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Answers to Common Questions

Prospective Students

Admissions and Financial Aid


Opportunities at CUA

Student Support Services

Admissions and Financial Aid

When are application deadlines?

The application deadline for Regular Decision applicants is February 15. More important Admissions dates are available here.

How do I schedule a campus visit?

Information about tours, interviews, and open houses is available here. You can also click here to schedule a visit.

What does it cost to attend CUA?

Information about tuition, room and board, fees, and other costs is available on the Financial Aid website.

How can I find out about scholarships and financial aid?

Information about scholarships and financial aid is available on the Financial Aid website. The Admissions website also offers information on financial aid, including applications for scholarships and grants.

Does CUA accept AP and IB credits?

CUA accepts Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate credits based on the following criteria:

Advanced Placement

  1. The AP course and credit must be in an area approved by the appropriate faculty at CUA.
  2. The AP score must be approved by the CUA faculty.
  3. The AP credit must fit into the student's overall academic program at CUA.
  4. The AP course without the AP test, but graded on an official transcript from a college or university, will not be transferred to CUA.
  5. The official report of the AP scores from the College Board must be sent directly to CUA.

International Baccalaureate

  1. The student must have completed the entire IB program and earned the IB Diploma.
  2. The IB course and credit must be in an area approved by the appropriate faculty at CUA.
  3. The IB score must be approved by the CUA faculty.
  4. The IB credit must fit into the student's overall academic program at CUA.
  5. The official report of the IB Diploma and  scores must be sent directly to CUA.

What kinds of transfer credit does CUA accept?

CUA allows undergraduates who wish to take a course at another college or university to apply those courses toward their CUA degree provided the following conditions are met:

  1. The course is completed at a regionally accredited institution.
  2. The course is substantially similar to a CUA course.
  3. The course is completed with a grade of C- (C minus) or better.
  4. The course does not duplicate, overlap or regress previous work.
  5. The college or university offering the course allows the course to be used for credit toward its own undergraduate degree.

Individual schools may have additional criteria for courses taken outside of CUA. Read the full policy for Transfer of Credit on the Policies website.

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What is a major?

A major is a specialized area of study that leads to a particular degree. Most majors at CUA consist of about 12 courses - less than half of all the classes you will take in college. Majors in the professional schools, like Engineering and Business, generally contain more major-focused classes than majors in the School of Arts and Sciences. Regardless of school, all students at CUA take courses outside of their major, starting with the Philosophy, Theology, and English classes that make up the First-Year Experience.

What majors and minors does CUA offer?

A complete list of majors, with links to more information about each one, is available here. A list of minors is available here.

Can I double major?

A double major leads to a single degree, and consists of a primary and a secondary major. The two majors can be located in one school or in two different schools. Students are ordinarily accepted into a double major during the spring semester of their sophomore year. Read the full policy for double majors here.

What classes will I take in my first year?

All first-year students at CUA participate in the First-Year Experience, a series of four core classes taken with a Learning Community of about 18 students. The four courses are:

  • Philosophy 201: The Classical Mind
  • Theology and Religious Studies 201: Faith Seeking Understanding
  • Philosophy 202: The Modern Mind
  • English 101: Writing: Logic and Rhetoric
You will take two of these classes in the fall, and two in the spring. Beyond the First-Year Experiences courses, you will choose an additional three courses each semester. This advising tool allows you to view first-semester course recommendations for different majors.

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Opportunities at CUA

What is the First-Year Experience?

The First-Year Experience is a series of four core classes in Philosophy, Theology, and English, taken with the same group of 18 students. We call this group your Learning Community. Besides meeting for class three times a week, your Learning Community will also meet for dinner outside of class once each semester, undertake a service learning project, and venture out into Washington, D.C. on a class-based excursion. Learn more about the FYE here.

What internship opportunities are available at CUA?

The Office of Career Services offers a wealth of resources for selecting and pursuing internships, including Cardinal Connection, a job and internship database that is open only to CUA students. Career Services also has resources to guide you through the internship application process, like resume guidelines and interview tips.

Are there any research opportunities for undergraduates?

Undergraduate students who excel in a particular subject area may be invited to participate in a faculty research project. To pursue such an opportunity, contact your Major Advisor or another faculty member in the discipline of your choice.

Can I study abroad?

CUA offers a wide range of study abroad programs. The CUAbroad website contains information about program options, applications, tuition costs, and guidelines for planning.

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Student Support Services

How does advising work at CUA?

Each student is paired with an Undergraduate Advisor the summer before starting at CUA. Your advisor will help you choose and register for classes, discuss majors and extracurricular activities with you, and help you get acclimated to college. When you declare a major, you will also begin working with a Major Advisor in your academic department. More information about advising is available from the Undergraduate Advising Center.

Are tutoring services available?

The Center for Academic Success offers tutoring, academic coaching, workshops, peer mentoring, and more. The Writing Center is a useful source of help for writing assignments, and the Math Center provides study support for all math and math-based courses. Librarians are also available for help using the library’s many resources.

How does CUA accommodate students with disabilities?

Information about accommodations and services can be found at CUA’s Disability Support Services website.

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