Dear New Students,

Welcome to Catholic University!  This is a very exciting time for you and your family. The next couple of months will go by very quickly and soon you will be taking your place as a student at Catholic University. Here at CUA, you will develop yourself, shaping your intellect, and learning to accept the challenges of a committed citizen who serves others. We hope that you will challenge yourself and lead others, taking responsibility for your CUA experience and making it everything you have dreamed. All of this starts with Orientation.

Orientation 2021 is scheduled to begin with move-in on Thursday, August 26, and conclude on Sunday, August 29. Sessions for families will conclude on the evening of Friday, August 27. This four-day orientation program is designed to address basic transitional needs and provide you with an understanding of student services and resources. A more detailed schedule will be posted here later in the summer.

Registration for Orientation opens on June 1, 2021. Please register by August 1. Detailed instructions for how to register through Cardinal Students is available in the Student & Family Guide.

Additional Orientation sessions will be offered for International Students, First-Generation College Students, and Students with disabilities on Wednesday, August 25. Please contact these offices for more information. 

  • International Students – International Student & Scholar Services
  • First-Generation College Students (Take Flight Program) – Center for Cultural Engagement
  • Students with Disabilities (Smart Start Program) – Disability Support Services

Over the course of the summer, you will receive information from Orientation and other University offices and you will be enrolled in a brand new online orientation program called “Becoming A Cardinal” that will begin in June. Please review each item carefully for deadlines. The Catholic University of America is preparing for your arrival and we are ready to address your questions and assist with your transition. 

Our staff is here to help you in your CUA experience. Please do not hesitate to contact us for assistance via phone at 202-319-5627 or via e-mail at cua-orientation@cua.edu.

We look forward to meeting you in August!

 

Sincerely,

Steve Kreider

Director, Office of Campus Activities