Catholic University of America

The Catholic University of America (CUA) is a private Catholic university in Washington, D.C. It is a pontifical university of the Catholic Church in the United States and the only institution of higher education founded by U.S. Catholic bishops.[7] Established in 1887 as a graduate and research center following approval by Pope Leo XIII on Easter Sunday,[8] the university began offering undergraduate education in 1904, and is classified among "R2: Doctoral Universities – High research activity".[9] Its campus is adjacent to the Brookland neighborhood, known as "Little Rome", which contains 60 Catholic institutions, including Trinity Washington University, the Dominican House of Studies, and Archbishop Carroll High School, as well as the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

Catholic University of America
MottoDeus Lux Mea Est (Latin)
Motto in English
God Is My Light
TypePrivate
EstablishedApril 10, 1887; 134 years ago (1887-04-10)
Religious affiliation
Catholic
Academic affiliations
ACCU
ORAU
CUWMA
NDEA (international affiliate)
Endowment$276.1 million (2020)[1]
ChancellorHis Eminence, Wilton Cardinal Gregory
PresidentJohn H. Garvey
ProvostAaron Dominguez
Academic staff
793[2]
Students5,771[2]
Undergraduates3,279[2]
Postgraduates2,492[2]
Location
CampusUrban (Residential Zone); 176 acres (71 ha)[3]
ColorsGold and white (academic)[4][5]
   
Red and black (athletics)[6]
   
NicknameCardinals
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division IIILandmark Conference, NEWMAC (football)
MascotCardinal
Websitecatholic.edu

CUA's programs emphasize the liberal arts, professional education, and personal development. The school stays closely connected with the Catholic Church and Catholic organizations. The residential U.S. cardinals put on the American Cardinals Dinner each year to raise scholarship funds. The university has a long history of working with the Knights of Columbus; its law school and basilica have dedications to the involvement and support of the Knights.