ensures that trash does not litter their lawn and surrounding property, that no excessive noise is generated from their parties, and that their property is well kept and aesthetically pleasing. It is your responsibility to be a good neighbor and to comply with all expectations communicated by the University and the District.

    For additional information related to Off-Campus students, please visit offcampus.catholic.edu.

  • Transportation and Parking Services

    Transportation and Parking Services, 242 Pryzbyla Center / 202-552-PARK (7275) / https://transportation.catholic.edu/

    Welcome to the Office of Transportation and Parking Services at The Catholic University of America. Our purpose is to provide students, faculty, staff, guests, and visitors of the University with a safe environment for pedestrians and vehicles. We promote sustainable transportation options and strive to ensure parking headaches are reduced to a minimum! When construction or other major events arise that could affect parking on campus we communicate the changes.

    Transportation and Parking Services is responsible for issuing parking permits and the University’s Cardinal Card identification cards. We are tasked with administering a comprehensive campus transportation program in keeping with University policies and planning. This includes, but is not limited to, campus shuttle operations, discounted Capital Bikeshare student memberships, University van rentals, and parking enforcement.

Section 3: Housing and Dining

  • Dining Services

    Chartwells manages all dining location on campus including The Eatery residential dining
    program, Pryz Food Court, Murphy’s Grill, and Starbucks. Our goal is to provide our guests with
    pleasurable dining experiences, and to feature foods and events that will engage the campus

    Meal Plan Selection

    Students living off campus have the option to select any meal plan, or no meal plan at all. To
    select a meal plan, please login to your Cardinal Station portal. For assistance with accessing
    your portal or purchasing a plan, please contact Housing Services at CUA-housing@cua.edu or

    How Your Meal Plan Works

    • Meal Swipes are accepted at The Eatery and our Pryz Food Court locations. You are
      allotted a maximum of 3 meal swipes per day, with a maximum of 2 allotted at Pryz
      Food Court daily.
    • Meal Deals are available at our retail locations and are outlined at each participating
      location in Pryz Food Court. Meal Deals allow you to select a specific entrée, 1 or 2 sides,
      and a fountain beverage all for one Meal Exchange Swipe.
    • Dining Dollars are declining balance that can be used at any dining location on campus.
      They are useful for if you would like to purchase non-Meal Deal items, want a snack,
      have exceeded your meal swipes for the day, or are making a purchase where meal
      swipes are not accepted (Starbucks or The Pryz Market). Dining Dollars roll over from
      Fall to Spring but expire at the end of the academic school year. Dining Dollars will not
      carry over if you do not have a meal plan the following semester (Fall to Spring).
    • Weekly Meal Plans: Each Saturday evening meal plans reset, allotting you a new set of
      21, 10, or 7 meals every Sunday. Any unused meals from the previous week will expire.
    • Block Meal Plan: The block number you purchase is the amount of meals you will have
      for the entire semester. Any unused meals will expire at the end of the semester.
    Meal Plan Options
    • Weekly 21+ with 300 Dining Dollars................3,500.00
    • Weekly 21 with 200 Dining Dollars................3,400.00
    • Weekly 10 with 500 Dining Dollars................2,300.00
    • Weekly 7 with 400 Dining Dollars................1,775.00
    • Block 50 with 250 Dining Dollars................925.00
    • 575 Dining Dollars................575.00

    Dining Locations

    • The Pryz Market, Pryz 1 st floor
    • Pryz Food Court, Pryz 2 nd floor
      • Chick-fil-A
      • Which Wich Superior Subs
      • Burger 202
      • AFC Sushi
      • Grab Goodness (grab and go meals)
      • Chef’s Table (monthly student choice feature)
    • Starbucks, Pryz 3 rd floor
    • The Eatery, Pryz 3 rd Floor
      • All you care to eat dining hall with the following stations: salad bar, deli, home-style meal station, soup, grilled meals/comfort food, avoiding allergens, plant-based vegan, pizza, and dessert

    Allergens and Dietary Restrictions

    Our team is happy to help students with allergens and other dietary restrictions navigate their
    options for dining on campus. For questions or concerns, please contact our Registered
    Dietitian, Adam Sachs, at Adam.Sachs@compass-usa.com.

    Events and Promotions

    All students are welcomed and encouraged to attend. We host monthly events, both virtually
    and in person. Some events to watch out for are D.I.Y. series, Prime Selections premium
    dinners, Teaching Kitchen’s, themed meals, legacy events, and more! We also feature weekly
    limited time offers at our retail locations, and monthly promotions at our c-store, The Pryz
    Market. Our events and promotions for Fall 2021 will be published to our website at the before
    the start of the semester. Meal plan holders will also receive a weekly e-mail newsletter of all
    upcoming dining events and promotions. Following our Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook
    accounts are all great ways to stay in the know!

    Staying Connected

  • On and Off Campus Housing

    On-Campus Housing

    Living on-campus can be a cost effective and convenient option for graduate and law students attending Catholic University. Campus living allows students to concentrate on academics while providing easy access to dining facilities, the fitness center, and other student resources designed to enhance the student expereince.

    For Academic Year 2020-2021 there is limited space availability in campus housing for graduate and law students. Interested students should submit a Grad/Law Waitlist Application by logging onto Cardinal Station using your Username and Password and selecting the My Housing tile. New students should have received their Cardinal Station login information in the mail. If you have misplaced your Username and Password, please call the Technology Services Desk at (202) 319-4357 for assistance.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is included in the housing room rate?

    Comprehensive charges for all room rates include cable, laundry, and internet. Room rates are per semester, per student, and are available for review on the Enrollment Services website.

    Will I be living with undergraduates?

    Graduate and Law students will be assigned to single and double rooms and will primarily live with their peers. However, it is possible that some Juniors and Seniors may also be assigned to these communities, or that other class years will be assigned to other floors within the building, based on space availability

    What are the dates of occupancy?

    The residence halls open on August 28, 2021 for graduate/law students and close on December 19, 2021.  The halls re-open on January 9, 2022, and all students must check-out by May 8, 2022. Students can request to arrive early or stay late based on their academic class and finals schedule.

    What policies are in effect for Graduate/Law students living in campus housing?

    University policies, regulations, and expectations remain in effect in all assignments managed by the University regardless of class standing. The University Policies, Community Standards Guide, Housing Services Policies, and Residence Hall and Dining Services Agreement are valuable resources for understanding these policies.

    Is there housing for families?

    Unfortunately, on campus housing is only available for individuals. Housing Services encourages you to review the Off-Campus Housing Resources to find alternate accommodations to meet your needs.

    Off-Campus Housing

    Resources for off campus housing are available to graduate, law, and upperclass students. For more information, please visit the Office of Housing Services or the online Off Campus Housing Resource Center. The Off Campus Housing Resource Center includes links to our online property listing service, roommate search, community resources, short term housing, and religiously affiliated housing resources. If you have any questions about off-campus housing please contact the Office of Housing Services at (202) 319-5615 or cua-housing@cua.edu.

Section 4: Student Services

  • Banking

    The E&P Federal Credit Union - ATM located in Leahy Hall

    The Engraving & Printing Federal Credit Union has a branch office on campus in Leahy 180. For information about available accounts, visit http://www.epfcu.org.

    SunTrust Bank - ATMs located in Leahy Hall & The Pryzbyla Center & The Columbus School of Law

    SunTrust Bank operates a nearby branch located at 410 Rhode Island Ave. N.E. For more information about available accounts, call 202-526-7973 or visit https://www.suntrust.com. SunTrust Bank features the ATM Quest, Plus, AFFN,CIRRUS, VISA, Discover, AMEX, and MasterCard card systems.

  • Bookstore

    Barnes & Noble at the Catholic University of America
    625 Monroe St. NE, Washington, DC 20017

    Location and Store Hours

    Barnes and Noble at The Catholic University of America is located at 625 Monroe Street NE A3-A6 in the Monroe Street Market Development. BN at Catholic University features an expanded school spirit department, a large textbook and school supply area, a general reading department, and café.

    Summer Hours
    Monday - Saturday: 10:00am - 4:00pm
    Sunday: Closed

    Semester Hours (Starting Aug 22nd)
    Monday - Friday: 10:00am - 6:00pm
    Saturday: 10:00am - 4:00pm
    Sunday: Closed

    General Information

    At Barnes and Noble at The Catholic University of America we work hard to make sure that we are meeting your needs- from textbooks to CUA gifts and apparel. BN at Catholic University carries a wide range of items from school supplies to reference materials, small electronics to this week's bestselling novel, and of course a wide variety of spirit gear, gifts and accessories. You can find the same great selection both in our store, online at catholic.bncollege.com, and on the BNCollege app. If you prefer to shop from the comfort of your own home, you can place your order online, and then pick it up at the store or have it shipped right to you. Our staff is dedicated to providing you the best service possible to ensure you have exactly what you need for a successful college career.


    We offer numerous cost saving options for students to get what they need for less, including digital, used, and rental options on thousands of books. In addition to these cost saving measures, BN at Catholic University is proud to offer Price Matching with qualified books on Amazon and B&N.com. Order your books and supplies online and pick up in store or ship wherever you are learning.

    Payment Options

    BN at Catholic University accepts cash; Cardinal Cash or MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express as well as Barnes and Noble Gift Cards. Textbook purchases are fully returnable within one week of the first day of class accompanied by a receipt.

  • Pryzbyla Center

    Pryzbyla Center 202 / 202-319-5291 / pryzbyla.catholic.edu

    The Office of Events and Conference Services contributes to the enhancement of student life by serving the community through its diverse services, versatile facilities and student employment opportunities. The professional and student staff work closely with students, faculty, and staff to coordinate and support events for the campus community, and with external clients to accommodate conference needs and generate revenue for the university.

    Pryzbyla Center

    The Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center opened its doors in March 2003, and is named after an alumnus and donor to the university. The Pryz is a dynamic center of activity that includes several food service options, including Starbucks and Murphy's, several offices, including the Office of the Dean of Students, Campus Activities, the Center for Cultural Engagement, Disability Support Services, Housing, and Events and Conference Services are located in the Pryz as well as multiple student organization spaces. The center also offers information services, student lounges, programming venues, meeting spaces, storage lockers and opportunities for the campus community to connect with one another.

  • Technology Services

    Technology Service Desk 117 Leahy Hall / techsupport@cua.edu / https://technology.catholic.edu/

    Cardinal Credentials for Technology Access

    Each student has one Cardinal username that they use to access campus technology resources. The username portion of your credential looks like your last name possibly followed by an initial (e.g. thompsonq). Your username and password together are your Cardinal Credential. Your Cardinal Credential is used to log onto Cardinal Students, Cardinal Mail (Google Workspace), Cardinal Learn (Blackboard), the campus Wi-Fi network, campus computers and other services.

    When you matriculate from applicant to student, you need to change your Cardinal Credential password to gain access to all campus resources. You do this on the University website by browsing to password.catholic.edu.

    Your Cardinal Credential password expires after 180 days. You will receive an email message to both your Cardinal Mail account and the personal email account you specified in the Cardinal Students system that will remind you that your Cardinal Credential password will expire soon.

    Whenever you change your Cardinal Credential password, please be sure to update all your devices with the new password, e.g., on personally-owned computers, tablets, smartphones.



    Cardinal Station is a launch page from which you can access Cardinal Student and Cardinal Faculty and Staff. You can access Cardinal Station from anywhere on the Internet at cardinalstation.catholic.edu.

    Cardinal Students is the Catholic University system that allows you to perform student enrollment management self-service activities: register for classes, check your grades, change your contact information, and a wide range of other activities related to your academic records at the University.

    Cardinal Faculty and Staff is the Catholic University employee system that allows student employees to view pay stubs, and change your contact information.

    Cardinal Learn is the University's learning management system, powered by Blackboard. All students and faculty are automatically enrolled in courses as reflected in the Cardinal Students system. If you are a student and you do not see your classes in Blackboard, it could be because your instructor has not yet made the course available. Please check with him or her.

    Cardinal Mail is the Catholic University email and collaboration system. It is an implementation of Google Workspace for Education, a suite of Google apps, including Gmail, tailored specifically for schools and universities. Google Workspace provides email, groups, calendaring, file storage and sharing, office productivity apps, chat and more. Log onto Google Workspace at mail.google.com by entering your @cua.edu email address and your Cardinal Credential password.

    Zoom is the Catholic University video conferencing service for its community. Zoom is used in hybrid or virtual classroom instruction. Enrollment in Catholic University's Zoom is automatic for current students. You log onto Zoom with Google using your Cardinal Mail @cua.edu email address and your Cardinal Credential password at zoom.catholic.edu.


    Technology Policy

    The goal of technology policy at The Catholic University of America is to enhance the teaching, learning, and research environments. In the triangle of enhancement, compliance with applicable laws, and security, this enhancement is always uppermost in our thoughts. Security and privacy are extremely important, as they contribute to the stable and open environment required for academic inquiry. Compliance is also critical to the continued operations of the University.

    In its Technology Use Policy, Catholic University requires that all users of its technology resources do so in a responsible manner in accordance with standards of normal academic and professional ethics, University codes of conduct and policies, and all applicable laws and regulations. Please review this and other University Policies at policies.catholic.edu.


    Computer Labs and Internet Access

    Technology Services maintains a 24-hour computer lab located in 117 Leahy Hall. Other labs are available on campus as well. A high-speed fiber optic network links the entire campus, including all academic buildings and all residence halls, to the Internet. Wi-Fi access is provided in nearly all campus building locations including residence halls. Technology Services recommends using a wired connection wherever possible for greater speed and reliability, especially for hybrid instruction video conferencing.


    Personal Computers and Software

    While there is no computer requirement at Catholic University, most students do have a computing device, which helps with research and studying. The campus profile for student computers is about 50 percent Microsoft Windows and 50 percent Apple macOS. Catholic University has a website that provides discounts for Apple, Lenovo and Dell computers, tablets and Chromebooks. Students may also purchase software at discounted prices. Please visit technology.cua.edu to obtain more information on these programs.


    Technology Service Desk

    The campus technology Service Desk, located in 117 Leahy Hall, provides answers to computer and other information technology questions. The Service Desk is the best place to start for technology inquiries. Browse to the techsupport.catholic.edu web portal to view an extensive Knowledge Base or to submit a technology question or service request. You can also send email to techsupport@cua.edu for assistance. Service Desk walk-in hours are Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


    Admitted Student Packet

    Activate your Cardinal Credential account as soon as possible so that you can have access to your Cardinal Mail Google Workspace email and to campus technology services such as computer labs, campus Wi-Fi network, Cardinal Learn Blackboard learning management system and more. To do this, please change your password at password.catholic.edu. This will assert your new password on all of the above systems.

Section 5: Health and Medical

  • Student Health Services

    Eugene I. Kane Student Health and Fitness Center / 202-319-5744 / http://health.catholic.edu 

    Student Health Services operates an outpatient primary healthcare facility for students. In addition to providing medical care for illnesses and injuries, a team of medical professionals are actively involved in campus health education. The staff helps students better understand the nature and causes of medical problems and injuries, the importance of treatment and prevention. To promote lifelong wellness and to support academic success, students are encouraged to learn how to reduce their risk of disease and injury and to make appropriate lifestyle choices.


    Washington, DC requires all students under the age of 26 to submit documentation of their immunizations. The Catholic University of America is in compliance with this law. All students under the age of 26 are required to submit these records. Your information must be submitted through the student health portal. Please do not email or fax records directly to our office as they will not be entered. The student health portal is NOT the same as Cardinal Station.

    You will need to register for the student health portal to begin record submission. The address to register is https://catholic.studenthealthportal.com . You will use your University ID number as your username when you register and be asked to answer a few security questions. A temporary password will be sent to your email. After logging in with that you can create your own password. Please use your University email to make sure you receive the email with the temporary password.

    After registering for the portal, follow the following instructions to submit your records.

    • Log into the portal using your username (University ID number) and password
    • At the top of the screen, you will see a tool bar, please click on the FORMS tab. You will see a form listed as "Immunization History for Portal"
    • Click on this and open it. Enter the dates of your vaccines from the vaccine document you should have into the matching blanks (for instance, enter the dates from your MMR vaccine in the record you have into the MMR spaces in the form)
    • After you enter ALL your dates, hit SUBMIT at the bottom of the form.
    • Look at the top toolbar again, you will see "Document Upload. Click this and you will see a drop down and click "immunizations" and UPLOAD your personal vaccine document.
    • You must complete both entering the dates into the form and uploading the supporting vaccine record to complete the record submission.

    The required immunizations are:

    • 2 MMR vaccines with the first vaccine on or after the first birthday (or a blood test documenting immunity to measles, mumps and rubella)
    • 3 Hepatitis B vaccines (or a blood test documenting immunity)
    • Varicella vaccines (first one on or after the first birthday) or history of the illness or blood test documenting immunity
    • Tdap vaccine within the past 10 years. Please check your Tdap date. If it was given more than 10 years ago it will not be accepted and your records will be incomplete.

    Please make sure you have received all required immunizations and submit them correctly.

    If your record is incomplete or not submitted by the due date, you will be charged a $100 late fee. The due dates are noted on the Student Health Services web site.

    Noncompliance of Immunization Requirement

    A student who has not provided documentation of immunity to Student Health Services as required by this policy jeopardizes their continued enrollment at the University. A restrictive hold will be placed on that student's account on the add/drop deadline date preventing registration for the following semester until the above noted documentation has been provided.

    Student Health Services Staff

    The Student Health Services staff includes a board-certified family physician and three Board Certified Nurse Practitioners. The staff also includes an office manager, two Registered Nurses. There are always at least two health care providers available to see patients Monday through Friday during business hours.

    Student Health Services Hours of Operation

    Student Health Services is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and again from 1:00 p.m. to 5 p.m. We are also open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for sick visits. It is understood that students have schedules to keep and given this, students are encouraged to make appointments whenever possible. Appointments can be made by phone or on line through the patient portal. Emergencies are always given priority. Service is provided for all medical problems from the most mundane to the more complex. Should a specialty referral be necessary, we work closely with many local specialists for referrals. Student Health Services is a "specialist" in caring for the college-age population and promotes wellness through counseling and education regarding positive health behaviors.

    After-hour options

    After-hours coverage is provided by the family physicians at Fort Lincoln Family Medicine Center. If a student has a medical problem or injury that cannot wait until routine office hours, the student should call the Providence Hospital operator at 202-269-7000 and identify himself or herself as a Catholic University student. The family practice physician will either give phone advice, advise them to follow up at SHS when we open or ask the student to report to the emergency room at Providence Hospital. The student may also choose to visit any local emergency room of their choice. These instructions are on the Student Health Services answering machine and website, health.cua.edu.

    Fees and Billing

    There is no charge to be seen at Student Health Services. There are, however, fees for on-site lab testing, nebulization treatments and certain medical supplies. These fees are billed to student accounts. All full time students are required by the university to have health insurance coverage. Health insurance is not required for visits to Student Health Services but is required for any lab or X-ray studies requested by the physician or nurse practitioner. Any medical care received outside of Student Health Services is the responsibility of the student. Check the details of your health insurance coverage. All students need to have a duplicate or a photocopy of their insurance card. All students, regardless of their insurance carrier, are eligible to be seen at Student Health Services.

    Emergency Notifications

    When students have a significant illness or injury, they are encouraged to sign a consent form that gives the Student Health Services staff permission to speak with their families. If the student desires, a call can be initiated to their parents.


    All health service records are confidential. No medical information will be released, either verbally or in writing, without the patient's written permission. This restriction on information release applies to parents, faculty and university staff. Student Health Services does not have an overnight infirmary. If a student is felt to be too ill to return to the residence halls, he or she will be referred to the emergency room. The provider will request the student's permission to contact the Dean of Student's office, and the student is encouraged to contact their parent or emergency contact.


    Student Health Services has a limited on site pharmacy. We stock many over the counter medications as well as some few generic prescription medications. This is provided as a convenience to students that are seen at Student Health Services and prescribed medications by the health care provider. These medications will be billed to the student account. Due to HIPAA regulations, we are not able to use pharmacy insurance coverage. We do not serve as a free standing pharmacy that outside providers can fax or send prescriptions to. A student can always get a prescription from the provider that sees them and have the prescription at the pharmacy of their choice.


    Where is SHS located?
    We are in the Kane Student Wellness and Fitness Building which is located to the north side of the Law School, behind Aquinas

    What are the hours?
    We are open Monday through Friday from 9 am-5 pm and Saturday (sick visits only) from 9 am-1 pm. We are closed most University holidays.

    How do I make an appointment?
    Our phone number is 202-319-5744 or you can register for the patient portal using this link https://catholic.studenthealthportal.com/Account/Logon and use the on line appointment scheduling.

    Who are the health care providers?
    There is a board certified Family Medicine physician and three board certified Advanced Practice Nurses (AKA Nurse Practitioner) on staff

    Can graduate and Law students be seen there?
    ALL Catholic University students are eligible to be seen. Undergraduate, graduate, full time, part time, on and off campus

    I do not have the insurance through the University, can I still be seen?
    We do not bill insurance as the University is not HIPAA compliant. It doesn't matter what your insurance is, you can be seen. We will ask for your insurance information in case we need to make a referral or send out labs.

    What is the copay or office visit charge?
    There is NO CHARGE, it is FREE, COSTS YOU NADA

    Can the providers write for prescriptions?
    YES, YES and YES

    What can I be seen for?
    Student Health Services is staffed by board certified health care professionals. We can see you for anything you would typically go to your primary care provider for from a head injury all the way down to athlete's foot!

    Will my information be shared with anyone?
    All visits are TOTALLY confidential. We can only communicate with family members, other providers or other individuals at the University if given your written permission.

    Do you have a pharmacy?
    We have an on-site pharmacy so we can dispense medications as needed to patients. It is limited and the charges will be billed to your student account.

  • Student Medical Insurance



    Medical Insurance is required for all students who are billed for 12 or more credits (domestic) and all international students. Unless a waiver is submitted online prior to the deadline, students will be enrolled. Evidence of alternate coverage must be provided through the online waiver process in order to avoid a charge being placed on your tuition bill. The University does not require that students participate in a particular plan, but another plan must meet certain minimum requirements that differ for domestic and international students. Instructions can be found on the student insurance web page. The fee for the student medical insurance will be placed on the student's tuition bill. The charge will only be removed if they go through the waiver process or they do not fall within the required category as discussed above.

    Required students who do not complete the online waiver process will be automatically enrolled in the Catholic University student medical insurance and will be billed accordingly. Domestic students who are billed for a minimum of one credit may voluntarily choose to enroll in the Aetna plan by enrolling here. The charge will be placed on the student's tuition bill.

    Students who are covered by an outside plan should make sure to waive enrollment online. Please note that students not enrolled for courses as a Graduate, Undergraduate, or Law School student are not eligible to enroll in the student medical insurance; even if on an approved medical or academic leave. If a student enrolls online, they will be removed from coverage without notification. Students who are approved for a medical or academic leave of absence 31 days after the start of the semester will remain covered under the plan for the policy year.

    The Catholic University of America’s student health insurance is underwritten by Aetna Student Health. The plan provides coverage from August 14, 2020 through August 13, 2021. The fee for medical coverage is $3,988.

Section 6: Safety and Security

  • Department of Public Safety

    120 Leahy Hall / 202-319-5111 / TTY 202-319-5736 / publicsafety.catholic.edu

    The Department of Public Safety provides comprehensive programs, including security patrol and safety escorts, to maintain a safe and secure campus environment that is conducive to learning, working, living and visiting. A staff of trained professionals, including commissioned special police officers, focuses on crime prevention and investigation, safety education, emergency preparedness, response and recovery. Services are coordinated closely with federal and local law enforcement agencies. Safety education and awareness programs are conducted for students throughout the academic year. The department works closely with other student life services to implement initiatives to support healthy individual and community living and learning.

    The Department has the primary responsibility for the personal and property safety program for the campus, but may extend services to Theological College, investment properties and leased facilities as determined and approved by executive management.

    Public Safety Customer Service Center

    This office is responsible for providing customer service for the Department of Public Safety. Members assigned to the Customer Service Center handle all lost and found property for the University. Often individuals will visit the Customer Service Center to make reports, request information, or seek assistance.

    "Safety First, Safety Always" Campaign

    At The Catholic University of America, the safety and well being of students, faculty, staff and visitors is the number one priority for the Department of Public Safety. However, the campus is not a sanctuary and like most communities in urban America, crime does not stop at the campus border. Education and awareness are key factors in the ability to maintain the safety of our campus and every individual should take an active role to ensure his or her own safety. The administration is committed, to creating the safest possible environment for the Catholic University community.

    Frequently Occurring Crimes on Campus

    Opportunity theft is the most frequently occurring crime on campus and yet the most preventable. Crimes of opportunity occur as a direct result of property being left unsecured and unattended. Regular meetings are held to advise members of the campus community about the problem of opportunity theft. At these meetings, public safety personnel provide instructions on protecting personal property and steps to take in the event that they are victimized. The Campus Watch Program plays a major role in addressing opportunity theft. Faculty, staff and students participate as watch captains. Watch captains are located in every residence hall and administrative building on campus. Crime alerts and safety information are transmitted to watch captains, who then disseminate the information to individuals in their area.

    Campus Crime Statistics

    The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (The Clery Act) is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose certain timely and annual information about campus crime and security policies. This information can be found in The Catholic University of America, Department of Public Safety Annual Report. The Annual Report is available on the DPS Website, or a hard copy can be obtained at Leahy Hall, room 121.

    Department of Public Safety Services

    • Security / Personal Safety Meetings
    • Rape Aggression Defense System
    • Criminal Investigations
    • Campus Watch Program
    • Crime Alerts
    • Emergency Telephones
    • Public Safety Customer Service Center
    • Lost and Found

    Safety Awareness

    • Never take your personal safety for granted.
    • Never prop open exterior doors of residence halls and buildings.
    • Lock room doors, offices and other student and employee workspaces when leaving for a short period.
    • Carry keys and your Catholic University identification card at all times and never lend them to anyone.
    • Use the university shuttle, loop bus and escort service during evening hours and particularly when traveling alone.
    • Park your vehicle in a well-lit area and keep locked at all times.
    • Never leave valuables in plan view inside a vehicle.
    • Report suspicious persons and activities immediately to the Department of Public Safety by calling 202 319-5111 or by using the emergency telephone system.
    • Never leave keys and other valuables visible in rooms, offices, labs and study areas.
    • Never remain alone in isolated or unoccupied areas, including classrooms, libraries and other buildings. When such use is required, special arrangements must be made with the Department of Public Safety.
  • Emergency Preparedness Response and Recovery

    The Catholic University of America maintains an emergency response plan designed to address the issues of preparation, response and recovery for all emergencies. During university emergencies the Department of Public Safety provides for the safety of students, staff, faculty and visitors and the security of property. Emergency Support Functions (ESFs) have been identified to accomplish the mission of handling emergencies in a manner consistent with the District Response Plan (DRP). The department manages and coordinates law enforcement activities and provides personnel, equipment, and security in support of the university ESFs. Each ESF is managed by a professional level staff member. Mitigation, preparedness and training are ongoing activities.

    Emergency Preparedness

    Additional resources may be found at:
    -Safety First
    -Department of Public Safety

    University Emergency Plan

    The university maintains an updated emergency preparedness and response plan that identifies potential emergency scenarios and establishes trained personnel, systems, processes, policies, procedures and alternative facilities to effectively respond to and recover from an emergency. An interdisciplinary team of professionals monitors and updates the action and response plan, in collaboration with local and federal organizations and other institutions. In the event of an emergency, proper and timely action is taken to protect the health and welfare of all members of the campus community and guests and to protect against threats or actions that could undermine the safety of persons or property. Appropriate updates regarding a significant emergency situation are made available to the campus community and parents via the University Website.

    Questions about this policy or about the University's emergency preparedness, response and recovery initiatives and duties should be directed to the Associate Vice President for Public Safety and Emergency Management, or the Associate Director of Public Safety, at tel. (202) 319-5111. Questions regarding environmental health and safety, including fire safety, should be directed to the Senior Director of Environmental Health and Safety and Risk Management, at tel. (202) 319-5789. Please visit https://health.catholic.edu/ to learn how we are keeping our community safe in the midst of COVID-19.

Section 7: Financial Information

  • Student Accounts

    Office of Enrollment Services / Father O'Connell Hall, Rm. W203 / 202-319-5300 (toll free: 800-787-0242) / enrollmentservices.cua.edu / cua-enrollmentservices@cua.edu

    Billing and Payment Plans

    For additional information about student account services, visit the website of the Office of Enrollment Services at enrollmentservices.cua.edu. The Office of Enrollment Services can also be contacted via telephone at 202-319-5300 (toll free at 1-800-787-0242) or via email at cua-enrollmentservices@cua.edu.

    Statement of Financial Responsibility

    All students are required to read and agree to the university's Statement of Financial Responsibility. Students will be prompted to complete this requirement in Cardinal Station before registering for courses for their first semester. The Statement of Financial Responsibility can be accessed via the Student Account tile in Cardinal Students.

    Billing and Due Dates

    Students are billed tuition and other fees on a term-by-term basis. The first account statement for the fall term will be available in CardinalPAY in mid-July and the first account statement for the spring term will be available in mid-December. Charges are due in full at the start of each semester except for amounts budgeted to be paid through the optional monthly payment plan (see below section).

    Keep in mind that account balances may change throughout the term as payments and/or additional charges are assessed to accounts. Be sure to review each account statement in CardinalPAY as it becomes available to determine whether any balance is due. Account activity can also be viewed via the Student Account tile in Cardinal Students. Student accounts with past-due balances are subject to registration/transcript holds, late fees, and interest charges.

    Cardinal Pay

    Students must retrieve their Cardinal Students credentials and then proceed to login to their account. Please visit https://webapp.catholic.edu/password/index.html to create a password. Account statements are generated electronically and are available for viewing by students and Authorized Payers in Cardinal Pay. The Cardinal Pay website also allows students and Authorized Payers to make online payments via e-check or credit/debit card (MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover). There is a 2.75% service fee for credit and debit card payments.

    Students who wish to grant other individuals access to their account information (including notification of monthly statements) must establish those individuals as Authorized Payers in Cardinal Pay. Instructions for setting up this access are available at http://enrollmentservices.cua.edu/Student-Financial-Information/CardinalPayStudents.cfm. Parents will not receive notification of billing statements unless their student has set up this access in Cardinal Pay.

    Once account statements are available for viewing, e-mail notification will be sent to students and Authorized Payers. Student can also elect to receive text notifications via the Actions: Manage Notifications menu in Cardinal Pay.

    Students who anticipate that they will receive a refund due to overpayment of their account are encouraged to sign up for direct deposit in Cardinal Pay.

    Payment Plans

    Catholic University offers a monthly payment option to students who are unable to pay their out-of-pocket balance in full at the start of the semester.  Students who are enrolled in a payment plan sufficient to cover their out-of-pocket balance are exempted from financial penalties and account holds.  The only charge for the plan is a $40 service fee paid at the time of enrollment.  Payment plans are offered in 3, 4, and 5 month options for the fall and spring semester and in a 3 month option for the summer term.  After the add/drop period has concluded each semester payment plans will "auto-balance" to ensure that all remaining scheduled monthly payments will fully cover the balance due.  Students can enroll in a payment plan by logging into Cardinal Students, selecting the Student Account tile followed by the Payment Plan option and then following the on-screen prompts.

    Refund of Charges

    Refund Policy

    The Refund of Student Charges policy can be found here: http://policies.cua.edu/enrollment/refund/RefundStudentCharges.cfm

    Refunds are based on total charges billed, not on payments made. Application fees and registration deposits are non-refundable.


    A complete withdrawal from the University may impact a student's financial aid. Students are encouraged to consult the Financial Aid website prior to initiating the withdrawal process.

    Tuition Refund Plan

    Given the substantial financial commitment that students and their families make to pay for an education at CUA, the University offers a voluntary insurance program designed to protect that investment should a student need to withdraw from the University for medical reasons. For more information, visit http://enrollmentservices.cua.edu/Student-Financial-Information/Refunds.cfm.

  • Student Financial Services

    Office of Student Financial Assistance
    Father O'Connell Hall, M300
    (local) 202-319-5307 / (toll-free) 888-635-7788 / (fax) 202-319-5573
    Visit financial-aid.catholic.edu/index.html for the latest updates and information regarding fianncial aid.

    Things to know about finances at Catholic University

    • The Office of Student Financial Assistance can help you obtain Federal Direct Loans, Graduate Plus Loans, as well as Private Commercial Loans
    • Graduate scholarships, teaching assistantships, and stipend decisions are made by the graduate school in which you are enrolled
    • Graduate scholarships, teaching assistantships, and stipends will appear in Cardinal Station when the Office of Student Financial Assistance has been notified by your Graduate School.

    Financial Aid and Tuition Bill

    • Awards must be accepted or declined online in Cardinal Students
    • Funds from Catholic University scholarships and grants are credited to the student's account at the beginning of the fall, spring, or summer semester
    • The Office of Student Financial Assistance should be notified as soon as possible of any reductions a student wishes to make to loan amounts.
    • Refunds for students with federal student aid credit balances are processed within 14 days of date the credit balance was created, per federal regulation. Additional refund information can be found at Enrollment Services

    Application Process for Federal Financial Aid

    • In order to apply for need-based aid and or loan, we strongly suggest that students submit the application electronically at https://fafsa.ed.gov. The Catholic University of America's Federal Title IV School Code is 001437. You can add Catholic University's Title IV code to your current FAFSA at https://fafsa.ed.gov. Please contact your respective departments regarding merit-based aid/funding.
    • When Financial Aid receives your FAFSA, your aid eligibility will be packaged and appear in Cardinal Station
    • An award letter will be mailed to the home address we have on file for you. You are responsible for making sure your address is correct.

    How Loans Are Credited to Your Account

    • Federal Direct Loan funds are transferred electronically to your Catholic University account
    • Most commercial loans are completed electronically however, if you have a Commerical Loan that utilizes paper check, you must visit the Enrollment Services and endorse the check from your lender
    • If you have a Perkins Loan, it is credited to your account electronically after you sign the master promissory note online with our loan servicer UAS at www.signmyloan.com

    Federal Direct Loans


    Work-study is not automatically awarded to graduate students

    • If you are interested in a work study position contact The Office of Student Financial Assistance for a determination of eligibility
    • Work-study is based on the financial information on your FAFSA
    • Work-study funds are paid directly to the student through work-study employment. They are never applied to the student's bill.
    • Graduates can work on campus or in the community service programs DC Reads or Jumpstart
    • Any available jobs are listed in the Office of Career Services in 102 McMahon Hall and on the Career Services Website.

Section 8: General Information