The Catholic University of America

Incoming Students

General Information


Theory Placement Exam for Transfer Students

Incoming transfer students must take the Music Theory Placement Exam to transfer previously taken theory courses.

Placement Exams for New Graduate Students

All incoming graduate students must take the Music History Placement Exam and the Music Theory Placement Exam, as well as attend the Orientation Meeting. Incoming graduate students should consult the above links regarding the contents of these exams.

For Fall 2015, the placement exams and orientation are scheduled as follows:

Saturday, August 29, 2015 10:00-12:00 noon Music History Placement Exam
Saturday, August 29, 2015 1:00-3:00pm Music Theory Placement Exam
Saturday, August 29, 2015 3:15-4:15pm Orientation for incoming graduate music students. Incoming graduate students are advised that there is a university-wide online orientation program. Please check the graduate studies website for more details.  


First-Year students should consult the orientation website for all matters pertaining to orientation.

All freshmen need to have 30 credits completed by the end of the freshman year. Please ask your advisor about other classes that can fit in your schedule.

All incoming freshmen must take the Theory Evaluation Test online. Please refer to your registration packet for more details on how to access the test.

Please make sure your CUA e-mail is activated and functioning. It will be important that you check your CUA e-mail daily as important information will via the CUA e-mail exclusively.


The CUA combined choruses and Symphony Orchestra performing their annual Christmas concert in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Each year the concert is broadcast on EWTN to a national audience.