The Catholic University of America

Aug. 9, 2006

Catholic University Back-to-School Tip Sheet

Catholic University will welcome the largest freshman class in its history for the start of classes on Monday, Aug. 28, with more than 860 students from 46 states and 22 countries. In addition, CUA expects to enroll about 100 transfer students and approximately 900 new full and part-time graduate and law school students.

Total undergraduate enrollment at CUA may exceed 3,200 students (full-time and part-time) in fall 2006, approaching the previous high of 3,251 full-time and part-time undergraduates in 1988, according to W. Michael Hendricks, vice president for enrollment management.

TV crews seeking B-roll footage of new students on campus can get video prior to the first day of classes by attending CUA's new student orientation, to be held Thursday, Aug. 24, 2006, through Sunday, Aug. 27, 2006. CUA expects about 2,500 parents and new students to attend educational sessions, mixers, skits, book discussion groups and other events designed to help them make the high school-to-college transition. Families also will help students move into their residence halls during this time.

CUA admissions, housing, student life and orientation staff are available to comment for back-to-school stories. To arrange interviews or other coverage, call Chris Harrison or Katie Lee at 202-319-5600.

Photo/Video Opportunities

CUA New Student Orientation:
Aug. 24-Aug. 27, 2006
Students Move into Residence Halls:


Aug. 24 (new students)
Aug. 26-27 (returning students)

CUA First Day of Classes: Aug. 28, 2006


Additional back-to-school news at CUA includes:

Mass of the Holy Spirit

The Mass of the Holy Spirit will be celebrated at noon on Thursday, Aug. 31, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Following the Mass, CUA will host a picnic on the lawn and west patio of the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center to welcome Archbishop Donald Wuerl as chancellor of the university. Classes will be cancelled between 12:10 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Room Blessings

Franciscan friars from Campus Ministry help students settle in and set their intentions for the coming school year with "Room Blessings," which will be done Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from Monday, Sept. 18, through Thursday, Sept. 28. In recent years approximately three-quarters of students living on campus have taken part in the back-to-school ritual, which has grown in popularity since the mid 1990s.

New Food Offerings

As of Aug. 1, ARAMARK Higher Education began providing campus dining and retail food services for CUA. Some of the new offerings ARAMARK will bring to CUA include the January 2007 introduction of a Starbucks on the third floor of the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center and a Quiznos in the Pryzbyla Center's food court, where they will join the Chick-fil-A and several other themed food stations. New coffee stations - including a kiosk at Leahy Hall - also will be added. The transition will bring retooled meal plans, extended dining facility hours, holiday hours and the option to introduce additional services including a cyber café and professional concessions in support of athletic and arts events on campus.

MEDIA: For additional information or to arrange interviews with CUA staff, contact Chris Harrison or Katie Lee in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.


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Media contact(s):
· Chris Harrison, CUA Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600, harrisoc@cua.edu
· Katie Lee, CUA Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600, leect@cua.edu