Students can find answers to questions listed below! Make sure to look at the “Last Updated” section to ensure your information is up to date and accurate.

Advising

  • I don’t know who my faculty advisor is. Where can I find out?

    You can view your advisors in Cardinal Success or Cardinal Station (see tutorial here).

    Last Updated: July 2021

  • How do I schedule an appointment with my Faculty Advisor/Academic Services?

    In order to schedule an appointment with your Faculty Advisor or with Academic Services, please go to Cardinal Success (see tutorial here). 

    Last Updated: July 2021

  • I have a hold on my account. What should I do?

    To view holds on your account, please visit Cardinal Station (see tutorial here). The reason for this hold will depend on the office that placed it. To determine which office(s) placed the hold(s), select the details hyperlink in the Holds box. On the subsequent page, select the hyperlinked code for each hold to view details including the specific office you need to contact to resolve that hold. 

    Last Updated: July 2021

Courses & Registration

  • How do I register/add/drop/swap courses in Cardinal Station?

    You can enroll in classes, drop classes you’re currently enrolled in, swap courses, or join a waitlist on Cardinal Station. Follow the tutorials below for additional instructions. 

    Before Registration, Validate Your Shopping Cart to view whether or not you will be able to register on your enrollment date! 

    Additionally, you can use Cardinal Station to plan courses out in advance (see tutorial here). Students can use Coursicle to create a weekly schedule (see tutorial here). View your class schedule in Cardinal Station (see tutorial here).

    Last Updated: July 2021

  • I can’t enroll in my classes in Cardinal Station. What should I do?

    First, ensure you are registering on the correct date. View this tutorial on Checking Your Enrollment Date in Cardinal Station. Next, check the course prerequisites. Make sure you meet all of the enrollment requirements and obtain department consent (if needed), and ensure you don’t have any holds on your account (see tutorial here). 

    If you still can’t register, contact the department of the course to obtain permission or assistance. For all business courses, you can submit the Class Registration Help form

    Tip: Before Registration, Validate Your Shopping Cart to view whether or not you will be able to register on your enrollment date! 

    Last Updated: July 2021

  • How do I know which classes I need to take?

    When planning for course registration, it is important that you enroll in classes that will help you complete your Degree Requirements. Your personal degree requirements are listed on your Advisement Report, available in Cardinal Station (see tutorial here). Review your report and find requirements that are marked as “Not Satisfied,” and look at the available courses below to see which courses can fulfill that requirement. 

    Additionally, we recommend completing our Academic Planning Worksheet to help you plan a tentative four year schedule. Follow the instructions on the worksheet’s tutorial to help guide you in completing the worksheet. Then, consult with your advisor to ensure that your plan is accurate and will help you graduate in four years.

    Last Updated: July 2021

  • I’m not sure when I am supposed to enroll in classes. How do I check?

    Your enrollment date is dependent on your number of credits. Please log into Cardinal Station to check your enrollment date (see tutorial here). You can view other registration deadlines using the University’s Academic Calendar.

    Last Updated: July 2021

  • How do I view my exam schedule and resolve any exam conflicts?

    You can view your exam schedule on Cardinal Station (see tutorial here). You should confirm with your individual instructors the details of your final exam. The University also posts a Final Exam Schedule online. 

    Final exam conflicts occur when a student has two or more exams scheduled for the same time, if the student has three or more exams scheduled on the same day, or if a student has a serious illness or family emergency. For any exam conflicts, follow the process below: 

    • Students should review and follow the procedure outlined in Section II: Policy of the University Final Exam Policy. For the purposes of summary only, please view the following unofficial steps: 
    • Students should notify their Academic Dean no later than fourteen calendar days before the last day of class. 
      • In the case of a serious illness or family emergency on the date of the scheduled final exam(s), the student should immediately notify their Academic Dean and the Dean of Students
      • Students representing the University in athletic or other events during finals week must work with the Athletics Department and Associate Dean to deal with any conflicts. 
    • The Academic Dean will work with the student and instructor to reschedule the exam(s) for the course with the lowest enrollment. 

    The following rules and restrictions apply to final exam conflicts: 

    • No classes, laboratories, or required co-curricular events will be held on scheduled Reading Days or after the last day of classes.
    • Review sessions and co-curricular events may be held during this period, but can only be mandatory with approval from the Office of the Provost.
    • Students cannot be held responsible for any new material presented during any sessions held after the last day of class. 
    • Instructors cannot reschedule any course’s final exam without written permission from the Office of the Provost.

      Last Updated: July 2021
  • How do I take my comprehensive assessment? What is BUS 498 and ACCT 498?

    B.S.B.A. students will complete their comprehensive assessments as part of the coursework for MGT 475: Business Strategy, the senior capstone course. The grade will be recorded in the course BUS 498: Undergraduate Comprehensive Examination; this course is solely a placeholder for the grade, and does not meet for courses. 

    When registering for courses, B.S.B.A. students must register for both MGT 475 and BUS 498 at the same time. Cardinal Station will not allow students to register for the course unless registering concurrently. 

    B.S. in Accounting students will complete an oral comprehensive assessment completed through registration in ACCT 498: Undergraduate Comprehensive Examination. B.S. in Accounting students will also complete MGT 475: Business Strategy, but can complete the two courses separately. When registering for ACCT 498, students should contact the Accounting Area Director for department consent. 

    Last Updated: July 2021

  • How many courses can I take per semester?

    The graph belows outlines full-time course loads, normal course loads, overelecting, and superelecting. 

    Status

    Credit Hours Typical Course Load
    Full-Time 12 or more ~4
    Normal 13-17 ~5
    Overelecting 18-20 ~6
    Superelecting 21+ ~7

    Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at the end of the previous semester will be automatically given permission to over-elect for the upcoming semester.

Programs and Degree Requirements

  • What is a specialization (major)? What are the specialization options? When do I have to declare my specialization?

    Specializations effectively take the place of a student’s major. All students in the B.S.B.A. program will specialize in one of 15 areas (see specialization options here). In addition to the Core Business Curriculum, students will complete four courses for each specialization (see requirements here), and students have the option to double-specialize in two areas of business using required business electives.

    Students must declare a specialization by the end of their sophomore year (i.e. the completion of 60 credit-hours). In order to declare a specialization, students should submit the form titled “Declare/Change Your Specialization in Business Major” on the Forms and Requests page of our website. 

    *Students in the B.S. in Accounting program do not complete a specialization. 

    Last Updated: July 2021

  • How do I change my specialization?

    Students may request a change of specialization by following the process outlined below.  There are 15 specialization options with the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (see here).

    • Students should submit the Declare/Change Specialization in Business Major form.
      • When doing so, please be cautious to include your second desired specialization if you intend to double-specialize. 
    • Your request will be processed by Academic Services.  You will receive a confirmation message once the request is processed.  
      • Please note: Changes to your account will appear at the end of the current semester.  Changes requested between semesters should appear immediately after processing. 

    Students are encouraged to double-specialize if interested in more than one area of business. 

    Last Updated: July 2021

  • Am I going to graduate on time?

    Graduation is dependent on you completing all of your degree requirements. You can find your personal Degree Requirements on your Advisement Report in Cardinal Station (see tutorial here). This report will generate all requirements for your specific program, including which requirements have been satisfied or not. 

    To help you schedule courses so that you graduate on time, we recommend completing our Academic Planning Worksheet to help you plan a tentative four year schedule. Follow the instructions on the worksheet’s tutorial to help guide you in completing the worksheet. Then, consult with your advisor to ensure that your plan is accurate and will help you graduate in four years.

    Last Updated: July 2021

  • Where can I view my degree requirements/requirements for graduation?

    You can find your personal Degree Requirements on your Advisement Report in Cardinal Station (see tutorial here). This report will generate all requirements for your specific program, including which requirements have been satisfied or not. General business requirements can also be found on our Degree Requirements webpage. 

    If you believe there are any errors on your Advisement Report, please submit the form titled “Class Substitution Requests and Corrections for Advisement Report” on the Forms and Requests page of our website.

    Last Updated: July 2021

  • I need an exemption/substitution from a required class. How do I get that approved?

    Only certain courses are eligible to satisfy certain degree requirements. In order to get a substitution or exemption approved, please fill out the form titled “Class Substitution Requests and Corrections for Advisement Report” on the Forms and Requests page of our website. 

    When filling out the form please refer to your Advisement Report on Cardinal Station (see tutorial here) to indicate which class you are requesting a substitution or which requirement you are requesting an adjustment.

    Last Updated: July 2021

  • What math courses do I need to take?

    All students must complete two math-related courses as part of the Core Business Curriculum’s Mathematics & Statistics area, and complete the Liberal Arts Curriculum’s Foundations in Mathematical Thinking requirement. See below for details, exceptions, and eligibility. 

    All students are required to complete the Math Placement Test when entering the University. Exceptions include students entering with Transfer Credits from another University or Advanced Placement (AP) credits (see more details here).

    Core Business Curriculum Math Requirement
    All business students are required to complete either MATH 110 or MATH 111, depending on their program/specialization. See the chart below to determine which class you should take.
    Your Program Your Placement
    MATH 110 MATH 111
    B.S. in Accounting, or


    B.S.B.A. w/ Specialization:

    Accounting
    Finance
    Mathematical Finance
    You should take the MATH 11 prep course over the summer and then enroll in MATH 111. You should enroll and complete MATH 111.
    B.S.B.A. w/ any other specialization: You should enroll and complete MATH 110. You place out of the math requirement.  This requirement becomes a free elective.
    Liberal Arts Curriculum, Foundation in Mathematical Thinking, Statistics, or Quantitative Reasoning

    All students entering the University in Fall 2020 or later must complete one course to satisfy the Foundations in Math requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum (students entering the University prior to Fall 2020 are exempt from this requirement). 

    A list of courses to satisfy this requirement can be found on the Liberal Arts Curriculum Outline

    Last Updated: July 2021

  • What foreign language classes do I need to take?

    All students must complete a foreign language through the intermediate (104) level, and they are required to complete the Foreign Language Placement Test when entering the University to determine which level is appropriate. Required language courses are listed below based on results from the placement test. Students who have obtained Advanced Placement (AP) credits, are already fluent in a foreign language, or have a learning disability that affects foreign language acquisition should review the details at the bottom of the table. 


    LANG 101


    LANG 102


    LANG 103


    LANG 104

    2 Foreign Language Substitution Courses

    Placement of LANG 101

    Required

    Required

    Required

    Required

    Not Required

    Placement of LANG 102

    Not Required

    Required

    Required

    Required

    Not Required

    Placement of LANG 103

    Not Required

    Not Required

    Required

    Required

    Not Required

    Placement of LANG 104

    Not Required

    Not Required

    Not Required

    Required

    Not Required

    Fluent in a Foreign Language**

    Potentially Required

    Potentially Required

    Potentially Required

    Potentially Required

    Not Required

    Have a Learning Disability that Affects Foreign Language Acquisition***

    Required

    *Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: (see AP and Dual Enrollment Credit document)

    • AP Score of 5 = Placement of LANG 204
    • AP Score of 4 = Placement of LANG 203
    • AP Score of 3 = Placement of LANG 104
    • AP Score of 1 or 2 = Placement of LANG 102 (or 112)

    **If you are fluent in a foreign language or grew up speaking a foreign language, you need to complete the  Heritage Speakers placement test to place you at the proper level. If you are not sure if you are a Heritage Speaker and/or to schedule a date and time to take the placement test, contact Dr. Mayka Puente at puente@cua.edu.

    ***You may be eligible to complete two approved courses in lieu of the intermediate language requirement. The Office of Disability Support Services (DSS) determines eligibility based on an individual’s learning history and documentation of a disability that impairs foreign language acquisition. To see if this is the right option for you, check the DSS page on accommodations.

    Last Updated: July 2021

  • How do I obtain an official or unofficial transcript?

    You can obtain an official or unofficial transcript by requesting one in Cardinal Station. See the tutorials listed below for further instructions: 
    Last Updated: July 2021

Academic Regulations & Processes

  • How do I transfer credits from high school or another University?

    The University Academic Transfer of Credit Policy determines when credits at other institutions can be substituted for credits at The Catholic University of America. In order to transfer credits, follow the process and restrictions/requirements listed below: 

    Process
    University Requirements/Restrictions
    • University requirements are outlined under Section III: Transfer of Credit Requirements of the University Academic Transfer of Credit Policy
    • The University has outlined transferable and non-transferable credits in Section III: Transfer of Credit Requirements, subsection A.1. and A.4. of the Academic Transfer of Credit Policy
    • Total transfer credits within a degree program are limited to half (usually 60 credit hours). 
    • Transfer of credit by advanced students (i.e., students already matriculated at CUA) is limited to credits earned in 2 of the last 12 courses for the degree, and limited to two times years in residence. 
    • Courses used toward another bachelor's-level degree are not eligible for transfer of credit for a bachelor's degree. 
    • Grades of transfer courses do not transfer (courses are listed as a “T” grade).  Thus, transfer credits are not included in a student’s GPA. 
    • Students should verify if the course in question has restrictions imposed by another University department/school.  Restrictions imposed by other schools of The Catholic University of America can be found in Section V: Specific Transfer of Credit Provision by School of the University Academic Transfer of Credit Policy.
    Busch School Requirements/Restrictions
    • Half of major courses must be taken within residency (i.e., while enrolled at The Catholic University of America.)
    • After matriculation, students may only take business and economics courses (as specified by courses with prefixes: ACCT, ECON, ENT, FIN, MGT, MKT, and SRES) at The Busch School of Business.
    • Business and economic courses taken online at other institutions are not transferable unless they are from an accredited institution with The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) which also accepts those online courses towards their own degrees. The full listing of schools is found here: AACSB Accredited Schools.

    For more information regarding the transfer credit policy and procedure, contact the Transfer Coordinator in the Office of Undergraduate Studies: 

    cua-transfercredit@cua.edu

    (202)-319-4313

    McMahon Hall B10

    Last Updated: July 2021

  • What is the Consortium? Can I take a course through the Consortium?

    The Washington Consortium of Universities allows students at Catholic University to take courses at other institutions that are a part of the Consortium, and the course will count as a Catholic University course (not as a transfer credit). For further information contact the Consortium Coordinator at 202-319-5300 or cua-consortium@cua.edu or use the CUA Consortium Registration Page.

    Students interested in taking courses through the Consortium should follow the process below: 

    • Students are to find a college with their desired course using the CUA Consortium Registration Page.
    • Students must complete both forms: 
    • The student is responsible for obtaining the appropriate academic approvals and returning the forms to the Consortium Coordinator in the Office of Enrollment Services (W200 Fr. O'Connell Hall) prior to Catholic University's add/drop deadline, as indicated on the Academic Calendar.
    • Students should show, but not give, their copy of the Consortium Registration form to the course instructor, and keep their copy.
    Last Updated: July 2021
  • How do I transfer between schools within Catholic University?

    Process to Leave Busch School
    • Submit Transfer between Schools form to Academic Services
      • Academic Services will approve and send to the Deanto Dean of the program you plan to join, such as the School of Theology. 
      • That school will submit to Enrollment Services to process.
    Process to Join Busch School
    • Submit Transfer between Schools form to your current school’s Dean’s Office, such as Arts and Sciences.
      • Your Dean will submit the form to the Busch School. 
      • The Busch School will approve and submit to Enrollment Services to process.
    • You will receive an email from Academic Services when your paperwork is processed.  This welcome email will include key contact information for the Busch School and a Faculty Advisor.
    Restrictions/Requirements
    • The academic dean must grant approval for students to join the school.  Students may be denied if they don’t meet academic requirements, such as a GPA of at least 2.0, or for other reasons. 
    Last Updated: July 2021
  • How is my Grade Point Average (GPA) calculated? Where can I view my GPA?

    The Grade Point Average (GPA) is the numerical score of the quality of your academic work.  The University policy on Grades and Academic Standing (Sect. IV) governs the GPA.  A semester GPA is calculated at the end of each semester (summer, fall, and spring).  A cumulative GPA is based on all coursework completed at Catholic University. 

    Grades correspond to the following grade points as detailed in Grades and Academic Standing (Sect. II).

    A

    A-

    B+

    B

    B-

    C+

    C

    C-

    D

    F

    4.0

    3.3

    3.3

    3.0

    2.7

    2.3

    2.0

    1.7

    1.0

    0.0

    You can view your GPA in Cardinal Station (see tutorial here). 

    Last Updated: July 2021

  • Can I repeat a course I’ve already taken?

    Students are allowed to repeat a course, if necessary. Typically, repeating courses is only required if a student receives a failing grade (F or F*) or does not meet a minimum grade requirement. Transcripts will list every course attempt and associated grade. Additionally, some courses are listed in the course catalog as repeatable for credit, such as special topics courses (e.g., MGT 491). 

    Repeated courses with an original grade of D/F/F* must be identical in listing, cannot be taken at another institution, and cannot be taken as Pass/Fail. When transfer credit courses taken at other institutions overlap with courses taken at the University, the course is considered to be a repeated course and the student does not receive credit for the course.

    GPA calculations for repeated courses (excluding courses that are deemed repeatable) are based on the following guidelines: 

    • If the original grade was D/F/F*, this grade is no longer included in the cumulative GPA.  The old grade is replaced with the new grade.
    • If the original grade was C- or higher, the two grades are averaged together and included in the cumulative GPA calculation.
    Last Updated: July 2021
  • What are the requirements for Dean’s List and Latin Honors?

    Each semester, students can earn a spot on the Dean’s List based on their GPA from that particular semester. To make Dean’s List a student must complete a minimum of fifteen credit-hours in the single semester. No courses can be repeated, failed, or graded on the basis of pass/fail. Students are recognized under the following categories:  

    • Dean’s List: 3.5 - 3.69 GPA
    • Dean’s List with Distinction: 3.7 - 3.89 GPA
    • Dean’s List with Highest Honors: 3.9 - 4.0 GPA
    The University also recognizes academic achievement at graduation by noting a student’s Latin Honors on the transcript and diploma.Students are recognized under the following categories based on their final cumulative GPA: 
    • Cum Laude: 3.5 - 3.69 GPA
    • Magna Cum Laude: 3.7 - 3.89 GPA
    • Summa Cum Laude: 3.9 - 4.0 GPA
    Last Updated: July 2021
  • How do I apply for graduation?

    You can apply for graduation on Cardinal Station (see tutorial here). Academic Services will send out additional communications leading up to graduation to further guide students through the process. 

    Last Updated: July 2021