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List of Washington, DC Area Universities

There are 19 four-year universities located within the Washington, District of Columbia, area. Discover more about some of these schools, such as their costs and graduation rates, to help you make an informed decision about your educational future.

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Learn about universities in the Washington, DC, area. Compare data pertaining to certain universities, such as their net prices, student populations, proximity to downtown, and graduation rates, based on numbers from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Closest Schools to Washington, District of Columbia

Four non-specialty universities can be found less than two miles from downtown Washington. Two of them had student populations exceeding 10,000 in 2015. If you are seeking an education close to Washington's downtown core, consider these options:

  • Strayer University - District of Columbia (located 0.7 miles from downtown)
  • Howard University (located 0.9 miles from downtown)
  • George Washington University (located 1.7 miles from downtown)
  • Catholic University of America (located 2.1 miles from downtown)
  • Trinity Washington University (located 2.4 miles from downtown)

Largest Schools Near Washington, District of Columbia

There were four universities in the area with student populations greater than 10,000 in 2015. These four institutions all had more than 6,800 undergraduates. For those looking to study alongside many colleagues near Washington, look into the following universities:

  • George Washington University (26,212 students; 11,157 undergraduates)
  • Georgetown University (18,459 students; 7,562 undergraduates)
  • American University (13,198 students; 7,909 undergraduates)
  • Howard University (10,002 students; 6,883 undergraduates)
  • Catholic University of America (6,521 students; 3,480 undergraduates)

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Lowest Net Prices

For net prices, the NCES takes the total program cost for full-time undergraduates and subtracts their average financial aid. Two universities had net costs lower than $20,000 for 2014-2015. Those two schools are within a three-mile radius of downtown.

  • Trinity Washington University ($15,852)
  • University of the District of Columbia ($17,676)
  • Howard University ($20,429)
  • Strayer University - District of Columbia ($26,210)
  • Georgetown University ($26,749)

Highest Graduation Rates

For graduation rates, the NCES counts full-time undergraduates who graduate within 150% of the usual time frame. Three universities had percentages above 80% for students who enrolled in the fall of 2009. These schools are less than five miles from downtown Washington.

  • Georgetown University (94% graduation rate)
  • George Washington University (83% graduation rate)
  • American University (81% graduation rate)
  • Catholic University of America (69% graduation rate)
  • Howard University (61% graduation rate)

If you are looking to study at a university near Washington, DC, there are multiple options to consider based on large student populations, strong graduation rates, and reasonable prices.

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