The Catholic University of American complies fully with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which protects the privacy of student records and gives each student the right to inspect and review his or her own education records maintained by the school. Copies of the University policy statement may be found at


A student’s name of record includes the first name, middle initial or full middle name, and the family name. Nicknames may not be used. The University will change the name of a currently enrolled student on its official records on request, but may require satisfactory evidence of a legal basis for the change. The University is under no obligation to record a change of name for students who are not currently enrolled, including those who have graduated, and normally will not do so.


Students are responsible for maintaining accurate address records by keeping their address or addresses up-to-date in Cardinal Students.


A transcript issued by the University Enrollment Services office is a record of the student's enrollment dates, courses, grades, grade point averages and degree(s) conferred at this University. Requests for the issuance of transcripts must be made through Cardinal Students and/or Parchment.

A transcript or grades will not be released to or for a student whose account with the University is not settled in full.