Colleges in Washington DC

Colleges in Washington DC

The District of Columbia, or Washington, DC, is the seat of the United States federal government, the U.S. capitol, and home to 20 colleges and universities. While DC is considered only the 20th most populous city in the nation, hundreds of thousands of commuters flood in from both Virginia and Maryland for work each week to this world political capital. Headquartering 177 foreign embassies, DC hosts the Institute of World Politics, a graduate school of national security and international affairs.

The bulk of the city’s postsecondary institutions fall into two categories, public or private not-for-profit, and are distributed evenly amongst three types: research universities, master’s universities (like the aforementioned Institute of World Politics), or special-focus institutions. The oldest institution in Washington, DC, is Georgetown University, which was founded in 1789, and the same institution also claims the title of oldest Jesuit and Catholic university in the US. The largest public institution title goes to the University of the District of Columbia, while the largest by-enrollment is George Washington University. Four universities operate satellite programs in the capital, and those are Arizona State, Brown, New York, and Pepperdine. When it comes to special-focus institutions, Gallaudet University is one such and teaches classes in both English and American Sign Language (ASL).

With 25% of the city’s population employed by the government, it’s unsurprising that three of the universities in Washington, DC, are maintained by the US Government, including the National Intelligence University. To be close to the federal government, many organizations are headquartered in DC, including many law firms and lobbying firms; there are also six law schools accredited by the American Bar Association. DC is also known for medical research and is home to three medical schools, as well as research institutions, including the Washington Hospital Center.

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Georgetown University, founded in 1789, is the oldest Catholic university in the US. Rated as having a “most selective” admissions process, this school ranks #20 in National Universities according to U.S. News & World Report. International Relations...

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Georgetown provides a very stimulating academic environment with the flexibility to choose fields that interest you. Some of the basic, general education requirements, like English or Theology, can be tedious depending on your interests. However...

” – Georgetown class of '13

Howard University is an HBCU comprised of 13 schools and colleges located two miles from the US Capitol. Nationally-ranked programs at HU include social work, business, and communication sciences and disorders. Howard has three honors programs for...

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I micro-niche within a beautifully unique DC community. This University pushes you, disappoints you, then drives you forward to take control of your own destiny. One of the only HBCU experiences that exposes you to all walks of life and cultures with...

” – Michael from Algonquin, IL

Founded in 1856, the University of Maryland-College Park is a 4-year public research university in Maryland’s Capital Region and the flagship campus of the UMD system. UMD hosts 12 colleges and schools granting undergraduate degrees in 92 academic...

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I recently completed my first year at Maryland this past Spring and after looking back on my learning experiences at the university, I can definitely say that I have learned and will continue to learn a lot while attending this school. Not only will...

” – Stephanie from Frederick, MD

George Mason University is a public research university with three regional locations and an international campus in Songdo, Korea. It is considered to have the “Highest Research Activity” and ranks among the Best Southeastern Schools according to...

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I get excited about what I have learned when I leave my classes. I am a psychology major and psychology is very interesting within itself, but I have been able to explore my major in ways to help me decide what I want to do after I get my degree. I...

” – Sherita from Logan Township, NJ

George Washington University is a private university maintains three campuses, with the main campus located in Washington, D.C., just four blocks from the White House. George Washington University offers 75 undergraduate majors and 69% of students...

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George Washington University is a private, co-educational university primarily in the Foggy Bottom section of Northwest, Washington, DC. Its proximity to various important governmental and financial landmarks such as the White House, World Bank...

” – Patrick from Newark, NJ

American University is a research institution located in a residential neighborhood of Washington, DC. AU has eight schools on its carbon-neutral campus featuring more than 160 programs. American University is also home to many research centers...

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The professors here at American are some of the best I've met between visiting campuses or friends at other colleges. They are very approachable, and dedicated to their fields of study. I haven't met one yet that doesn't have some sort of higher...

” – Kendall from Ridgefield, CT

Founded by the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary, Marymount University is a Roman Catholic institution in northern Virginia and the first Catholic college in the state. Marymount encompasses schools of Arts & Humanities, Business, and Sciences...

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It's a beautiful campus and the size is just perfect to feel big, but not intimidating. Every faculty member and student has been nothing less than fantastic and very outgoing. Before moving in, I already feel like I'm a part of the community.

” – Anonymous from Washington, DC

Founded in 1865, Bowie State University is the oldest Historically Black College and University in Maryland and one of the ten oldest in the United States. Bowie State encompasses colleges of Arts & Sciences, Education, Business, and Professional...

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The professors do lessons on information in your textbooks and do a pretty good job of explaining things. Just take your time and stay on top of your work for each class and you will go far.

” – Tia from Converse, TX

Montgomery College is a public 2-year community college situated in Montgomery County, Maryland. The school operates three campuses in Germantown, Takoma Park, and Rockville. MC has an open admissions policy and grants associate degrees as well as...

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When I transferred here from my old university, I noticed that the professors were dedicated in teaching their students I learned so much and even understood the subjects that I usually struggled in.

” – Andrea from Silver Spring, MD

Northern Virginia Community College is a two-year institution and the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The school operates six campuses and offers 1-2 year technical certification and associate degree programs...

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Some people see community college as just a stepping stone for people that couldn't get into a four-year university in high school. That is not the case at all! There are a great deal of interesting and diverse degree programs available to students...

” – Kyle from Clifton, VA

The University of Maryland-University College is a four-year university with multiple start dates. The unique campus is entirely online, with free digital course materials. UMUC also offers the 3D Scholars Program, allowing high school students to...

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The learning experience at UMUC was wonderful, and my major was in Bachelor's in Computer Information Technology. The teams I was on during group projects were great. It helped me to learn teamwork, and meet deadlines.

” – Jason from Upper Marlboro, MD

The only university in the country originally founded by United States Catholic bishops, Catholic University of America is a Catholic research institution in Washington, DC. Catholic University is home to 12 schools granting bachelor’s degrees in...

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This university takes education seriously, but also manages to be very student-friendly. The small size allows for strong community bonds, and the location in the middle of the city is very convenient for all endeavors. The university sticks to its...

” – Cathryn from Washington, DC

Originally founded as Strayer’s Business College, Strayer University is a for-profit online university based in northern Virginia designed for working students. Strayer confers bachelor’s degrees in Accounting, Business, Information Technology, and...

Founded in 1864 in Washington, DC, Gallaudet University is a private, international institution that focuses on education for the deaf and hard of hearing. All classes are taught in both English and American Sign Language. Many students choose to...

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it is a wonderful university for bilingual students, especially deaf, hard of hearing, and coda students. gallaudet university students shows lot of respect for others, new signers, non-signers, or fluent signers. it is a paradise.

” – Trisha from Washington, DC

Howard Community College is a public, 2-year institution established in Columbia, Maryland. HCC offers over 100 associate degree, certificate, and noncredit programs, and it awards credit hours for life experience. Students can take part in a number...

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HCC is an amazing place to get your AA degree or your general education credits to transfer. There are so many classes and majors to choose from, the time really does fly by.

” – Olivia from Burtonsville, MD

Prince George's Community College is a public institution with open admissions based in Largo, Maryland. PGCC operates multiple academic centers at the Andrews Air Force Base, University Town Center, and in Camp Springs, MD. The Diverse Male Student...

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I know that i will learn a lot at PG because of the support of my counselors and professors. Already I have made lasting relationships with some of the recruiters

” – Rebecca from Cheltenham, MD

The University of the District of Columbia is the only public institution in Washington, DC. It is a land-grant university and a member of the Thurgood Marshall Fund. UDC is an HBCU with an open admissions policy. Legal studies, foundations of...

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Commuter college. Great for transferring to a different school

” – Chanelle from Washington, DC

As a public, regional 2-year community college, CSM provides a high-quality education that’s affordable and accessible to everyone. With 100+ degree programs and 60+ guaranteed-transfer agreements with institutions nationwide, you can pick the path...

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I am learning several new things at this college. A great thing about CSM is that they teach you new and efficient ways to understand hard concepts than what they did in high school. It's terrific.

” – Kaitlin from Hughesville, MD

Trinity Washington University is a private, 4-year institution established in Washington, DC. Trinity is primarily a women’s college, although men are now accepted into the college’s schools of Education and Professional Studies. Trinity campus...

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Trinity is a great university.
Trinity will help you to succeed in life.
Trinity helps women with their education.

” – Ashley

Washington Adventist University is a 4-year liberal arts college affiliated with the Seventh Day Adventist Church. The university is made up of three schools: Arts and Social Services, Health Professions, Science, and Wellness, and Graduate and...

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An amazing experience!

” – Shawntez from Washington, DC

St. John’s College is the third oldest college in the United States and famous for the distinctive Great Books curriculum. Students read over 200 of the greatest books ever written, discuss them in classes of 20 students or fewer, and, instead of...

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St. John's College is a haven of great thinkers. Here everyone's view is respected.We understand what we do and we love to be Johnnies.

” – Afua from Annapolis, MD

Capitol Technology University is located northeast of Washington, DC, and provides programs in engineering, business, and computer and information sciences. It is a private institution, military-friendly school, and a designated Center of Academic...

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Capitol College i would give a 10 out of 10. They are they only school who let's you dive right into your core classes. The hands on here is wonderful in the success of the students.

” – JaMia from Baltimore, MD

Established in 1974, the Maryland University of Integrative Health is a private, medical education institution located in Laurel. MUIH offers over 20 postgraduate degree and certificate programs in fields of study including Acupuncture, Oriental...

From its campus blocks away from The White House, The Institute of World Politics is a graduate school focusing on national security and international affairs. IWP offers five master’s degree programs in subjects such as Strategic Intelligence...

Divine Mercy University is a Catholic psychology graduate school in northern Virginia and an institution recognized by Pope Benedict XVI and Pope John Paul II. DMU is home to two schools focusing on Counseling and Psychological Sciences offering two...

Affiliated with the United Methodist Church, Wesley Theological Seminary is a Christian graduate school in Washington DC dedicated to training students for ministry. Wesley confers master’s degrees in Divinity, Theological Studies, and Arts as well...

Established in 1975, the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts is a private, 4-year institution located in Washington, DC. As the only accredited training studio for actors in DC, the Conservatory offers both the Acting Program and the Advanced...

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is a private, medical education institution with a campus maintained in Washington, DC. The college’s DC campus offers 18 academic programs that award master’s degrees, doctoral degrees, and graduate...

As Washington DC’s only public law school, the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law is a legal institution in the northwest region of the nation’s capital concentrating in public interest law. The Clarke School of Law...

Maple Springs Baptist Bible College and Seminary is an evangelical Christian institution in the Washington, DC, metro region. Maple Springs offers a bachelor’s degree program in Bible Studies and the seminary confers master’s degrees in Divinity...

The Yeshiva College of the Nation’s Capital is an Orthodox Jewish yeshiva in the Washington, DC, metro area dedicated to training students to become bnei Torah. The Yeshiva College is home to a beis midrash featuring a 4-year bachelor’s degree...

Founded by the Order of Preachers, the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of Studies is a Catholic institution in Washington DC dedicated to training students for ordained ministry. With academic programs founded...

Located on the campus of Catholic University of America, the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family is a Roman Catholic institution in Washington, DC, dedicated to academic and religious examination of marriage. In...

Virginia International University is a globally-focused 4-year university in the Washington, DC, metro area serving a student body of diverse national and cultural backgrounds. VIU is home to seven academic departments conferring bachelor’s degrees...