The Catholic University of America


Dear New Students,

Welcome to CUA!  This is a very exciting time for you and your family. The next couple of months will go by very quickly and soon you will be taking your place as a student at Catholic University. Here at CUA you will develop yourself, shaping your intellect and learning to accept the challenges of a committed citizen who serves others. We hope that you will challenge yourself and lead others, taking responsibility for your CUA experience and making it everything you have dreamed. All of this starts with Orientation.


Orientation 2016 will begin with move-in on Thursday, August 25 and conclude on Sunday, August 28. Sessions for families will conclude in the afternoon on Saturday, August 27. This four-day orientation program is designed to address basic transitional needs and provide you with an understanding of student services and resources. A more detailed schedule will be posted here later in the summer.


Registration for Orientation is currently open. Please register by August 1. Detailed instructions for how to register through Cardinal Station can be found here.


An additional orientation session will be offered for international students on Wednesday, August 24. Please contact the Office of International Student and Scholar Services for more information about this orientation session.


Over the course of the summer you will receive information from Orientation and other university offices. Please review each item carefully for deadlines. The Catholic University of America is preparing for your arrival and we are ready to address your questions and assist with your transition.


Our staff is here to help you in your CUA experience. Please do not hesitate to contact us for assistance via phone at 202-319-5627 or via e-mail at


We look forward to meeting you in August!




Kathryn Jennings

Associate Vice President for Student Engagement

Click here to register for Orientation 2016


Orientation Events

  • Aug 01,2016 4:45 pm - 5:00 pm

    Athletic Medical Forms Due

    If you will be participating in intercollegiate athletics please return athletic medical forms to the athletic training department... more

  • Aug 04,2016 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    New Student Send Off Party - Merchantville, NJ

    The Catholic University of America’s Office Office of Alumni Relations cordially invite you and your parents to a new studen... more

  • Aug 07,2016 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    New Student Send Off Party - Fairfield, CT

    The Catholic University of America’s Office of Alumni Relations cordially invite you and your parents to a new student send-... more

  • Aug 14,2016 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    Early OA Training

    Team Captains and Real World will begin preparing for the arrival of the OAs and First Year students! These few days we will be st... more

  • Aug 17,2016 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    OAs Arrive on Campus

    OAs arrive of campus. Final preparations for Orientation will be happening, along with bonding with other student leaders and havi... more

  • Aug 23,2016 4:45 am - 5:00 pm

    Upload Your Cardinal Card Photo

    Cardinal Card is your official University identification card. The card displays your photo and student ID number. Go to go.cua.ed... more

  • Aug 25,2016 8:00 am - 9:00 pm

    Orientation 2016

    Orientation 2016, the next four days will prepare for the next four years at CUA. You will learn about campus, DC, your classes an... more

  • Aug 29,2016 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    Classes Begin

    Classes begin today! Be sure to ask lots of questions and say hi to everyone you met at Orientation ... more

  • Aug 30,2016 4:45 pm - 5:00 pm

    Deadline to Enroll in Tuition Refund Plan

    Given the substantial financial commitment that students and their families make to pay for an education  at CUA, the Univers... more

  • Sep 11,2016 4:45 pm - 5:00 pm

    Student Medical Insurance

    Accept or waive the Student Medical Insurance at This is due by September 11, 2016. ... more