The Catholic University of America

The Catholic University of America, founded in 1887 by the U.S. Catholic bishops with the support of Pope Leo XIII, serves as the (one and only) national university of the Catholic Church in the United States.


We engage each other

and the world from our 176-acre campus, three miles north of the U.S. Capitol.

We stand together

scholars, teachers and students — across 12 schools and 22 research facilities.

We seek knowledge

more than 60 undergraduate degrees, 78 master's degrees, and 45 doctoral degrees.

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Upcoming Events

  • Mass of the Holy Spirit

    Mass of the Holy Spirit

    Thursday, Sept. 8, 12:10 to 1:30 p.m.

    The Mass of the Holy Spirit — which draws heavy attendance by students, faculty, and staff — marks the official start of the academic year at Catholic University, a practice that goes back to the universities of medieval Europe.

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True education enables us to love life and opens us to the fullness of life.

Pope Francis