Catholic University of America
Established as a papally chartered graduate and research center, The Catholic University of America officially opened as an institution of higher education on Nov. 13, 1889.It is the only National University of the Catholic Church in the United States. The Catholic University of America is unique among universities in the United States — even among Catholic universities. It is because it was specifically founded by the Catholic bishops of the United States, with a charter from then Pope Leo XIII, to be the national university of the Catholic Church in America. It seeks to cultivate a new generation of Catholic Minds, to find new and exciting ways to apply the inexhaustible resources of the Catholic intellectual tradition, and to take the best thinking of Catholic Minds, past and present, to help solve the problems of contemporary life and enrich the culture around it. The Catholic University of America is unique as the national university of the Catholic Church and as the only higher education institution founded by the U.S. bishops.
The University began offering undergraduate education in 1904. It has approximately 6,838 students – about 3,694 undergraduates and 3,144 graduate students — enrolled in 12 schools of architecture and planning, arts and sciences, business and economics, canon law, engineering, law, professional studies, music, nursing, philosophy, social service, and theology and religious studies. All of the schools offer graduate degrees and/or professional degrees. Students choose from among 72 bachelor's programs, 103 master's programs and 66 doctoral programs.
The Catholic University of America is the largest college campus in Washington, DC. It’s location in Washington, D.C., makes this possible. It’s students live and learn on a 176-acre residential campus – the largest and greenest in the city. It’s Brookland neighbourhood, with restaurants and retail shops adjacent to campus, is the perfect complement to on-campus living.
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