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 Catholic University 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 Catholic University experience and making it everything you have dreamed. All of this starts with Orientation.

Orientation 2020 will begin with move-in on Thursday, August 27 and conclude on Sunday, August 30. Sessions for families will conclude on the evening of Friday, August 28. 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, 2020. Please register by August 1. Detailed instructions for how to register through Cardinal Students can be found here.

An additional orientation session hosted by the Office of International Student and Scholar Services will be offered for international students on Wednesday, August 26. For more information please visit our Student & Parent Guide under the "When to Arrive" section.

Over the course of the summer you will receive information from Orientation and other University offices. 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 Catholic Univeresity experience. Please do not hesitate to contact us for assistance via phone at 202-319-5627 or via e-mail at

We look forward to meeting you in August!

Steve Kreider
Director, Office of Campus Activities