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Colleges in District of Columbia

As the capital city of the United States, Washington, D.C., home to the United States Capitol, The White House, The National Mall, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, and countless other historic landmarks provides students the opportunity to learn at the very epicenter of American vitality.


There are 16 colleges in Washington, D.C., 2 public and 14 private, offering a wide range of programs and majors. Washington, D.C., has both small schools (defined as less than 2000 students) and "very large" ones (10,000 or more students) and everything in between in a large, urban environment.


The University of the District of Columbia is the only public university in D.C. A historically black university, it offers over 175 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. It is also home to the David A. Clark School of Law, D.C.'s only public law school.


Founded in 1789, elite private research university Georgetown University is the oldest Jesuit and Catholic university in the country. Bachelor's programs are offered through 5 schools, including Georgetown College, the School of Nursing and Health Studies, the Robert Emmett McDonough School of Business, the School of Continuing Studies, and the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. Georgetown boasts a laundry list of prominent alumni, including former U.S. President Bill Clinton and Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.


The main campus of George Washington University is located just blocks from the White House in the historic neighborhood of Foggy Bottom. The Columbian College of Arts and Sciences is the oldest and largest at GW, with other undergraduate schools including the School of Media and Public Affairs, the School of Business, the Elliot School of International Affairs, and School of Public health and Health Services, and the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Noteworthy George Washington alumni include a number of U.S. Governors, Senators, Representatives, and Armed Forces Members.


Other Washington, D.C., colleges include American University, Catholic University of America, Gallaudet University, Howard University, and many more.


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