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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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I can only speak for the Architecture departmentArchitecture
I can only speak for the Architecture department at the school and find that the program is extremely character building. I believe that the facilities and faculty really allow opportunites to grow in a variety of ways training the mind to think in a unique way for design. It has been many years since my graduation but at that time I could describe the education as almost a philosophy of design - unique to architecture schools. Could receieved benefit from more hands on real world experience earlier on in the program, maybe a bit more research opportunites also, but all and all a superb school with an outstanding program. Thank you CUA.
Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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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/ spending: C+
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