The Catholic University of America

June 8, 2009

Catholic University Sees 30 Percent Increase in Summer Undergraduate Enrollment

Rising senior architecture major Laura Cisneros and Visiting Lecturer Victor Sant'Anna discuss a project in an Architectural Design II class.

Catholic University has seen a 30 percent increase in the past five years in the number of undergraduates opting to enroll in courses offered during CUA's four Summer Sessions, the first of which started last month.

This summer, about 2,300 students are expected to take courses and participate in special programs, says Harriet Nokuri, director of Summer Sessions.

"We're very excited about the increase in the number of students taking summer classes," Nokuri says. She notes that the increase is the result of several factors: the overall increase in CUA enrollment in recent years; the use of focused and direct marketing; and the expanded offering by departments of required courses.

Among the courses offered this summer are Philosophy of God, Counterterrorism, Stress and Coping, Italian, and Christianity and Culture. The number of sections of online courses offered through the School of Theology and Religious Studies and the Metropolitan School of Professional Studies has increased from five to 15 this summer, Nokuri says. 

Rising senior architecture major Kyle Newman and Sant'Anna review a design.

CUA offers four summer sessions - two that run for five weeks and two that run for six weeks. Classes end Saturday, Aug. 8.

Many students sign up for classes to take advantage of CUA's lower tuition rates during the summer, Nokuri notes. She adds that undergraduates sometimes take courses to "maintain their academic momentum" or to catch up on requirements that they may have put off during the regular academic year.

CUA offers teachers and those involved in ministry work the opportunity to take courses over the summer as part of the university's Professional Development Workshops and Institutes and doctorate in ministry program, respectively.

For more information about summer courses at Catholic University, visit For details about CUA's summer online courses, visit