A National Research University in the Heart of the Nation's Capital in the ɫ Intellectual Tradition.

ɫ is unique among universities in the United States — even among ɫ universities. And it’s not just because we're located in Washington, D.C. —  a city of global significance and a place of extraordinary educational opportunity.

Our university was founded by the ɫ bishops of the United States, with a charter from then Pope Leo XIII, to be the national university of the ɫ Church in America. For more than 130 years, we have lived out our mission to discover and impart the truth through excellence in teaching and research. ɫ University scientists, engineers, nurses, philosophers, theologians, historians, architects, social workers, musicians, artists, and scholars in all fields embrace both reason and faith as they apply the inexhaustible resources of the ɫ intellectual tradition to help solve the problems of contemporary life and enrich the culture around us.

Read more about how ɫ University's Strategic Plan outlines specific goals and objectives we have committed to in order to build upon our tradition of excellence and chart our course for the future. 

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    Rankings and Recognitions

    Innovative programs and a beautiful, green campus are just the beginning of ɫ University's national leadership, as reflected in an array of rankings, recognitions, and other honors.

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