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Washington, DC Colleges

A Guide to Colleges and Universities in Washington, DC


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.

(In order Alphabetically)

American University

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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.

Catholic University of America

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 Undergrad 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.

Corcoran College of Art & Design

500 17th St. NW Washington, DC 20006
Approx. Enrollment: 450.
The Corcoran, an accredited college of art and design, is one of only three museum-college partnerships in the United States. The college is affiliated with the Corcoran Gallery of Art, a privately funded art museum located near the White House in Washington, DC. The faculty includes reknowned 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 includes, interior design, exhibition design, history of decorative arts and art education.

Gallaudet University

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.

George Washington University

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.

Georgetown University

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.

Howard University

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.

National Defense University

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.

Potomac College

4000 Chesapeake St. NW Washington DC 20016 (202) 686-0876
This college offers bachelors and associate degree programs for working adults. Classes are offered online and onsite in Washington, DC and in Herndon, Virginia.

Radians College

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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