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. And it’s not just because we’re located minutes from the heart of the nation’s capital in Washington, D.C.

It is because we were 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.

We seek 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 us.