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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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...

“…As long as you have a genuine thirst for knowledge, most classes will be very intriguing and you will take pride in what you have learned. Many of the professors I have come into contact with are excellent teachers and are highly available through...” – from Fairfax, VA

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,...

“…AU is the best school in the nation for Internships. It really helps you widen your horizons with an extreme amount of opportunities. It is a tight community and I wouldn't change my decision for the world.” – Molly from Hillsborough, NJ

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...

“… 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...

“…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...

“…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....

“…The teachers here are great and dedicated to helping their students learn. They are fun and flexible. The work can get hard, but each teacher always has office hours scheduled in order to help students in need. There is also a tutoring center if you...” – Felicia from Stafford, 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...

“…University of Maryland- University College provides various types of degrees and programs for all potential students. Univeristy of Maryland - University College also has very interactive and professors who are expeirenced in the fields they teach....” – Marina from Turlock, CA

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...

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...

“…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...

“…I have been attending PGCC for the past few years, and I have truly enjoyed my experience. I take regular and honors courses and sometimes (depending on the professor) the regular course are sometimes more involved. ” – Britt from PG County, 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...

“…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

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...

“…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...

“…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...

“…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...

“…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

The Community College of Baltimore County is a 2-year institution with three full-service campuses, three education centers, and with several courses housed in Baltimore County public schools. This accessibility extends to 20 totally online degree...

“…I am learning a lot, at this school, its pretty cool.” – Mikea from Owings Mills, MD

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...

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...

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...