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Catholic University is a great school, especially forBrightArchitecture
Catholic University is a great school, especially for architecture. With it being in Washington, DC there is so many great building to study and learn from. The program is one of the ten best in the country. The atmosphere is friendly, the faculty knowledgeable, and the academic quality high. I would recommend this school to anyone. Come check it out, you will fall in love with it, as I did.
4th Year Female -- Class 2000
Innovation: A+, Campus Aesthetics: B
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CUA is, in my view, one of theQuite BrightEconomics
CUA is, in my view, one of the country's best-kept secrets.
1. It is a small school with all of the attendant benefits--accessible faculty, friendly people, supportive and non-cutthroat environment, etc.--but the opportunities afforded by the surrounding city are second to none.

2. Despite its proximity to downtown DC (three Metro stops from Capitol Hill), the campus really is incredibly beautiful. I'm always discovering new spots.

3. The "specialty" departments for which the University is most well-known are Philosophy, Theology (obviously), Architecture, Nursing, and Engineering. Other departments tend to be very small. However, at least in my case (Economics), the small department size is more than made up for by the quality of the professors.

4. Join the Honors Program, if you can. The classes are much more challenging, and there are lots of neat activities that you can take part in. Best of all, though, you get to register for courses before everyone else, and you get to live in Regan Hall, both of which are HUGE.

5. Regarding the "Catholic" part: look, it's a Catholic school, and they take that identity seriously. If you don't know to expect that from the name, I'm not really sure you should be going to college. Most students are Catholic, there are crucifixes in every classroom, there's a huge Basilica on campus, etc. If you are Catholic, don't pass up the opportunity to grow in your faith--Campus Ministry is great, and of course you have ample access to the Sacraments and other devotions at the Basilica and the two campus chapels. If you're not Catholic, don't worry about it--no one will force anything down your throat. It's no different than going to Notre Dame.6. Regarding the "conservative" part: I think people tend to assume these days that "orthodox Catholic" is equivalent to "politically conservative." My experience is that this isn't necessarily true, either at CUA or in the universal Church (at least in the JPII generation). Most of the devout Catholics on campus are pro-life and pro-family, but on other issues we run the gamut just like any other school. The College Democrats are large and well-organized and won Chapter of the Year in 2008. As a whole, the University pretty much avoids either extreme.

1st Year Male -- Class 2009
Faculty Accessibility: A+, University Resource Use: C+
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This school is a hidden gem in D.BrightHistory/Histories (art history/etc.)
This school is a hidden gem in D.C, you always hear about American, Goergetown and GW but you rarely hear about Catholic University. They have a more appealing campus, your more than a number, there is a small feeling of community but you still meet new people every day, they give out more finacial aid and scholarship money then any of the other schools, and they provide a great education. If you like to party, don't let the name of our school give you any ideas that we aren't a party school. There are bars, clubs and restraunts all surrounding us and there is always a party going on somewhere on the weekends. This is the school for you if you want a great college experience both in the classroom and outside of the classroom. Everyone who works here is extremely nice because they enjoy the school as much as we do! The single sex dorm rooms is not that bad either, I actually enjoy it because you can go any where you want and come home and not have to worry about looking good first thing in the morning. The best thing about this school is that when you are applying to grad. school or for a job they will look at your diploma and not automatically think "oh you went to a party school", even though they maybe should. I should also add that if you are not into the party scene which many students aren't then this school is perfect for you too because there are many people who don't partake and seem to have as much fun as everyone else.
1st Year Female -- Class 2015
Scholastic Success: A+, Collaboration/Competitive: B-
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