The Catholic University of America

Important Information for Freshmen


Welcome Class of 2012!


  • By the time you read this you will probably already have been able to attend almost all of your courses at least once.  You want to make sure that you have your schedule finalized before the end of the week.  If you have questions or problems contact your Major Adviser, Your Undergraduate Adviser in the Undergraduate Advising Center or come to our office in Room 107 McMahon.
  • Some upcoming events/dates for Freshmen
  1. Thursday, August 30th  Opening mass of the Holy Spirit at 12:10 pm in the Basilica followed by the University picnic outside on the mall.
  2. Wednesday, September 12th  Freshman Convocation will take place at 9:00 a.m. in the Upper Church of the Basilica.  Watch for more information on this first formal ceremony for freshmen where you will receive your CUA pins.
  3. Orientation Extended – Take the Challenge and sign up for some exciting activities in the next six weeks

Have a wonderful learning experience this semester.  Make use of all the resources, both academic and otherwise, that are available here at CUA and in the District of Columbia (DC)

General Information and Guidelines

Please read the General Information below.  It applies to all undergraduates in the School of Arts and Sciences.  Below that is information based on your class level.  Make sure that you read what is relevant to you.
Our office is in Room 107 McMahon.  If you need assistance with academic concerns, please stop by or call (202 319-5114).

    General Items:

  • Friday, September 7th is the last day to add/drop courses (drop without record).  Make all adjustments prior to the end of the day on the 7th. 
  • Make sure that you consult the Academic Calendar for important dates and deadlines.  Likewise know your Final Exam Schedule for Fall 2012. This schedule is “set” and must be followed.  Make sure your Christmas travel plans are made around the final exam schedule.
  • Any incompletes from last semester or this past summer must be completed before midterm (Friday, October 12th 2012).  If you have one or more incomplete grades from last semester be in touch with your teachers so that you can complete and hand in the work before the 12th.  Teachers must submit grades by that day.
  • Make sure that you use your CUA email (cardinalmail) at least to read it and keep your account open to receive mail.  This is how we communicate with you from our office and you are responsible for the information that we send out in this manner.
  • Become familiar with our School’s website.  In particular browse the Undergraduate section where you will find the Academic Advising Handbook on line and much more.
  •  Center for Academic Success is located in 204 PRYZ.  Academic resources are available through the center: tutoring services; career advising and information; counseling opportunities; study skills workshops are just a few of the helpful programs you will find here.   

Some changes 

Several new things have happened at CUA and in our School over the past summer.  Dr. Glen Johnson, Ordinary Professor and the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs here in Arts and Sciences for the last 20 years has returned to full time teaching in the Department of English and will no longer serve as our Associate Dean.  We will miss him and are grateful for the years he has devoted time, energy and talents to this administrative task.

Dr. Peter Shoemaker succeeds Dr. Johnson as the new Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs in our School.  Dr. Shoemaker is Associate Professor of French in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.  He comes to our Office already carrying another University appointment, Director of the University Honors Program.  This will be Dr. Shoemaker’s third year as Director of UHP.  

Dr. Shoemaker has been carrying out his duties as Associate Dean for the past month.  We welcome him warmly and look forward to working with him and introducing you to him as you return to CUA for the academic year.

You will notice if you visit our office in 107 McMahon that there has been some rearranging of space within in order to accommodate the additional role that Dr. Shoemaker brings to his new position.  The new location for the University Honors Program is now in 107 McMahon and Ms. Abigail Diego, the Assistant to Dr. Shoemaker as Director of UHP, has moved to this office as well. 

As always, the Staff here in 107 McMahon (see below) is anxious for your return to campus for the new academic year.  We are here to assist you and make your experience as students a positive and happy one.  Let us know what you need and we will do our best to provide the service required.    

Ms. Patricia Galindo                  Assistant to the Undergraduate Deans
Ms. Martha Krichbaum            Transfer Coordinator
Ms. Bridget Sheridan                Student Information Systems Manager
Ms. Terrie McPherson              Office Manager
Ms. Abigail Diego                       Administrative Assistant – University Honors Program


Our office is in Room 107 McMahon.  If you need assistance with academic concerns, please stop by or call (202 319-5114).


Alyce Ann Bergkamp
Assistant Dean
School of Arts and Sciences
107 McMahon
202 319-5114