Top 2020 Colleges in District of columbia

DC's 24 Colleges and Universities


It is amazing that in 68 square miles, Washington DC is able to pack in 24 colleges. Though not a state, the district offers many four year colleges and career schools. Let’s look at some NCES stats about DC:


  • Washington DC is home to 20 four year colleges. All of them offer master's or doctorate programs in addition to undergraduate degrees.
  • There are 4 two year or less colleges. None of them are public community colleges.
  • Over the past 5 years Washington DC colleges have seen a small 6.5% gain in students. In 2017, 95,999 students were enrolled in college.
  • In total, there were 25,748 degrees awarded for the 2016 school year. 37% of those awards were bachelor degrees.


Salary Breakdown

College Scorecard tells us alums from Georgetown University earn the highest average salary. 10 years after starting school, the average alum earns $93,500. Meanwhile, the 2018 mean annual wage earned in Washington DC is $87,920. You do the math!


Washington DC Tuition Programs


Since DC is not a state, they do not have state wide transfer agreements. Nor do they belong to any regional in state tuition programs. DC does however offer a grant program called DCTAG.


DCTAG offers students up to $10,000 to help defray the cost of college for DC residents.


Top Colleges in Washington DC


Top colleges in DC were ranked by total student population.


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American University, Washington DC
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Georgetown University, Washington DC
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Strayer University, Washington DC
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Howard University, Washington DC
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Source for school statistics and data is the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.

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