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Frequently Asked Questions About The Catholic University of America

Is The Catholic University of America accredited?
Yes. The Catholic University of America is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (3624 Market St., 2nd Floor West, Philadelphia PA 19104; 267-284-5000;

Do I have to be Catholic to be accepted to the University?
No. The University is a Catholic institution, founded by the U.S. Catholic bishops with the support of Pope Leo XIII, and our Catholic beliefs and heritage bind our community together. Our diverse student body includes individuals from many faiths, who join us in our inquiry into knowledge and truth.

What kind of support is available if I need help?
Faculty and staff members at The Catholic University of America are committed to helping you succeed, and that includes providing support when you need it. Your instructor is available to answer your questions about coursework and assignments, you will have access to a student services advisor, and we offer 24/7 technical support.

Are the online programs different from the campus programs?
Our online programs are just as rigorous as our campus programs, and you will earn the same degree as our students on campus —resulting in a prestigious diploma from The Catholic University of America.

How much time should I plan to spend on my coursework?
Everyone’s study habits are different, but we recommend that you plan to spend approximately 15 to 20 hours a week per course.

Do I need to purchase any special equipment to take your online programs?
If you are reading this on your own computer, you probably already have everything you need. Check the Online Learning Details page for specific hardware and software requirements.

Is financial aid available?
Financial aid is available to those who qualify. For more information, go to the Financial Aid page.

How do I apply?
Go to the Apply Now page to get started. If you have any questions during the process, please call us at 855-295-5711 to speak with an admissions adviser, who will be happy to help you.

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