The Catholic University of America


The Orientation program facilitates the successful transition of new undergraduate students into Catholic University’s intellectual, social, and faith based communities; promotes student learning and development, encourages independence, and individual responsibility; and facilitates continued student success to graduation.

This is accomplished through programming that emphasizes the University’s academic and community expectations and social and developmental resources and opportunities.

Through personal connections with peer leaders, faculty, and administration, new students and their families will develop an introductory understanding and appreciation of the intellectual, social, and service opportunities available, and gain knowledge of campus and community resources


Affect the University's retention efforts through a model orientation program that helps students feel welcomed, connect with their new environment, explore their faith, understand expectations, and know where to seek support.

Establish a cohesive and comprehensive Cardinal Challenge program that more deeply explores what it means to be a student at CUA. Activities and programs will be directed toward student involvement, making connections with individuals and resources, academic success, and broadening student general knowledge of the University.

Sustain a rewarding student staff leadership experience that promotes interpersonal growth and development, and leads to an enhanced peer mentor relationship for new students.


Meet the Executive Staff


Kathryn Jennings, M.Ed

 Associate Vice President for Student Engagement
 Originally from Pawcatuck, CT; currently resides in Washington, D.C.



  • Undergraduate degree from Fordham University in Media Studies and Women’s Studies
  • Graduate degree from the University of Maine in Higher Education Administration
  • Favorite class taken in college: Twentieth Century Women Writers
  • Favorite extracurricular activity in college: New Student Orientation
  • Favorite thing to do at CUA: Meet and talk with students
  • Random fun fact: Spent a summer pulling lobster pots
  • One thing to do before you graduate: Go to all the Smithsonians


Megan Reilly M.A.

 Assistant Director for Campus Activities
 Originally from Bakersfield, CA; currently resides in Washington, D.C.



  • Undergraduate degree from University of California, San Diego in Political Science
  • Graduate degree from the George Washington University in Higher Education Administration & Policy
  • Favorite class taken in college: Politcal Psychology
  • Favorite extracurricular activity in college: Greek Life
  • Favorite thing to do at CUA: Advising the SGA Treasury Board
  • Random fun fact: I lived on a cruise ship for a summer
  • One thing to do before you graduate: Join a student organization

 Meet the Student Coordinators

Madi Bell

Caroline Hall 

Madi is a Psychology major and History minor from Maple Glen, PA. In addition to her involvement in the Orientation program, she is a Research Assistant in CUA's Suicide Prevention Lab, where she is able to further her passion for the study and care of mental health. Madi is so excited to be able to contribute to Orientation this year as a Student Coordinator. She views the position as the ultimate way to give back to the CUA community, and she hopes to provide first year students and their families with a program that will imbue them with confidence in knowing that Catholic University isn't just a school, but a home. If she could impart any advice to incoming students, it would be: "Take every opportunity--whether it be in the classroom, with your friends, or in the city--and make the most of it, because you never know where you will find your passion. Be willing to take risks and step outside of your comfort zone, but don't forget that it's always okay to ask for help if you need it. Embrace your new home and new city for all it has to offer, and I promise you will have an incredible four years at CUA!"
Caroline is a History-Psychology double major from Westchester County, New York. Her favorite club is being a part of the Orientation Staff! Her other involvements include being a Research Assistant in the Childhood Cognitive, Affect, and Behavior Lab, Cardinal Ambassadors, and CUSTOS. She has been an Orientation Advisor for the past two years. Her advice for new students is, "Get ready for one of the biggest experiences of your life--college! Whether you love it here right away or scared about the unknown, trust the decision you made to come here and embrace it. College is full of the best moments as well as some difficult ones. My advice to you is to take a deep breath, remember that everything will be okay, and open yourself to the newness."


Download the CUA App in early July to learn more about the 2017 Orientation Advisor Staff!