Best Colleges in DC 2022

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Best Colleges in DC 2022

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The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great! If you are serious about finding the best colleges and universities for a bachelor’s degree, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching and whether their graduates are themselves advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence in their fields of study.

Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Concentrated Influence provides a ranking that is freer from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.

To rank the influence of schools, we first determine the influence of scholars and professionals based on the number of citations and publications they have had over the past 10 years. In addition to publications and citations, we consider the web links to and from these sources, and the page views of those sources. We then match the influential people to their alma maters and institutions of employment, so that their influence is attributed to those schools. Our machine-learning Influence Ranking algorithm produces a numerical score of academic achievements, merits, and citations across Wikipedia, wikidata, Crossref, Semantic Scholar and an ever-growing body of data. If you are interested in exploring how and why we rank by influence, explore our methodology in more depth.

We’ve identified 8 colleges and universities in DC that meet our criteria. This list of the top colleges in DC below focuses on schools that offer bachelor’s degrees. The ranking features fully accredited public and private colleges and universities in DC.

Best Colleges in DC 2022

  1. #1

    Georgetown University

    Washington , DC
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $60K

    Acceptance

    17%

    Graduation

    94%

    Student body

    14K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1465/33

    What is Georgetown University known for?

    Georgetown University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Law
    • Political Science
    • Criminal Justice
    • Business
    • Education
    • Communications
    • Religious Studies
    • Nursing
    • History
    • Medical

    Most Influential Alumni

  2. #4

    Howard University

    Washington , DC
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $29K

    Acceptance

    39%

    Graduation

    64%

    Student body

    8K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1205/24

    What is Howard University known for?

    Howard University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Social Work
    • Law
    • Education
    • Political Science
    • History
    • Mathematics
    • Physics
    • Communications
    • Literature
    • Sociology

    Most Influential Alumni

  3. #6

    Gallaudet University

    Washington , DC
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $18K

    Acceptance

    63%

    Graduation

    44%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    915/16

    What is Gallaudet University known for?

    Gallaudet University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Communications
    • History
    • Political Science
    • Social Work
    • Psychology
    • Literature
    • Computer Science
    • Mathematics
    • Medical

    Most Influential Alumni

  4. Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $6K

    Graduation

    23%

    Student body

    3K

    What is University of the District of Columbia known for?

    University of the District of Columbia’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Law
    • Mathematics
    • Literature
    • Computer Science
    • Political Science
    • Engineering
    • History
    • Biology
    • Nursing

    Most Influential Alumni

  5. #8

    Trinity Washington University

    Washington , DC
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $25K

    Acceptance

    96%

    Graduation

    46%

    Student body

    1K

    What is Trinity Washington University known for?

    Trinity Washington University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Nursing
    • Sociology
    • Education
    • Political Science
    • Literature
    • Criminal Justice
    • Communications
    • Religious Studies
    • Psychology
    • Medical

    Most Influential Alumni

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2021 Ranking Archieve

Many of our 2022 undergraduate focused rankings look considerably different than 2021. That’s because we took a fundamentally different apporach. For 2021 we utiulized our Concentrated Influence algorithm, designed to take away the size advantage larger schools have when we rank their faculty and alumni’s academic influence. Concentrated influence highlights smaller schools that are proportionally as successful as larger universities at cultivating influential alumni and faculty.

  1. Georgetown University
  2. George Washington University
  3. The Catholic University of America
  4. Howard University
  5. American University
  6. Gallaudet University
  7. Trinity Washington University
  8. University of the District of Columbia