Best Colleges in DC 2024

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Here are the best colleges and universities in DC. Our list will help you find the right kind of school for you.

Best Colleges in DC

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  1. Georgetown University
  2. George Washington University
  3. American University
  4. Howard University
  5. The Catholic University of America
  6. Gallaudet University
  7. University of the District of Columbia
  8. Trinity Washington University
  1. Georgetown University
  2. George Washington University
  3. Howard University
  4. American University
  5. The Catholic University of America
  6. Gallaudet University
  7. University of the District of Columbia
  8. Trinity Washington University
  1. Trinity Washington University 97%
  2. The Catholic University of America 86%
  3. American University 64%
  4. Gallaudet University 62%
  5. George Washington University 50%
  6. Howard University 35%
  7. Georgetown University 12%
  1. George Washington University 13 to 1
  2. Howard University 12 to 1
  3. Trinity Washington University 11 to 1
  4. Georgetown University 11 to 1
  5. American University 11 to 1
  6. The Catholic University of America 11 to 1
  7. University of the District of Columbia 8 to 1
  8. Gallaudet University 6 to 1
  1. Georgetown University $59,957
  2. George Washington University $59,870
  3. American University $53,334
  4. The Catholic University of America $52,156
  5. Howard University $28,916
  6. Trinity Washington University $25,110
  7. Gallaudet University $17,712
  8. University of the District of Columbia $5,292
  1. Georgetown University $54,672
  2. The Catholic University of America $50,670
  3. American University $37,447
  4. Howard University $33,860
  5. George Washington University $32,850
  6. Gallaudet University $18,180
  7. Trinity Washington University $14,850
  8. University of the District of Columbia $9,234
  1. Trinity Washington University
  2. University of the District of Columbia
  3. Gallaudet University
  4. The Catholic University of America
  5. Howard University
  6. American University
  7. George Washington University
  8. Georgetown University
  1. Trinity Washington University
  2. University of the District of Columbia
  3. Gallaudet University
  4. The Catholic University of America
  5. American University
  6. Howard University
  7. George Washington University
  8. Georgetown University
  1. Georgetown University 12%
  2. Howard University 35%
  3. George Washington University 50%
  4. Gallaudet University 62%
  5. American University 64%
  6. The Catholic University of America 86%
  7. Trinity Washington University 97%
  1. Gallaudet University 6 to 1
  2. University of the District of Columbia 8 to 1
  3. Trinity Washington University 11 to 1
  4. Georgetown University 11 to 1
  5. American University 11 to 1
  6. The Catholic University of America 11 to 1
  7. Howard University 12 to 1
  8. George Washington University 13 to 1
  1. University of the District of Columbia $5,292
  2. Gallaudet University $17,712
  3. Trinity Washington University $25,110
  4. Howard University $28,916
  5. The Catholic University of America $52,156
  6. American University $53,334
  7. George Washington University $59,870
  8. Georgetown University $59,957
  1. University of the District of Columbia $9,234
  2. Trinity Washington University $14,850
  3. Gallaudet University $18,180
  4. George Washington University $32,850
  5. Howard University $33,860
  6. American University $37,447
  7. The Catholic University of America $50,670
  8. Georgetown University $54,672

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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 2023

  1. #1

    Georgetown University

    Washington , DC
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $60K

    Acceptance

    12%

    Graduation

    95%

    Student body

    14K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1465/33

    Career Outlook for degree at Georgetown University

    Cost of Degree: $59,957
    Expenses: $21,558
    Starting Salary: $73,455
    Salary after 4 years: $94,738
    Cost Recoup Time: 15 years
    Paid back at 15% of annual salary
  2. Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $60K

    Acceptance

    50%

    Graduation

    84%

    Student body

    20K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1360/31

    Career Outlook for degree at George Washington University

    Cost of Degree: $57,984
    Expenses: $18,465
    Starting Salary: $67,506
    Salary after 4 years: $81,848
    Cost Recoup Time: 15 years
    Paid back at 15% of annual salary
  3. #3

    American University

    Washington , DC
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $53K

    Acceptance

    64%

    Graduation

    79%

    Student body

    11K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1305/29

    Career Outlook for degree at American University

    Cost of Degree: $51,334
    Expenses: $17,178
    Starting Salary: $51,337
    Salary after 4 years: $70,785
    Cost Recoup Time: 16 years
    Paid back at 15% of annual salary
  4. #6

    Gallaudet University

    Washington , DC
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $18K

    Acceptance

    62%

    Graduation

    58%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    915/16

    Career Outlook for degree at Gallaudet University

    Cost of Degree: $17,712
    Expenses: $21,826
    Starting Salary: $41,204
    Salary after 4 years: $54,225
    Cost Recoup Time: 13 years
    Paid back at 15% of annual salary
  5. Tuition + fees

    $6K

    Graduation

    25%

    Student body

    3K

    Career Outlook for degree at University of the District of Columbia

    Cost of Degree: $6,152
    Expenses: $14,811
    Starting Salary: $51,147
    Salary after 4 years: $55,004
    Cost Recoup Time: 8 years
    Paid back at 15% of annual salary
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    University of the District of Columbia’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

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  6. Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $25K

    Acceptance

    97%

    Graduation

    41%

    Student body

    2K

    Career Outlook for degree at Trinity Washington University

    Cost of Degree: $25,110
    Expenses: $14,670
    Starting Salary: $54,750
    Salary after 4 years: $68,586
    Cost Recoup Time: 11 years
    Paid back at 15% of annual salary
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DC’s Best Colleges in Your Area of Interest

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 utilized 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
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