The Catholic University of America is a four-year private university located in Washington, D.C. The university has about 6,700 students, 3,500 of whom are undergraduates. It is the only institution of higher education in the United States founded by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and it is considered a “pontifical university.” It was established as a center of graduate research in 1887, and was approved by Pope Leo XIII on Easter Sunday of that year. The university began accepting undergraduate students in 1904.
The university is built on a tradition of Catholic study and academic rigor in programs ranging from philosophy to social work to architecture and more. The university offers undergraduate degrees in 72 programs, master’s degrees in 103 programs, and doctoral or terminal degrees in 66 programs. It is located in the Brookland neighborhood of D.C., an area that features 60 catholic institutions, including the Dominican House of Studies and Trinity Washington University. The neighborhood is often referred to as “Little Rome.”