Is there a place I can exercise on campus?The Kane Student Health and Fitness Center is located in the heart of residence housing. The 7000-square-foot fitness center features Precor Cardiovascular Equipment, a complete circuit of Nautilus machines and a free weight area. The fitness center's mission is to provide Catholic University students the opportunity to maintain and develop healthy lifestyles. The center provides abdominal workouts, core training and conditioning as well as individual training programs for students.
Where can I learn more about Washington, DC and the surrounding community?You can become a "cultural tourist" of the District of Columbia by visiting DC Tourism. Similar opportunities are available from the District of Columbia Visitors Resource Center, Maryland Tourism, Virginia Tourism, Mount Vernon (George Washington's Virginia estate), the National Park Service, and even Delaware and West Virginia Tourism (for those wanting to stretch their legs a little more).
The Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Administration and Dean of Graduate Studies is always partial to Ford's Theatre as a great local destination.
How do I get around?On campus, the Department of Public Safety has created a morning shuttle bus that was designed primarily for, but not limited to, staff members of the campus. The shuttle van operates from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and the initial run begins at the intersection of John McCormack Road and Pangborn Road (Metro Kiosk). The shuttle route extends to north campus, going through center campus and back to the Metro Kiosk stop.
The Catholic University campus is bicycle-friendly, but be aware of some bicycle rules: All bicycles must be parked in bicycle racks or other spaces or areas designated for their use, and must be parked clear of sidewalks, ramps, building entrances, handrails and fences. Bicycles locked to any item other than an approved bike rack will be removed by DPS.
You can also participate in Capital Bikeshare, which puts over 1670+ bicycles at your fingertips. You can choose any of the 175+ stations across Washington, D.C., Arlington, VA, and Alexandria, VA and return it to any station near your destination. Visit www.capitalbikeshare.com for more information.
When going off-campus, The Catholic University of America is served by the 80, G8, H1, H2, H3, H4, H6, H8, H9, and R4Metrobus routes. The closest Metrorail stop is Brookland/CUA on the red line. Check the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) website for bus and rail schedules.
If you are looking to travel out of the area, check out the Catholic University Travel Portal.
What is a DC SmarTrip® Card? How do I get it? How do I refill it?The DC SmarTrip card is a permanent, rechargeable card used to pay Metrorail and local bus system fares. It's plastic, like a credit card, and is embedded with a special computer chip that keeps track of the value of the card. Using a SmarTrip® card is fast and easy. You simply touch the SmarTrip® card to the circular targets on top of or inside station faregates. Likewise, you can tap the SmarTrip® farebox on Metrobus to pay your fare with SmarTrip®.
You can also register your SmarTrip® card through an online account. You would then be able to add value and passes to your card (including through an auto-load process), view your card balance and usage history, register and manage multiple cards, and report a lost or stolen card while transferring the balance to a replacement card.
The SmarTrip® card is the best way to use the DC Metro system...check it out here!
What’s happening on campus this week?Stay in touch with Catholic University happenings by checking the Events Calendar.
I want to get more involved in campus activities. How can I do that?With more than 80 student organizations at Catholic University, it’s difficult to imagine not being able to find something exciting to do. At Catholic University, there’s a student organization for you. From student program board to the College Democrats and Republicans, there are many topics and areas of interest to choose from. However, if that’s not the involvement you’re looking for, there are also campus-produced musicals and performances, community service projects, and opportunities for individual leadership development. You can even become involved in helping plan and manage events on campus, or provide support for events behind the scenes.
Visit the Campus Activities website for more events, activities, and opportunities!