The Catholic University of America

Dear New Students,

Welcome to Catholic University! 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 Catholic Univesity 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 Catholic U experience and making it everything you have dreamed. All of this starts with Orientation.

Orientation 2019 will begin with move-in on Thursday, August 22 and conclude on Sunday, August 25. Sessions for families will conclude on the evening of Friday, August 23. 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 opens on June 3, 2019. 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 21. 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 Catholic U 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!

Steve Kreider
Director of Campus Activities

Orientation Schedule and App Available Now!

The Orientation 2019 Schedule has been posted and can be accessed on the Catholic University app, which can be downloaded on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. An online version of the App can be found at this link.

Orientation Registration is Open

Orientation 2019 registration is open, and can be completed by following the instructions on the registration page.

Orientation Events

  • Jun 03,2019 12:00 pm - 12:00 am

    Orientation Registration Opens

    Registration for Orientation opens on June 3, 2019. Please register by Aug. 1, 2019. To register for Orientation:1. Go to&nbs... more

  • Aug 01,2019 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    Athletic Medical Forms Due

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

  • Aug 17,2019 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    Pre-Arrival Cardinal Card Photo Due

    Your Cardinal Card is your official University identification card. This card displays your photo and student ID number. Beginning... more

  • Aug 20,2019 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Smart Start Program

    Smart Start is a two-day pre-orientation for students with disabilities August 20 & 21, 2019. Move into your dorm two days ear... more

  • Aug 22,2019 8:00 am - 10:00 pm

    Orientation 2019!

    Orientation for all new students and their families begins on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. Students are expected to attend the entire ... more

  • Aug 25,2019 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    Deadline to Enroll in Tuition Refund Plan

    Given the substantial financial commitment that students and families make to pay for education, the University offers an optional... more

  • Sep 09,2019 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    Student Medical Insurance Waiver Due

    For all students, good health is essential to achieving educational goals. Without adequate coverage, unexpected medical expenses ... more