Colleges in District of Columbia

Colleges in District of Columbia

As the capital of the United States, Washington, DC, most often just known as “DC,” is home to all three branches of the federal government, the executive, legislative, and judicial. It also hosts 177 embassies, a number of organizations, and some of the most popular national monuments, including the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument. Considered a state of its own after Maryland and Virginia donated land for its creation in 1790, it has a population of more than one million people on an average work week. There are 20 colleges in Washington, DC, the largest being the University of the District of Columbia. There are two HBCUs, five research institutions, six Catholic institutions, and three medical schools, as well. DC winter are chilly with light snow, while summers are hot and humid. Government, education and tourism are the top industries in DC while the most popular attractions are the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum, United States Capitol, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
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Georgetown University

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...

“…I love Georgetown for the friendly and casual environment. Unlike most top tier Universities Georgetown has a great balance of academic rigor and mellow students. The best of both worlds, it is an ideal school for the 4 best years of your life.” – Chris

Howard University

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...

“…howard university is an amazing school filled with ambitious students. this university helps better prepare their students for succession in today's society. every graduate from howard university will be gladly to express to you how they received a...” – Brittany from Washington, DC

George Washington University

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...

“…George Washington is the only place I'd want to be. There's no other college in the world that is just a few steps from the White House and the Lincoln Memorial. GW is a large school, with a diverse student body who all come together for fun events...” – Meredith from Marlton, NJ

American University

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,...

“…I have had a great time during my four years at AU. Not only did I receive an excellent in-class education, but I was able to supplement this part of my education with an internship every semester. In addition, the study abroad program that I did was...” – Kaitlyn from Frankenmuth, MI

Catholic University of America

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...

“…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...

Gallaudet University

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...

“…An excellent school for Deaf, Hard of Hearing or students already familiar with ASL. You will be given a well-rounded education and become familiar with more than just your major. Staff and faculty are very helpful and friendly. ” – Marilyn from Fredericksburg, VA

University of the District of Columbia

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...

“…It's an amazing place where you can share special experiences with family and friends. The classes are really good and you get to see new things that probably you didn't know about DC. You have many resources on campus so that you won't have to worry...” – Jared from Washington, DC

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...

“…There are three worlds that can describe Trinity; professional, friendly, and in powering. Professional because all the professors come from a well educated background and are always friendly and willing to help the students succeed. In powering...” – Anonymous from Washington, DC

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...

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...

“…I admire the professors that I've met because they have ignored the political boundaries that other law schools live by and get down to what the law school and the community need most. The students need practice and the community needs activity thus...” – Sebastien from San Antonio, TX

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...

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