Current Catholic University students add summer courses in Cardinal Students as usual.

For those who are not currently attending Catholic University ( = 'visiting students'), there are three basic steps in the entry process for summer courses:

  1. Application for admission to the university as a Non-Degree student
  2. Credentials receipt and email access (CUA email accounts are used for all courses)
  3. Registration for the courses of your choice

Visiting students will probably want to refer back to this page several times until they are fully registered and in touch with their course instructors. Please note that course instructors will communicate with you using your new CUA email address (it is the only contact they have). Make sure to check your CUA email for all the information you need before your course begins.

Application deadlines (important)

Catholic University's summer application and registration process for individuals from outside the institution is not burdensome, but it does take time.  The university application, including the upload of informal transcripts must be completed by 5pm on the Monday one week before your first intended course begins.  Applications that are not completed by that date cannot be processed in time for registration and will not receive admission.


Our application portal is also used by graduate admissions.  Don't worry: just choose "Non-Degree Seeking" as your type of application, "Greek and Latin - Non-Degree" as your program, and "Summer 2024" as your term.  

Submitting transcripts - unofficial is enough, and only for work on a degree

As part of this application, visiting students are asked to upload transcripts from their current or previous colleges. Unofficial transcripts are sufficient for these purposes: there is no need to order official ones separately.  Even though the application form says that you will be asked for official transcripts later, this individual program does not require them.

You can upload your unofficial transcript(s) in the application portal.  If you have trouble doing so, please contact the department.  

There is no need to send documentation of every course you have taken at different schools: you can just submit the transcripts from the institutions where you have earned or are earning a degree.

Course 'selection' in the application portal

Course 'selection' in the application portal is for informational purposes only, is not binding, and does not constitute course registration. If you are planning to take multiple courses and cannot list them all, just make sure that you have tried to list the one that begins the earliest.

Students who have other applications in progress at Catholic University for degree programs that begin in the fall should contact the department for guidance. In some cases a separate application for the summer may not be necessary.

Credentials receipt and email access

Once your application for admission has been processed, you will receive an email saying that: "Your Admissions Decision is Ready." This email message will go to the email address that you used when you created your application. (Please check your spam/junk folder, in case this message went there.) If you have been accepted, you will need to click on the link in the email to 'accept' this offer of admission. 

After you do this, then the process will begin to create your Catholic University credentials, which can take 12-24 hours. The next step is that a visiting student will receive login credentials for a university account, which includes 1) access to the student registration portal via a Cardinal Students ID; and 2) a university email address. Your new Catholic University (CUA) email address is the only address that your course instructor will be able to use to communicate with you. Please begin checking and using it immediately. This is where you will receive all of the information you need to prepare for your first day of class.

You will likely need to wait at least 12-24 hours after acceptance to the university before you will actually be able to register for classes. At that point, you can use your new credentials to log into your Cardinal Students account (if you try earlier, you will get in, but the course registration options will not be active).

The Cardinal Students ID takes the form of a student's last name, sometimes followed by additional letters (e.g., 'doejo'). Once you are logged into Cardinal Students, you will notice that you also have a seven-digit student ID number that will identify your transcripts and other student records.

To access Catholic University email, go to Cardinal Mail (which is a Gmail platform) and enter your Cardinal Students ID followed by "" as your username (e.g., ''). The email password is the same one that you used to gain access to Cardinal Students.

First-time email users sometimes need to reset their passwords before they work in Gmail. If you find yourself having problems, make certain that you are logged out of all other Google accounts and then try again. Tech support is available by phone or email; the Technology Help Desk is staffed during regular business hours, M-F.


Registration takes place on Cardinal Students, as do all course status changes like dropping, adding, or switching from one section of a course to another. No one but you can affect your course registration in Cardinal Students, and so you are not actually registered for a course until the system shows it. It is in your interest to register as early as possible, not only in order to secure your place, but so that your course instructor is able to begin corresponding with you about how your classes will start.

When you first log in to Cardinal Students, you will need to click on the "Student Account" tile. On the left sidebar, you will need to click on "Financial Responsibility" and click on the button to "ACCEPT" financial responsibility. After this, you will be able to register for the course by clicking on the "Manage Classes" tile on the student homepage. If you have tasks listed that you are not able to complete, please email the Summer Studies office at 

As a reminder, your login for Cardinal Students is your CUA email username (just the name before the @; no "") and CUA email password. Detailed student guides on course registration and account management can be found on the university's Enrollment Services website.

Filled courses, closed sections, and section changes

The Department of Greek and Latin does not turn students away from the Summer Program because a section is full. We either make a given class slightly larger or, if there are enough registrations, we open another section. In order to do that, however, we need to be able to count you!

If there is no space in the course or section that you need, first try to register for another section (if the time of day works for you). If that is not possible, then register for the waiting list in the section you want. We check the registration lists multiple times per day and always have additional instructors on call in case more sections are needed.

But a section needs a quorum in order to run. This means that even if you registered early on, you may be asked fairly close to the beginning of your course to drop your current section and add a different one (at the exact same time of day, of course, unless you prefer a change), so that we can balance the class sizes. We do naturally try to accomplish all of this organizing before instructors have even contacted their students, so that these changes are purely transactional.

We are grateful to all members of the Summer Program for being open to these (re)arrangements so that we can keep our courses in the right size range to maximize your learning experience.