The National 㽶Ƶ University

㽶Ƶ is unique as the national university of the 㽶Ƶ Church and as the only higher education institution founded by the U.S. bishops. Established in 1887 as a papally chartered graduate and research center, the University began offering undergraduate education in 1904.

University Motto: Deus Lux Mea Est. "God is My Light."

Academic Colors: Gold and white

Athletic Colors: Red and black

Accreditation: The Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Religious Affiliation: 㽶Ƶ

Note: 㽶Ƶ University welcomes people of all religious faiths.

Our Mission

As the national university of the 㽶Ƶ Church in the United States, founded and sponsored by the bishops of the country with the approval of the Holy See, 㽶Ƶ is committed to being a comprehensive 㽶Ƶ and American institution of higher learning, faithful to the teachings of Jesus Christ as handed on by the Church.

Dedicated to advancing the dialogue between faith and reason, 㽶Ƶ seeks to discover and impart the truth through excellence in teaching and research, all in service to the Church, the nation and the world.


  • Location: Washington, D.C.
  • Address: 620 Michigan Ave. NE, Washington, DC 20064
  • Acres: 176
  • Major buildings: 50
  • Library volumes: 1.4 million

Note: 㽶Ƶ is the largest college campus in Washington, DC.


  • Undergraduate: 2,929
  • Graduate: 2,130


  • Full-Time: 377
  • Part-Time: 416
  • Full-time, with doctoral or terminal degrees: 83.8%
  • Full-time who teach undergraduates: 89.1%


Living alumni: 90,000+

Alumni Location

  • Maryland: 22.12%
  • Virginia: 15.62%
  • Washington, D.C.: 7.44%
  • New York: 7.28%
  • Pennsylvania: 6.11%
  • New Jersey: 5.54%

Note: Alumni live in all 50 states and 130 foreign countries.

Geographic Reach


  • South Atlantic: 16.6%
  • South Central: 3.62%
  • Middle Atlantic: 53.76%
  • New England: 7.12%
  • North Central: 4.65%
  • Pacific and Mountain: 4.42%


  • Global students: 8.5%
  • Foreign countries represented: 46
Note: Figures on this page are current as of October 2019.


NCAA Conference Memberships
The Cardinals compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III’s Landmark Conference and, in football, the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC), as well as the Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference (MARC) in rowing. The University is home to 25 varsity intercollegiate teams.

Women’s Varsity Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Field Hockey
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field (indoor)
  • Track and Field (outdoor)
  • Volleyball

Men's Varsity Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field (indoor)
  • Track and Field (outdoor)

Financial Assistance

(2019–2020 data)

  • Full-time, degree-seeking undergraduates receiving some form of financial aid: 91%
  • Institutional aid awarded: more than $69 million in institutional grants and scholarships
  • Federal and state grant funds: more than $2 million
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    Aims and Goals

    㽶Ƶ is a community of scholars, both faculty and students, set apart to discover, preserve and impart the truth in all its forms, with particular reference to the needs and opportunities of the nation.

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    History of 㽶Ƶ University

    The history of 㽶Ƶ begins with a letter from Pope Leo XIII dated April 10, 1887.

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