Consortium Registration Policy
Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area
The Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area consists of American University, The Catholic University of America, Gallaudet University, George Mason University, The George Washington University, Georgetown University, Howard University, Marymount University, National Intelligence University, National Defense University, Trinity Washington University, University of the District of Columbia, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and University of Maryland, College Park.
Montgomery College, Northern Virginia Community College, and Prince George's Community College have also recently joined the Consortium but are NOT CURRENTLY PARTICIPATING IN CROSS-REGISTRATION.
CUA students enrolled in an approved on-campus program leading to a degree who need a course not offered at CUA to complete their degree requirements may select from the combined offerings of the above institutions the particular course which best meets their needs. Enrollment in the course will be processed by CUA's Office of Enrollment Services. CUA students enrolling in courses through the consortium will not need to apply for admittance to the other consortium institution.
Eligibility for Participation
CUA students must be currently enrolled in an approved program leading to a degree in order to register for a course through the Consortium. Students provisionally admitted to a degree program are not eligible to take courses through the Consortium.
Non-degree students, online-only students, provisionally admitted students, and students in the School of Canon Law, the Columbus School of Law, and the Metropolitan School of Professional Studies are excluded from participation.
Non-CUA students should consult their school’s registrar’s office for eligibility requirements.
Courses taken through the Consortium cannot be used to replace a grade of D or F earned in another course at CUA.
Students are STRONGLY advised not to take a Consortium course during their final semester. The academic calendars of the Consortium institutions differ and final grades for courses taken through the Consortium may not be received by CUA until after the semester’s degree conferral date. If this occurs, the student's graduation will be postponed until the next official degree conferral date.
CUA students enrolled in courses through the Consortium will pay tuition to CUA at its rates. Special fees charged for courses at the visited institution must be paid by the student directly to that institution.
CUA students enrolled in courses through the Consortium who wish to drop or withdrawal those courses may do so in Cardinal Station via the normal procedure for dropping a course. Students are also asked to notify the Consortium Coordinator at 202-319-5300 or email@example.com. CUA students do NOT need to notify the visited institution to drop or withdrawal from a Consortium course.
Each Consortium institution can, at its discretion, exclude courses from Consortium enrollment.
CUA students may not enroll in internship, directed readings, directed research, thesis guidance/research, or dissertation guidance/research courses through the Consortium. Additionally, students should be advised that most Consortium institutions do not permit Consortium enrollment in off-campus courses.
All courses taken through the Consortium must be taken for credit; auditing is not permitted.
The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences participates in consortium cross-registration on a limited basis. No more that three CUA students may enroll in USUHS courses via the consortium in any one academic year. Students must be enrolled in PhD programs in the health sciences.
Students from other Consortium institutions are not eligible to enroll in the following courses at CUA through the Consortium:
- courses offered in the School of Canon Law
- courses offered in the Columbus School of Law
- courses offered in the Metropolitan School of Professional Studies
- online courses offered in the School of Nursing
- online courses offered in the National Catholic School of Social Service
- off-campus courses offered in the National Catholic School of Social Service
- off-campus courses held at Ft. Belvoir in the School of Engineering
- courses in applied music (subject code MUPI)
- courses offered through the Center for Intelligent Transportation & Sustainable Infrastructure (subject code CENT)
- internship courses
- directed readings/research courses
- thesis/dissertation guidance courses
- comprehensive examination courses
- courses taught abroad
Other courses not open to students through the Consortium are noted in the Class Schedule in Cardinal Station.
How to Register
CUA students must complete the Consortium Registration Form and Consortium Request Form: Statement of Need to enroll in courses through the Consortium. The Consortium Registration Form is a fillable PDF form and students are encouraged to complete the form before printing it so that the only remaining fields to complete are the signature fields. 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 CUA’s add/drop deadline.
Students should note that other Consortium institutions may have earlier add/drop deadlines. The Consortium Coordinator will attempt to process registration for CUA students who return their enrollment forms by CUA’s add/drop deadline; however, enrollment is subject to approval by the host institution.
Students are responsible for securing department/instructor consent for courses requiring permission for enrollment. The registrar’s office at the visited institution will verify that consent has been secured by the student prior to processing the enrollment request.
For further information contact the Consortium Coordinator at 202-319-5300 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Non-CUA students should consult their university registrar’s office for registration instructions.
Washington Theological Consortium
Graduate students in CUA’s School of Theology and Religious Studies who wish to enroll in courses through the Washington Theological Consortium must complete the registration form and obtain appropriate academic approval. A copy of the completed form should be turned into the Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions in Caldwell Hall 106 and the original should be turned into the Consortium Coordinator in the Office of Enrollment Services (W200 Fr. O'Connell Hall). Students with questions may contact the Consortium Coordinator at 202-319-5300 or email@example.com