Washington, D.C. Colleges and Universities

Jul 17, 2020

Students looking to attend college in Washington, D.C., have a variety of options to choose from. See how these colleges and universities compare in student population, location, net price and graduation rates, according to data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Closest Schools to Washington, D.C.

Given its significant status as our nation's capital, it's no surprise that the District of Columbia has multiple colleges and universities within its borders. The following schools have campuses within the closest proximity to downtown Washington:

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

Largest Schools near Washington, D.C.

Students looking to study in a larger student environment have many options to choose from in the D.C. area. These five schools have the largest student populations within Washington, D.C.:

  • George Washington University (28,172 students)
  • Georgetown University (19,204 students)
  • American University (14,311 students)
  • Howard University (9,139 students)
  • Catholic University of America (5,956 students)

Lowest Net Price

A school's net price is determined by taking the total cost of attendance and subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by full-time, beginning undergraduate students. The following five schools had the lowest net price of schools in Washington, D.C., according to data from 2018:

  • Trinity Washington University ($15,738)
  • University of the District of Columbia ($15,886)
  • Howard University ($21,428)
  • Strayer University-District of Columbia ($26,625)
  • Georgetown University ($28,442)

Highest Graduation Rates

A school's graduation rate refers to the percentage of full-time, undergraduate student students who complete their degree program within 150% of the standard amount of time. Washington, D.C., schools have graduation rates ranging from 95%-15%. The five schools with the highest graduation rates, as of 2019, are:

  • Georgetown University (95% graduation rate)
  • George Washington University (82% graduation rate)
  • American University (79% graduation rate)
  • Catholic University of America (72% graduation rate)
  • Howard University (65% graduation rate)

All in all, Washington, D.C., offers prospective students numerous school options that vary in location, size and cost.

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