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Discover The Catholic University of America, home of the Cardinals

We are a leading research University with a vibrant undergraduate community. Our residential campus is large, green, and beautiful — and just minutes from downtown Washington, D.C.

We have a storied history. Founded more than 130 years ago by the U.S. Catholic bishops, Catholic University is the one and only national university of the Catholic Church in the United States. We are a welcoming, faith-filled community guided by academic rigor, committed to social justice, and engaged in high-energy student life.

Female student standing on green lawn. Text reads Students Cardinals

Size and Shape: Come in all different shapes and sizes with many different thoughts, opinions, and interests.

Color Pattern: Cardinal students come in all colors and are frequently seen wearing red and black to show their school spirit.

Behavior: Adventurous, friendly, and altruistic. Loud when cheering for their fellow Cardinals!

Habitat: Can be found lounging in their residence halls, enjoying an iced coffee at the Pryzbyla Center, or cramming in Mullen Library. Frequently flying the coop, they can be seen throughout Washington, D.C.

Red, the Cardinal mascot standing on a green lawn. Text reads Read the Cardinal.

Size and Shape: Large, long-tailed mascot with big yellow feet.

Color Pattern: Brilliant red all over with a yellow beak and black detail.

Behavior: Knows how to work a crowd. Eager to welcome new students to campus. Loves to pose for selfies. Always smiling.

Habitat: Often seen in the stands leading Cardinal cheers. Gravitates to shady spots on campus. Likes big events, where he is the center of attention.

Discover Classes that Engage You

Discover Classes that Engage You

We have 12 schools and more than 70 degree programs. Our small classes are taught by scholars at the forefront of their fields with national and international recognition — who view their greatest role as being mentors to students.

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The D.C. Advantage

The D.C. Advantage

Catholic University is located in the heart of Washington, D.C., which gives students access to unique internships and chances to explore cultural institutions of all kinds.

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Engage in Student Life

Engage in Student Life

We offer plenty of options for a vibrant residential college experience. There are events every week: performing arts, sporting events, lectures, fundraisers, service days, fairs, retreats, dances, game nights, concerts, and more.

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Take Flight with Us

At Catholic University, you’ll join a diverse group of scholars who embrace community, look for meaning in all aspects of life, and are excited to take on new challenges.