Best Small Colleges in DC 2022

Small colleges in DC are a great option for students interested in a more intimate campus experience, more personal attention from excellent professors, and more immediate access to support services. Whether the focus is on the technical or on the liberal arts, small colleges give you the chance to pursue a well-rounded education while working closely with classmates and professors in a dynamic community atmosphere.

Best Small Colleges in DC 2022

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The following list of the best small colleges and universities in DC is composed mainly of four-year undergraduate schools (though a handful also offer graduate programs). We’ve identified 8 small colleges in DC. The list below of the 30 best small colleges in DC. To be included schools must fully accredited, and must have student body populations below 5,000 students.

How do we determine DC's best small colleges and universities?

Methodology

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.

Best Small Colleges in DC 2022

  1. #2

    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

  2. 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

  3. #4

    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 Archive

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. The Catholic University of America
  2. Gallaudet University
  3. Trinity Washington University
  4. University of the District of Columbia

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