DC’s Most Affordable Colleges & Universities of 2021

Here are the most affordable colleges and universities in DC. Our list will help you find the right kind of school for you, at a price you can afford.

DC’s Most Affordable Colleges & Universities of 2021

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We’ve identified 2 affordable colleges and universities in DC whose stated tuition and fees are below $20,000/year.

  1. It must be fully accredited.
  2. It must offer a broad range of bachelor’s degrees
  3. Its stated tuition and fees must be under $20,000/year.

How do we determine DC's most affordable colleges and universities?

Methodology

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great. This is why, at the undergraduate level, we rank the best colleges and universities based on what we call “Concentrated Influence”. Concentrated Influence takes the combined influence score of a college or university’s top academic influencers (including faculty and alums) and divides it by the school’s total number of undergraduates.

Using concentrated influence gives small and mid-sized schools an opportunity to shine by taking away the size advantage of larger universities. A small school with proportionately more influential faculty than a large school, whose influence in absolute terms may be bigger, will nonetheless score higher in a concentrated influence ranking. Our approach highlights undergraduate schools that truly rank for excellence, regardless of size.

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.

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



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Most Affordable Colleges & Universities in DC

  1. 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
    • Literature
    • Law
    • Business
    • Political Science
    • History
    • Mathematics
    • Engineering
    • Computer Science
    • Communications
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  2. #2

    Gallaudet University

    Washington , DC
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    Tuition + fees

    $17K

    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
    • Literature
    • Political Science
    • History
    • Communications
    • Psychology
    • Medical
    • Computer Science
    • Biology
    • Mathematics
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