The Catholic University of America


The Catholic University of America (CUA) is unique in that we are the only national university of the Catholic Church in the United States and the sole higher education institution founded by the Catholic bishops of the United States. Founded in 1887 in Washington, D.C. as a center for graduate study, CUA has evolved into a modern American university, committed not only to graduate, but also to undergraduate and professional education. The University is dedicated to advancing the dialogue between faith and reason, seeking to discover, preserve and impart truth through excellence in teaching and research, all in service to the Church, the nation, and the world.

The Catholic University has more than 40 research centers, institutes, and interdisciplinary collaborative arrangements currently in place, and is home to approximately 7,000 students from 50 states and 85 countries. The University is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and 97 percent of the full-time faculty have doctoral or terminal degrees in their fields. Our School of Social Work, National Catholic School of Social Service, is ranked #1 by Social Work Degree Guide’s 35 Best Value Christian Colleges with CSWE-accredited Programs.

Rankings and Awards
Ranked in the top 50 in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools of Social Work, 2017.

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