With four distinctly beautiful seasons, the 176-acre campus of The Catholic University of America offers a welcoming and residential home year-round. From the pink cherry blossoms in the spring to the snow forts on the University Mall in the winter, students get to experience a full range of seasons on our Washington, D.C., campus.
Our large residential campus is especially vibrant in the fall. The trees turn bright crimson and brilliant yellow. The weather becomes ideal for hanging out at outdoor campus events or for hopping on the Metro and exploring Washington, D.C. Take just one look around the campus during this colorful season and you’ll find it easy to fall for CatholicU.
With its multicolored trees and open spaces, Catholic University’s campus is a beautiful setting for outdoor activities and chatting with friends as you walk between classes.
The view from the floor-to-ceiling windows on the Edward J. Przybyla University Center’s top level provides a beautiful background for students who use the space to study.
The Catholic University football team takes to the field. The University sponsors 25 varsity programs.
The trees between the Przybyla Center and the Mullen Library are especially breathtaking in late October. They add an autumnal feeling to the center of campus.
Students talk to representatives of one of CatholicU’s 100+ student organizations at Fall Fest, an annual event where students can learn more about different organizations.
Bright yellow trees line the sidewalk between the Edward M. Crough Center for Architectural Studies and the Pryzbyla Center.
Some Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist pose with children dressed up as Catholic figures at CatholicU’s Halloween on Campus event.
Crimson trees greet visitors as they enter the Office of Admission located in Father O’Connell Hall.
The Catholic University women's soccer team prepares for a match.
Catholic University’s beautiful orange trees frame the dome of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Catholic University’s next-door neighbor and a favorite spot for Mass and private prayer
Winter brings unique beauty to Catholic University’s campus. Snow-covered hills give the campus a magical look. Christmas events light up the season and add an abundance of cheer to student life. Despite the cold weather, CatholicU’s campus in the winter provides warmth and welcome to students and visitors alike.
Falling snow turns campus into a winter wonderland.
The Catholic University men's basketball team is exciting to watch during their winter season.
Just after an overnight snowfall, the campus’s hills are covered in smooth blankets of snow.
Snow makes walking between classes a unique, exciting experience.
When the campus gets enough snow, some students use their days off to build snow forts.
Student fans cheer on their Cardinals despite the cold temperatures.
Take Note, one of CatholicU’s a capella groups, sings at Light the Season, an annual event that inaugurates the campus’s Christmas festivities and celebrates the lighting of the University Christmas tree.
The Catholic University Symphony Orchestra stands to bow after a performance at the Annual Christmas Concert for Charity at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
Students transport lanterns at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America as part of their service work on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.
The Mary, Seat of Wisdom statue outside of Caldwell Hall is a favorite stop for students to pray or simply admire the beauty of the statue and the surrounding campus.
In late winter, small flowers start to bud on the trees near the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
Spring bursts onto campus with warmer weather and a splash of color. CatholicU in springtime is abuzz with activity. Students populate the University Mall to study for exams or take a break to play Frisbee. Excitement is in the air as cherry blossoms bloom and end-of-semester festivities like Cardinalpalooza and Commencement approach.
Spring brings gorgeous blooms on trees all around campus.
A pair of students meets to study amid the fresh blooming plants.
Once the weather warms up, students take advantage of the vast green spaces on campus to get some outdoor studying done.
Catholic University's campus features many scenic views during springtime.
Students ride the Metro a few stops down to the National Mall to check out the Cherry Blossom Festival held every year in Washington, D.C.
As the weather warms up, many professors hold class outdoors.
Catholic University's rugby players are packed tightly into a scrum. CatholicU offers an array of intramural and recreational club sports.
Every spring Catholic University hosts an Easter celebration for the Catholic University community, filled with games, face painting, and an egg hunt.
Trees are once again filled with leaves across the many green spaces on campus.
The grass in front of the Pryzybya Center, nicknamed "The Pryz," is a popular spot for pick-up games.
Students let loose at Cardinalpalooza to enjoy the last day of classes with free food, games, live performances, and fireworks.
Campus becomes a bit more active on warm, sunny spring days.
Spring comes to an end with Commencement, a gathering of friends and family to recognize the accomplishments of the graduating class.
Catholic University is a little quieter while most students are away for the summer, but there is much preparation to do for the upcoming year. Tour groups of new and prospective students stroll though campus, orientation advisors prepare to welcome the new freshman class, and students take some time to relax in the sun before classes start back up.
Students who stick around for the summer enjoy a quiet, relaxing campus during the warm months in Washington, D.C.
The University Mall provides ample space for soaking in the sun or cooling off in the shade.
With most students off campus, schools and departments host summer institute programs for high school students.
Campus tours are still underway for admitted and prospective students.
Grab lunch and an iced coffee from the many shops and restaurants right next to campus in the Brookland neighborhood.
The team of student orientation advisors prepares to welcome the new class of freshmen to Catholic University.
Come August, students start moving into one of nine on-campus residence halls.
With the fall semester starting, students enjoy the last moments of warm summer nights with activites like a movie on the Pryzbyla Lawn.
New students celebrate the first day of classes as temperatures start to cool and days begin to shorten.