Facts & Figures

History: CDU was founded in 1983 as the first catechetical institute in the United States to award the Catechetical Diploma and teach the Catholic faith to adults using distance education. The year 2017 marks CDU’s 34th year as a Catholic institution of higher learning.

Location: The school’s academic and administrative offices are located in Charles Town. West Virginia. CDU students are located in all 50 states and over 60 countries.

Mission: The mission of Catholic Distance University is to communicate the mind and heart of the Church in a digital world. Using distance education, the university educates teachers and learners worldwide in theology, the liberal arts and faith development for the growth of faith, ecclesial service, and leadership for the New Evangelization.

University Motto: Joy From The Truth, gaudium de veritate

Chairman of the Board: The Most Reverend Paul S. Loverde, DD

Contact Information: Our website URL is www.cdu.edu. Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 1.888.254.4CDU ext. 700 or write CDU at 115 West Congress Street, Charles Town, WV 25414.

Accreditation: CDU is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).  DEAC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency and is a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.  CDU is certified as a degree granting institution by the State Council of Higher Education of Virginia (SCHEV). The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and the West Virginia Community and Technical College System have authorized CDU to operate as an institution of higher learning in West Virginia. The university's catechetical programs are approved by the Vatican Congregation for the Clergy. The USCCB lists CDU as an approved Catholic college and university offering distance education. The university is a Title IV school recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. 

Academic Programs:

Program enrollment information is available upon request.

Continuing Education Programs:

  • Noncredit Certificates
  • Continuing education for professional development and adult faith enrichment
  • Online seminars
  • Group Subsidy Plans

Residency Requirements: There are no residency requirements for any of CDU’s programs.

Average class size: Classes average 10-20 students.

Financial Aid: Catholic Distance University's Financial Aid Office is available to help you apply for Federal and State Financial Assistance as well as Private Student Loans. The Federal Financial Aid Program is available for students who qualify. CDU participates in the tuition assistance programs of all U.S. military services. 

"The quality and relevance of the courses, the expertise of the professors, and the online connection with people from all over the world made the experience of higher education fulfilling, rewarding, and often fun!"

-Jennifer Frye