Catholic University of America

Located near the heart of Washington, DC, The Catholic University of America is the national university of the Catholic Church and the only higher education institution founded by the US bishops. The university was founded in 1887 with the support of Pope Leo XIII. Originally established as a graduate research center, the university began offering undergraduate education in 1904. Currently, the university is made up of 12 schools and 21 research facilities, with approximately 3,470 undergraduate and 3,240 graduate students. Eighty-eight percent of undergraduates and 61 percent of graduate students are Catholic. The university itself is located on a bucolic 193-acre campus, which located just north of Capitol Hill in Washington DC. Its central location provides students with easy access to the wide range of educational, cultural and political opportunities that Washington, DC has to offer.