District of Columbia Colleges Summary

Prospective students looking for public and private colleges in District of Columbia will find more than two dozen options. These include research universities, for-profit schools, vocational-technical colleges and even historically black colleges. District of Columbia colleges even include medical schools through three different universities. Given its heart of politics, arts, and learning, the nation's capital may prove to be just the place for students to pursue their learning goals.

Higher Education Initiatives in Washington, D.C.

Back on Track DC is a program that was established to provide youth and young adults opportunities to reconnect to education. Students interested in getting back on track with their education can find support in numerous ways through the ReEngagement Center, including resources for pursuing a secondary education or career path.

D.C. Colleges: A Few Highlights

Among the District's choices schools is the University of the District of Columbia, the sole public school of higher education located in the nation's capital. This historically black college admits more high school students from the district than any other university in D.C. Students can enroll for undergraduate and graduate degree programs and even a law education. Georgetown University, a private school, is another option. Established in 1789, the university offers education in business, law, medicine, public policy and more. The private, research school of Howard University offers education in more than 120 areas, ranging from the arts to the humanities and the sciences. The school's notable alumni include the first African-American U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Thurgood Marshall.

For more details on public institutions of higher education in Washington D.C., see https://helc.osse.dc.gov/vPage/Active-Institution/108/91188


  • About, Georgetown University, Accessed March 2018, https://www.georgetown.edu/about
  • Active Institutions, Higher Education Licensing Commission, Accessed March 2018, https://helc.osse.dc.gov/vPage/Active-Institution/108/91188
  • About Howard, Howard University, Accessed March 2018, https://www2.howard.edu/about/about-howard
  • Know Your UDC, University of the District of Columbia, Accessed March 2018, https://www.udc.edu/know-your-udc/

Education Institutes in District of Columbia
Total Number of Educational Institutes
Total Enrollment in all institutes
Number of Public Educational Institutes
Number of Private For-Profit Institutes
Number of Private Non-Profit Institutes
Graduation Rate
Total Graduates With Bachelors Degree
On Campus and Online Programs in District of Columbia
Number of Institutes Offering on-campus programs
Number of Institutes Offering on-line programs
Number of Institutes Offering both

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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Colleges and Universities in District of Columbia
SchoolCityTotal EnrollmentInstitution LevelAvg. In-State Tuition & FeesNumber of Programs Offered
George Washington UniversityWashington28,172Four or more years$55,230443
Georgetown UniversityWashington19,204Four or more years$54,104184
American UniversityWashington14,311Four or more years$48,459189
Strayer University-Global RegionWashington10,498Four or more years$13,38033
Howard UniversityWashington9,139Four or more years$26,756235
Catholic University of AmericaWashington5,956Four or more years$45,804216
University of the District of ColumbiaWashington4,244Four or more years$5,88881
Trinity Washington UniversityWashington1,782Four or more years$24,15045
Gallaudet UniversityWashington1,557Four or more years$17,03861
Strayer University-District of ColumbiaWashington928Four or more years$13,38030
Wesley Theological SeminaryWashington512Four or more yearsN/A4
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Washington DCWashington452Four or more yearsN/A17
Career Technical InstituteWashington348At least 2 but less than 4 yearsN/A9
Bennett Career InstituteWashington293Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A5
University of the District of Columbia-David A Clarke School of LawWashington256Four or more yearsN/A1

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/