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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This really depends on the individual and what kind of learning you feel is most valuable. 
Academically speaking, obviously if you choose to slack off and focus on socializing, you might not do so hot even if your classes are awesome. For the most...

” – CZ from VA

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 have learned more in the past year at Howard than I can honestly put into words. I have learned so much about Architecture my first year that I can confidently draft floor plans and elevations of a structure, and make a decent model of it, whereas...

” – Devon from Arlington, VA

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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At the University of Maryland, you learn so much more than just facts and truths from textbooks and lectures. While the classes are extremely informational, and the professors and T.A.s are all very knowledgeable on their subjects, the real learning...

” – Anonymous from PA

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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Here at George Mason University a.k.a GMU or Mason, classes are small and the professors are shockingly always available to answer questions by email or in person. Lecture halls are usually semi-big but then they are divided into Labs where you are...

” – Tahina from Richmond, VA

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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This is my first semester and I'm taking six classes and I've definitely learned a lot. First thing I learned is not to take six classes, especially not your first semester. It's a big load, but I'm handling it well and I love my classes. I'm in...

” – Arianna from Brookline, MA

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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As a student of International Relations, I don't think I could have chosen a better school. My professors were not only well-versed on theory, but they had made (and were STILL making) valuable contributions to their fields. Relative to other schools...

” – Justine from Topeka, KS

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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At Marymount University, you will learn a lot, not only the needed necessities for your intended majors, but just all around information that is vitally important. Right now i am a freshman in the 2009/ 2010 school year, and I am a Fashion...

” – Tynisha from Lorton, VA

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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So far, I have found the professors to be very knowledgeable in their fields of study.

” – Jasmine from Clinton, MD

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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This school offers a lot more than just your pre-requisite classes. You'd be surprised if I told you this school has a lot to offer. Classes for the student that wants to own a major business to classes for the student who wants to become a med...

” – Michelle from CENTREVILLE, 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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Coming from an online high school, I knew that taking classes online was no vacation. So far I've taken 9 courses at UMUC, and all of them have challenged me. The courses are interesting and the online component adds a unique discussion -- it's not...

” – Erica from Ellicott City, 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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The Catholic University of America is in a vibrant international metropolis that offers everything. It is a warm and inviting environment that cares deeply about the intellectual, emotional, spiritual,and physical well-being of each student. The...

” – William from East Windsor, NJ

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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The way the classes are set up, you won't miss anything that is said/signed in class.

” – Craigory from Cincinnati, OH

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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I am learning a lot at Howard Community College. The professors are friendly and supportive, and willing to help you succeed. Many of the professors are willing to spend extra time after class to ensure that you comprehend the material.

” – Tano from Laurel, 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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While attending Prince George's Community College I have found it has a great learning environment. The professors are very informative and easy to communicate with.

” – Courtney from Lanham, 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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UDC is a wonderful university to attend. The instructor are very helping students reach their education goals. I recommend University of the District of Columbia for a quality education.

” – jimmie from Peoria, IL

The College of Southern Maryland is a two-year, public institution that offers a college experience tailored to your needs and goals. With 100+ degree programs and 60+ guaranteed-transfer agreements with institutions nationwide, you can pick the path...

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The professors I've had at CSM have taught me quite a lot. They all are very much qualified to be teaching their subjects and have the proper credentials to do so. CSM provides a great learning environment for students of all types. The classes...

” – Tyler from LA Plata, 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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While at Trinity University i learned a lot. Taking the many different classes that I have the instructors were very nice.

” – Keisha from washington, DC

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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here at this school you will have a wonder ful leraning experiance. not just mentally but physcially and spirtually as well.

” – Jessica from Takoma Park, MD

Founded in 1696, St John’s College in Maryland is a private, liberal arts college located in the city of Annapolis. Despite its name, the college has no religious affiliation. The college is best known for its Great Books curriculum, which provides...

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At St. John's the program is fixed but the tutors add a specific flavor to each class. In your freshman year you take a course learning about languages which accompanies the learning of Ancient Greek. You also study Euclid's elements and Ptolemy's...

” – Naga from Knoxville, TN

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 is the honestly the best school you can come to. We have amazing professors and small class sizes so students don't feel overwhelmed by a large class and intimidating professor, everyone here wants to help you succeed. Capitol has every type...

” – Rachel from Fort Washington, 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...