Washington, DC Colleges and Universities: A Complete Guide

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Washington, DC has a wonderful variety of colleges and universities and is a great city for students. The cultural diversity of the community and the wide variety of things to do attracts people from around the world to come to the nation's capital to earn a college degree. The following guide includes information about Washington, DC's private and public colleges and universities, community colleges, and programs for working adults.

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    4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW Washington, DC 20016 (202) 885-1000.
    Approx. Enrollment: 5800 undergraduate, 3300 graduate

    AU is located on an 84-acre campus in a residential neighborhood of NW Washington. The university is composed of six academic programs: College of Arts and Sciences, Kogod School of Business, School of Communication, School of International Service, School of Public Affairs and Washington College of Law. The average class size is 23 and the student-faculty ratio is 14:1. AU is especially known for promoting international understanding and for WAMU, American’s National Public Radio Station, one of the top NPR stations in the country.

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    620 Michigan Ave. NE Washington, DC 20064 (202) 319-5000.
    Approx. Enrollment: 3000 undergraduate, 3000 graduate

    Catholic University is the national university of the Catholic Church. The campus is located in the Brookland neighborhood of Washington, DC. The Basilica of the National Shrine of Immaculate Conception and the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center are adjacent to the campus. At the undergraduate level, students can select from more than 60 majors and programs offered by 6 Academic Schools: Arts and Sciences, Architecture and Planning, Nursing, Philosophy, Music, and Engineering. Student/teacher ratio is about 15:1.

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    500 17th St. NW Washington, DC 20006
    Approx. Enrollment: 450

    The Corcoran is part of the GW Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. The college was affiliated with the Corcoran Gallery of Art from 1999 to 2014. It became the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at the George Washington University in August 2014, at which time the university committed to take over responsibility for the necessary renovations to the building. The faculty includes renowned artists, designers, and photographers. Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees are offered in fine art, fine art photography, photojournalism, graphic design, digital media design and interior design. Master of Arts degree programs include interior design, exhibition design, history of decorative arts, and art education.

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    800 Florida Ave. NE, Washington, DC 20002 (202)651-5000
    Approx. Enrollment: 1,000 undergraduate, 400 graduate

    Gallaudet University is the world's only college in which all programs and services are specifically designed to accommodate deaf and hard of hearing students. Degrees are available in more than 40 subjects. The school was chartered by Abraham Lincoln.

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    2121 I St. NW, Washington, DC 20052 (202) 994-1000
    Approx. Enrollment: 10,000 undergraduate, 12,000 graduate

    GW, the largest college in the nation’s capital, offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the liberal arts and professional degree programs in medicine, public health, law, engineering, education, business, and international affairs. The urban campus is centrally located in the heart of the city.

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    37th and O Sts. NW Washington, DC 20057 (202) 687-3600.
    Approx. Enrollment: 6500 undergraduate, 6000 graduate

    Georgetown University, the nation's oldest Catholic and Jesuit university, is a major international university that includes four undergraduate schools, graduate programs, a law school and a medical school. Georgetown is a prestigious college attracting some of the nation's top students. The tuition is one of the most expensive in the U.S. The 104-acre Main campus is located in the historic Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, DC overlooking the Potomac River. Alumni include leaders in a variety of fields including academia, the arts, business, government, legal, medical, and non-profit organizations.

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    2400 Sixth St. NW Washington, DC 20059 (202) 806-6100
    Approx. Enrollment: 7000 undergraduate, 4000 graduate

    Howard University attracts the nation’s top African-American students to undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs in more than 120 areas of study. Among notable alumni are U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, Nobel Laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Toni Morrison and Emmy Award-winning actress Phylicia Rashad.

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    Fort Lesley J. McNair, 300 5th Avenue SW, Marshall Hall, Washington, DC 20319

    The National Defense University is an accredited graduate-level university that prepares military and civilian leaders to evaluate national and international security challenges.

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    1025 Vermont Avenue, NW Washington, DC (202) 291-9020

    Radians College is a private nursing school in Washington, DC offering LPN and RN programs. The school is the educational division of Health Management Inc. (HMI) and offers accelerated programs and small class sizes. Located in the heart of Washington DC.

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    Strayer University

    1025 15th St. NW Washington, DC (202) 408-2400

    Strayer University offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the Washington, DC area designed to meet the needs of the working adult with classes available seven days and nights a week. Students can complete a degree or gain marketable skills to enhance their careers. Six to 12-course certificate programs are available to prepare students for professional certification in a variety of disciplines. There are several campuses around the Washington, DC area.

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    125 Michigan Ave. NE Washington, DC 20017 (800) 492-6882
    Approx. Enrollment: 1600

    Trinity Washington University was founded as a Catholic liberal arts college for women. Today, the College of Arts and Sciences offers women academic programs including criminal justice, forensic psychology, journalism, and business. The School of Education offers coeducational graduate programs in education, counseling, curriculum design, and educational administration.

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    4200 Connecticut Ave. NW Washington, DC. (202) 274-5000.
    Approx. Enrollment: 5000

    UDC is a commuter school in Washington, DC offering a wide range of undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education opportunities to a diverse student population. A majority of the student population is black. The University of the District of Columbia David A. Clark School of Law is one of only five American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law schools at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. It is one of the most affordable law schools in the nation and it emphasizes providing legal aid to low-income clients.

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    4000 Chesapeake St. NW Washington DC 20016 (202) 686-0876

    This is an independent institution with campuses in Washington DC and Northern Virginia focused on providing education to a diverse, multi-cultural student population. Bachelor’s and master’s programs are offered in an online or once-a-week on-campus format. 

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    6896 Laurel St. NW Washington, DC 20012 (202)726-8800

    Washington Theological Union is an accredited, Roman Catholic graduate school of theology and ministry. Degrees offered include Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies, Master of Arts or Master of Theological Studies.

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    4500 Massachusetts Ave. NW Washington, DC 20016 (202) 885-8600

    Wesley is a graduate theological school of The United Methodist Church and a member of the Washington Theological Consortium. It is one of the largest and the most diverse seminaries in the world and prepares its students to provide leadership to churches and other service organizations. The Seminary actively works with local churches, hospitals, and agencies to provide student opportunities for the practice of ministry.